How To Draw A Line In Adobe After Effects

Drawing a line in Adobe After Effects might seem like a simple task, but it can be quite complex for beginners. This blog post aims to break down the steps, providing a straightforward guide for creating lines in After Effects. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Create a New Composition

Initially, you need to create a new composition. Open After Effects and click on the “New Composition” option in the “Composition” menu. You can set the properties according to your preferences, including the duration, frame rate, width, and height.

Step 2: Create a New Solid

The next step is to create a solid layer in which you can draw the line. To do this, navigate to the “Layer” menu and select “New” then “Solid”. You can choose any color for the solid as it will not affect the line’s color.

Step 3: Use the Pen Tool

To draw the line, we will use the Pen Tool. You can find this tool in the toolbar at the top of the screen. Click on the icon that looks like a pen.

Step 4: Draw the Line

Now that you have selected the Pen Tool, you can click anywhere in the composition to set the starting point of your line. As you move the cursor, you’ll notice a line extending from the point where you clicked. Click again to set the end point of your line. Congratulations! You’ve just drawn your first line in Adobe After Effects.

The Code Method

Alternatively, you can draw a line using expressions. This method requires a basic understanding of coding in After Effects. If you’re ready to get into more advanced territory, here’s the basic code you can use to draw a line:

    var startPoint = [100,100]; //Starting point of the line
    var endPoint = [500,500]; //Ending point of the line
    shapeLayer = thisComp.layer(“Shape Layer 1”);“Contents”).property(“Shape 1”).property(“Path 1”).property(“Path”).addPoints([startPoint, endPoint]);


Drawing a line in Adobe After Effects is a fundamental skill that can open up a whole new world of possibilities. Whether you’re a beginner just getting started or a seasoned pro looking to brush up on your basics, we hope that this guide has been useful. Keep practicing, and soon enough, you’ll be drawing lines like a pro!