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Using strokes

From: After Effects Apprentice 06: Type and Music

Video: Using strokes

After Effects offers a number of options for adding a stroke to your title. To explore these options, create some type in a nice big, chunky font, preferably one with sharp edges on the corners. You'll see why this is important later on. Now currently, I have no stroke applied. If I bring the Stroke Color forward and then click it again, I can change the color. Let's make it a red. Obviously, a black stroke is not going to show up. When I increase the stroke width, you can see it quickly overwhelms the fill color.

Using strokes

After Effects offers a number of options for adding a stroke to your title. To explore these options, create some type in a nice big, chunky font, preferably one with sharp edges on the corners. You'll see why this is important later on. Now currently, I have no stroke applied. If I bring the Stroke Color forward and then click it again, I can change the color. Let's make it a red. Obviously, a black stroke is not going to show up. When I increase the stroke width, you can see it quickly overwhelms the fill color.

This is because the default is to draw the stroke over the fill. There is a menu to the right of the width that controls how fills and strokes are drawn. The default is Stroke Over Fill, but in this menu we can change this to Fill Over Stroke. However, if you increase the size even more, the stroke of a character will overlap the adjacent fill. For instance, the stroke of the letter K is overlapping the fill of the O, and that goes for all the other characters. There is another option in this menu that's very useful and that's All Fills Over All Strokes.

When I select this option, now when I increase the stroke width, all the fills will always draw in the foreground. Another option that we'll explore is how lines join at the corners. Let's increase the point size so we can really see what's going on. I think I'll also focus on the K that has a nice sharp corner right here. Under the Character panel options menu. I can change the Line Join from Miter to Round. Now you can see that although the fill has a sharp corner, the stroke is rounded.

Another option, Line Join > Bevel, will give it a chunky bevel edge. Now if you're having trouble seeing any difference with the font that you're using, it maybe because the corner is not very sharp. For instance, if I change my font to Poplar, I just type 'pop' and I'll increase the tracking to open up the characters, you can see that if I used to be a sharp corner on our K is now slightly rounded. When I change Line Join to Miter, or Line Join to Round or Bevel, there will be no change.

So if you're not seeing a difference in the Line Join options, pick a font with a very sharp edge. Finally, let's reduce this down. I also want to point out that you can turn off the fill completely. Bring the fill forward, click the No Fill Color, reduce a stroke width, and now when I turn on the transparency grid you can see that the fill is transparent. In the next movie, we'll look at creating paragraph type.

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After Effects Apprentice 06: Type and Music

49 video lessons · 18315 viewers

Chris Meyer and Trish Meyer
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  1. 3m 35s
    1. Overview
      1m 35s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 0s
  2. 14m 51s
    1. Setting up
      2m 20s
    2. Entering, editing, and styling type
      5m 49s
    3. Using strokes
      3m 6s
    4. Working with paragraph text
      3m 36s
  3. 23m 21s
    1. Setting a title
      2m 31s
    2. Creating a text animator
      6m 54s
    3. Selecting by character vs. percent
      3m 0s
    4. Animating position
      2m 4s
    5. Animating more properties
      3m 31s
    6. Exploring text transitions
      2m 47s
    7. Randomizing order
      2m 34s
  4. 22m 49s
    1. The Cascade recipe
      2m 15s
    2. Exploring offset plus selection shapes
      4m 16s
    3. Working with ramp selection shapes
      4m 26s
    4. Using character anchor points
      4m 40s
    5. Further refinements
      7m 12s
  5. 9m 0s
    1. Working with selections based on words
      4m 16s
    2. Anchor point grouping
      4m 44s
  6. 15m 46s
    1. Using a vertical blur treatment
      3m 58s
    2. Animated tracking
      5m 46s
    3. Working with text on a path
      6m 2s
  7. 14m 56s
    1. Per-character 3D overview
      5m 45s
    2. Enabling per-character 3D
      4m 4s
    3. Exploring per-character 3D rotation
      5m 7s
  8. 18m 37s
    1. Separating fields
      3m 48s
    2. Exploring wiggly options
      4m 28s
    3. Animating wiggles
      3m 18s
    4. Rendering with alpha channels
      7m 3s
  9. 45m 29s
    1. Adding audio
      4m 8s
    2. Audio levels
      4m 27s
    3. Spotting hit points
      5m 33s
    4. Timing to audio
      5m 25s
    5. Spotting dialogue
      7m 32s
    6. Timing dialogue to music
      6m 45s
    7. Mixing audio
      7m 53s
    8. Exploring audio refinements
      3m 46s
  10. 23m 9s
    1. Applying text presets
      5m 50s
    2. Browsing presets in Bridge
      4m 35s
    3. Editing presets
      6m 49s
    4. Saving presets
      5m 55s
  11. 16m 27s
    1. Working with Photoshop text
      4m 58s
    2. Keyframing source text
      4m 21s
    3. The Buzz Words preset
      7m 8s
  12. 20m 43s
    1. Exploring faux styling options
      7m 42s
    2. Tracking and kerning
      4m 56s
    3. Using smart quotes
      4m 8s
    4. Using hyphens and dashes
      3m 57s

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