Tutorial: Animating With Shape Layers in After Effects

Animating Shape Layers in After Effects

Learn how to create intriguing, random animations with shape layers and ABSOLUTELY NO KEYFRAMES!

In this tutorial, we will also cover the use of shape layers, expressions, and animation presets in Adobe After Effects.

Animating shape layers in After Effects is easier than you might think, and a technique which is very under-utilized. Combining different shapes and animation properties can easily create an entirely new animation with very little effort.

No plug-ins required.

This tutorial expands on techniques presented in the previous tutorial, Animating Fractals in After Effects.

What You'll Be Creating:


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    DakotaWixom February 8, 2013 Reply

    Here is a version created by Ryan Hanrahan after watching this tutorial:

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