After Effects Basics - Morphing Shapes in After Effects
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After Effects Basics - Morphing Shapes in After Effects

Learn After Effects motion graphic animation. After Effects CS6 and CC basics
4.5 (27 ratings)
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Created by Andrzej Pach
Last updated 4/2017
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create an After Effects Morphing Effect
  • Work properly with Paths in Shape Layers
  • Create, edit, keyframe, manipulate Paths
  • Learn to copy work between After Effects and Illustrator
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  • Have After Effects CS5, CS5.5, CS6, CC or CC2015 installed
  • Basic After Effects knowledge will help but is not neccesary

CURRENT UPDATE (16 Feb 2016): Added How To Morph PNG Images section!

Learn to morph between shapes, objects, or icons inside of After Effects. In the new lectures I also tech how to morph between *.PNG images and how you can make appealing video transitions with this technique. With this course I want you to learn how to properly work with shape layers and their paths. How to create those paths, import them from other programs like Illustrator or Photoshop and use them with a hanfull of tricks to be able to morph & transition between each other. We will be working of course in our favourite motion graphics software - Adobe After Effects. No matter which version you use, After Effects CS6 or After Effects CC I will outline the differences if any occur and it will be the perfect intro for you to jump into those programs.

Why This Course?

This course will take you by hand even if you are a total beginner. Some After Effects Courses are all about theory, they go several hours about every single feature there is, showing you what you can possibly do but not actualling completing a real life project, whilist here you are working on a REAL-LIFE example, you are instantly working inside the program alongside with me and learn the neccesary tools to finalize the project inside the class. After Effects is a very effective tool if you use all available tricks & techniques. The best part the price is very low as for an AE class and you only need 1 hour of time to complete the design!

Biggest Benefits of this class:

  1. Learn a new motion animation in After Effects
  2. Understand what the "First Vortex" is,
  3. Learn to Convert Shapes into Paths,
  4. Convert *.AI files into paths or track them,
  5. Learn to work and populate After Effects Shape Layers,
  6. Learn a morph effect between several shapes or icons,
  7. Simple tricks like pre-composing, adding effects, keyframing included,
  8. Get the concept of what a parametric shape and a bezier path shape is,
  9. Learn AE CS6 and AE CC from the inside
  10. ...and so much more!

Make use of excellent software like after Effects is and use this technique for YouTube, Videos, Projects, Work for Your Clients and know more about motion design than you did before. What are you waiting for....Enroll now!

Who is the target audience?
  • Animation and motion graphic enthusiasts
  • People Interested in Learning After Effects
  • Anyone wanting to enhance their motion design knowledge and skillset
  • People who want to complete a Project instead of just listening to long course theory
  • Anyone who wants to make fun motion graphics videos
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Curriculum For This Course
27 Lectures
Before We Get Rolling
4 Lectures 22:11

Let me introduce the content we will produce and make together!

Preview 01:59

This is an important first lesson in the After Effects Motion Graphic course which is about morphing shapes. Here I want to touch on the topic of parametric shapes and turning them (or rather using instead) into bezier paths. Paths are essential to the technique we will use so you must get familiar with them. Every vector item has it's paths.

Preview 07:06

With this lesson I would like you to "jump into the water" with After Effects. I will introduce you to one of your first animations to create which will help you understand the workflow and general movement through After Effects.

Warmup! Simple Cross Animation

This lesson is provided for everyone who is opening After Effects for the first time or has very limited knowledge about it and would like to start working in the program. Here I explain the essential things like what is a keyframe, what is pre-composing, the navigation and interface and more. Jump in if you want to refresh your knowledge or learn the essential basics of After Effects.

After Effects Basic: If You Are New To The Software
Learn & Design Morphing with Paths, Masks & Shape Layers
6 Lectures 36:05

Here you can download the resources and the After Effects project file for reference if you have troubles creating the design on Your own or don't have time to search for icons to use.

Resources for download
1 page

This will be an very important lesson in this After Effects course. We will learn how to morph shapes created from single vector paths. We will use a few examples like objects from within After Effects or social icons like Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.

Preview 10:12

Something important to remember for now and all your future work you might do in Motion Graphic Software. The first vertex indicates towards which point the transformation will occur. You can set, change, and modify the First Vertex within every path on a shape layer.

Preview 04:30

Here we will go a step further into the design trying to morph objects which are created from several layers / masks / paths. It will teach more more advanced usage of this technique and also give you deeper insights in working with masks.

Morphing Multiple Layer Shapes

This lesson is purely to enjoy the design we have made and spice it a little bit up with colors and fun effects.

Spicing Up The Design

For the work you will be making now and in the future it's important to learn how to render transparent videos. I'm sure some of you are already familiar with the output settings and rendering options but it's essential and needs to be covered!

