Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a swarm, part of After Effects Apprentice: 14 Shape Layers.
In the previous movie, I created this one randomly moving shape.…I used the one wiggle for its scale and another wiggle for its position.…Now let's create a whole bunch of these shapes. To do so, we want to use the…Repeater to take this one shape and repeat it multiple times. So I'll select Add > Repeater.…Initially, Repeater creates three copies.…Let's create a bunch more, like 18 or so.…Now the Repeater by default pushes things off in the X dimension, but even more…important, if I just RAM-preview, you'll see that all these shapes are moving in unison.…
Well, that's a rendering-order issue.…We're wiggling our shape. Then we're repeating that wiggle. Instead, we want to…repeat our shape, then wiggle all those repeats. I'll RAM-preview.…This is more what I wanted and while I'm at it, I'm going to cut down my…offset to zero because I can go ahead and repeat them on top of each other and…let them all wiggle independently.…This is a lot more fun. I like this.…I'm going to show you a couple of more tricks here.…
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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