Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Animating a line, part of After Effects Apprentice: 14 Shape Layers.
Now that we have our stroked path that goes along the course of this map,…we'd like to animate this map path in some way.…There's a couple of ways of doing that.…One, the Dashes parameter inside Stroke has a parameter called Offset.…Scrubbing or animating this parameter will move your dashes along your line.…Notice that scrubbing towards the right makes my line go towards the right.…If I want to reverse the direction of my path, I go up to Path, click the…Reverse Direction, and now scrubbing a positive Offset will cause it to animate…in the opposite direction.…
And you can do that with any shapes.…All paths do have this Reverse Direction switch.…The second approach is to use a shape effect that we saw earlier, Trim Path, to…actually animate entire length of the path on and off.…So I will turn on Trim Paths, twirl it open, set my End down to 0, then animate…it to bring on my dashed line, and let it travel across my map.…I can even set up an animation doing that.…
So you can draw it on…or leave it in place and cause it to travel along your path.…
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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