After Effects CC Animating with Shape Layers

This course will teach you the ins and outs of creating and animating the many kinds of shape objects by creating a motion graphic project made entirely of shape layers. Software required: After Effects CC.
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Rating
(36)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Mar 29, 2017
Duration
2h 15m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(36)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Mar 29, 2017
Duration
2h 15m
Description

Shape layers are a deeply integral part of any After Effects animation. In this course, After Effects CC Animating with Shape Layers, you'll learn all aspects of shape layers and how to apply and reinforce the concepts by creating an animated game of pong, made entirely of shapes. First, you'll explore the various types of shape layers and the many tools. Next, you'll dive into shape layers' properties and key framing one shape to morph into another. Then, you'll easily create an explosion with the repeater operation and a laser with zig zag. Finally, you'll learn how to easily share the power of shape layers with text created in After Effects, as well as vector files created in Illustrator. By the end of this course, you'll be comfortable creating, manipulating, and animating shape layers. Software required: After Effects CC.

About the author
About the author

Jeff has over 10 years experience working in video production and product management.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone. My name is Jeff Hurd, and welcome to my Pluralsight course, After Effects CC, Animating with Shape Layers. Shape layers are an extremely important part of After Effects because they're such a powerful tool in creating animations. Learn the in and outs of creating, as well as animating the many kinds of shape layers by creating a motion graphics project made entirely of shape layers. Some of the major topics that we'll cover include introduction to shapes. What are the various types of shape layers and the many tools, such as the Pen Tool, that can create them. Manipulating shape paths. We will dive into shape layers proprieties and keyframing framing one shape to morph into another shape using the shape path. Shape path operations. We'll easily create an explosion with the repeater operation and a laser with Zig Zag. Did I mention shape layers are a lot of fun? Convert text and Illustrator files to shape layers. Shape layers are powerful, so I'll show you how to easily share that power with text layers created in After Effects, as well as vector files created in Illustrator. By the end of this course, you'll be comfortable creating, manipulating, and animating shape layers. Before beginning the course, I recommend being familiar with the basics of After Effects. The beginner courses in our After Effects learning path can quickly get you up to speed. I hope you'll join me to learn After Effects CC, the fun and easy way, with the Animating Shape Layers course at Pluralsight.