Mastering After Effects Shape Layers

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Originally Aired - Monday, April 17   |   9:30 AM - 10:45 AM PT

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After Effects shape layers are powerful, but can also be dense and unintuitive at times. This session will de-mystify some of the more advanced/lesser-known features of shape layers, showcasing ways to leverage their power in your everyday work.

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • The internal structure and logic of shape layers
  • How to combine shapes to build complexity, but with flexibility and control
  • Using and applying operators like Trim Paths, Offset, Repeater and Wiggle Transform
  • Creating complex looks on a single shape layer
  • Using shape layers to create your own useful everyday presets

If you find the endless twirl-downs in a shape layer daunting, or often find yourself using 10 layers to create a couple simple shapes (and wishing there were a better way to do it), this session is for you. Ideal for any After Effects user looking to get more control of this commonly misunderstood feature.

Editing, Post-Production and VFX |


Kyle Hamrick
Motion Designer & Creative Director