One of the strengths of shape layers is to create very interesting stroked…paths and outlines.…If you have access to the exercise files, open up the comp 06-Map Path*starter.…If you don't have the files, go ahead and create anything you'd like to draw a map path across.…Now, the first thing I want to do is create a path, but I don't want to make it…a mask shape on this path; instead, I'm going to create a brand new shape layer…that's going to lay on top of this map.…So I'm going to make sure that layer is not selected.…I've locked it just to make sure you can't either; otherwise, we'd be masking it.…
Second, I'm going to select the Pen tool, because I want to make this free-form…rather than a parametric shape like a square.…Let's go ahead and set up our parameters before we draw.…I don't need a fill, since it's just going to be a stroked path, so I'm going…to hold Option or Alt and click on the color swatch till I get red line, which means no fill.…However, I do want the stroke to be a solid color.…
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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