Nowadays web is more and more focused on motion design. It is hard to find a website without even the simplest animations. Animations are now part of the web. As we try to imitate real-life experience in digital world, motion design have become an integral part of it.
Have you ever wondered what makes animations smooth and fluid? It’s called easing. This makes movement look natural and organic. Let’s take a look on how does Easy Ease movement compare to a regular one. Also I will tell you how to achieve this great effect in After Effects.
Green slider uses Easy Ease method, while the red one uses regular in-out movement. Because of smooth acceleration and slowing down, green slider seems to be quicker than the red one. Even though animation time is equal in both cases, Easy Ease method makes movement more interesting and pleasurable to watch.
How to do it?
Creating smooth movement in After Effects is easier than it seems.
1. First, we need an object to animate in AE.
2. Then we move the object across the desired path.
3. We mark the movement keyframes, right-click on them and select Keyframe Assistant > Easy Ease (or press F9).
4. We have a brand new movement for our object!
Additionally, we can adjust it a little bit by right-clicking on keyframe and selecting Keyframe Velocity. A pop-up window will appear, where we can set some properties like Incoming and Outgoing velocity, along with its influence on our movement.
Use it with ease!
As you can see applying smooth movement using Easy Ease method in Adobe After Effects is really quick and simple. And what’s more important, it makes movement of our objects looks a lot better.
Examples that amaze
Here’s a little showcase on what can be done using Easy Ease technique:
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