After Effects 101 Tutorial: Bringing the basics together
The basis of this tutorial is about taking a path from Photoshop (or Illustrator) and then using it within After Effects to create a simple animation background.
I’ve seen this a lot recently, so thought you might find it useful. The attached files are there with a little extra animation and a PDF to give you the essential instructions on how to make a path in Photoshop and animate it in After Effects.
The next version of After Effects will expand its shape capabilities dramatically, but even still, the tutorial here is an essential skill for After Effects users.
One last note – if you’re pulling these down, let me know if they’re useful or not. Also, feel free to ask for specifics.