Transparent rendering for usage

Few simple questions which will enhance your learning experience and text your knowledge

Do you recall?
2 questions
Learn & Design Morphing with PNG Images!
3 Lectures 10:24

In the first step to morph png images with help of paths, masks, effects and shape layers we will create outlines (or rather trace them) in After Effects. Afterwards we can use the newly created masks to start prepare a morphing.

Trace our outlines

The second part will teach us how to use the reshape effect in After Effect, but also how to work with PNG images and grow their bounds.

Morphing the First Object

Harness After Effects shape layers and morping by completing our PNG morphing animation. This will extend your knowledge in that department and allow to create morphing for Shape layers or simple bitmap images you find over the Internet.

Morphing the Second Object & Seamless Fade
BONUS: Design an outstanding Stroke Animation
7 Lectures 25:28

In this after effects motion graphics tutorial I will go about selecting a font and creating the outlines for our stroke animation.

Select Font and Create Outlines

In this after effects motion graphics tutorial I will go about preparing and pre-composing the neccesary layers.

Prepare and pre-compose Layers

In this after effects motion graphics tutorial I will go about applying effects to our composition.

Applying Effects

In this after effects motion graphics tutorial I will go about selecting the right colors and filling our letters with them.

Select Color and Fill the Letter

In this after effects motion graphics tutorial I will go about another letter from scratch, so you can watch the entire workflow and memorize important things.

Watch another letter from beginning

In this after effects motion graphics tutorial I will go about additional workflow tips to make it quicker for you.

Workflow Tips

In this after effects motion graphics tutorial I will go about how to finalize the animation!

Finalizing and polishing the project
More about Shape Layers and what to design with them!
4 Lectures 27:54

Here we will start to create our shape layers and adjust them in after effects cc to get the initial animation prepared.


Here we will work with the repeater and do some magic with our layers and keyframes to teach you how to create accent graphic animation in after effects


Here I would like to present you another usage of this technique. There are endless ways of using path morphing in After Effects and we should put it to use!

Preview 07:28

With this tutorial I want to take the shape layer morphing to the next step and show you some cool tricks which can help you prepare text animations. We will take a quote and try to reveal it in a fashionable manner in After Effects using techniques like revealing from a track matte or our beloved layer path morphing in After Effects cs6, cc or cc 2015.

Animate a text QUOTE
3 Lectures 06:10

It's also nice to see what you have created, if you want to share that here I show you how to do it :)

You can do it too. How To Create a GIF For The #Assignment

It was a great honor and pleasure to teach you in this class. Thank you for beeing an awesome student and person!

Thank You!

In this bonus lesson I want to share coupon codes for all my After Effects & Powerpoint courses in case you are interested to continue learning with me! Just click the links, preview the course and if you feel that this is the right content for you jump in :)

Bonus Lecture: Continue to learn!
About the Instructor
Andrzej Pach
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Engaged and Passionate PowerPoint & After Effects instructor

Hi! My name is Andrzej Pach, more known as "Nigel" and I spend my time with graphic design, motion & animaiton, typography, video editing and online teaching on a daily basis. The majority of my work is done in Adobe After Effects & Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 / 2016 - naturally this is the software I want to teach about and share my experience with you. I have completed well over 3000 graphic projects (On Fiverr alone more than 2500 reviews) for clients, mostly including video animations like intros, outros and transitions for various Youtube channels & marketers. I would like to share the knowledge I was able to "stack up" during the process. I am always willing to help people out by enhancing their brand and Internet media.

Who am I ?

I am a 27 y.o (born 1989) and a University Graduate (July 2014). A few years back after shifting from one hobby to another after getting hired to prepare a website and business card for a local business in my area I finally "felt it". Since then (2011) I was expanding my skillset in this area completing various graphic related projects. Places like the WarriorForum, freelancing websites or graphic contests across the web caught me in its own snare and never let me go.

What is the next step?

After having several years of experience as a freelancer with a keen focus on creativity handling various projects ranging as work for very small businesses to websites and Youtube channels with over 300k subscribers I am looking forward to share my knowledge wrapped up in exciting courses easy to follow and most important - USEFUL for you! I am looking to work with forward-thinking people who wish to create something original, that will reinforce their brand and follow their vibe. I am always committed to provide value while giving away random tips to make your workflow easier.

Did you really create something?

How far would bring me lying and any sort of scam? Nowhere. I do believe in making the Web Business and Internet Marketing world a better place, because my actions will affect my fellowers, friends, family and future children. Since I live in a small village where people work in agriculture or do physical labor work I set the goal for me to be a sort of pioneer in the web-based business field growing myself as a designer every single day.

You can always contact me as I don't mind talking to anyone and sharing how could I help your business or what course I might record if you like my teaching style!