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3.1 Logo Replacement

To make this logo sting work, you need to replace the logo provided in the example with your own. This could be as basic text or a graphic from Photoshop, Illustrator, or even a PNG. This lesson will explain how to get all of those to work!

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3.1 Logo Replacement

To make this logo sting work, you're going to need to replace the logo that was provided in the example with a logo of your own. Now, this can be as simple as basic text, or a graphic from Photoshop, Illustrator, or even a PNG. In this lesson, you're going to learn exactly how to do it. All right, so as I mentioned and as you saw in the last lesson. If I make a modification in this Your Logo comp it's going to update, [SOUND], in all of these other comps. If I click over to PM 03, you'll see the exact same thing. So in order to get your logo in here, all we have to do is get rid of this logo and put your logo in its place. Now, if your logo is pretty basic, let's say it's just a text logo, you can do that right inside of After Effects. As long as you have your fonts installed and you know exactly how to build your logo. For example, if you could make it in Photoshop using the text tool. In Photoshop, it's going to work almost exactly the same in After Effects. Unless you are doing something kind of fancy with layers and drawing stuff, but if it's a basic text logo, check out how easy this is. I'm going to grab the Text tool by just clicking on it here. I'm going to click inside the comp viewer, and I'm just going to type my logo. BODEMEDIA, then I'm going to hit the Enter on the number pad. I'm going to switch back to the Selection Tool, which is also V on the keyboard, that's the keyboard shortcut. And I'm going to position this roughly where this Envato logo is. Now, there's a feature inside of After Effects that will allow you to snap this. If you hold control down while you click and drag, you can see on my little keyboard mouse click viewer thing here, control. And then click, and as I drag, that layer will snap to this Envato layer, you can snap the center point, the edge, or whatever. But you want to basically line it up exactly where this Envato logo is. Because in these other comps, especially these PM 01 camera comps, there are cameras in here. And they're impossible to see because that Paragraph panel just opened up and it made the timeline really smaller. So I'm going to grab this Paragraph panel and click and drag and reposition it and just dock it right up here. And then I'm going to make these a little smaller by clicking and dragging just like that, okay, good. So because these cameras in this comp and these other camera comps here get pretty tight on the logo. If I don't position my logo, let me drag the CTI back here so I can see, roughly where this Envato logo is. Then those tight shots are not going to work. For example, let me just shut this Envato layer off by clicking the eyeball right here, I'm going to make it disappear. And then if I just move this up, you might think, actually my logo looks pretty cool there. Well, maybe, but if we go right here in this PM 01 camera's comp and we look at the beginning right here. You can see that, no, the camera is really not focused on it. And that is because the camera is more or less looking at the center of the frame in this PM 01 comp right here. So I really want to get, [LAUGH], weirdly the CTI keeps jumping off of this timeline here. But we'll just click and drag, put it right back there, I want to get this right in the center. Now if you've deleted this Envato layer, no worries, you can come over here to the Align panel, just make some room here. And then, we can click this Align Horizontally, and this is going to align to the center of the comp here on the horizontal axis. And then, right here, Align Vertically, this is going to align it to the center line vertically in the comp. And that's pretty much where you need it. So if we check in these other comps here, especially these camera comps, you're going to see, yeah, that's looking just fine. And things are right where you want. Now if you want to make it a little bit bigger, you can, you can select the layer, hit S on the keyboard, and then just scale this up. Now by default, your text may be left aligned. And if so, when you scale that up, it's going to be scaling in from this little reticle looking thing here, this is called the anchor point. So to make things easier for you, if you do use this kind of text layer method, I'm just going to undo that. I'm going to show you a keyboard shortcut that's going to make this a little bit easier. With the layer selected, hit control, alt, home and that's going to put the anchor point dead center in your layer, right there. And now, when you scale it up, it's going to scale from that anchor point, which is in the center of the layer. And so your layer is not going to move from the center of the comp, which is what you want. And now if we check in this PM 01 cameras, and we look at one of these beginning camera shots. You can see, yeah, it's looking right, it's big in the frame. But now it's kind of filling up more of the frame, and actually that looks all right. It's kind of tight, and then cuts back to this kind of center shot here, and it's larger than the Envato logo, but it's looking all right. That's looking good right there, and that's looking fine there as well, so, it works, and that's fine. Now let's say your logo was not text, so I'm just going to get rid of this here, let's say that it's something made in Illustrator. And in fact, I have an example that I'm going to load up right now. So, I just opened up Adobe Illustrator, and this is a logo that I downloaded from Envato Elements. And I'm just going to leave this like it is, but I want to show you how to use something that came from Illustrator. That's not been prepped for After Effects, in After Effects, if that made sense. A couple of things about this logo graphic here are not going to work for what we have going on in After Effects. For one, this has a color background on it, and so that's not going to work. Another issue is, this is in