Learn how to animate individual objects within a shape layer. See how shape layers have multiple controls: one set of transform options for each object, and one set for the layer itself.

What you'll need

Download a sample file to practice with. This sample file is an Adobe Stock asset you can use to practice what you learn in this tutorial. If you want to use the sample file beyond this tutorial, you can purchase a license on Adobe Stock. Check out the ReadMe file in the folder for the terms that apply to your use of this sample file.

What you learned: How to animate shape layers using multiple transform options

When multiple shapes are on a single shape layer

  • Each individual shape will typically have its own set of transform controls anchored to the shape itself, in addition to the transform controls for the layer.
  • Transform controls for a layer are centered on the layer, which is generally in the center of a composition.
  • Grouping multiple shapes within a shape layer gives you another set of transform controls centered between those objects. 


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