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arrowhead on shape layers

New Here ,
Jan 10, 2023 Jan 10, 2023

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PLEASE dear developpers:

One of the number one element used in explainer videos is a simple moving line with arrowhead. This is always very difficult to animate either or only possible through plugins or expressions.

A simple possibility to add an arrowhead to the shape layer line/path would make many animators very happy 🙂

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Adobe Employee , Jan 10, 2023 Jan 10, 2023

Thanks for the request, @AM_working! The latest version of After Effects does include a "Write On Arrow" preset that creates a simple line with an aligned arrowhead, built through expressions, but a cap option would certainly be a nice addition.

 

Cheers,

- John, After Effects Engineering Team  

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Adobe Employee ,
Jan 10, 2023 Jan 10, 2023

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Thanks for the request, @AM_working! The latest version of After Effects does include a "Write On Arrow" preset that creates a simple line with an aligned arrowhead, built through expressions, but a cap option would certainly be a nice addition.

 

Cheers,

- John, After Effects Engineering Team  

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New Here ,
Jan 11, 2023 Jan 11, 2023

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Thanks @JohnColombo for your quick reply and for the hint of the new preset. That seems already fine for some designs.

But a simple cap, that could be scaled, maybe adjustable arrow length and angle would be awesome!

Here are my examples:

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Thank you and cheers,

AM_working

 

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LEGEND ,
Jan 11, 2023 Jan 11, 2023

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The best way to go about it would probably be a separate shape item that has a its own relative position slider. That could then easily be connected to a Trim Path modifier or users could dial in their own values as well as use multiple arrowheads. Options for orienting to path, relative or absolute sizing and so on and you'd have yourself a neat little arrow tool. it should have a few standard shapes like traingle (obviously) chevron, dot and blunt line and custom shapes could be fetched from another group within the shape hierarchy.

 

Mylenium

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