Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating open paths, part of After Effects Apprentice: 14 Shape Layers.
Now that I've created the lens of my crosshair, I need to create my crosshair lines.…There is a couple of ways I can do that.…One, I could create just very skinny rectangles and put them in position for…those lines. Or I could use the Pen tool to create what's referred to as open…paths or open shapes--just use them to create a line without having to close it and fill it.…So I'm going to select the Pen tool.…Since I want these pen paths to be part of the same shape, I want to make sure…that this is set to Tool Creates Shape, as opposed to Tool Creates Mask.…
So I'll click that and by default, I'm going to be using the current fill and stroke.…However, just adding a new shape with the Pen tool will create a new shape group,…which gives me a brand new stroke and a brand new fill, so I can change these…colors later if I want to.…Okay, when I'm drawing with the Pen tool, I'm pretty much drawing free-form.…If I want to draw something very precise, like a precisely vertical line, I'm…going to need some help.…
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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