Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Material options (new in CS6), part of After Effects Apprentice: 14 Shape Layers.
In the previous movie we extruded and beveled our shape layer.…In this movie we're going to make it far more interesting by playing around with…its transparency and reflectivity.…Transparency is how you make an object appear to be made out of, say, acrylic or glass.…As I increase Transparency, you will see through the faces of the shape layer to…the back surfaces, the back bevels, and the environment layer behind everything.…When you make something transparent, it can be hard to make out the shape,…because the more transparent you go, the less diffuse color you can see.…
All I have here are the specular highlights to make out the shape of the layer.…So I tend to balance these off by having a little bit less transparency, just to…have a little bit of body there, but also by increasing Transparency Rolloff.…This parameter affects how transparent the object is based on what angle you're…viewing that particular surface.…As I increase it, you'll see the surfaces that are at angles, like some of 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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