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Animating Sketch and Capture shapes using After Effects

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    5. CINEMA 4D Composition Renderer
  6. Importing footage
    1. Preparing and importing still images
    2. Importing from After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro
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  7. Text and Graphics
    1. Text
      1. Formatting characters and the Character panel
      2. Text effects
      3. Creating and editing text layers
      4. Formatting paragraphs and the Paragraph panel
      5. Extruding text and shape layers
      6. Animating text
      7. Examples and resources for text animation
      8. Live Text Templates
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      4. Replace images and videos in Motion Graphics templates and Essential Properties
      5. Animate faster and easier using the Properties panel
  8. Drawing, Painting, and Paths
    1. Overview of shape layers, paths, and vector graphics
    2. Paint tools: Brush, Clone Stamp, and Eraser
    3. Taper shape strokes
    4. Shape attributes, paint operations, and path operations for shape layers
    5. Use Offset Paths shape effect to alter shapes
    6. Creating shapes
    7. Create masks
    8. Remove objects from your videos with the Content-Aware Fill panel
    9. Roto Brush and Refine Matte
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    8. Cameras, lights, and points of interest
  10. Animation, Keyframes, Motion Tracking, and Keying
    1. Animation
      1. Animation basics
      2. Animating with Puppet tools
      3. Managing and animating shape paths and masks
      4. Animating Sketch and Capture shapes using After Effects
      5. Assorted animation tools
      6. Work with Data-driven animation
    2. Keyframe
      1. Keyframe interpolation
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    17. Noise and Grain effects
    18. Detail-preserving Upscale effect
    19. Obsolete effects
  14. Expressions and Automation
    1. Expressions
      1. Expression basics
      2. Understanding the expression language
      3. Using expression controls
      4. Syntax differences between the JavaScript and Legacy ExtendScript expression engines
      5. Editing expressions
      6. Expression errors
      7. Using the Expressions editor
      8. Use expressions to edit and access text properties
      9. Expression language reference
      10. Expression examples
    2. Automation
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  15. Immersive video, VR, and 3D
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    6. Import 3D models from Creative Cloud Libraries
    7. Image-Based Lighting
    8. Extract and animate lights and cameras from 3D models
    9. Tracking 3D camera movement
    10. Cast and accept shadows
    11. Embedded 3D model animations
    12. Shadow Catcher
    13. 3D depth data extraction
    14. Modify materials properties of a 3D layer
    15. Work in 3D Design Space
    16. 3D Transform Gizmos
    17. Do more with 3D animation
    18. Preview changes to 3D designs real time with the Mercury 3D engine
    19. Add responsive design to your graphics 
  16. Views and Previews
    1. Previewing
    2. Video preview with Mercury Transmit
    3. Modifying and using views
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    1. Basics of rendering and exporting
    2. H.264 Encoding in After Effects
    3. Export an After Effects project as an Adobe Premiere Pro project
    4. Converting movies
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    8. Using the GoPro CineForm codec in After Effects
  18. Working with other applications
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  19. Collaboration:, and Team Projects
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  21. Knowledge Base
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    5. How After Effects handles low memory issues while previewing

Convert shapes in Sketch and Capture to Illustrator files and animate using After Effects

Adobe Sketch and Adobe Capture (formerly Adobe Shape CC) mobile apps let you create your artwork on the go, wherever inspiration strikes. Using these apps, you can create shapes that can be directly imported into After Effects or sent to Illustrator or Photoshop for further editing or finishing touches. You can then consume these shapes in your Adobe After Effects compositions.

Shape layers contain vector graphics objects called shapes. By default, a shape consists of a path, a stroke, and a fill. (See About paths and Strokes and fills for shapes.)

You can import shapes into After Effects or create shape layers by drawing in the Composition panel with the shape tools or the Pen tool. (See Creating shapes and masks.)

Create a shape in Sketch

  1. Open Adobe Photoshop Sketch in your iPhone, iPad, or iPad Pro and sign in with your Adobe ID.

  2. Tap + to start a new project and tap on a blank canvas to start a new sketch.

  3. To use a stock image as a background for your artwork, tap the Images icon and choose Adobe Stock in the Images menu.

  4. If you want to use an image as a tracing reference, use the stacking icon to place the image below your artwork and reduce the opacity, and then click outside the box to apply the changes.

