Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Animating a 3D shape (new in CS6), part of After Effects Apprentice 14: Shape Layers.
In the previous movies we've beveled and extruded our shape layer and played…around with the reflectivity and transparency of this object.…However, it's just kind of sitting there in space.…I mean, yes, I could select my Camera tool and orbit around my world if I wanted…to, but let's remember that shape layers can be animated, including all of their…individual properties.…So let's have some fun with that.…Press V to return to my Selection tool, clean up my Timeline a little bit here,…make sure my Shape group is selected, and let's add a couple of parameters.…
For example, you can add Twist.…This will twist the vectors of your shape layer, which are then extruded,…beveled, and rendered.…You'll see the default is a slight amount of twist.…I can go ahead and create something a bit more severe, a bit more fun, like…about that, and if I like, keyframe it.…I'll press End and rotate it back in the opposite direction. There we go.…And now that twist will animate and be rendered for each frame of my composition.…
The After Effects Apprentice series was created by Trish and Chris Meyer. These tutorials are designed for After Effects CS4 through CC, and can be used on their own or as a companion to the Meyer's book, After Effects Apprentice.
- Drawing parametric shapes and pen paths
- Creating multiple shape groups
- Exploring Wiggle Paths and the Wiggle Transform effect
- Defining gradient fills
- Creating a swarm
- Blending multiple shapes into a texture
- Crafting and animating dotted and dashed lines
- Combining effects, layer styles, expressions, and the Brainstorm tool with shape layers
- Showing tips for stylizing sidebars
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Drawing Shapes
2. Multiple Shape Paths
Creating compound paths8m 14s
3. Shape Effects
4. Crosshair Exercise
5. Abstract Texture Exercise
6. Map Path Exercise
7. Animated Logo Exercise
8. Ray-Traced 3D and Shapes (CS6 only)
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