Let's say you are supposed to create an animated logo for a client, but you are…just having trouble getting inspired.…Let's explore a couple of different ways you can use shape layers and other…parts of After Effects to help you out.…If you have the exercise files, open up the comp 07-Brainstorm*starter.…Let's say you have already gotten this far.…You start off with a simple rectangle, you give it a nice gradient fill--and…again, you can edit the gradient and the opacity as required--…and you even used shape effects to give it a more interesting geometric look.…
I will twirl this open and you see Zig Zag has control over how much you push…out the side segments, as well as how complex the final shape is.…That's a little crazy.…Let's go back to 1. Sometimes simplicity works very nicely.…Well, this is nice, but it's just one shape.…You want to have something more to it and you want to have some movement.…Well, what can you do?…Well, here's one idea,…and that's to fall back on a shape effect called Repeater.…
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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