After Effects CC 2022: How To Create Looping Texture Animations

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Description:
his tutorial will show you how to create a looping paper texture animation in Adobe After Effects CC 2022 that you can use as a background or overlay over graphics and change the blend mode to add some grit and movement.

Note:
There are many different techniques to create looping textures. This is only one technique that is fast and easy.

Keyboard Shortcuts:
Move Forward 2 Frames:
Press Cmd/Ctrl + Right Arrow Key

Expression Used:
loopOut()

Paper Texture (Free):
https://unsplash.com/photos/y_2GC4EhOP4

 

Software Used:
Adobe After Effects CC 2022 (Click To Try or Buy)

How To Create Looping Paper Texture Animation:

  1. Create new Composition (1920 x 1080, 5 secs, 30 fps)
  2. Add Paper Texture
  3. Scale Texture up so it is bigger than Comp Size (if necessary)
  4. Tap P to open Position Property
  5. Click the Stopwatch to add a keyframe
  6. Press the Cmd or Ctrl key and tap the right arrow key two times (to move CTI forward 2 frames)
  7. With the Selection Tool as the cursor (V), click on the Paper Texture and move it in any direction
  8. Press the Cmd or Ctrl key and tap the right arrow key two times (to move CTI forward 2 frames)
  9. Click on the Paper Texture and move it in any direction
  10. Press the Cmd or Ctrl key and tap the right arrow key two times (to move CTI forward 2 frames)
  11. Click on the Paper Texture and move it in any direction
  12. You should now have 4 Position Keyframes
  13. Select and copy the first keyframe (Cmd/Ctrl + C)
  14. Move forward from the 4th keyframe 2 frames (Cmd/Ctrl + >)
  15. Paste the Keyframe (Cmd/Ctrl + V)
  16. Select all 5 Keyframes
  17. Right-click and select Keyframe Assistant
  18. Select ‘Toggle Hold Keyframes’ and click to convert all 5 keyframes to Toggle Hold Keyframes


How To Loop Texture Endlessly:

  1. Press the Option or Alt Key and click on the Position Property Stopwatch
  2. Type loopOut()
  3. Press the Spacebar to Preview the animation

How To Change the Speed of the Texture Animation: 

  1. Press Spacebar to preview the animation
  2. Tap U to bring up all of the keyframes
  3. Select all keyframes
  4. Press the Option or Alt key (this will space out the keyframes proportionately)
  5. Drag to the right to increase the space between the keyframes and slow down the animation
  6. Drag to the left to decrease the space between the keyframes to speed up the animation
  7. Press the Spacebar to Preview
  8. Select the Comp Window and press the Tilde Key (~) to preview in Full Screen

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