4 Replies Latest reply on Apr 29, 2015 8:41 AM by clarkhad

    Bend Path


      I have an AE comp with a shape layer that contains a path.


      I want to animate the path as such:

      1. Begin as a straight path:  |

      2. Keyframe bottom end point so that path is now a "U" shape:  U

      3. Keyframe right end point back to a straight path:  |


      Any way to do this?

        • 1. Re: Bend Path
          Dave LaRonde Level 6

          Make a straight-line mask on a solid: beginning of line, end of line and a mask vertex at the middle point.  Make a mask path keyframe.  Copy it and paste it later in the comp.  Go back about midway in the comp.  Alter the mask path vertices to make a U-shaped mask path.


          There you go.

          • 2. Re: Bend Path
            clarkhad Level 1

            Thanks for the reply!


            How do you create a straight-line mask on a solid? It appears that you can only make closed path masks in AE.


            When I use the pen tool and make a straight line on a solid layer, it creates a mask but the solid color is still visible and I can't change the color of the mask stroke.

            • 3. Re: Bend Path
              Szalam Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              If you're doing it with a mask on a solid, add the Stroke effect. That will allow you to paint On Transparent and with whatever color you desire.

              • 4. Re: Bend Path
                clarkhad Level 1

                Thanks, Szalam!


                1. I tried the stroke effect and it appeared to work for what I want to do, but I can't figure out how to animate the number of points on the stroke. I need to keyframe more/less points over time.

                2. The stroke effect creates strokes with a rounded cap. How do I create a stroke effect with a butt cap?



                Here's an example of what I'm trying to do:





                The blue dots represent points I need to add/remove to get the desired shapes.