Creating a spot that uses 3d stroke through out the piece to guide the viewer deeper into 3d space. What I was wondering is: What is the best method for planning the shape of my mask before adding the effect so that I have a result that is close to what I need, therefore negating the process of 500 tweaks? I understand the tool pretty well, just need help in a less time consuming method for getting the shape of the line that I want.
depends on what kind of shape you want of course. if you find AE's mask tool insufficient, you can create the path in Illustrator and then copy/paste it into a layer in AE. try the method first before spending a lot of time in illustrator, I seem to remember a clipboard pref needed setting (AICB export paths or something like that) although I think that is on by default in more recent versions of illustator.
Thanks for your response Peder. I understand how to create the path in both Illustrator and AE, what I was wondering is how can I plan the shape of the mask for my project. For example, I want a line moving from left to right and extending into the z axis with continuos motion through out the spot. I'm wondering what the best way is to plan the shape of the mask so that I don't have to spend alot of time experimenting.