Landing On the Moon | Vector Paths

For this project I had to create a vector image in Illustrator that would be imported into After Effects and made into a gif. I have never worked with After Effects before and so this project was pretty intimidating for me. My objectives were to make a gif that looped smooth from the beginning to end and to also figure out how to use After Effects.

I first started out with sketches. I had a TON of ideas on what I wanted to do. Some of the ideas I knew would be a lot more complicated then the others and so I didn’t choose to do those since I have no experience in After Effects. My top three picks out of my sketches were the old fashion fan, The rocket ship and the boat.

I decided to go with the rocketship! I knew that I could create an interesting gif that looked professional with the rocketship. So I took my idea and created some illustrations in Illustrator. Each of these items in Illustrator are on separate layers so when I import them into After Effects I can move each on of the different objects.

I then imported this file into After Effects and started working on the gif. I found that it was a lot simpler then I thought it was going to be to animate each of these different parts! After working on animating for a couple hours came up with this!

I was really proud of myself for doing something a little more complicated then I originally planned for but I got some critiques and realized that how the moon spreads out is awkward and when passing the moon you really can not tell that it was the moon. So I added some shadows to the moon, slowed it down a bit and made the transition of landing on the moon smoother. After that I made a few minor adjustments adding easy ease to the smoke and making sure that the gif looped correctly and here is what I came up with!

I was able to achieve my objectives by successfully figuring out how to use After Effects and by making my gif loop seamlessly.



Baylie Jones

Baylie Jones

Hello! Im Baylie Jones. I’m an Arizona native, graphic designer, and photographer with big dreams. Currently obsessed with: Panera, puppies, and succulents. Keepin' it real since 1996.
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