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Draw your paths, add a Stroke, apply Trim Paths and animate the Start and End. Additional elements can be made to move in sync by copy&pasting the paths as motion paths. Perspective can be added by using Repeaters 8see maltaanon.com for some tips and automation). Other than that your question is way to generic to provide a detailed answer. Learning the execution of acceptable or even stylish motiongraphics/ infographics is an art in itself and takes time. It also requires you to have a firm knowledge of AE's other tools... I can't count the nuinstances that I have come up with creative uses for Radial Wipe and Linear Wipe over the years to draw arrows and other elements.
I know I have some learning to do, I just needed some pointers as to where to start. Your tips about paths/stroke/trim paths, etc. will be helpful. I have a Lynda.com account and a couple of books.
Was that site you mentioned: maltaanon.com ? I get a travel site with that.
Indeed the site seems to be offline. sorry for the inconvenience. Maybe it will return some time soon-ish. in the meantime, simply ask your questions here.
I have a basic growing thick line now using the pen tool to make the shape layer and adding trim paths.
How would you make an arrow head at the growing end of the line? Syncing up the movement of a separate 3 sided polygon for the arrowhead seems too difficult.
paste your arrows path as a motion path in your arrow head. Then you can orient the axis of your arrow head to the motion path (layer>transform>auto-orient).
Thanks, I will try that technique.
To be more specific in my question:
20 seconds into the video referenced in the first post, a wide line with an arrowhead grows to the right. It is extruded into a 3d look and has text on it.
Does anyone have a guess as how that was done? Perhaps Illustrator was used to make the object?
To extrude, you could build the animation, precomp and duplicate 10-15 times moving each layer back in z space 1 pixel. Now it will have depth and you can do camera moves.
If you look at the animation during the transitions, you can see that they created multiple layers. You can see the offset in the animations during some of the position keyframe animation - - it looks really good in this instance to see the elements break apart
I have heard of multiple layer approach for extrusion and always found it repulsive from a productivity standpoint.
I wonder if the CE Shape Extruder approach by Jerzy Drozda Jr (aka Maltaannon) could be used for this.
Alternatively, are there AE plug-ins I could purchase to do this, that is, the growing arrowhead line and the extrusion?
duplicating objects an moving them in z space is not extruding, its garbage.
yes there are plugins, but why purchasing plugins? in´t after effects expensive enough?
you better force Adobe to work on that.
you can even extrude in B$ Microsoft Word.
jerzy drozda (maltaannon) is king, he should work with the adobe team and gets a lot of money for his stuff. and yes he made great stuff.
maybe bacause he´s not that greedy and uses his heart and BRAIN!
after his experiments nobody can tell me that this could not be achived by development. we´re in 2008 man. we have super-computers, hybrid cars, we have choccolate for cats and intelligent rockets an firearms.
but a lame after effects.
>duplicating objects an moving them in z space is not extruding, its
>yes there are plugins, but why purchasing plugins? in´t after effects
>you better force Adobe to work on that.
>you can even extrude in B$ Microsoft Word.
>jerzy drozda (maltaannon) is king, he should work with the adobe team
>and gets a lot of money for his stuff. and yes he made great stuff.
>maybe bacause he´s not that greedy and uses his heart and BRAIN!
>after his experiments nobody can tell me that this could not be >achived by development. we´re in 2008 man. we have super-computers, >hybrid cars, we have choccolate for cats and intelligent rockets an >firearms.
>but a lame after effects.
Rubbish - all of it (except for Jerzy being a great guy).
^ And chocolate for cats. ;-)