I’m Sorry Shape Layers! I love you!

I must confess… I was never a big fan of shape layers…  we just didn’t get along.  I was used to using masks but suddenly (around AE CS3) the same mask tool began creating Red vector shapes.

At first, they seemed cool enough but after accidentally adding shape layers to my comps, instead of masks, I lashed out! I even made a few jokes at the expense of them. It was wrong and I apologize

Since working on a few space movies, I really took the time to learn the tools better and began to realize how cool and powerful they are.

There are some extremely cool things that can be done with layering and ways to randomize path position with a wiggle settings and other cool things that would be impossible to do with masks.

I’m nearly finished with an unrelated tutorial (See below) but I’m looking forward to incorporating some interesting tips about shape layer creation!

Refining this Technique! I plan on making plenty of crappy tutorials but this next one is gonna be alright!

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178 Comments

3 weeks ago
Hello!
when are you going to create the tutorial for the effects of that logo element to pe created from particles?
1 month ago
Naturally, you've taken this feature to insane levels (or should I say 'curves').
john
1 month ago
Same here, shape layers always just tricked me into thinking I was making a mask...
1 month ago
U re amazing... I'm your fan! Thx for inspiration bro!!!
1 month ago
Nice objects you have created with shape layers. Creative and awesome!

Thanks for your creativity :)

Digiphic Studio
http://www.digiphic.com
Rakesh Dey
1 month ago
I am ready to become Super saiyan. YEssssssssssss!

https://youtube.com/watch?v=3epk7NJu1KI
Simon Thorley
1 month ago
No NAB?
1 month ago
Hi andrew .
i am krishnadas . u can call me krish This is a small Visualization test i have done in After effects plugin . Element 3d i am eager to know about what should i improve to get more realistic
https://youtu.be/A5cqd4TeP_8
Chris
1 month ago
No Andrew still...I'm switching to Fusion 8 ughhh
Video Clip - Created with ELEMENT 3D !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KypiwqKaFY0
Chris
1 month ago
Anybody test Element with the latest AE update?

Can anybody from the staff give us an update please?
Simon Thorley
1 month ago
Think he's been NAB'ed ;-)
new AE update btw
1 month ago
ODE TO ANDREW

Oh Andrew,
Where doth thou be?
As we wait for you so patiently.

Oh Andrew
What doth thou do?
What adventures have distracted you.

Oh Andrew
When doth thou return?
So that from you greatness... we can learn.
Denis
1 month ago
Ground control to Major Tom...
chales
1 month ago
I think if he will be back, then he show one or three stuff then wanishing again for 1 year. This will be the program until the last star wars film....
Aaronaire On Set
1 month ago
....I could use the misery emoji if I could ..come back soon Andrew.
1 month ago
His tutorials are excellent, I look forward to more.
Picklejones
1 month ago
With the "Last Jedi" teaser trailer just coming out, I'm guessing Andrew is nose deep in post production and we won't see or hear from him until January.
Paolo
1 month ago
hello ... hello ... anybody there..? no sign of life at Videocopilot in two month ... we miss you guys! :)
Jay
1 month ago
Andrew, don't know if you read these comments or what, but much love for what you do and contribute here! May the force be with you!
LA
1 month ago
Well, the trailer of The Last Jedi was out, but there is a lot of other VFX shots to make in the final film, so probably we didn't hear anything from Andrew until December.
Nikolaus
1 month ago
His success make it impossible to do, what him make it successful. No time to do what need to do. Good luck Andrew Kramer.
Intercept??
1 month ago
longest 2 weeks of our lives.................................. Where is intercept?!? For the love of god.
Just started a few days ago to use shape layers for the second part of a little series I'm working on. and its great
Solai
1 month ago
Check this out Guys https://youtu.be/qukPkZuGkTs
Jimmy Two
1 month ago
Tomorrow 2 months of Andrew's silence...

