Slick Mograph designer EJ Hassenfratz explores three methods for animating graphics along a path in After Effects, providing a great overview of some techniques for creating this look.
In this tutorial, I’ll show you one of three ways that you can bend layers along paths in After Effects
In this three part series, EJ looks at using Omino Snake, a free plugin for After Effects that will allow you to easily bend layers along a path.
The second part proposes using the After Effects Puppet tool and Puppet Pins to create the same effect, which works similarly, although difficult to get the volume that is lost in bending corners back.
The third and final technique for bending layers along paths uses the Spline Wrap in Cinema 4D to achieve the same effect, and most probably, providing the greatest in flexibility. Check out the complete tutorial for animating bending layers along paths here, also thanks for the shout-out in part one EJ, much appreciated!