CMYK color space, and After Effects works with RGB, so to fix that, really, really easy. We can come up here to File, we'll go down to Document Color Mode, and just select RGB. So, really quickly, before we go any further, I'm just going to save this, control, shift, S. And I'm just going to do underscore RGB, and then Save, click OK. Speaking of saving, now would be a great time to save your After Effects project. So you don't run into problems down the road if, for whatever reason, After Effects crashes, and you don't have it saved. So, jump back over to After Effects, and you can just use the keyboard shortcut control, shift, S to do a Save As. And then you can take your project and maybe rename it, instead of converted, you can just do something like 01 and that'll work fine. You might also want to turn on auto-save if it's not turned on already. So come up here to the menu, go to Edit, Preferences, then right up here to Auto-Save. And then make sure Auto-Save is enabled and you can set this to save every, I don't know, whatever you think is reasonable. For me, eight minutes works okay, and then you can set a maximum number of project versions, I have three, that works out fine for me. And then press OK, and that will make sure that if there is an After Effects crash. Which does happen from time to time, that you'll never lose more than eight minutes. Because that'll create an auto-save folder next to where you saved your project. And every eight minutes, you'll have an auto-save automatically backed-up, and that will be very handy. All right, now if I go over here to the Layers panel, what I'm looking for is to find this background layer and delete it. I'm just going to uncheck the eyeballs here until I find what I'm looking for, there it is, right here. And then I'm just going to click this and drag it to the little trash can and delete it, if I save this, control S, and I'll just exit out of Illustrator. Over in After Effects here, in the Project panel, if I hit control I, it's going to bring up the Import dialog box. Alternatively, you can just double click in a blank area here, and that's going to bring up this same dialog box. I made a copy of that and put it on the desktop so I could find it easier, there we go, I'm just going to choose Import. And that's it, now if I pull this down into this comp from the Project panel, there we go, there's my layer, it's that easy. Now, it is looking a little bit small, we can just kind of preview this, that looks okay. Let's look at the PM 01 cameras layer, it's looking all right, that text there is a little bit small, I'd like to see that bigger. If I jump back to this Your Logo comp, and I look at the scale by hitting S on the keyboard with that layer selected. You're going to see that the scale is at 100%, so, if I scale that up a little bit, that's going to work. But, if I view this at 100% here, that's not going to be as sharp as if I turned on the Continuously Rasterize button there. You can see, a little different, it's hard to see. I have to actually zoom up on it a little bit more, you can see that's continuously rasterized and it's nice and sharp. So, I'm going to actually make this a little bit bigger and kind of align it visually to the center. Now if you want more help with kind of some guidelines here right in the comp viewer, click this button right here. And then choose Title Action Safe, and that'll bring up some guides for you if you kind of goof up the alignment. You're not sure that it's exactly in the center, again, don't worry about it. Just come over here to the Align panel and click Align Horizontally. With the center option here, not Align Left, or Align Right, and then Align Vertically. And now it's centered up right in the comp, you can see that right there. So let's check how that looks in PM 01 cameras, that's looking nice, I like that, a little bit bigger, and it's looking pretty cool. Now the only trick is that if you use a logo that's orientated like that, these camera modes may not be focusing in on the text. Now, you might be okay with that or you might not be. Really quick, if you wanted to change that, select this Null layer right here, then hit U on the keyboard. This is going to bring up all of the properties on this layer that have been modified. If you click this little arrow right here, this is going to go to the next keyframe, which happens to be the last keyframe. For the position, we're just going to change the value here, this is X, this is Y, and this is Z, and what we want to do is move the Y up. So just click and drag right here until you get that text kind of more in the frame. Now we can do the same thing to the beginning, so we'll just click this arrow right here, go to previous keyframe. And then I'm going to click and drag on this second set of numbers here, this is the Y, again it's X, Y, Z. And just position this so that the text is in the frame. And now when it plays, you're going to be able to see the text, and it's going to be looking much better, all right? So just a really simple modification there. And that'll work, you can do the same thing here to this third set of cameras, if this is not as in the frame as you would like. I think that actually works okay. But if you wanted to make a quick adjustment, press U on the keyboard, we're going to go to the last keyframe. And again, I know that you may not fully understand all about keyframes. But just follow along and this will do exactly what you want it to do. So, we'll press this arrow here to go to this keyframe right here. And then click and drag in the Y position, to get that just up a little bit more in the frame. Then we will click this arrow right here, go to previous keyframe to bring the CTI right here to this keyframe. And then we'll do the same thing and just click and drag on this Y in the position. And that will fix that camera, so that it's more focused on this text part of the logo, if that's what you want. If not, just leave it the way it was before, and it'll look great, so that pretty much does it for this lesson. Coming up in the next lesson, you're going to learn how to modify the colors to fit your style and your brand.

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