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Chris Bentley
Adding a stroke/outline to masked text
on Mar 17, 2010 at 2:51:30 pm

I'm using Apple Motion 4 and have a block of text added to an image mask layer so that the video plays through the text.

I would like the text to have a stroke on it, but have been unsuccessful in accomplishing this. When I add a stroke through the Text Style --> Outline, the stroke is included in the mask and is transparent - not a solid stroke.

I've tried accomplishing this using an object oriented mask via the underlying video as well as simply changing the blend mode to Stencil Alpha on the text -- both result in the stroke/outline being added into the mask.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Chris


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Mark Spencer
Re: Adding a stroke/outline to masked text
on Mar 17, 2010 at 3:27:44 pm

Duplicate the text layer, create the outline on the duplicate, and place that layer on top.

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Mark Spencer
Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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Chris Bentley
Re: Adding a stroke/outline to masked text
on Mar 17, 2010 at 4:09:40 pm

While waiting for my post to be approved, I did just that. Worked like a charm!

Thanks, Mark!


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Tim Allen
Re: Adding a stroke/outline to masked text
on Jan 31, 2011 at 5:35:45 pm

How could I accomplish this outline effect with a keyed out element, or anything else that has alpha data?

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The Real Tim Allen
Tribal Iris | HD Production & Finishing


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Bret Williams
Re: Adding a stroke/outline to masked text
on Jul 21, 2016 at 8:37:17 pm

I needed this and am replying 5 years too late. Easiest I've found is to just add an outer glow with inner and outer color the same, and set range to 0. A radius of 4 or 5 seems to eliminate the tiny soft edge, and will allow you to double up the effect as many times as needed to get the thickness needed.


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