In space, no one can hear you scream.
Doc
2 months ago
hi
Andrew, where you are?
Dazzasta
2 months ago
Andrew's podcast with Ash Thorp for 'The Collective Podcast ' is up!!

http://www.thecollectivepodcast.com/#/151-andrew-kramer/

Cheers for the inspiration Andrew!
    muckyman
    2 months ago
    Seems you got a bit excited Simon Thorley
    already posted this in plain sight two lines below.
    :)
    Dazzasta
    2 months ago
    Ha. Yeah, saw that 5 seconds after I posted it.

Fatmir
2 months ago
Simon Thorley
2 months ago
This is a great listen, (link below) and encouraging for VCP...enjoy!

http://www.thecollectivepodcast.com/#/151-andrew-kramer/
    Joey
    2 months ago
    Did he recently do this?
    Simon Thorley
    1 month ago
    Well it was a few weeks ago apparently, but he's endorsed it as still being - 'as it stands' twitter verification/endorsement from him below
    Andrew Kramer Retweeted
    THE COLLECTIVE? @thecpodcast Apr 10
    More
    New episode Monday! Ep. 151 w/ @videocopilot mastermind Andrew Kramer is up now!

    LISTEN: http://www.thecollectivepodcast.com/151
Torsten
2 months ago
Guys, give him a break. As much as we all appreciate what he has shared with all of us, work can be overwhelming - especially in the film industry. I still can see Andrews wish to be there for us as he always was - but that is simply not possible whilst doing major work for motion pictures. Nobody wants to announce things over and over again and then not be able to deliver as usual. It needs time to get used to working overtime on films - and Andrew will. Just give him the time and respect to adjust.
    Beau
    2 months ago
    Agreed that there should be respect, but the frustration is well deserved. As a company established as VC, coming out and saying "I've learned my lesson, but now I'm serious, new stuff coming soon" And then nothing, for months. This has happened enough times that the fans feel burned, and rightly so.
Lester
2 months ago
So VCP's New Year's Resolution is like all my New Year's Resolutions, nothing ever came out of them.. hoping to see new content soon..
2 months ago
Simon Thorley
2 months ago
You got to hand out t to JJ Abrams, offer an upcoming effects wizard a job, and in the process stop a future possible effects studio and rival to Bad Robot from forming, VCP was headed in that direction. VCP - RIP, miss AK's humour.
psikhopat
2 months ago
videocopilot is like cats, it can die multiple times...well, i hope
Joka
2 months ago
I understand him, you know... more jobs, more money more responsibility, to be with the family sometimes comes to be to short too, for him dedicate more time to us ,he looks to is own family first, when he can escape he comes to us and say "HI" until there we wait... ...and wait... because he more or less working for free for us... Andrew just should have someone to post new ideas for us challenge our self using is products, then when the time comes, he teach us new stuff with new plug-ins of course we have to buy them... ...Andrew if you read this, see you then when you can ;)
Sean
2 months ago
Andrew is all grown up now and his website has degraded to when ever he has the time and or energy. VideoCopilot jump started his career and I am very proud and happy for him. I guess we will all just have to be patient and take what we can get moving forward. Best of Luck to you Andrew, you got me started in this field. Love'in it !
Riwan
2 months ago
Hey Andrew.

How are you Sir.
I need to ask you something.
What about the E3D's new update ? will you add opacity control in it ??
and also will you add the extrude control to animate in it ???
I think these 2 controls will make E3D an unbeatable plugin
Will
2 months ago
Waiting for the next VC post is like waiting for April the Giraffe to give birth. I think it will never happen. LOL. but I still check every day. :)
S YES! EDITZ
2 months ago
AK Upload New Tutorial......
Joseph
2 months ago
I'm starting to think Andrew has better things to do than worry about what his customers want. He's either working on J.J.'s next big project or is on an extended vacation. What else could explain his complete lack of communication. At least a brief "hey guys here's whats up" once a month or something... but no. We apparently aren't that important, which is sad because I'd love to hear from Andrew, we miss that guy :-)
    James
    2 months ago
    I feel your pain, but he doesn't owe us anything. He's already given more to us than we deserve!
    Sean
    2 months ago
    Yeah, Andrew is all grown up now and his website has degraded to when ever he has the time and or energy. VideoCopilot jump started his career and I am very proud and happy for him. I guess we will all just have to be patient and take what we can get moving forward. Best of Luck to you Andrew, you got me started in this field. Love'in it !
    joseph
    2 months ago
    If Andrew was still just some guy giving out free tutorials, I would completely agree, but he's not. Once he started making products and selling them to the public, it's a whole different ball game. Now I'm not suggesting that he do all the communication himself, he doesn't have time for that, no successful CEO does. I'm saying just hire one guy who talks to the customer base on a regular basis keeping us up to date and every once and a while he could say a word or two that would be more than fine.
New work done with Element 3D, Official Music Video called "NATION OF LOVE" .. Take a look:

