How to Orient Moving Objects Along a Path in After Effects


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Orienting moving objects along a path

In the case of our character moving around this path, she really doesn't need to rotate as she moves around. It would look weird if she did. Looking pretty good there, but in other cases, when we want to move an object along a path such as this maroon arrow at the bottom, we don't want it to keep facing to the right. We want it to orient along the direction of the path. If we click this bottom arrow, you can see the motion path I've created for this layer and we don't want it to point that way. We want it to follow, to point upwards when it's going here, and then to point downwards in the middle of the path and point back up again as it's going on its final descent into the last keyframe.

So, what we can do is we don't have to animate rotation, but we could automatically have After Effects orient this object along its path, which is just so helpful. And to do that, simply right-click on the layer and go to Transform and then go to at the bottom of this Transfor...

Orienting moving objects along a path
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Orienting moving objects along a path provides you with in-depth training on Video. Taught by Chad Perkins as part of the After Effects CS5 Essential Training

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