Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Automatic animation, part of After Effects Apprentice: 14 Shape Layers.
Our goal in this exercise is to create a random abstract animating shape akin to…into this animated bar that I created earlier.…Now you're probably use to looking at shape layers and thinking, Well, they are…hard-edged vector art. How do you create something like this?…Well it's done really that hard. If you have the exercise files, open up the comp 05-Abstract*starter.…If you don't have the files, it's pretty simple.…You just go ahead and make a rounded rectangle, give it a separate fill and stroke.…I'll select the layer, and in this case I've made the fill 50%, just so I get…some more interesting color variations when copies of the shape overlap. I'll click OK.…
The first thing I want to do is create some automatic movement in this layer.…Now as I mentioned earlier, underneath the Effects & Presets, inside Animation/…Presets/Behaviors, you do have effects such as Wiggle - position.…The problem is this moves the entire layer, but what we want are a bunch of…individual shapes on the same layer all moving independent from each other.…
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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