In a previous movie I had multiple shape groups as part of the same shape layer.…Now, I'll just quickly undo to restore that ellipse, just remind you what I…had here, but I'll delete that for now.…However, there are times when it's useful to have multiple paths as part of the…same group so that they get the same stroke and same fill, and that allows you to do…some other things, which we'll show you later.…Now, when you use the shape tools, you will always create a brand-new shape group.…If you want to create a new path inside an existing shape group, you need to…select that group, then use this Add function. It exists down here in the Timeline…panel, as well as up here in the toolbar.…
I prefer to use one in the Timeline panel, because this is where I'm working.…I'll select Add and in this case I'll add a polystar.…It is a type of parametric shape;…it can be either a polygon or a star.…Once I've done that, you'll see that I now have these two paths inside of my same group.…If I change the fill color, it will change the fill for both of those paths.…
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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