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Working with Shape Layers in After Effects
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Released Aug 11, 2014
Alex Hernandez

Pluralsight

Alex Hernandez
In this series of tutorials, we will talk about some of the different ways you can create and utilize shapes in After Effects. We will start by going over the basics of using the shape tools to make shape layers and the difference between parametric and Bezier paths. We'll explore the control we have over polygons and stars that can create an endless possibility of intricate shapes. We'll talk about using the add menu to create new shapes or add shape attributes to our shape layers. Next we'll import vector artwork from Illustrator and convert to shapes so that we can utilize the repeater. We'll tell a story with shape morphing and learn the importance of defining the first vertex. We'll also get an understanding of the importance of stacking order within our shape layer. Finally, we'll combine shape attributes to create a particle like effect that is mainly being driven by changing the properties of a stroke.
Introduction and project overview
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Introduction and project overview

 
00:59
Shape layer fundamentals
2

Shape layer fundamentals

 
08:55
Telling a story with shapes
3

Telling a story with shapes

 
07:35
Creating a car and capitol with shape tools
4

Creating a car and capitol with shape tools

 
05:41
Finishing the assets for our story
5

Finishing the assets for our story

 
09:26
Animating our story
6

Animating our story

 
09:35
Continuing our story animation
7

Continuing our story animation

 
10:04
Animating the capitol asset into the fork
8

Animating the capitol asset into the fork

 
07:53
Continuing our story with the fork and phone
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Continuing our story with the fork and phone

 
09:15
Converting vector layers to shape layers
10

Converting vector layers to shape layers

 
11:40
Creating a particle effect with shapes
11

Creating a particle effect with shapes

 
08:14
Adding details to our particle effect
12

Adding details to our particle effect

 
08:26
Creating an environment for our comet
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Creating an environment for our comet

 
08:48