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4.3 How to Add Colour

Hi everyone, and welcome back to create modern Glitch Animations in After Effects. In this lesson, we'll learn how to add some color to our Glitch Animation. So let's go ahead and change the animation here for now. Right now we've got our diagonal animation which we completed in the last video. We're just gonna change this back to horizontal. So let's change the rotation of the title comp to 45 degrees to 0. And then the title inside the title comp, the text let's change it from -45 back to 0 again. So hopefully when we click on the Play button, you'll see that the animation has returned back to a horizontal animation. Excellent, so now the next thing that we want to do is we want to collapse all of these displacement maps inside the effects controls just to make it a little bit neater. So we're going to add the color to our Title 01 composition. So making sure that that's selected, go to Effect, and go to Color Correction, and then go to Colorama. And you'll see straight away the default setting it will change the text to red. Okay, cool. So from there let's go ahead and move Colorama to just above the first displacement map. And then with just like with everything else that we've been doing with this animation, we're going to use the displacement map to control how the color in our animation works. Now to do this, we need to go to Input Phase and then choose Add Phase and go from none to the displacement map comp. You can see straight away that's the animation. We've got all these funky new colors to our animation. And that's controlled via the Displacement Map comp here, cool. Now you'll see where these colors are coming from if we go to the Output Cycle. And you can see we've got this nice color wheel here and that's where we're picking all of our colors from. Now in order to change the color, we'll need to go up here and use the preset palette, and you can change it to red again or to a blue. I'm just going through all these presets palettes, or to green. Cool, now we can also customize this color palette, as well. So let's go ahead and customize this. So if we click around the circle, we can actually add more points. So if we click down here, and add a green, click OK. And then if we go ahead and change this color, and change this to white, just so that when the text appears, it appears white. So we just want the effects to be green, but the text to be white. So I'm just going to add another color here, so let's go ahead and add a sort of light green. It's around, Here, just to add a little bit more variety of color to our animation. Cool, let's go ahead and move that over here. In fact, let's move that around here. So now if we zoom in to our animation as the text forms, you'll see that the text is slightly jagged around the edges. Now to fix this, we'll need to go down into Modify, and let's go ahead and uncheck Modify Alpha. You'll see straight away, it starts to smooth out the edges. And we'll also want to uncheck the composite overlay as well. And that fixes the jagged edges, excellent. So, just zoom out again. Let's go to fit up to 100%, and if we just view the animation, just to see what it looks like, it's quite happy with that. Now just looking at how this looks, the next thing that you might want to do is add a little bit of brightness to our color. So you can see here that the Glitch Effect might need a little bit of brightening up, so let's collapse the Colorama, and let's go to Effect, And go to Color Correction, and then go to Curves. We can then place the curves just above the displacement map here. And for the channel, we want to effect the alpha channel. Now if we move the curves around like so, just to adjust these here, you can see, if we remove the effects, you can see how that's brightened up our Glitch Animation, like so. Just zoom in here. Yep, that's significantly brighter, excellent. So that's how we add color to our animation. So just check back and preview how the animation looks, and just play about with the settings until you're happy with the color and the way that it looks. So that's it for this lesson. In the next lesson, we'll learn how to create a transition animation using the Glitch Effects. See you all there.

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