Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Dashes and gaps, part of After Effects Apprentice: 14 Shape Layers.
The default for shape layers is a solid stroked line, but the Stroke module…in your shape group has a lot of interesting options.…I'm going to twirl it open, and I am going to look at this section called Dashes.…This is a way of breaking up that line.…Initially, there's nothing underneath it;…however, as soon as you click the plus icon, you will see that your solid line…has broken up into a series of dashes.…Let us zoom up to 100% so that you can see that even better.…
The length of that dash and also the spacing in between the dash is controlled…by scrubbing the Dash parameter.…Let's go up to 50 just for something nice and even.…Once we have a longer dash to work with, you can start thinking about the…character of that dash. Namely, how do we want the ends of that dash to be drawn?…That's controlled by the Line Cap parameter.…The default is what's called a Butt Cap because it's straight off.…If you would prefer to round it, choose Round Cap,…and now you have something more like sausages,…a little bit softer.…
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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