Shape layers are built-in vector tools like that found in Adobe Illustrator but with added properties that can be animated. Illustrator layers are convertible to native After Effect shape layers.
that allows After Effects to generate its own vector art … within the program. … directly inside of After Effects. … First and foremost, when it comes to creating shape layers, … inside of your timeline. … to either of these primitives or our pen tool … including solid color, linear gradient, … Something like so. … Let's enable our stroke options. … And instead of white I think I might want a dark green. … and note that we have a brand new … And because it has a stopwatch this means … Which makes this a super powerful tool … You'll note here that we have the stroke color. … because we can have a separate transform for our shape. … So here I'm moving the position of the shape … which is inside the layer. … So let's twirl all this up and we'll rename this Body. … I'll hold down alt or option and tap on the swatch. … Let's change up the stroke width. … And now if I click and drag I can use the bezier handles … to draw out my arms. … So here's an elbow and if I click one more time … here's my wrist. …
- Shape layers and masks
- Track mattes
- Rigging characters
- Using the Puppet tool for rigging
- Adding and adjusting keyframes
- Looping animation
- Animating with motion paths and motion sketch
- Adding cameras for multiplane environments
- Lighting animation
- Rendering animation
Skill Level Beginner
After Effects CC 2019 New Featureswith Mark Christiansen34m 12s Intermediate
1. Working with Layers and Shapes
2. Rigging Character Controls
3. Working with Animation
4. Creating Multiplane Environments
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