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After Effects CC Animating with Shape Layers

by Jeff Hurd

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.

What you'll learn

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

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

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