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.
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.)
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.
For more information, see Preparing and importing Illustrator files.
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:
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:
- Drag and drop the shape into your composition. After Effects creates a new shape layer.
- Move the Current Time Indicator to the position where you want the rotation to be complete.
- Press R. The Rotation property appears under the shape layer.
- Click the stopwatch icon to enable rotation.
- Insert a keyframe at the destination point by clicking the keyframe icon on the left of the rotation property.
- 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.
- Choose Composition > Preview > Play Current Preview.
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.
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.