Creating an Interactive Mindmap
This is going to be one of the coolest mindmaps ever!
Today we will use Photophop and After Effects to create a Mindmap. This mindmap will be highly interactive. It will have sound que’s before you speak as well as have the elements come in with little pop noises. The pop noises are the sound que’s for when you begin speaking about the part that just popped in. I will give you an idea of what I mean in THIS YOUTUBE VIDEO. I created this mindmap for a school project and decided to make a tutorial on it. I didn’t want to make a regular mindmap with no interactivity because the project required me to give a presentation along with it. I will only be covering the making of the mindmap here. The thank you outro uses Element 3D as well as some elements from the Red Giant VFX suite. I plan on making a different tutorial to cover those later on. I hope you find this useful.
Downloading the Assets
Since I use Adobe Stock that is where I got my mind map. However not everyone has an Adobe stock subscription so I will provide links to a free one. The same goes for my background music and the pop sound effects. I also have a subscription to Envato. So that is where I got my sound effects from. I will provide a link to some FREE sound effects and music. Of course you’re going to have to plan out what content goes into you’re mindmap but this will help you make something striking for your audience.
Here is the link toTHE MINDMAP. You will have to sign up for pngtree but they give you 2 free assets a day. I recommend downloading the ai file as it will give you full control over editing the colors and positioning. I will briefly explain that in the next section. Here are some links to SOME FREE MUSIC. As well as SOME FREE SOUND EFFECTS. Finally A link to a WEBBED BACKGROUND LAYER. So you can achieve something very close to what I have here. Go ahead and download the assets. Then we’ll get started with the tutorial on the mindmap.
Using an ai file gives us more control opposed to using a png file. What if the mindmap has too many circles for our plan? Or what if we don’t like the colors? Well that’s why we downloaded the ai. Open up illustrator and load the mindmap file provided from the link above. I will briefly explain how to edit the colors and positioning of some of the elements to give you an idea.
Let's start with Illustrator
Now lets export this for photoshop. Select file, export, export as. Select JPEG or PNG from the list in the options dropdown and save it to your desired location. Next we’ll be getting into photoshop to add in the content for our mindmap. After that we will take everything into after effects and animate it.
We could have just designed our entire mindmap in Illustrator. Then used that in after effects. But because we will be using images. Photoshop is better since we can utilize it’s masking tools. Also exporting a png file is quicker in photoshop. This will make things a little easier for us since we will be using png files a lot here. From here on out I will be using the file from in the youtube video. You will just have to follow along with what you have. I will do my best to guide you through the process.
Now on to Photoshop.
Alright. Now we’re ready to have some real fun inside of After Effects and bring this mindmap to life! If you’re happy enough with what you’ve got so far you don’t have to carry on. I want to create something interactive for my presentation. For that reason I am going to carry on. This will also aid us in presenting because using After Effects will allow us to add in sound que’s. A static image would not allow for this and wouldn’t be nearly as interactive.
Animating the Mindmap.
We’ll use After Effects to bring our mindmap to life. I’ll show you how to get everything started. Then I am going to leave it to you to finish your project off. Because bringing in every layer is pretty much the same process I will only show it once. I used a short clip of me doing a backflip off some waterfalls as a short intro clip. This will allow me some time to introduce myself to my audience. The dramatic clip will draw in their attention by creating a feeling of suspense. It’s good to start things off with either making your audience laugh or drawing them in with suspense. This will captivate their attention right from the get go.
I hope you enjoyed my blog post! It was my first one ever and I had lots of fun creating it. What started out as a requirement for a school assignment just turned into another addiction. I am looking forward to bringing you more great blog content in the near future. If you know of any other secret functionalities laying beneath the depths of the infamous caps lock key within any Adobe products, please leave a comment below. I would love to hear about it. I might even add it to this blog post crediting you for it!
Until Next Time…