https://youtu.be/9m4lCGTX0-s
    2 months ago
    Shameless plug... But not bad at all. I can appreciate the work that went into it and it kept me watching till the end. Good "yob"!

    Christian Michael
    https://vimeo.com/198103166
    Ratra
    2 months ago
    Cool Stuff!
    Ratra
    2 months ago
    Cool Stuff!
Daluz
2 months ago
Long time no see...
2 months ago
Great work looks amazing
Ward
2 months ago
still waiting for element 3d v2.5 ^_^
and of course looking forward to the next tutorial(s)
2 months ago
You are the one!
Taylor
2 months ago
I'm just really worried that someday he's gonna post and be like
Well guys sorry! I've decided to disband video copilot and work full time for ILM!
or something like that. :(
which that would be great but man I'm really missing Andrew!
danny
2 months ago
dude ....... come on???
    Jesse Brady
    2 months ago
    Just follow him on Twitter, he posts much more often over there.
Carl
2 months ago
I hope everything is ok. Whether thats the VC business or family! Hopefully you'll be back soon.
Just want to say thanks for helping me get my dream job by using your plugins/tutorials over the last couple of years. Without them I would have been swallowed up and my creativity would have gone a different direction. Instead I am now a Live Graphics Animator working across multiple multi-national companies from the UK.
2 months ago
Thanks for guiding us about shape layers..
2 months ago
Andrew, you are the man!
It's amazing what you can achieve with VC plugins when you push it a little further
and dedicate a litle extra time with the details
I know I'm just scratching the surface with this Element 3d plugin, but I believe I'm getting the hang of it
chech it out!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m29iJSijWng
    Jeff Fuchs
    2 months ago
    That was awesome Yaxo! If you are just scratching the surface, then I am just touching the surface with my pinky.
MASTERKOALA
2 months ago
He will come back!Let's remember he is the one!!!!Andrew forever!!!!!Videocopilot anyway!!!! 🎥🎬💻
2 months ago
same feeling here, thank you dude :))))
Chris
2 months ago
Come on Andrew get back on here..this whole last month i have not turn my computer on at all.i cancelled my Adobe subscription. I guess I'll give my Attention to hitfilm....i know your busy but seriously it's not that hard to keep use updated.
2 months ago
Andrew is a busy guys, yes, but in the meanwhile, we can always watch Intercept over and over... Haha. Just kidding, sorry. I'm sure he's doing his best to keep in touch, let's try to be patient.

I'm a procrastinator too, I know how it is... He'll come back sooner or later.
J
2 months ago
Not sure why I still check in here so frequently, when I know I'm going to be disappointed. Andrew is like that old friend who everyone used to love hanging out with, until one day he got more popular friends, and stopped taking everyone elses calls.
2 months ago
Hello darkness my old friend...
tom cavanagh
2 months ago
Hey.. Andrew what happened to your new year's resolution.. hah Posting on time as promised..! it seems to me it's not working , you need to remember again
Paul
2 months ago
Any possibility of guest tutorials?
2 months ago
It's taking some time, ha?
Him
2 months ago
Eagerly waiting for next one, I wish waiting time was shorter but the tutorials here are the best so i know it takes lot of time in refining them.
Outlander
2 months ago
Come on Kramer, where u at?
Geno
2 months ago
So far I haven't found any info on what to do with all the shapes I can make in Element 3d. Would love some info how to use these tools.
Yee
2 months ago
Can't wait for this tutorial now.
Dave
2 months ago
I hear crickets here at VC?




