Primitives are an integral part of every DCC app, and it is no different in After Effects. The use of basic shapes in Ae can be the cornerstone of every motion graphics project. In After Effects, standard primitives are handled by the super-powerful and also super-cumbersome shape layer. Although primitive shapes in Ae can do some pretty cool things, they should be able to do more.
This is why motion graphics artist Lars Jandel created a basic shapes preset for After Effects. Now in version 2.0, the presets are rebuilt with Pseudo Effects in After Effects, and offer a lot more controls and features than the standard Ae shape layers.
Basic Shapes for After Effects will prevent stroke width distortions when animating scale. New to basic shapes is a new Multi-Shape primitive that can easily switch between a rectangle, circle and strokes.
Basic Shapes for After Effects is free to download.