With this tutorial, you will learn how to create “Call Out Titles” animations from scratch, just like the ones in the image. You will also learn to work with null objects and the Mattes from After Effects.
1. Create the “Center Point and Point Outline”.
We start by creating a new composition and we give it the name we want. In the example I’m going to put I used:
- measures 1920 x 1080
- black background color
- duration 6 seconds
- 30 fps frame rate
We import the image on which we want to make the animations and lower it to the timeline. On your Layer we right click and in Transform we choose Adjust to composition . Lock the image layer to prevent it from moving and you can work well.
Zoom in on the image and decide on a point from where you want the ellipse to connect with the title. In my example I have chosen three parts as you see. To create the ellipse, go to the toolbar above and open the rectangle menu and choose the ellipse. Choose a solid fill with the color you want and remove the stroke . Note that the option that appears next to curve tracing is not selected.
Draw the figure until you get the size you want. An adjustment layer will be created in the timeline. Right click and rename the layer, [I have renamed the layers in English and I have called this “Center Point”]. Do it as you like. Go to the Anchor Point tool in the top toolbar and bring the anchor point to the center of the ellipse. Select the “Center Point” layer and double it. Rename it as “Point Outline”. Remove the filling and give solid color stroke. Open the properties of the layer:
- Ellipse 1
- Elliptical layout 1
increases the size a little to get the outer ellipse.
Select the two layers , press the S key to open the scale property , scroll to 01: 00f (1 second) and add a keyframe with the clock at 100%. Move the cursor now to the start (00: 00f) and put another keyframe at 0%. Do this in both layers. Select the 4 keyframes and right click to open Keyframe Wizard and choose Slowdown / Soft Acceleration.
Open the Graph Editor with the cursor at the start (00: 00f) right click and choose Edit value graph. Select the points and drag the point from top to the left and the point from bottom to the right.
You will have something like that.
Select the two layers and right click and choose Precompose. I have called the precomposition Target. The option to “transfer all attributes to the new composition” has to be selected.
2. Create Title, Animation and Matte
Move the cursor to 01: 00f with the selected Target composition and press shift + 8 or go to the layer menu and choose to add marker. Double click on the bookmark to open the properties box and in Comments on End Target.
Adjust the image with the zoom you want to decide now where you will place the rectangle that will contain the title.
Having all the layers unselected, go to the rectangle tool and draw one with solid color fill that you want and no stroke. Rename the layer. [I have renamed it Line]. Adjust the size and thickness as you like and when you have it, select the anchor point tool and take the anchor point to the center of one of the sides, depending on where you have drawn it. As in my case I have drawn it to the left of the image and I want the animation to start from the right of the line, I put the anchor point in the right center. Duplicate the Line layer and rename it. [I name it Main Title]. Select this layer and with the arrows on the keyboard move its positionto place it on top of the first line you created. Put the anchor point on the lower center point and with the arrow tool make the rectangle larger by picking the upper center point.
In my example I have not created more titles but if for example you wanted to put under another title that was the price you would have to duplicate the Main Title layer, rename it (for example, Subtitle) and with the arrows of the keyboard move the position until placing it in the bottom part Adjust the size of the rectangle as you did with the first one. Always keep in mind where you should place the anchor point. If you only want the rectangle to grow to the left of the image, you should place the anchor point at the right center point. If you only want it to grow below you should place the anchor point at the top center point and with the arrow tool pull the bottom point down. See the example below:
Remember, where the anchor point remains, it will be where the animation begins.
Now select the Line layer to animate and move the cursor to 00: 20f, press S to open scale and put a keyframe at 100%. Move the cursor to the beginning (00: 00f) and remove the string on the scale so that only the X value can be changed. Set it to 0%.
Select the two keyframes and right click Assistant keyframe , Slowdown / Soft Acceleration. Open the Graphics Editor and choose Edit Speed Chart. Select the points and take the one on the right to the center. You will have something similar to the first image and what you want is to get what is shown in the second image.
