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After Effects Guru: Working with Vectors

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Learn how to animate vector graphics from Photoshop and Illustrator with After Effects.

Join Ian Robinson for a closer look at all of the different ways to animate vector graphics in Adobe After Effects. But rather than focusing on just the tools native to After Effects, he explores why you should consider integrating Photoshop and Illustrator into your vector motion-graphics workflow. Learn about time-saving vector creation tools native to each application, from the Custom Shape tool in Photoshop to the Blend tool in Illustrator. Ian also shows how to tie all of these elements together while exploring how to import and animate vectors in After Effects with shape layers and the dynamic effects Stroke and Vegas.

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  • Welcome
  • What you should know before watching this course
  • Using the exercise files
1. Analyzing Vectors across Creative Cloud
  • Advantages of creating vectors in Photoshop
  • Advantages of creating vectors in Illustrator
  • Advantages of creating vectors in After Effects
2. Working with Vectors from Photoshop
  • Optimizing layers for animation in After Effects
  • Animating titles from Photoshop
  • Speed tip: Animating custom shapes from Photoshop
3. Working with Vectors from Illustrator
  • Optimizing Illustrator files for After Effects
  • Creating custom type with text from Illustrator
  • Building custom repeating shapes with the Blend tool
  • Speed tip: Animating repeating shapes
4. Creating and Animating Vectors in After Effects
  • Efficient type animation in After Effects
  • Dynamic transitions with the Vegas and Stroke effects
  • Timing animated vectors
  • Stylizing animated shape layers

Taught by

Ian Robinson

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