In this video I show you how to create a motion path in After Effects.
Typically in UX, you aren’t dealing with a lot of motion paths unless you’re creating motion for material design projects, radial progress bars, or something game related.
The easiest way by far is to just copy and paste. You can waste untold hours (and I have) tweaking your path AE, but honestly, their drawing tools suck and typically you’ve already designed your project in Sketch, Illustrator or perhaps even Photoshop. So let’s just reuse your designs.
If you want access to your path curve data from Sketch, you can always copy and paste your shape directly into Illustrator and from there, over to AE. Or you can use the free and awesome Sketch2AE plugin made by Google.
Keep in mind that copy/pasted motion paths are notoriously moody in after effects. If you google this (and I have), you will find entire forums created by extremely annoyed people.
There are 3 main opportunities for this to go south on you –
For #3, the workaround is to paste onto a mask layer, do your scale/transform, and then copy/paste back onto your layer where you want the motion to happen.
In this tutorial, I cover the extremely simple way of copy/pasting from Illustrator to after effects. You can watch the tutorial here.
I’ll be the first admit the entire workflow here is hacky and the AE team could have improved this, but it is what it is.
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