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Author: Paul Conigliaro

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Quick Overview

Wayfinder allows you to attach and guide artwork along shapes layers... even complicated or animated ones! Download the free trial.


Attach and guide layers along shape layer paths, shape generators, or even complicated animated shape layers!

Select your shape layer, press a button, and get nulls attached to the outline of the shape! Each null has controls for position and offset. The main shape layer gains controls for trim and offset. You can also select existing layers to attach them directly. Continue animating the shape layer after the layers have been attached!

New in 1.2 - Position Offset for Wayfinder Followers. You can now offset attached layers from the path in x/y.

All with easy to use and intuitive controls!

Lights Pencil Arrows


Wayfinder Lets You…

  • Create a draw-on or trail effect
  • Set up several layers follow each other along the same path
  • Easily create complicated motion paths from shape modifiers like twist, zig-zag and more
  • Animate and change the shape as other layers are guided along it.

How to use Wayfinder

Wayfinder 1.1 Panel
  • Select or create a shape layer. Make sure to already have any shape modifiers like Zigzag, Twist, etc. already applied.
  • Enter the number of points you want attached or select existing layers in the order you'd like them attached.
  • Check "Hide Calculation Layers" to shy the layers created to calculate points along the shape. These aren’t used for animation.
  • "Auto Orient Points (ϐ)" is a beta feature allowing points to rotate correctly along the shape without using AE’s "Orient Along Path" funcNon which doesn’t always work correctly for Wayfinder Followers.
  • Click “Attach Layers.”
  • Animate the original shape layer… Layers stay attached!
Wayfinder Leader
  • The main shape layer will have a “Wayfinder Leader” control for trimming or offsetting with all attached layers following.
Wayfinder Follower
  • The created nulls (or other attached layers) will have a “Wayfinder Follower” control for individually positioning along and offsetting from the shape.


Important: Wayfinder requires After Effects version 13.2 (CC2014) or higher.

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