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Creating a TV Stinger

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Discover how to create a TV stinger from start to finish. Create this common asset—and capture audience attention—using simple and effective motion graphics tools in After Effects.

Discover how to create a TV stinger—a short clip that appears after a commercial break or closing credits—from start to finish. In this course, instructor Eran Stern walks through how to create this common asset using simple and effective motion graphics tools in After Effects. Discover how to animate a layered Photoshop file, create an animated background, and extrude and texture 3D typography. Plus, learn helpful compositing techniques and discover how to render your delivery files. While this course was designed for beginning motion graphics artists, the techniques Eran covers can help users of all skill levels boost their After Effects know-how.


  • What is a TV stinger?
  • Using the exercise files
1. Animate a Photoshop File
  • Planning the animation
  • Importing a Photoshop file
  • Animating text using presets
  • Creating a shootout animation
  • Animating using effects
  • Animating the background
2. Creating 3D Typography
  • Using the mini flowchart
  • Converting the text to 3D
  • Extruding and texturing text
  • Adding reflections using environment
3. Compositing Techniques
  • Animating the tennis ball
  • Creating transparency
  • Creating an ending transition
  • Creating the 3D tennis ball
4. Outputting the Result
  • Rendering a master file
  • Fixing colors
  • Enabling motion blur
  • Faking motion blur
  • Render a delivery file
  • Next steps

Taught by

Eran Stern

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