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After effects newbie...editing shape

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Mar 26, 2019

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So I just started with AE and i was wondering in what way do you change the size of a rectangle? Like you would do it as in for example illustrator? If I want to change the shape and pull the anchor points, the rectangle changes on both sides in stead of one side... HELP!

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After effects newbie...editing shape

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So I just started with AE and i was wondering in what way do you change the size of a rectangle? Like you would do it as in for example illustrator? If I want to change the shape and pull the anchor points, the rectangle changes on both sides in stead of one side... HELP!

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or is this only possible by moving the anchor points to one side?

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Spend some time with the User Guide. Type edit path in the Search Help field in the top right corner of AE and study up. You should also study up on editing shape layers. The easiest way to find out what is going on in a layer with a shape or a mask is to select the layer and press the U key twice. This will show you everything that has been modified. You can then expand properties as needed and animate anything that has a stopwatch by the property.

Rectangles created with the Rectangle tool are not paths, they are parametric shapes with a width and height. You can convert them to Bezier paths and then animate the path directly. There's too much info to go over in a single post but this overview of editing paths may help you get started. It's no substitute for some serious study of the User Guide. You'll never learn AE by just poking around in the UI and experimenting.

This is just a very basic look at how to use the pen tool to edit paths. The technique will work with Masks and Shape layers.

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I am having problem with this aswell. I have fixed a rectangle to right position from one side, but when I edit the other side the whole object moves.

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So to actually answer the question: After a path is created, simply expand the layer via the drop down, expand Contents, Expand whatever your shape name is (mine is Rectangle 1 for example), then right click on that shape names Path ( so for me it is Rectangle Path 1) and click convert to Bezier Path. Then use the standard pen tools to edit the shape via anchor points as you would in illustrator. 

 

Easy. No need to dig thru 50 pages of Adobe's Help manual 😛

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Thank you!!!! 

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