Do you?
Kalitchou2
2 months ago
Andrew, g8 work, can you create for us a pack about secret laboratory containing 3d models ? ( like 3d high tech devices, 3d monitors ect) we would appreciate it. thank you for your awesome work <3
R-CANE
2 months ago
Deep down inside we are all shape layers and we love VC
dHoward
2 months ago
Wow..speaking of shape layers, I just watched a VFX artist from the Ukraine on Youtube do this awesome tutorial about creating the shield effect from the movie Doctor Strange.

Great practice for whenever Andrew finally (hint, hint!) gets his tutorial on shape layers up.

Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zddXLBOBx0

He provides all the project files including fonts and raw footage, plus shows how he made stuff using shape layers if you want to create it yourself.

Also, check out some of his other tuts. Warning: accent alert; also he speaks very fast, and covers a lot in a short time. Plan on replaying it several times to get it all.
    Raffaele
    2 months ago
    Very Good !!
    wim
    2 months ago
    +1
Abdo.Achtioui
2 months ago
Hey Andrew! i'm a big fan of you since 2007, i love your quality design and i want to ask you if you can make tutorial or tips about Ae output / how to export images like this quality! Because even changing color management and export image for web and doesn't look as it was in Ae!

My portfolio: https://www.behance.net/abdo-achtioui
Thanks!
George Laird
2 months ago
Andrew has done some incredible tutorials, but people miss him, maybe Andrew should consider going some smaller timescale ones (as well as the usual high quality stuff) to act as a filler while he gets busy on various projects.
Dave
2 months ago
Star Wars?
Dave
2 months ago
And he's gone! (again....)
Joey
2 months ago
I just came to see if there was a discussion, or chat, so here's this.

Videocopilot, you have helped me so much. As a simple teenager interested in filmmaking, things become very difficult, but your plug-ins, along with your tutorials have made me the happiest person you could meet. So I'm just here to say thank you. :)
bad doctor
2 months ago
commmmmon man!
we waited soooo long, make a blog show for godsake.
you are making me angry
2 months ago
I would love a tutorial on lens effects. All Andrews instaposts, and bits'n'pieces have some grime, chromatic abberation, and a bunch of other small details, that makes the image look real and not CGI-ish. I know Optical Flares has lens grime and scratches and what now, but there's something more... Something he is not telling us :)
2 months ago
For those concerned of the radio silence. I can say the help desk is on the ball regarding technical issues and is not skipping as beat.

Christian Michael
https://vimeo.com/143438911
    Joseph
    2 months ago
    I agree their support is awesome. However as a company you have to do much more than support when communicating with your customers. It has to be an active communication, with regular updates and shares a long term vision that promotes and re-enforces trust in the brand. Make no mistake both Andrew Kramer and video Co-Pilot are brands. Brands that must be nurtured to ensure continued growth.
    2 months ago
    Joseph,

    Trust me, I hear you. I was saying THE same thing and singing the song you are now, but I was doing it almost 2 years ago when I believe there was radio silence on the site for over 6 months. May have been closer to 8 now, I dont recall. There are a "few" select people on here that see a bigger picture and the business model and brand you mention. Then there are those that don't, then get all defensive and sh*t and start talking "Being ungrateful for FREE Stuff". I guess these people are still going through puberty and living on an allowance lol Where the ones that get it have probably purchase every product the company has come out with showing thier support. Myself and probably you included.

    I've watched the concern being brought up in here a few times and for the most part there is "some" constructive comments like yours. Mostly childish whimpers echoing how we are all ungrateful. Ive just stopped paying it attention and watch from the side lines. No point in cyber squabbles with people you'll never meet.

    Me? I think the last few posts on here have been inconsistent stocking fillers if I'm to be honest, with no real meat and potatoes. Just screen shots keeping an interest on the site for traffics sake, then it all falls by the way side. If there is a new post, the previous one has zero connection.

    I get AK is moving onward and upward and nobody deserves more than him. NOBODY. But... Business must go on. Apple still go on without Steve Jobs and Apple started the same way VC did. A dream and a garage. VC COULD go down that road if the reigns were released. They choose not to. Shame, it deserves to go on.

