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After Effects Apprentice: 14 Shape Layers

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Learn how to create and animate vector-based artwork directly inside After Effects.

In this course, author Chris Meyer shows how to create and animate vector-based artwork directly inside Adobe After Effects. The course covers the ins and outs of working with shape layers, including creating shape paths, applying shape effects, and reordering shape operators. The course also contains a series of exercises on creating common motion graphics elements using shape layers.

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.


  • Welcome
  • Software versions and exercise files
1. Drawing Shapes
  • Shape tool overview
  • Drawing parametric shapes
  • Drawing pen paths
  • Convert to Bezier paths
2. Multiple Shape Paths
  • Creating multiple shape groups
  • Creating multiple paths in the same group
  • Creating compound paths
3. Shape Effects
  • Exploring shape effects
  • Wiggle Paths
  • Repeater
  • Wiggle Transform
  • Combining Wiggle Transform with the Repeater
4. Crosshair Exercise
  • Editing gradients
  • Creating open paths
5. Abstract Texture Exercise
  • Automatic animation
  • Creating a swarm
  • Blending multiple shapes into a texture
6. Map Path Exercise
  • Creating a RotoBezier path
  • Dashes and gaps
  • Animating a line
7. Animated Logo Exercise
  • Using the Repeater to create an end pose
  • Using Brainstorm to create an animation
8. Ray-Traced 3D and Shapes (CS6 only)
  • Geometry options (new in CS6)
  • Material options (new in CS6)
  • Animating a 3D shape (new in CS6)
9. Sidebars
  • Tips for stylized bars
  • Additional shape presets
  • Convert vector layers to shapes (new in CS6)
  • Convert type to shape layers

Taught by

Chris Meyer and Trish Meyer

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