Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Shape Layers, part of After Effects CS4: Apprentice's Guide to Key Features.
Shape layers are one of the significant new features that were added to…After Effects back in version CS3. Shape layers are a way of bringing the vector…drawing tools of Illustrator into After Effects and allowing you to animate them. …Here we would like to give you a quick overview of how to create and edit shape layers.…Now those of you who are familiar with After Effects may remember the Mask tool…and the Pen tool. These tools now double up to create shape layers.…For example, I will just draw out a quick rectangle here. If you already have a…layer selected, these tools can either create a new shape that will be added to…the existing shape layer or they can mask that shape layer. Now which they do…is determined by these two buttons, either create a shape or create a mask.…
But again, if you have got nothing selected, you are creating a shape layer. …I am going to delete this layer for now. There are also additional buttons along…the top Tool menu about your Fill Options. In this case, I am going to go and…
After Effects CS4: Apprentice's Guide to Key Features is a series of guided tours with Chris and Trish Meyer. It is designed as a gentle introduction to some of the major features of After Effects CS4. This quick–start course is for beginners who already know how to animate, users who are not familiar with the latest version, or those who need to get up to speed with advanced tools. Chris and Trish cover features such as text animators, shape layers, expressions, and motion tracking. These guided tours are also included with the second edition of Chris and Trish Meyer's book, After Effects Apprentice (Focal Press).
To learn the basics of animating in After Effects CS4, check out After Effects CS4 Getting Started with Chad Perkins in the lynda.com Online Training Library®. To go deeper, see Chad's After Effects CS4 Essential Training. To get an overview of the new features in After Effects CS4, watch After Effects CS4 New Creative Techniques with Chris and Trish Meyer.
To purchase After Effects Apprentice—the book—go to www.amazon.com.
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- Working with Text Essentials and Animators
- Using Tracker controls