And generally more interoperability with Illustrator and support for the SVG standard
Tapered shape layer strokes were added to After Effects version 17.1, in May 2020. More information is available here:
We’re closing this request as finished since this is now available, but let’s also acknowledge that this request mentions SVG import and better Illustrator support. Here are some similar requests about that; we encourage you to support these:
And here’s one about improving the existing tapered shape strokes in After Effects:
Brian Merrell commented
Hi all, I'm a designer at Adobe on the After Effects team and I would like to dive deeper into user needs for Tapered Strokes. If anyone in this thread is open to chatting with me about the topic, please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org just letting me know that you're interested in discussing, and I'll follow up with you. Thanks!
John Julian commented
Maybe just share your awesome YouTube video on how to do it.
Shea Lord commented
I'm always doing hacky stuff to get tapered shape layer strokes for character animations. Nothing *really* works the way it should, even with 3rd party plugins galore. The work-arounds and plugin solutions are finicky, resource heavy, and/or often require some brute-force maneuvering. Native support for line weight or taper by percentage would be a dream.
Yes please tapered strokes, 2018 and we still dont have them, also it would be amazing if the "Create shapes from vector layer" tool respects the .ai vertex points, it creates lots of points
Avinash Lobo commented
While there are plugins or presets that can brute force a tapered effect, the feature request is for Shape Layers to natively support tapered strokes without the need for hacks or workarounds.
This would bring After Effects on par with basic functionality offered in Illustrator, and also make the interoperability between the two applications much more robust, allowing for far quicker transitions from receiving vector graphics from a designer to animating in After Effects without a load of unnecessary prep work.
aurelien malagoli commented
I would love to have it
It's a bit a pain and overkill to get 3D stroke to make it :)
Kyle Hamrick commented
While I agree it would be a cool capability, you *can* do tapered strokes along a path without any 3rd party expressions or plugins, and have been able to for like 10 years.