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How to Create a Circle Loading Animation in After Effects

Caleb Ward

In this video tutorial you’ll learn how to create a slick loading animation in After Effects.

Adobe After Effects

Discover an easy way to create an Apple style loading wheel in After Effects. Your friends will be so impressed!

The technique is very simple. The video covers:

  • Using expressions to round up decimals
  • Using the a repeater to animate around a circle
  • Adjusting start and endpoint opacities

While not actually functional, this circle loading animation can be cleverly used in your motion graphics.

Don’t want to watch the video? Follow along with the step-by-step tutorial below. Click any image for larger view. 

1 Create a new composition then create a new shape layer with a white ellipses.

2 Move the position of the ellipses to -250 then add a repeater.

3 Set the position of the repeater to 0, rotation to 30 and copies to 12. 

4 Set a keyframe for the copies to start at 0. 

5 Move ahead 30 frames and set the copies to 12. 

6 Set the starting opacity to 0 and the ending opacity to 100 percent. 

7 Set an offset keyframe every 30 frames that increases by 12. 

8 To get rid of decimals add an expression to the offset: Math.round(“pickwhip to the offset”)

9 Add the same expression to the copies but replace the word “offset” with “copies”.

If you have any questions regarding this tutorial or if you have any quick tips for creating loading bars in After Effects, please comment below!