Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Using advanced parametric shapes, part of After Effects Apprentice 05: Creating Transparency.
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In the previous movie, I showed using the Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, and…Ellipse tools to draw mask shapes.…However, you also have the more complex Polygon and Star tools, which have a lot…more options to draw complex shapes with rounded corners and as such.…Let's start with the Polygon tool.…I'll click-and-drag.…I don't like where that's centered.…So I'll press the Spacebar and re- center it to where at least I get to see a…little bit of shrubbery down here.…If I hold the Shift key, it will auto-orient my polygon.…If I release, I get to rotate my polygon, and again, you can use the cursor keys…to change some parameters of this.…
The Up and Down arrows control how many sides are to the polygon, while the…Right and Left keys control the rounding of the corners of the polygon.…Note that you can go ahead and round to where this shape actually either becomes…a circle and pushes out further or actually twist around on itself.…So you can create a lot of very interesting shapes.…Press Shift to center the top node and release my mouse and I'll undo.…
The After Effects Apprentice videos on lynda.com were created by Trish and Chris Meyer and are designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice. We are honored to host these tutorials in the lynda.com Online Training Library®.
- Creating masks using parametric shapes or freeform with the Pen tool
- Editing and animating masks
- Combining multiple masks
- Using one layer to define the transparency of others
- Explaining the interaction between effects, masks, and mattes
- Mastering mask animation