Most shape effects control what happens during line segments of your original…shape, for example, Zig Zag, Rounded Corners, Wiggle Paths, et cetera. However, an…exception to this is the Repeater,…so let's play around with that for a little bit.…If you have access to the exercise files, open up the Comps 02-Repeater*starter.…What I did here is I just used the Pen tool to create something that looks a bit…like a flame, a bit like a flower petal, something organic.…
You can go ahead and create your own shape.…You'll see in this case I used the gradient fill instead of a solid-color fill.…We'll play with the gradients just a little bit later on.…Now effects like the Repeater are indeed sensitive to the rendering order…of your shape layer.…I personally find that quite often I like to repeat the result of the entire…group, including its transformations.…So rather than selecting a group, I'll just select the whole layer, Add >…Repeater, and Repeater will now appear after the entire group.…
Let's twirl open Repeater, and we see we do have a Copies parameter.…
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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