Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating compound paths, part of After Effects Apprentice: 14 Shape Layers.
We've been playing around with different ways of creating multiple paths within…the same shape layer.…Once you have that, there is different ways of combining those paths together to…create what are called compound paths.…To do that, let's work through a little exercise of creating a gear.…I am going to go ahead and open up a new blank composition, in this case…03-Gear*starter, and let's build up our gear a piece at a time.…I'm going to start off with creating a star.…The points on that star are going to be the starting point for our teeth.…
Once I've selected the tool, I'm going to make sure that I'm filling with a…solid color. That's good.…I think I want to go with a 100% fill for this particular shape since gears tend to be solid.…Pick any color you like. As you may have noticed by now with multiple lessons,…I'm partial to gold.…Stroke, again I'm going to make a solid color. 100% Opacity.…I want to go back to a white stroke like I had before, and maybe something a…little bit more subtle for a stroke, maybe four pixels in this case.…
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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