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Nate Hurwitz
Splitting Shape Paths
on Feb 10, 2010 at 11:57:38 pm

Hi,

Just wanted to say thanks again to this forum for the help it's provided me in the past.

I was wondering if it's possible to split an already drawn path in After Effects. An example would be creating a shape path that consists of 2 points and cutting that path in half (creating 2 new paths).

The paths were cut from Illustrator and pasted into After Effects. Let me know if you guys have any suggestions, thanks!


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Splitting Shape Paths
on Feb 11, 2010 at 12:14:48 am

[Nate Hurwitz] "An example would be creating a shape path that consists of 2 points and cutting that path in half (creating 2 new paths). "

If you want to do what you describe above to ONE layer, sorry -- no can do. One motion path per layer. But that doesn't mean you can't do what you want to TWO layers:
  • Duplicate the layer for safety's sake, then duplicate it again to work on the motion path.
  • Find the midpoint of the motion path, and make a keyframe.
  • Select the current position keyframe and the ones before it, copy them and paste them to another layer.
  • Select the current position keyframe and the ones after it, copy them and paste them to a third layer.

You might have to move the pasted keyframes around in time a bit, but that's no big deal. But I'm still wondering WHY you want to do this: to pause the motion, perhaps? There's an easier method involving hold keyframes.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Gary Hazen
Re: Splitting Shape Paths
on Feb 11, 2010 at 12:19:35 am

I believe Nat is talking about the shape vector path not the motion path.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Splitting Shape Paths
on Feb 11, 2010 at 12:22:03 am

By golly, you're right. Never mind what I said. That's what I get for not playing with shapes.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Nate Hurwitz
Re: Splitting Shape Paths
on Feb 11, 2010 at 1:15:47 am

Yup, I am talking about the shape vector path!

Is there any way to cut and paste paths into Illustrator from After Effects? I would be able to split the path in there and then re-import into After Effects I'm thinking.

Thanks for the fast responses so far!

Nate Hurwitz
Digital Media Arts/Music Major
Do you love it?


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Joey Foreman
Re: Splitting Shape Paths
on Feb 11, 2010 at 3:49:00 am

Why not make the path in Illustrator to begin with? It's got all kinds of scissor-y-like tools you need for that kind of thing.


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Todd Kopriva
Re: Splitting Shape Paths
on Feb 11, 2010 at 6:28:58 am

> Is there any way to cut and paste paths into Illustrator from After Effects?


Yes. See "Copy a path from Illustrator, Photoshop, or Fireworks".

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Nate Hurwitz
Re: Splitting Shape Paths
on Feb 11, 2010 at 12:41:23 pm

Thanks Todd,

I must be missing something. Does it work the other way around as well (AE to Illustrator)?


-Nate

Nate Hurwitz
Digital Media Arts/Music Major
Do you love it?


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Todd Kopriva
Re: Splitting Shape Paths
on Feb 11, 2010 at 3:50:40 pm

Sorry. I misread.

Yes, you can copy and paste paths from After Effects to Illustrator.

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