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After Effects Apprentice, 2nd Edition by Chris Trish Meyer

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Shape Layers

Creating and animating vector-based shapes

In This Lesson

creating a Shape Layer
shape Stroke and Fill settings
editing shapes
multiple shapes
Even-Odd Fill
Shape Effects
creating buttons
Shape Repeater
Compound Paths
Gradients
shape Pen paths
creating an abstract texture
advanced strokes
animating a stroke
Brainstormed shapes

Getting Started

Make sure you have copied the Lesson 11-Shape Layers folder from this book’s disc onto your hard drive, and make note of where it is; it contains the project file and sources you need to execute this lesson.

As previously noted in Lesson 4, the Shape and Pen tools are context sensitive:

•  If any layer other than a Shape layer is selected, After Effects assumes you want to draw a mask on ...

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