    The VC team know our concerns, its been stated for long enough. Its in their court now what they will do about it... and not do. I would LOVE to see the site continue. I'm not so sure it can without another spokes person who as we all know have big shoes to fill... But at this point, It truly should be considered.

    In my humble opinion.





Bill Casteel
3 months ago
Will you be doing NAB this year? I wish VC would have a user group get to gether. seems like a natural..
Joseph
3 months ago
Andrew's success is great and well deserved as he has worked very hard. However, He's isn't my best bud, we don't hang on the weekends, I am a paying customer and I would like some legitimate updates to existing products and to know there is a development plan going forward. This much radio silence from a company like Adobe would be unacceptable. Andrew desperately needs to hire help to assist him in communicating with his customers/fans so we don't feel "in the dark". Public relations is essential for a small growing company.
Jason
3 months ago
For all who are upset about the lack of new tutorials etc. Please just realize that our favorite VFX instructor is reaching his goals and becoming a real success in the movie business. Be happy for him, he has given us all so much already..and for free!!!
Jason
3 months ago
I have always felt the same way about those shape layers! Can't wait to see what you have come up with.
momo
3 months ago
please Andrew....we need super hero tutorials.
Beau
3 months ago
Anybody have any clue how he did this yet? I'm stumped. I swear if I figure it out, I'll post a tutorial before AK does.
MASTERKOALA
3 months ago
4th week without Andrew!!!!!!
I m worried!!!😦😦😦😦😦
3 months ago
Great object you have created with shape layers. Very creative!!!

Thanks for your endless creativity :)

