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Adobe After Effects CS3 Professional Classroom in a Book for Windows and Mac OS by Adobe Creative Team

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Chapter 4. Working with Shape Layers

Working with Shape Layers

New shape layers make it easy to create expressive backgrounds and intriguing results. You can animate shapes, apply presets, and add repeaters to intensify their impact.

Lesson overview

In this lesson, you’ll learn to do the following:

  • Create custom shapes.

  • Customize a shape’s fill and stroke.

  • Use path operations to transform shapes.

  • Animate shapes.

  • Repeat shapes.

  • Explore design options with the Brainstorm feature.

  • Use After Effects in a DVD interface workflow.

After Effects CS3 introduces shape layers, which are created automatically when you draw a shape with any of the drawing tools. You can customize and transform ...

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