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.
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…
The After Effects Apprentice series was created by Trish and Chris Meyer. These tutorials are designed for After Effects CS4 through CC, and can be used on their own or as a companion to the Meyer's book, After Effects Apprentice.
- 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
Skill Level Intermediate
1. The Floor
2. The Video Wall
3. The Dial
4. Creating the Main Composition
5. The Camera Move
6. Creating a Title
7. Lighting and Shadows
8. Further Polish
9. Finishing the Comps
10. Client Changes
11. Render Strategies
12. Bonus: Creating the Ring inside After Effects
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