So working with a shape layer, just click on your shape group in contents, click add new empty group, then drag your shape path into the new group. Make sure to leave your stroke outside and below the new group. Then you can use the transform scale in the new group's properties to scale your path before after effects applies the stroke.
hope that helps
How did you realise this was possible?
Lots of fiddling with shape layers!
Can't thank you enough. This little "trick" works for all manner of things I'm trying to do. Bar graph delineation lines as the view zooms in, all the content, etc etc. I can layer repeaters, push them up into this group, etc etc.
This has been a great insight into the ordering of the processes of AE "rendering".
Sorry, I've got another question on this...
Why does the Opacity of the Group have no impact?
I've put a rectangle into a group, and now changing its Opacity in the Group's Transform does nothing, but everything else in that Transform works as I'd expect.
Hi, it's the order of the render thing again. As the box doesn't have anything on it yet, there is nothing to change the opacity on. You'll have to change an opacity property further down the chain, after any stroke of fill have been applied. Hope that makes sense!
I think I've got it. This means that a rectangle element in the Shape Object isn't actually anything UNTIL it has a fill and/or stroke.
It exists only as a notion of such a thing until such time as it's filled... but that still doesn't really explain why the other attributes work, and opacity doesn't... in some sense. I think.
If you're going to pass all the other transforms through, then opacity should also be something that can be passed through... I'd say...
but I'm on the record a million times for not agreeing with how Adobe sees software and design to be... so I'll stop now.