How to Animate Shapes in After Effects

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Animating shapes in After Effects is something that you can do to easily create an entirely new composition. Animate shapes in After Effects with help from a certified Adobe instructor in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Matthew Pizzi. I'm going to show you how you can animate shapes inside of After Effects. Animating shapes can add interest to your video projects. We are going to take a look at how we can do this. To animate a shape the first thing that we're going to do is create a new composition. Inside the new composition dialog box I'm going to go ahead and give this a name of shape animation. You can set all of the parameters to whatever your needs are and click ok. Once you have the new composition created we need to draw a shape. Up towards the top you'll notice that we have a series of shape tools. You can press the Q key on your keyboard to cycle through the different shapes. In this example I'm going to choose the poly star tool. With the poly star tool I'm going to leave this default blue color selected for the fill. It's not necessarily the default but rather the last color that you selected. Then I'm going to draw a shape here inside the composition. I'm going to go ahead and place this star on the left side of the composition. And then we need to animate it. To animate this we are going to expand the transform section and apply key frames to position, scale, rotation and opacity. You want to go ahead and click the little stop watch icon. After doing that you can move your play head further down in the timeline. You can go ahead and add more key frames by clicking this little diamond icon over here towards the left. After adding those key frames if you use your selection tool V is the shortcut to activate that tool. You can move the star to the other side of the composition. You'll notice that you are changing the position values on this last key frame for position. You can also change things like rotation, opacity, and scale. We'll go ahead and adjust these slightly. Here when you are dealing with scale you'll see a little chain link icon. If that's selected if you change the width the height will be changed in proportion with it. Once you are done changing those parameters if you press this space bar on your keyboard you'll see this animation. And now we've successfully animated a shape.


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