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trim path, reverse direction

Community Beginner ,
Jan 26, 2016 Jan 26, 2016

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I'm creating a line animation using trim path feature. the image was created in illustrator. for example. in the animation the line is growing/extendiing from left to right. is it possible to reverse the direction to have the animation go from right to left?? w/o going into illustrator and redraw the line in different way??

no matter what i do with the starting/ending point setting it ALWAYS goes from left to right...

any thoughts??

my illustration is actually a lot more complicated than just one line. so to redraw the whole thing would not be efficient...

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Adobe Community Professional , Feb 20, 2018 Feb 20, 2018
In AE, just to the right of the Path Property are two buttons. These buttons allow you to reverse the path direction — use it.

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New Here , Mar 31, 2020 Mar 31, 2020
By clicking on the direction on the stroke (as I have marked on the image), you will change the direction. It happens to me this issue constantly haha :)!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 26, 2016 Jan 26, 2016

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‌If you are animating start then animate end. You change direction by changing the way you animate properties of trim paths.

A quick search of "trim paths" in the search help field at the top right corner of AE  brings up this link: Trim Paths Tutorial: This After Effects feature will change your mograph life!

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Feb 20, 2018 Feb 20, 2018

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You have to rearrange Groups under Contents. Groups on bottom will be animated first.

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Feb 20, 2018 Feb 20, 2018

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In AE, just to the right of the Path Property are two buttons. These buttons allow you to reverse the path direction — use it.


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Sep 18, 2019 Sep 18, 2019

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🙂 Tks!!!

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 23, 2020 Sep 23, 2020

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I know this is 2 years later, but thank you for this response. This is not the first link I clicked to find this information and rather than question the process you just gave the answer. Seriously thank you - it's dead simple, but easily overlooked when you're in over your head which I am now 🙂

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Feb 20, 2018 Feb 20, 2018

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By clicking on the direction on the stroke (as I have marked on the image), you will change the direction. It happens to me this issue constantly haha :)!

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Sep 17, 2020 Sep 17, 2020

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Amazing. I can't believe it took two years for someone to post such a simple, helpful answer. You rock!

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May 09, 2021 May 09, 2021

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Not sure if this helps in this particular situation, but if you simply want to reverse your keyframes,
I have a one minute tutorial for you! 🙂

:mobile_phone: Watch the tutorial in the YouTube-app (for iOS users):
https://to.mysocial.io/s/rfjsqtBF9

:laptop_computer: Watch the tutorial on your computer here:
https://youtu.be/vFj49Wo-Nmc

:film_frames: Full playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFj49Wo-Nmc&list=PLgJlbAYg0mEnZDvh9LUAz-t0rAjCgH8IQ&index=7

Let's say you have a motion you want to reverse or you want it to go back to the starting position so that you can loop the motion.I'm going to show you two ...

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