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Jason Brown
Merging separate shape paths into one
on May 20, 2016 at 7:55:00 pm
Last Edited By Jason Brown on May 20, 2016 at 7:56:18 pm

Okay, I have 2 shape layers made up of individual paths forming the whole. The desired effect is to transform shape 1 into shape 2 by keyframing the shape paths.

However shape 1 has 5 sub shapes and shape 2 has 3 sub shapes.

All is fine when I copy a single shape path from shape 1 and keyframe into a shape path from shape 2, so I go:

copy and paste
path 1 to 1
2 to 2
3 to 3
these all transform fine, but I have 2 leftover shapes.

4 to ?
5 to ?

I've tried copying all the shapes paths (3,4,5) and pasting them into a single shape layer but that doesn't give me a single shape path, they're still individual and the shape doesn't appear it just shows the path outline.

Any help is much appreciated,


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Greg Gesch
Re: Merging separate shape paths into one
on May 22, 2016 at 3:58:27 am

Hi. The only thought I have is to duplicate (say) paths 2 and 3 in your final shape layer, then when you want the two missing paths to appear keyframe paths 4 and 5 onto the duplicates - it would mean the peel away from the existing shapes though.

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Graham Quince
Re: Merging separate shape paths into one
on May 23, 2016 at 8:57:14 am

Are you copying the keyframed paths or just the paths themselves?

Have you seen Chris Zwar's tutorial on morphing. It might help a little. - Free FX for amateur films - FX blog

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Jason Brown
Re: Merging separate shape paths into one
on May 23, 2016 at 2:13:31 pm

Thanks for the replies.

I kind of found a fix that worked for me. The 2 left over shape paths I had I just keyframed their position and scale and hid them behind the other shapes, so it appears as 2 shapes morphing into one.

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