Quick practical tips for improving your UI/Web transitions.

4 simple After Effects tips for making smooth transitions.

1. Get the AEUX plugin.

Super nice tool to easily export your groups and layers to After Effects. UX motion design with the tools you use(Figma/Sketch/XD).

Download here: https://aeux.io/guide/download.html

2. Use masks.

Masks are a great way to create elegant transitions. This is a super easy trick you can do.

Here is an example with no mask:

No mask applied.

Here is an example with mask:

Mask applied.

Here’s how you can do this:

  • Create a shape layer
  • Put it above your the image/layer you want to mask.
  • For the layer/images you want to mask Press on “Toggle Switch / Modes” and select “Alpha Matte Shape Layer 1”.
Choose shape layer as Alpha Matte for the image.

3. Do not use the default “Ease in / Ease out” properties.

Try to play a bit with the proprietes by using the “Graph Editor”.

Here is an example with the default animation proprietes:

Default easing proprietes.

Here is an example with the custom animation proprietes:

Custom easing proprietes.

The only thing you have to do is to play a bit with the values in the Graph Editor so that you have smoother animations.

To create that smooth effect you have to change it like this:

From “meh” to “yeah”

4. Add a short delay between the elements

Adding a bit of delay between the elements you need to transitions helps a lot creating a more smoother feel and reduce cognitive load.

Here is an example with a no delay between elements:

No delay between elements.

Here is an example with delay between elements:

Delay between elements

Here’s how you can do this:

Pro tip* — Always try to keep your transitions under 3 seconds.


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