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After Effects: War of Gears

Vector gears are easily created within Adobe After Effects. By Ko Maruyama
When you're creating gears, or when you're creating any vector shape, you can create the shape in illustrator or another vector illustration software, then bring it into Adobe's After Effects, but by creating those shapes in the application, you get the more options to edit that shape later.

In this tutorial all set up a very simple way to create a cog. I don't necessarily want to get into the mathematics of how  cogs  work together, because you can find those equations and expressions online. But since the introduction of shape layers in Adobe's After Effects, generating these  cog graphics, and more importantly, editing them, has become a very simple process. However, there may be some steps and some tools that need a little clarification before you start to battle your own gears.

In this tutorial, I will help you set up a very simple  gear graphic without using any source materials or solids in Adobe's After Affects CS 3 or higher.


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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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