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(21)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
March 29, 2017
Duration
2h 14m
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 as a Motion Graphic Artist, Video Editor and Production Manager.

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Transcript
Transcript

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 ins and outs of creating as well as animating the many kinds of shape objects in After Effects by creating a motion graphic project made entirely of shape layers.

Some of the major topics that we will 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’ properties and key framing one shape to morph into another shape)
  • 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 created in after effects as well as vector files created in illustrator)
By the end of this course, you will be comfortable creating, manipulating and animating shape layers.

Before beginning the course, I recommend being familiar with After Effect’s basics. 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.