How to Move Arrows in After Effects

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Moving arrows in After Effects is something that you can do in just a few short moments. Move arrows in After Effects with help from a professional in the fields of video/film production and art in this free video clip.

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Hi. I'm Cori DiSimone, an animator. And I'm going to tell you how you can move arrows in After Effects. The first thing that you want to do is create your arrow. And so you're going to create a solid layer to the color that you want your arrow to be. Then choose the pen tool and draw your arrow. And then to adjust the shape of your arrow, you're going to choose the arrow tool, and then select and pull the different points of the arrow out until it looks the way that you want it to. Next you're going to want to animate the movement of your arrow. And so, you continue with that arrow tool, pull the arrow to where you want the start position to be, open up the layers down below, select the position and then choose key frames for where you would like your arrow to go. So, once you set the stopwatch on the position, every time you move the time line and you move your arrow, it's going to set a different key frame for the movement of the arrow. To create multiple arrows, you will want to duplicate the layer by pressing control D or Apple D, and then you can change the color of the arrow by going up to layer and scale settings and switching the color of that arrow. And then you could off set the time line of the second arrow that you created so that you have them coming in different times. Or you can pull the different points of this path and change those in order to have the movement be different from the original arrow. So, that's one way that you can make arrows move in After Effects.


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