Lately, UI interfaces have been going through a bit of rejuvenation, with various trends coming up. And one of my favorite trends in the Motion Graphics world is HUD-style animation. Regardless of whether you’re recreating your favorite Marvel character’s helmet interface or creating your own sci-fi masterpiece, adding HUDs to your assignment will undoubtedly yield appealing results.
After Effects is an incredible tool when it comes to creating fun character animations, kinetic typography, and HUD figures. The easy-to-use shape editor and layer-based structure make After Effects the ideal candidate for creating Superhero style graphics.
Want to learn how to create Futuristic UI with After Effects? Keep reading to find out how you can create your own HUD animations.
What is HUD Animation?
Head-up display, otherwise known as HUD animation, is how information is visually relayed to the player as part of a game’s user interface. HUD animations play a significant part in making the UI look more complex and futuristic.
A HUD display is indeed an innovative system for displaying information. The technology displays the info straight into the user’s field of vision and considers key parameters like the user’s viewing direction and head position.
What is HUD Animation?
In this easy step-by-step guide, you will find out how to implement some basic HUD elements. Excited to create your very first HUD animation? Let’s get going!
Shape layers comprise vector graphics objects called shapes. A shape further consists of a path, a stroke, and a fill, by default. Layers that are not based on the footage are called synthetic layers. Besides the shape layer, text layers are also synthetic layers made of vector graphics objects. Therefore, most of the rules and guidelines that apply to text layers apply to shape layers also.
Shape layers offer multiple controls, with a set of transform options for an individual object and a whole set for the layer itself. Let’s see how we can animate particular objects within a shape layer.
Duplicate the Shape Layer
The Trim Paths tool allows you to make accurate adjustments to shape layer paths in After Effects. Trim Paths is a rather practical feature that lets you animate the start, end, and offset of a path. We can also use the Trim Paths tool for projects related to Infographics, Shape Bursts, Text Box, Text Stokes, etc.
Now, let’s see what the Trim Paths do to the shape created by the Shape layer.
Shape Layer Opacity
Watch this video to see how the final composition looks like.
Hopefully, you’re now feeling excited to go out and create some impressive HUD graphics.
These HUD effects are shockingly easy to nail, and they’re a sure-shot way to enhance the quality of your motion graphics animation video projects instantly.
So what are you waiting for? Create some superpowered, sci-fi HUDs!
Editor: Richa Sharma