Im trying to make an animated GIF of all the countries’ flags in the world in the below animated “coin” format.
On one side is the flag, on another is a “Save Soil” logo.
The two variables are: The Flag, obviously is one variable. The other is the logo, as some countries will have a logo in that language, while others will just/also be in English.
My first workflow was importing a PSD with the two layers in to AE. Then I exported the output as a PNG/Alpha sequence, then brought them into Photoshop and exported as the final GIF with transparency, to get little better control over the size/# of colors.
Doing a few is easy. Just replacing the flags/logo from smart objects in PSD . The re-opening the linked file in AE file and re-rendering. Back in PSD, I just replaced the footage of the sequence. Then Re-exporting the new GIF.
But…. doing over 100 will be too tedious… Does anyone have suggestion on how to batch automate this workflow?
The Flags and Logo are/can be EPS/PNG files, which I guess can be directly imported in AE (we can remove the first PSD step)… but how to get the rest done, I have no idea 🙂
I think I’d probably use Essential Graphics to handle the different images. That would get me an interchangeable effect. Then its just a case of dropping each image into a new comp and adding the essential graphics comp.
Alternatively, if you made a single comp 100 rotations long, and used all your flags as an image sequence precomp (add them all and then use Sequence Layers), you could make a single comp, and chop that up after rendering. Not sure it would be any quicker.
Dataclay Templater is made for this type of batch versioning/rendering. The perpetual Rig license doesn’t require a subscription, but you’ll need to manually submit each render. To automate batch render, you’ll need to upgrade to at least one month of Pro ($100/month).