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If you've been following along so far, I've closed the composition from the previous movie. If the Project panel is not visible, you can bring it forward by selecting Window>Project or by using the shortcut. To show you what I mean by revealing a layer, if you have the Exercise Files, twirl down Comps_finished and open the second composition Write On_final. Since we don't need the Layer panel, I'll just temporarily close it and I'll RAM Preview. You'll see a number of layers are writing on overtime.
I created all these layers by hand and then scanned them in. I then combined them; using techniques you've learned in earlier installments, such as blending modes, track mattes, frame blending and even the wiggle expression. We'll solo the first layer called auto- bird and we'll press U to see the keyframes. You can see that this layer is wiping on over time, but it's not a simple transition that you might get if you use the Linear Transition effect on animated mask.
It zigs and zags and follows the contour in an interesting way. Now we did this by painting on an animated stroke in the layer's Alpha channel. By the way the reason, I call this layer auto-bird is because I created it with an automatic pen which is an interesting pen that calligraphers use. Now that we know what our goal is, let's see how we would create this painterly transition.
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