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Animate Shape Layer Arms & Legs [EASY] – Adobe After Effects tutorial



Don’t strain yourself, animate arms and legs with shape layers easily. It just takes a few keyframes and proper sorting. In this after effects tutorial, we animate the arms and legs of a simple character. And it actually looks good. Unlike myself. Who looks really out of shape.

If you have any questions just let me know in the comments.

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Februar 28, 2017
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This is a great tutorial, thanks. Although I've just had a few problems with the convert vertex on the arm bit. First it was making a skin coloured box behind the arm when i was bending it, which i realised was because 'Fill' was on. When I fixed that, the convert vortex stopped working and kept enlarging the arm or moving it. I can't seem to get it to work now and the sleeve seems to have stopped following the arm. I don't know if i've knock a keyboard short cut or what. Any ideas?

März 2, 2017
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thank for that dude!! https://vimeo.com/206453940

März 7, 2017
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At 5:18 when I try to create an expression with the pick-whip, I get an expression error. Has any one else come across this? Any advice? – literally followed the tutorial step by step twice and this still happens.

März 9, 2017
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You are effing hilarious. I just wish some of your clicks and numbers were explained in more detail for us newbs.

März 10, 2017
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This was extremely helpful. But I have one last question. What if I wanted to add a shoe that follows the leg? Or an object in the characters hand that follows the hand when it moves? Is this possible? Thanks!

März 10, 2017
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Thanks!

März 13, 2017
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What if I want the stroke to be more tapered shape?

März 14, 2017
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This is a fantastic tutorial. The only problem I had was that the repeats were showing up in random places even though I set the anchor point exactly like yours. I had to adjust repeater position to get them exactly where yours are.

März 15, 2017
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"Between the legs, there is a lot of stuff" 😀

März 17, 2017
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I think your channel is MARVELOUS

(specially for noobs like me)

März 31, 2017
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Man, You are amazing. 😀

April 3, 2017
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but how to link arms to hands? do just manually?

April 6, 2017
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nice!!! tks for share!

April 6, 2017
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cloud you make more tutorials like this ? "about making animations and characters"
and thanks for everything

April 14, 2017
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Im tryna pay someone to edit videos who down ?

April 18, 2017
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it took me about 10 minutest to figure out how you moved the hips up at 3:04 and have it snapping to the grid as well while moving. after a while i noticed the v # y stuff on the bottom of the video and tryed fideling around and i thought i have had tryed to hold alt while moving but here we go i didnt and it was holding ALT while moving the path layer that made it go snap. im wondering tho what program it is that shows your keystrokes while working some kind of plugin or feature of the recording software obs or something or a standalone program. anyway thanks for the tut im not sure what im gonna do with that knowledge but somehoe i have to know stuff befor i can start coming up with own ideas i guess

April 19, 2017
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nice

April 23, 2017
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dood your voice has changed

Mai 1, 2017
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You forgot the fingers

Mai 3, 2017
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does this work in 3D? i need a Path Deformation for a Video Layer in 3D!

Mai 9, 2017
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woooow amazinnng

Mai 16, 2017
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Thank you so much,
Do you next lesson of walking?

Mai 18, 2017
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literally edge of my seat this whole night. love these dude.

Mai 20, 2017
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King of the castle

Mai 27, 2017
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Great video, exactly what I needed, and very short too. Thanks a bunch!

Juni 5, 2017
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How do we put cel shade on the arm and torso? Thanks

Juni 5, 2017
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instead of manually animating the position of the hips, you could just pan behind the anchor point to the "ground".

Juni 9, 2017
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awesome tutorial! thanks !

Juni 9, 2017
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Whenever I try editing the speed graph at the end it also changes the position values for some reason, so it messes up the animation. Anyone know the solution?

Juni 21, 2017
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could you show in speed motion how did you do the first animation please? or as least show all the time line

Juni 22, 2017
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Thank you for another awesome tutorial.

I'm trying to adapt this to my characters animation, but I have one doubt: I want my guy hands to follow the arms, but in this case parenting the hands to the moving arms won't work, how can I make them follow the arms? Tried so many things, nothing worked yet and I guess is something stupid simple.

Thank you in advance!

Juni 28, 2017
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When I bend a limb there is a black space that appears in the area that the limb originated. How do I get rid of this black area?

Juli 7, 2017
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wow JJ Abrams 😀

Juli 9, 2017
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– ?? What are you using to make an animation man
– Everybody : Photoshop and illustrator
– EcAbrams : Hell no After effects is the best ,rest softowares sucks

Juli 21, 2017
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i really love this tutorial, thanks!

August 3, 2017
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Your tutorials are the best. Thanks!

August 9, 2017
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amazing. ty so much!!

August 12, 2017
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I promised myself I wouldn't do another subscription, but well, here I go.

August 22, 2017
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The tutorial, I found not to be confusing. Thanks!

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