Select the Main Title layer (and subtitle in case you have created several), press S to open the scale, move the cursor to 01:00 and add 100% keyframe. Move the cursor to 00:15, remove the chain from the scale and set 0% to the Y value. Then select the 4 keyframes and right-click on the keyframe assistant , deceleration / smooth acceleration. Open the Graph Editor , select the points and move from the bottom right to the center.
Do not select any layer and go to the Text tool. Write what you want above the rectangle and adjust the text in size, color, typography … Duplicate the text layer in case you want to put as I said above, more than one text.
Do not select any layer and go to the rectangle tool. Draw a rectangle above the first rectangle. Renombrálo, [I called it Title Matte]. I will explain it as in my example having only one text created. Select the text layer and in the Matte tracking box choose Alpha Matte> Title Matte
If you had more titles you would have to draw in the same way another rectangle on top of the other title and put the new Matte created on top of the subtitle and choose in the subtitle layer Alpha matte “Subtitle Matte” (if you rename it for example).
Select the text layer and press P to open the position. Move the cursor to 00: 26f and add a keyframe. Move the cursor to 00: 21f and move the X position to hide the text. In my case I have moved it to the left of the image.
Select the two keyframes right click open Keyframe Wizard and choose Slowdown / Soft Acceleration.
Do not have any layers selected and go to the rectangle tool. Re-draw a rectangle on top of your first rectangle and remove the fill and choose solid color stroke at 5px. Rename it, [I called it Title Stroke]. If you have another text layer do the same on that layer.
Select the Title Stroke layer , open the properties and click Add and choose Crop Paths
Move the cursor to 00: 08f, expand the Content properties > Cut out path 1 and put keyframe at Start and End at 20% on both. Move the cursor to 00: 13f and put keyframe in both at 100%. Select the last keyframe of Start and move it a few frames to the right. Select the 4 and do the deceleration / soft acceleration.
Select all the layers you have so far
- Main Title
- Title Matte
- Title Stroke
They are the ones of my example because I have only created a title
Right click and create a precomposition called Title.
Now let’s make the connector line. Go to:
- Layer menu
- new solid white
In the Effects and Presets menu, look for the Haz effect and drag it on top of the solid. Two lines appear in the red and pink image. Change the color in both to white.
The points that appear move them where you want, the starting point and end point. To connect this layer with the ellipse and the title, go to the layer menu and create a null object. Move the cursor to 01: 01f and with the anchor point tool bring the point to the upper left corner of the null object. Switch to the arrow tool and move the null object until its anchor point coincides with the center of the ellipse. Rename this null object, [I renamed it Target Null]. Duplicate the layer and rename it, [I called it Title Null this time]. Move this new null object to the corner of your Line, which appears below the rectangle of the title.
Go to the layer that you have previously pre-composed and it is called Title and in the Primary menu choose Title Null
With the cursor on 01: 01f go to the Connector layer and expand the properties:
On the Target Null and Title Null layer, press P to open the position. With ALT pressed, first click on the Start point of the properties that you have expanded so that the expression is activated and you will see a spiral. Take that spiral to the position of Target Null. With ALT pressed click on the end point clock and bring that spiral to the position of Title Null.
Select the Connector layer go to the effects control panel and the duration set it to 100%. Move the cursor to 00: 20f press the clock in the Time property of the connector and set it to 0%. Move the cursor to 01: 00f and put a keyframe of Time to 50%. Select the keyframes that have been created and do the deceleration / smooth acceleration.
Finally, go to the marker you created at the beginning that should be at 01: 00f and move the Title layer to start there.
To create more Call out Equal Titles where I only change the title and not have to create them from scratch, what I did was duplicate the precomposition of Title from the project panel and from there I downloaded it to the Main Compositiion timeline. I open the composition to erase the layer with the image. Notice that in no precomposition of those within the main Composition you have the image layer, because in this case you will be duplicated and when you want to move another Call Out title you will see two superimposed images.
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