Easy Arrows

  • Compatibility After Effects
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Author: Modio

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Quick Overview

The fastest way to auto-orient graphics to a path.

The fastest way to auto-orient graphics to a path.

Easy Arrows will auto-orient built-in arrows, or custom graphics & compositions, to your Shape Layer path. You have complete control over the styling of the path & the attached objects, even after the script has been run.

Arrows animating across the screen. Arrows animating a plan of attack on a European battlefield. Long arms with pointing hands animate on screen.

Until now, creating a basic animated arrow in After Effects required complex expressions and parenting. With Easy Arrows, you can create a flexible auto-orienting setup in just 1 click! Seriously, it’s this simple: draw a path, then click "Create Easy Arrow". Literally less than 5 seconds.

Now you can focus on more important things, like actually animating.

With Easy Arrows, you can:

  • Use built-in arrows or custom graphics & compositions.

  • Easily update your path after running the script.

  • Control the styling of the stroke, however you like.

  • Quickly change color & size of the entire setup.

  • Precomp for easy duplication. 



Effect Controls & Script UI Panel for Easy Arrows


Effect Controls

Available on the Arrow Head layer:

  • Easy Arrow Completion: Where the arrow is located along the path.

  • Easy Arrow Length: The length of the stroke behind the arrow head.

  • Easy Arrow Enable End: Locks the end point of the stroke.

  • Easy Arrow End: Moves the end point when ‘Easy Arrow Enable End’ is checked.

  • Easy Arrow Line Offset: Offset the stroke away from the arrow head.

  • Easy Arrow Reverse Direction: Reverse the arrow’s direction along the path.

  • Easy Arrow Size: Change the stroke width and arrow size proportionally.

  • Easy Arrow Color: Change the stroke and arrow color.

Script UI Panel

  • Create Easy Arrow: Click to add a default arrow to your path.

  • Create End Arrow: Check this box to add a default arrow to the end of your path.

  • Precomp Layers: Check this box to move the Easy Arrows layers into a new composition.

  • Update Arrow: Click to update your Easy Arrows setup after making changes to the path.


After Effects 2020, CC 2019, CC 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015.3, CC 2015, CC 2014, CC, CS6, CS5.5