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How to Round Corners in After Effects: Video + Guide

March 21, 2021 ·
Maksim Marakhovskyi
Maksim Marakhovskyi Motion Designer & Tutor

In this quick tip, you will learn how to use round corners shape modifier. After that, we will show you how to customize the impact on the shape corners. Enjoy!

Guide: How to Round Corners in After Effects

Adding rounded corners to elements in After Effects can enhance the visual appeal of your animations and graphics. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of rounding corners in After Effects. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced user, this tutorial is designed to be easy to follow.

Software Requirements

Make sure you have Adobe After Effects installed on your computer before you start.

Steps to Round Corners

Follow these simple steps to add rounded corners to your elements:

Step 1: Open After Effects

Launch After Effects on your computer and open the project you’re working on or create a new one.

Step 2: Create or Import Your Element

Create the shape or import the graphic to which you want to add rounded corners. Ensure the layer containing the element is selected.

Step 3: Access the “Rectangle Path” Properties

  • Locate the “Rectangle Path” properties in the “Contents” section of the layer.
  • If you are working with a shape layer, you can find this under the shape layer’s properties.

Step 4: Enable the “Round Corners” Option

  • Look for the “Round Corners” property within the “Rectangle Path” section.
  • Toggle the stopwatch icon next to “Round Corners” to enable keyframing.

Step 5: Adjust the Corner Radius

  • Set your desired corner radius value by clicking on the stopwatch icon.
  • You can experiment with different values until you achieve the desired level of rounding.

Step 6: Keyframe Animation (Optional)

  • If you want to animate the rounding effect, move the playhead to the desired starting point.
  • Adjust the corner radius value.
  • Move forward in the timeline and change the value again to create a smooth animation.

Step 7: Preview Your Work

Press the spacebar or use the RAM Preview option to see the rounded corner effect in action. Make any necessary adjustments until you are satisfied with the result.

Tips and Tricks

Here are some additional tips to enhance your experience:

  1. Bezier Handles: Experiment with Bezier handles to customize the shape further. This is particularly useful for more complex designs.
  2. Layer Styles: Consider applying layer styles to your element for additional effects that complement the rounded corners.
  3. Pre-Compose: If you have multiple elements, pre-compose them before rounding the corners for a more organized workflow.


Congratulations! You’ve successfully learned how to add rounded corners to elements in After Effects. Feel free to explore and combine this technique with other features to create stunning visuals for your projects.

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