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  • Make Hand layer follow Stroke path effect

  • Mohsen Saeedi

    May 20, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    Hi fellows,
    Sound impossible But I’m looking for any possible and yet fast solution to make a hand layer follow Stroke effect to create some sort of hand drawing look.
    I did it for a simple shape though, But much complex shapes are waiting for me to hand drawn them, which will take for ever by manual methods! ????

    Check this out:

    I’ll really appreciate your help.

  • Roei Tzoref

    May 21, 2018 at 4:07 am

    instead of stroke, you can use write-on effect. it also offers a way to reveal a stroke, but with a position crosshair (one you can attach anything to..)

    so the workflow is this:
    1. make sure your artwork layer is at the default transform values. if not, precomp and move all attributes
    2. create a path tracing the actual artwork. set the mask to “None”
    3. add the write on effect. change spacing to the minimum, and choose paint style “on original image”. set the color to red.
    4. copy the path (from the mask path, not the mask) and paste onto the write-on position property
    5. make sure the path being drawing fully covers the artwork. change the brush size to fit.
    6. in the write-on effect change paint style to “reveal original image”
    7. on the hand layer, set the anchor point at where you want the pivot to be
    8. link the hand position property to the write-on position property

    here’s the project folder:
    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1RbuY0OakJfbprXima2i2mB5nPuip5lpL

    Roei Tzoref
    2D/VFX Generalist & Instructor
    ♫ AeBlues Tutorials ♫
    http://www.tzoref.com

  • Mohsen Saeedi

    May 21, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Great, But what if we have multiple mask paths on our layer?
    Apparently After effects does not support selecting and copying multiple paths on position property!

  • Roei Tzoref

    May 21, 2018 at 11:12 am

    [Mohsen Saeedi] “Apparently After effects does not support selecting and copying multiple paths on position property!

    I can see it sure works. just do them copy-paste each one at a time. make sure your CTI is after the previous keyframes that were created for Write-on.

    copy mask1 path to write-on, move forward in time, copy mask2 path to write-on… and so-on

    Roei Tzoref
    2D/VFX Generalist & Instructor
    ♫ AeBlues Tutorials ♫
    http://www.tzoref.com

  • Mohsen Saeedi

    May 21, 2018 at 11:18 am

    That’s is little time consuming for layers that contain tens of different masks!
    Is there any ways to connect path and make it one.

  • Roei Tzoref

    May 21, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    not sure what kind of setup you have there. show a screenshot of your Ae interface to demonstrate your problem.

    Roei Tzoref
    2D/VFX Generalist & Instructor
    ♫ AeBlues Tutorials ♫
    http://www.tzoref.com

  • Mohsen Saeedi

    May 21, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    As you can see in this image:

    I have a lot of masks on my layer and I can’t selected them at once and copy it to position property.

  • Roei Tzoref

    May 21, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    don’t crop screenshots. I was looking for information about your project, not that I didn’t believe you when you said you had many masks. I want to see what exactly are you trying to do so that maybe I could offer a workflow that’s better for you. in any case, you cant connect multiple masks in Ae. you can copy them to illustrator and join them there if that makes sense…

    Roei Tzoref
    2D/VFX Generalist & Instructor
    ♫ AeBlues Tutorials ♫
    http://www.tzoref.com

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