Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Converting vector layers to shapes (new in CS6), part of After Effects Apprentice 14: Shape Layers.
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A nice feature added to After Effects CS6 is the ability to change vector…artwork, such as layers imported from Adobe Illustrator, into shape layers that…you can then further manipulate inside After Effects.…If you have access to the CS6 version of the project files, open up the comp…SB-Vectors to Shapes* starter.…In it I have a single Adobe Illustrator layer, and it has a very simple logo…created from multiple shapes, including text.…I merged the layers of the original Illustrator file into a single After Effects…layer when I imported it.…
But just to remind you, you do have a function to right-click and…convert flattened or merge artwork from Photoshop or Illustrator into a…layered composition.…This does buy you some flexibility.…I'll open up the now-nested composition that has all the individual layers.…However, these are still just pixel-based layers once brought into After Effects.…You do not have access in After Effects to the paths that form those layers. I'm going to undo.…
Therefore, a welcome addition in CS6 is the ability to right-click on a layer [00:01:13 .86] or go to the Layer Menu and select Create Shapes from Vectors.…
The After Effects Apprentice videos on lynda.com were created by Trish and Chris Meyer and are designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice. We are honored to host these tutorials in the lynda.com Online Training Library®.
- 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 Brainstorm with shape layers
- Showing tips for stylizing sidebars