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How to use After Effects Trim Path with an Illustrator Path

You can use a trim path on a shape layer as track matte to achieve a solid and smooth animation without keyframing a mask. Bring your shape into After Effects: Make sure that no layer is selected in ...
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How to make this strange embossed apple logo?

It's all a bit easier to discuss if we start with horizontal lines, like so: As Ilmari Karonen said, this is just a displacement map. You start with a 3D topography h(x,y), and then each point (x,y) ...
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How to export a GIF from After Effects?

When I need to create a GIF from After Effects, I do my animation in After Effects, go to Menu>Composition>Pre-Render and render it out as an uncompressed MOV file. Then you can drag that file onto ...
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How to make this strange embossed apple logo?

This is basically just a displacement map applied to a bunch of lines. The tricky part is that applying a displacement map to a bitmap texture will stretch and compress the entire texture, including ...
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How can I achieve opacity gradient effect in After Effects CS6?

There are MANY ways to achieve a certain task in After Effects and while the above answer will work, there is a much easier approach. Select the layer you want to adjust go to your "Effect" tab ...
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What is the difference between After Effects and Flash/Animate for animation?

Adobe AfterEffects is a composite tool where you put video, image and 3D content to create a final product. To that end there is a large set of tools, plug-ins and scripts such as tracking, effect ...
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How to export a GIF from After Effects?

This answer is only for Windows OS There is no reason for 3rd party plugins. Use File > Export> > Add to Adobe Media Encoder Queue. Inside of the the Adobe Media Encoder there's a lot more ...
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How do I separate paths to layers in Illustrator?

There is a 'Release to Layers' option in the layers panel menu. Make sure the layer is active and none of the shapes are selected then use the 'Release to Layers (Sequence)' option. This will add each ...
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Photoshop CC: convert to frame timeline releases only one frame

Eventually discovered this solution, hope it helps somebody: timeline > convert frames > flatten frames into clips timeline > convert frames > make frames from clips delete video group at bottom (to ...
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Shape wont change colour in After Effect

click the drop down arrow of the "color" property that you're trying to change. there might be an "expression: color" there. if there is click the "=" sign to disable it. That should fix it. (Although ...
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Can I create a transparent GIF with After Effects?

After Effects hasn't been able to directly export GIFs for some time now. There are plugins available that'll do it or you should be able to use the Media Encoder if you're on Windows (I don't use ...
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Position keyframes do not make a straight path

After Effects defaults spacial interpolation (such as position keyframes) to "Auto Bezier", which tries to smooth the movement for you. You can either adjust the bezier handles yourself, or you can ...
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Perspective warp in one dimension only

I assume you want it works with any image, not only with rectangular boxes. The distortion you want is not perspective, you want Y scaling which depends linearly on X. Some programs allow it without ...
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How to use After Effects Trim Path with an Illustrator Path

There are direction to paths! Who knew! If you are manually doing drawing the path in AI, follow the direction that you want the animation to work. Now, for the this piece here I would put a solid ...
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Is it possible to output to animated png (.apng) in after effects?

The Animated Portable Network Graphics (APNG) file format is a non-standard extension to the Portable Network Graphics (PNG) specification. It allows for animated PNG files that work similarly to ...
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How to open an After Effects cc project in AE cs6?

The following screenshot says it all.
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Animation (Adobe After Effects): Text rotating around object with proper "3-dimensional" perspective

I normally just duplicate the thing you want in front and behind, literally place them in front and behind and mask each as necessary. An example... Mask your shape... Invert the mask (I've actually ...
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What program should I use to make UI sprite animations for unity3D

Unity 3D imports SVG quite nicely, so if you are developing your sprite UI element in a vector art program like Illustrator or Affinity Designer or Inkscape, you can output your elements as pure ...
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What's the difference between the Add and Linear Dodge blend modes in After Effects?

The difference is the way two these modes behave when a layer isn't fully opaque. Linear Dodge behaves as lowering Opacity in Photoshop, while Add behaves as lowering Fill. I believe they're separated ...
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How to create animation with svg format file?

It seems that the svg you link to is animated using CSS Animations. Read about it on W3Schools and CSS-Tricks. Inspecting the moving elements with browser Developer Tools by pressing F12 is revealing:...
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Alpha channel and luma channel

Abstract Transparency is given by an alpha channel. It can be a different image. Black transparent, white opaque. Brightness on the image itself is indicated by a luma channel. Black, the darkest ...
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When holding shift + scaling a shape layer = doesn't constrain a perfect shape.

The Shift key constrains proportions. If you start with an oval, it will continue to be an ellipse as you scale it. To turn an ellipse into a circle, or a rectangle into a square, adjust the height ...
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Why isn't the black in a video made with After Effects a true black when it's viewed on Windows 7?

What you are running into is one of the big differences between video and still photography/design. Video's heritage is television, which has very different technical requirements and standards. In ...
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Need help in rendering 20 second's motion graphic to 10 second

I'm gonna show two methods as they can both be useful, even though they both do the same thing in this case. You are not winning time by choosing either one of these. Method 1 is versatile in the ...
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How to export Animated SVG file from Adobe After Effects?

Have you tried the Bodymovin plugin? It's a hacky little extension of After Effects that allows you to export any composition you want to SVG. Works for us!
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Fill the inside of a hollow font

You cannot fill the font without expanding the font in a program like Illustrator and using the live paint tool to fill the type but then you would not be able to change the letters. Other options ...
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In After Effects, when I scale two layers at once they scale at different rates?

The problem is that the layers are scaling at the same rate. If you look at the actual scale values. For example, if you have one layer at 100% scale and another at 90% scale, then select both and ...
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"Stroke Effect" in After Effects does a rounded corner.

That's because you have selected (or selected by default) - Round Cap stroke. You can change that in Layer dropdown menu -> contents -> Stroke -> Line cap -> set to "butt cap" See the attached image ...
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Create an animation of a slider-crank mechanism system

Based in comment stib The setup is reasonably simple, built in functions, trigonometry and some Pythagoras will get you there. Have a look at the diagram below: The orange solid is the crank, with ...
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Fastest way to create a transparent GIF from PNG

Joojaa is right. It is simple to do with open-source software on Mac and Linux and Windows, if you are not afraid of the command line, because you’ll need to use the terminal. Here is a command line ...

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