Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Animating the Stroke effect, part of After Effects Apprentice 15: Creating a Sports Opening Title.
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In the previous movie we copied the paths from Illustrator and applied them to…the same layer in After Effects, and they appear as masks.…The next step is to apply the Stroke effect.…You will find that under Effect > Generate > Stroke.…The default settings applies a white color stroke with a 2-pixel border, and it…only applies it to the first path that it sees.…Now we would like to apply the stroke to all of these paths and animate them sequentially.…So make sure you toggle on All Masks, and let's select a different color--…something we can see, like a bright red.…
That should make this Stroke Effect easier to see.…You can also toggle off Mask Visibility if you'd like to see the layer more clearly.…So let's review what the Stroke effect is actually doing.…It's rendering a stroke using the masks, and it's placing the stroke on top…of the original layer.…If you reduce your Brush Size, you can see that the black stroke is underneath.…But the Stroke Effect allows you to regenerate that stroke using whatever color…
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- Building a 3D world
- Working with layered Illustrator files
- Synchronizing to music
- Using text animation presets
- Rendering strategies
- Working with widescreen video, including 4:3 center cut and safe area considerations