Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Refining the frame, part of After Effects Apprentice 16: Creating a Medical Opening Title.
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I've created a new shape layer and created two separate paths or shape groups…inside the same shape layer, one defining the outside of my frame, …one defining the inside, time to start using these paths to create my actual cutout.…Now After Effects creates a new shape group everytime you start drawing another path on the same layer.…I actually want both of those paths to be part of the same group.…That way I can subtract one from the other.…
Now that I'm done drawing my paths, I'm going to select V to return to my Section tool …and with my Hero Title timeline tab selected, I'm going to press the tilde (~) key …to take up my entire display.…Shape layers have a lot of parameters and sometimes you might temporarily need…the additional real estate to see what you're doing.…I'll take my Path from Shape 2, that was my inner path, and drag it below my Path from Shape 1.…And I'm going to rename these groups to help me keep things straight.…This is hero frame, this path is the outer path, and this path is the inner path.…
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- Animating to music
- Arranging layers in 3D space
- Performing time stretches
- Working with 3D camera tracking
- Typesetting and animating text
- Adding effects like drop shadows and motion blur
- Creating and animating shape layers
- Building and delivering a broadcast package