Digiphic Studio
http://www.digiphic.com
MASTERKOALA
3 months ago
Andrew say it's a lie......
Videocopilot must go on!!!😢😢😢😢😢😢
    jason
    3 months ago
    Did I miss something???
Simon Thorley
3 months ago
I believe he's doing a podcast today - can't wait for that, the news is on his Twitter, the fact that he leaves such a big hole is worrying, but evidence that there is a massive hole that needs filling - the nearest competition I've seen to VCP is (Icom design - https://www.youtube.com/user/icomdesign) it's really good, but, not in the same league as VCP - nothing can replace VCP, we all know that! I'm surprised that there's no rival to VCP? or that Andrew doesn't leave it chugging away with some staff/employees? while he's working on films for Bad Robot and JJ Abrams (certainly JJ 's gain is VCP's inevitable decline it seems) anyway, like you say Mr Kramer ones us nothing, and we owe him everything. The guy deserves his own TV slot for god's sake!
sean
3 months ago
Andrew is one of my super heroes and I believe that he owes us nothing, but I also think that he is making a big mistake by not stating that VC is no longer his priority. Now this is quite evident but that fact he is not saying it is destabilizing for many followers. In addition to that, the random announcements that he's back with some new great stuff coming out soon inevitably triggers false expectations which - no matter if he owes us nothing - is bad.
Although it is obvious, just saying: "hey guys sorry but life has changed a bit, still love VC but cannot be regular anylonger so I'll load up content when I can, but this might take long" would be a great relief. Although we already know it is like that, hearing it would make a big big difference. The only reasons I can think of why he would not do so, is that he probably thinks that it would be bad for businees (which I think is not true) or he is just simply underestimating the situation; nevertheless - like I said - although he owes us nothing, what's going on here is a bit tricky and I'm pretty sure that ignoring it is the worse choice.
Just my humble opinion.
Cheers
3 months ago
I think this is Andrews way of saying good by and good luck. He has done a good job at training us all to a level.
Enjoyed the time with video copilot. Cheers
    Simon Thorley
    2 months ago
    I agree with this, but its a spineless and really lame way to go out! poor Sam Loya warming his hands around an oil drum as Andrew goes for Sushi with JJ Abrams, he's played a cool game recruiting Andrew, VCP could have one day got to film company, i truly believe that, keep your competition close, in fact kill it off.
Fatmir
3 months ago
Woman Day
Element 3D v2.2
https://youtu.be/CBBI6EqrClo
R-cane
3 months ago
I really hope the new Element 3D will support shape layer extraction with real time path morphing and scale changing. Imagine a star morphing into a cube in 3D.
    Emmanuel Bennett
    2 months ago
    A most clever submission. I have wished for this for ages. I hope full support for shape layers (with shape parameter keyframing) gets added soon. It would bring E3D much closer to Cinema4D. Adding dynamics and a few more deformation algorithms would finish the job.
Juan
3 months ago
now we all can forget about a certain video that was going to be out in 2 years...weeks
THOMAS
3 months ago
Hi Andrew ! Look the Avengers...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODpc6b_JF0E&t=42s
KARL VACHON
3 months ago
I'm in love with the shape of you 🎶🎵 😁
ali
3 months ago
Please Help Me For : Mocha Pro Removal Module .
Thank You Sir .
chales
3 months ago
What about intercept? It's a big silence about that production and some tutorials of making special scenes from it. :)
Mark Lawrence
3 months ago
Not to sound like a dick... but WTF? I thought you were back full swing.
MASTERKOALA
3 months ago
3 week....Andrew please...
3 months ago
Just so you know, I love what you all do. I've been a fan since the Creative Cow days when you released a training video under them. You've worked and fought hard. You've given so much back to the community, I'd be off for wanting or even asking for more. Thanks for your continued years of support, obviously everyone loves new material but I'm sure the true fans can agree, thank you because you're fvkn awesome!
Bill
3 months ago
Like Andrew, I am a believer of mask layers and I sorta blame Andrew. He took us down the rabbit hole right? Check these masks out. Based of course on his tutorial. This is a local broadcast TV spot I created for the casino I work at.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-vug_pAqV8&feature=youtu.be
    Trev
    3 months ago
    Solid job, was this paid work or free for publicity?
    Zoffl
    3 months ago
    Very nice work!
K S B
3 months ago
WAITING FOR TUTORIAL......
Dylan St-Pierre
3 months ago
Very Cool!
3 months ago
nice work. greetings from germany :)
3 months ago
very very nice.
I do that to.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUjsNrw3KGw
Michiel
3 months ago
Shape layers are cool I guess, but the interface for working with them is just bad. In fact this goes for all the twirly down stuff in the timeline like text animators too. Adobe should find a way to move the editing of shape layers (and text animators) into it's own seperate window, with an interface constructive to creative experimentation. The current way of handling it just kills my creativity by even thinking about it. Still interested to see what workflow insights you've come up with Andrew!
3 months ago
yees ^_^

Shape Glitch ^_^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsccBE_JokA

??
Usama
3 months ago
TUTORIAL!!!!!
Mansoor Rahimi
3 months ago
Amazing that is so fantastic this would be Better if Have any Tutorial Plz.
Shaun
3 months ago
Hahaha...Shape Layers. You always fear what you don't understand. Alright Kramer, make me not scared.
Zoffl
3 months ago
Just started a few days ago to use shape layers for the second part of a little series I'm working on. Never 've been interested much in them before but while creating displays for a spaceship I realized that you can do really funny things with them. ;o)

