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Ryan HakesDrawn by a single line - Animation Advice
by on Aug 10, 2010 at 8:34:33 pm

Hello,
I'm struggling with an animation.

It's a crowd of characters that look like they've all been drawn from a few single strokes. My first thought was to precomp my characters, Auto-Trace the final animation, and add a stroke to the generated mask. Unfortunately, that method is missing the punch-out area, such as between his legs. It's also strobing off on some frames since Auto-Trace generates more than one mask.

Any ideas to fix my current method? Have any alternate ideas?

Really appreciate your thoughts!
rhakes
After Effects CS4


∧ Creative Mockup of the desired final look. ∧


∧ Structure of Rigged Character ∧


The look I currently have using Auto-Trace. Precomped and animated silhouette on left, resulting traced character on right. Please notice the punched out space between character's legs doesn't stroke in. ∧

Thanks for your help!


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Dave LaRondeRe: Drawn by a single line � Animation Advice
by on Aug 10, 2010 at 8:46:39 pm

I don't think I'd give up on Auto Trace so easily. With such high-contrast visuals, I'm surprised it doesn't work like a dream. Have you tried doing the auto trace using an alpha channel?

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Ryan HakesRe: Drawn by a single line � Animation Advice
by on Aug 10, 2010 at 9:06:27 pm

Hi Dave,
I agree with you. I must be doing it wrong.


I'm using the default settings on the Auto-Trace



Here's the settings for the Stroke effect that's applied to the Auto-Traced layer.

I've uploaded a video of the problem that is awaiting moderation.

Thanks
rhakes


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Dave LaRondeRe: Drawn by a single line -- Animation Advice
by on Aug 10, 2010 at 9:54:21 pm

I'm baffled that in an obviously clean precomp, Auto Trace is generating multiple masks. In your example above, there should only be two: the man's outline and the outline defining the legs.

You can, however, delete the extraneous masks. Then you can apply Stroke to both masks -- enable the All Masks check box, and make the stroke on Transparent. You'll have your outline.

I bet you can take it from there to create the opacity to create the layered look. I'm thinking a whole lot of precomps, and nested comps used as track mattes.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Adriano MoraesRe: Drawn by a single line — Animation Advice
by on Aug 10, 2010 at 9:13:54 pm

Try Find Edges.

I don´t know how it will look in the end but the result on your exemple frame here worked fine.




Sometimes we overlook those good ol' effects that had been missused in the "past".


Hope I pushed you in the right direction.


Cheers.


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元 素Re: Drawn by a single line — Animation Advice
by on Aug 11, 2010 at 9:35:36 am

Maybe get the outline of your picture in PS by the PEN TOOL can work.
Well ,I know this can be a large work,ha,Just for your reference~


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