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  • Text Mask from Illustrator?

  • Shannon Appleby

    September 18, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    I have text created in Illustrator.
    I need a mask that outlines the text while in after effects so that I can apply some effects to animate the stroke / outer edges of the text.
    I do not want to hand make a mask for each letter.
    Is there a way to generate a mask in AE based on the vector text?
    If not, is there a way to generate that mask in Illustrator that will come over with the file into AE?
    Example, you have Text. You want the Scribble effect to apply to a mask of that layer that outlines the text and I don’t mean just a box around it.
    Please help if you have any ideas.

    Shannon Appleby
    My Boyz Productions
    J&P Cycles Inc.
    Anamosa, Iowa
    AVID Xpress Pro, Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop, PC, NO MAC, Brightcove

  • mark

    September 18, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Layer-convert to outlines
    Layer-Auto trace.


    Mark Harvey
    Senior Editor
    Le R

  • Kevin Camp

    September 18, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    if you didn’t under stand marks somewhat cryptic response, i’ll elaborate.

    if you have the ai file in after effects as a layer (text that is keyed), you could select that layer, then choose layer>auto trace to trace the outer edges of the text and create vector paths of the text that can be used with effects that use vectors.

    that’s probably the easiest way with what i think you have right now, though it may not be the most precise.

    if you need more accurate paths, you can create the paths in ai. select the text the choose text>create outlines. now you can copy and past those paths on a solid in ae as a mask. this will give you precise paths to work with.

    Kevin Camp
    Senior Designer

  • mark

    September 18, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Oops, sorry about the short post…thanks for clarifying Kevin.


    Mark Harvey
    Senior Editor
    Le R

  • Rachael Jones

    February 12, 2013 at 11:17 am
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