Adobe After Effects CC 2023: How To Use Auto-Orient

This tutorial will show you how to align layers along a Path using Auto-Orient in Adobe After Effects CC 2024.

Keyboard Shortcuts:
Auto Orient: Cmd/Ctrl + Alt/Option + O
Position Property: P
Scale Property: S


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00:00  Intro: About The Tutorial
00:28  How To Create Paths
00:46  Create Path Using Pen Tool
01:23  Center Anchor Point
01:34  Copy + Paste Path to Layer Position
02:09  Position Keyframes Generated
02:34  Enable Auto-Orient
03:15  How To Turn Off Auto-Orient
03:31  Adjust Position Keyframes
03:59  Troubleshooting Tip: Paths

Software Used:
Adobe After Effects CC 2023 (Click To Try or Buy)

How To Draw a Custom Path

  1. Grab the Pen Tool (g)
  2. Click to create a Point
  3. Click again and drag to get bezier handles to make nice curves
  4. Repeat the click and drag

How To Animate Shape Layer on Path (Copy Path)

  1. In After Effects timeline, click on ‘Shape Layer’
  2. Twirl open ‘Contents’
  3. Twirl open ‘Shape 1’
  4. Twirl open ‘Path 1’
  5. Click on ‘Path’ and copy (cmd + c)

How To Animate Shape Layer on Path (Paste Path)

  1. Click on object, text, shape you want to animate along the path
  2. Type ‘P’ keyboard shortcut for Position Property
  3. Click on ‘Position’
  4. Paste (cmd + v)

How To Auto-Orient Objects On A Path:

  1. Select the object in the Layers Panel
  2. Go to the Layers Menu at the top
  3. Select Transform
  4. Select ‘Auto-Orient’
  5. Tick ‘Orient Along Path’
  6. Click OK
  7. Object will now orient in the direction of the path

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