https://youtu.be/nGD-itAwJTY
    Beau
    3 months ago
    Dude, that's stupid good. I'm mad at you it's so good. Keep it up.
MASTERKOALA
3 months ago
😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😫😪
Zoul
3 months ago
Man!!! Andrew I really looking forward to this tutorial, because i too been neglecting the shape layer. been wondering the purpose of it's existence. Please enlighten us
Abraham
3 months ago
hey it's an interesting job men, i'm really excited about the tutorial that i hope that coming soon.. great job.
3 months ago
tank you.
gooooood.
Richard
3 months ago
There is no way that is 100% after effects...plus footage gotta be some kind of footage in there right
djounad
3 months ago
the Tutorial pls
Fatmir
3 months ago
Richard
3 months ago
Those are 2d shape layers? they look like element 3d?
TokyoJames
3 months ago
Ooookay. I have no idea how you are doing that. I can usually figure it out a bit before hand, but this is leaving me clueless. Can't wait for the tut.
3 months ago
it's great! i cant'' wait for new tutorial from MASTER...pleaseeee..
Mod
3 months ago
wow Nice and amazing shape
Elefant
3 months ago
Better later than never. I've been always wandering about your trolling about shapes.. ;)
3 months ago
Hi, I just found your site and the tutorials I've seen so far are really helpful, I cant wait to see how to do this with shape layers.
Adam
3 months ago
Shaping up to be a good tutorial...too corny? I think so! You rock as always!
Kevin
3 months ago
I too have discovered that shape layers are good for more that just 2d motion graphs. Looking forward to your crappy tutorials re: them.
    Simon Thorley
    3 months ago
    Crappy tutorials?
    yeah right
3 months ago
Looks Great!
Audric
3 months ago
Pretty impressive.
Matt
3 months ago
This looks so tight!
Simon Thorley
3 months ago
Taking shape
3 months ago
Indeed, Shapes layers can be very powerful for motion design !
It is especially useful for maps: http://aescripts.com/aemap/ after effects script draw world map using something like 300 components (one vector shape per country) inside ONE shape layer only :)
Demo: http://aescripts.com/aemap/
    3 months ago
    Oops, I thought the form handled html links. I can't edit my post to fix this. (you can delete this post if you make the edit :P )
    3 months ago
    ALso, just found this After Effects Map plugin based on shape layers:
    GeoLayers. http://aescripts.com/geolayers/
    Very impressive !
Kevin
3 months ago
For me shape layers has always been that mistake when you wanted to create a mask but the footage was not selected first. That is my only experience with them, I am looking forward to learning what they can really do.
3 months ago
Great! Never really understood why you preferred to use a more or less roughly created and fixed mask path over the flexibility of having precise, animatable parametric controls for the shapes as well as the option to add repeater, wiggle paths and other cool modifiers. Would be really great to see some shape layer support in Element 3D soon!
3 months ago
Same here... not a big fan of vectors and that "Red Vector" 😂😂😂
3 months ago
Hi Andrew, i think you have been wrong the whole time indeed. I consider shape layers to be the most powerful tool in AE. And I can demonstrate it! if you give me an email, i can send you a sample of what shape layers can do.
    Isaac
    3 months ago
    pretty sure he knows what they can do, hence why he is making a tutorial on it.
    Just Post The Example
    3 months ago
    Just post the example already. Get off the high horse.
3 months ago
I've always hated shape layers, so it's gonna be funny if you change my mind about those... At least you can try!
Sanoop
3 months ago
make a tutorial
andy
3 months ago
hah I do remember the jokes you made about the shape layers
Picklejones
3 months ago
They render very fast, must be very optimized behind the scenes. My main complaint is the expression handling/naming convention with "index()" nonsense. A complex animation can be done within a single layer. It's almost like a mini composition but less user friendly.
Dr_Stef
3 months ago
The only time I ever used them is to create backgrounds for futuristic UI looking thingies, and then even only the backgrounds for those. would be great to find a new use for them again
Chris
3 months ago
I had always wondered why you seemed to go out of your way to avoid them. I've loved them ever since I saw Aharon Rabinowitz did a tutorial on his old website, and described them as "Illustrator on steroids." Which they are.
R-CANE
3 months ago
I use shapelayers and turn them into masks with a free plugin I found online http://www.redefinery.com/ae/rd_scripts/
shapes to masks: That way I can use them with Element 3D.
3 months ago
I'm right there with you regarding shape layers vs masks. The Adobe Live streams have been showing me what I've been missing and I can't wait to see what you've uncovered!
Ian Sanderson
3 months ago
Fbx update for element 3d would be cool? Any word on an update for it or even E3d V3?
3 months ago
Osm going Andrew.. Please make sure to check my works on YouTube search for Ztronex Film..!
Thnk u!
3 months ago
I've been having to use shape layers so much lately, probably the best thing is using "Trim Paths" and messing with the outline settings, this something I can't wait to see more about.
Damien Felix
3 months ago
Great
3 months ago
Gotta say, I've always felt the same way about shape layers. I'm definitely open to it though!