Ae Experiment 16

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Suggested for this Experiment
  • Curves
  • 4-Color Gradient

For this experiment I focussed on Shape Layers and while they aren’t particularly user friendly, they can be pretty handy. My main focus was on adding multiple strokes with different Dash settings. The strokes are animated using the “Time” expression. The only effects are Curves and 4-Color Gradient added to an adjustment layer.

Download the project (CC 13.1), have a play and see what you can come up with, or try building something from scratch. Spend at least 30 minutes and try out the different Shape Layer settings, then upload an image to the comments and add a link to your render if you have one. Have fun and be creative!

Discuss
  1. Sascha
    Reply

    Because I work with AE5.5 I can`t open your project-files :/ therefore started from scratch and come up with something op-art like by using a repeater and changed the settings for some of the repeater transforms >

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Cool Sascha, my project file isn’t necessary for the experiment, in fact it’s better if you do start from scratch!
      Best, John.

  2. Declan Zimmermann
    Reply

    Hi John,

    Enjoyed finding your site! Beautiful work and I agree on the need to experiment.

    Attached was made using shape layers a few months ago. The basic form is a sort of twisted teardrop, shade with a gradient greyscale, radially repeated then layered with a scale offset.

    CC twirl was used to twist this a bit, then the precomp was layered with some transfer modes, color changes and simple blur to produce the final.

    This is a still from a looping animation.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Great work Declan!

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