The Ultimate Guide to Shape Layers in After Effects

Jake Bartlett, Motion Designer

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12 Lessons (1h 48m)
    • 1. Trailer

      0:30
    • 2. Types of Shapes

      7:33
    • 3. Styling Shapes

      6:51
    • 4. Shape Layer Structure

      3:59
    • 5. From Illustrator to After Effects

      8:10
    • 6. Building in After Effects Pt. 1

      15:48
    • 7. Building in After Effects Pt.2

      10:17
    • 8. Understanding Operators

      14:52
    • 9. Animating Pt. 1

      15:10
    • 10. Animating Pt. 2

      8:00
    • 11. Animating Pt. 3

      15:54
    • 12. Thanks!

      0:26
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Project Description

Create A Minimalist Animation Inspired By Your Favorite Movie

ASSIGNMENT

Create and animate a minimalist-style design using basic geometric shapes inspired by your favorite movie. This could be a simplified rendition of a movie poster, or an original piece based on a particular scene or character. You'll have creative freedom of the styling and animation of your design, but the core components will be made entirely from shape layers.

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(my class project)

DELIVERABLE

Upload your final animation to showcase in the project gallery. A finished project could be a looping gif, or a video clip of your animation. If you choose to use a video you can post a link from a website like youtube or vimeo. Just make sure you loop it a couple times so it's easier to re-watch. 

Also keep in mind that you don't have to wait for the finished project to post; I want to encourage you to post progress updates every step of the way and feel free to ask for feedback. I want to see what you're making!

INSPIRATION

To get some ideas on how to design your graphic using basic shapes, look through some of the collections of art I've put together on pinterest.

Examples of Minimalist Design 
Examples of Shape Layer Animation

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

After Effects Keyboard Shortcuts

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