  5. Draw your sketch using the built-in brushes, shapes, color tool, and perspective.

  6. Save your shape to an appropriate Creative Cloud library in your collection or use the Send to Photoshop or Send to Illustrator options to convert the shape to a layered vector image.

    To learn more about using Adobe Sketch, watch the tutorial Draw and share concepts in Adobe Photoshop Sketch.

Create a shape in Capture

  1. Open Adobe Capture in your iPhone, iPad or iPad Pro and sign in with your Adobe ID.

  2. Tap the Shapes menu option, then tap the + icon. 

  3. Point your camera at the object and use the slider to add or remove details from the image. Tap the screen and try out the options to see which option gives you the best results.

  4. Tap the Capture button to capture.

  5. Tap Deselect and drag your finger over the parts of the shape you want to remove.

  6. Tap Next when you’re done and let Capture draw the smooth outlines that make up your shape.

  7. Review the drawing, then tap Next and enter a name for your shape.

  8. Choose the appropriate library in the Creative Cloud Library panel and tap Save Shape

    To learn about Capture, see Adobe Capture FAQ.

For more information, see Preparing and importing Illustrator files.

Import a shape into After Effects and animate it as 2D or 3D

You can import shapes directly from mobile applications as local files or assets saved in Creative Cloud library. You can also import them as Photoshop or Illustrator files if you have sent them from mobile apps for further changes. 

For example, to bevel and extrude your vector, create a shape layer from a vector art footage layer, and then modify the shape layer. Once you have converted a vector layer into a shape layer, you can bevel and extrude it.An extruded object is one that appears to be three-dimensional. This 3D appearance is most apparent when moving the object, or moving a camera around the object. Bevel is the control over the edges for an extruded object.

In the following procedure, you can learn how to get started with animating your shape as 2D and 3D:

  1. To import a vector file or shape in PNG format or as an Illustrator or Photoshop file, drag and drop the graphic into your composition or choose File > Import > File, select the file, and then click Import.

  2. If you have imported a layered vector graphics file, right-click the vector layer and choose Create Shapes from Vector Layer. After Effects converts the vector layer into shape layer that you can animate.

  3. To create a simple animation with the imported shape, expand the layer and the Transform option under it. For example, if you want to rotate the shape:

    1. Drag and drop the shape into your composition. After Effects creates a new shape layer.
    2. Move the Current Time Indicator to the position where you want the rotation to be complete.
    3. Press R. The Rotation property appears under the shape layer.
    4. Click the stopwatch icon to enable rotation.
    5. Insert a keyframe at the destination point by clicking the keyframe icon on the left of the rotation property.
    6. Rotate the shape in your composition or change the number of times you want the shape to rotate and rotation angle in the Rotation properties. 
    7. Choose Composition > Preview > Play Current Preview.

  4. Choose Composition > Composition Settings to convert the composition into a ray-traced 3D composition for animation.

  5. In the 3D Renderer tab, select the renderer as Ray-traced 3D. Your composition is now a Ray-traced 3D composition that allows for extruded text and shapes.

  6. To convert your shape layer to a 3D layer, do one of the following:

    • To convert a layer to a 3D layer, select the 3D Layer switch  for the layer in the Timeline panel, or select the layer and choose Layer > 3D Layer.
    • To convert a text layer to a 3D layer with per-character 3D properties enabled, choose Animation > Animate Text > Enable Per-Character 3D.
  7. Choose one or more options from the wide range of 3D animation tools that After Effects offers. For example:

    • To rotate or orient your 3D layer in the Timeline panel, select the 3D layer and in the Timeline panel, modify the Rotation or Orientation property values. Press R to show Rotation and Orientation properties. 
    • To move a 3D layer, in the Composition panel, use the Selection tool to drag the arrowhead of the 3D axis layer control corresponding to the axis along which you want to move the layer and Shift-drag to move the layer more quickly. You can also do this by modifying the Position property values in the Timeline panel. To learn more about animating 3D layers, see Animating 3D layers.
    • To animate your 3D layer with varying viewing angles and distance as viewing through one or more cameras, use the camera option. Choose Layer > New > Camera, or press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+C (Windows) or Command+Option+Shift+C (Mac OS). Move the current time indicator to the destination time, insert a keyframe, and move the shape. To learn more, see Cameras, lights, and points of interest.


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