5 Tips for the Motion Graphics Beginner

By on June 27, 2018

Introduction

If you are new to motion graphics, get ready to enter a realm where your imagination will be stretched to the limit. There is a lot to discover about motion graphics, as this article comes from one of the best graphics designers of the land. All this knowledge may seem overwhelming at first, however, with time, you will be able to grasp it.  So here are:

5 Tips For The Motion Graphics Beginner

Know The Landscape

In order to know the landscape, you need to check out the work of top-notch studios like Buck and Psyop. This will enable you to understand what people are doing in this field and what is possible with the resources that you have. This can be done by regularly would be to list down the studios whose work you like and keeping yourself abreast of their work. Another site that can be visited is Motionographer. This site is an aggregator for all the work done by various studios in the field of motion graphics. Keeping abreast of this site will also give you a lot of information.

Tutorials Are Important

In order to learn anything, the best way is to research online for tutorials. Various tutorials, both paid and free are available online to study motion graphics. The best graphics designers have created them. Going through them will give you a lot of information on how to create motion graphics. Sites like Lesterbanks and Motion Array have a number of resources for motion graphics beginners to learn the ropes. YouTube is another very valuable resource to learn how to create motion graphics. However, when you go through these tutorials, you need to be wary not to pass off someone else’s work as your own. You can learn from their work, however, try to create your own motion graphics.

Dissect Things

At times, dissecting things in order to learn something new may not be very easy. However, a lot can be learnt by dissecting a motion graphics project created by someone else. You can check out pre-made after effects templates, which will give you ready-made information. Dissecting these will enable you to learn the tools of the trade. Although, there are a number of sites offering after effects templates for sale, Motion Array is a good resource of such templates. This site has a subscription model, unlike many sites, which have a pay per download model.  This site also offers a bunch of free templates from which beginners can learn.

Learn The Rules, To Break Them

Designing of motion graphics is subjective. Different designers may give you different designs. What may be good for one customer may not go well with another. In order to create attractive graphics designs, a beginner graphics designer needs to learn the rules. Good design features like composition techniques, color palettes, hierarchy and readability guidelines need to be learnt in order to create attractive motion graphics. The best graphic designers have deployed these features across many projects. They have learnt the tricks of the trade and have learnt how to break them. Sites like Kuler will teach you the basics of good motion graphics. However, improvising on the designs is your job.

Typography ABCs

If you are in the field of motion graphics, there is no doubt that you will be using animation at some point in time. In fact, you will be laying out and animating type more than you can imagine. Therefore, you need to learn the ins and outs of typography. There are a number of online resources to learn practical typography. One of them is www.practicaltypography.com. This free online resource teaches you the rules of typography.  It also has content on typography goodies. Some other type related goodies are also included in another article on Motion Array.

Conclusion

These are five tips that a newbie motion graphics designer can follow, in order to learn the rules of motion graphics. However, he will have to improvise on the rules himself, as there is no help online on breaking the rules.

About Hermit Chawla

Hermit Chawla is a Marketing Manager at Sprak Design. He would love to share his thoughts on Professional Logo Design, Lifestyle Design, Branding, Exhibition Design, etc..
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