Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Editing gradients, part of After Effects Apprentice: 14 Shape Layers.
In this chapter, we're going to create a little crosshair display element.…And doing so, we're going to learn how to create gradient fills and also work a…little bit more with the Pen tool.…If you have the exercise files, open up the comp 04-Display*starter.…Since we intend to use this as an element in another composition later on,…we've just gone ahead and created a relatively small 400x400 pixel composition.…And we've created a rounded rectangle or more accurately, a rounded square, as…our starting point.…I'll select that shape layer, and we'll see the fill and stroke reappear on my toolbar.…
If I click on Fill, what we see it currently is a solid color with an opacity of 100%.…I can confirm that by turning on the transparency grid.…Obviously, we can't see through this, which doesn't make it all that great of a crosshair.…You need to be able to see through those things to see what you're aiming at. Well, that's okay.…You can change the fill color and fill type after the fact.…One way is just to click on the Fill options and change it right here along the…
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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