A shape layer can have multiple shapes on it, and I am going to demonstrate a…couple of ways of doing this in the next two movies.…First off, I am going to select that that pen shape layer I created in the…previous movie and delete it, so we just have our rounded rectangle that we started with.…With the layer selected, I want to go up to my tools, select a different…tool, such as Ellipse, make sure that I have set to Tool Creates Shape rather…than masking my shape.…This is the default. Click and drag.…
And again as before, I can hold down the spacebar and reposition my shape, hold…Command or Ctrl to draw it from the center rather than from a corner, and get…this where I want it to be, say there.…Once I have done that, you will see now I have two shape groups as part of this shape layer.…As a matter of fact, I will go ahead and rename this back to shape layer1.…I will press Return to select it, Delete to delete the name I gave it, press…Return again, and I am back to its original name.…These two shape groups have their own individual shapes, stroke, fill, and…
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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