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Danielle Masek
Animated light sweep, revealing a glowing outline
on Nov 24, 2011 at 12:42:19 am

Ok..I've looked through and applied some light effects and can't get what I want, which is:
I have a vector object (some wings) which is black right now, and I would like a light ray to start bursting through the center, change to a vertical line "ray" and move both right and left concurrently, revealing the wings; however, the wings won't now be all made up of light, instead the light rays will reveal the wings' outline, which will now be outlined in a backlit glow. I hope I'm explaining this clearly.
Will I need trapcode for this? Something else?

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John Cuevas
Re: Animated light sweep, revealing a glowing outline
on Nov 24, 2011 at 5:17:23 am

If you don't have trapcode shine, you could apply CC Radial Fast blur to your wings. To keep the original wing shape, you may want to have a duplicate, uneffected layer at the bottom of the stack.

Precomp the entire thing and try CC Light Wipe. Change the shape to doors, angle to 90 degrees and reverse the transition.

I made a quick project using some text, might be easier to see rather than try to understand my rambling explanations.

3308_lightraytransition.aep.zip

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Danielle Masek
Re: Animated light sweep, revealing a glowing outline
on Nov 24, 2011 at 6:50:13 am

You're overestimating my understanding of the program. I need more step by step stuff.
My pic is black. I tried applying the fast blur and nothing happened. The end of the animation would look like the whole object is outlined in a glow of rays.

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Angie Taylor
Re: Animated light sweep, revealing a glowing outline #AfterEffects Tip:
on Nov 24, 2011 at 8:11:02 am

John has provided a great project, very nicely done. Very kind of him to take the time to do it. Big thanks john from everyone on the list, much appreciated.

Danielle, I'm not sure if you know about it already but the After Effects basics forum is specifically for people who are still learning After Effects and need more instruction. So if you feel that you need more "step-by-step" instruction it may be best to look there for answers to this.

Let me see what I can come up with and I'll post something on that forum later today. Watch this space!

Hope this helps!

cheers,

Angie

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Danielle Masek
Re: Animated light sweep, revealing a glowing outline #AfterEffects Tip:
on Nov 24, 2011 at 8:15:29 am

Oh yes i didn't mean to come off as if I don't appreciate any time anyone takes to help me. I apologize if it seemed that way!
I think I'm not seeing the blur b/c it's black on black. Should I repost this in that other forum?
Thanks.
Sometimes I'm not sure which forum to use as some questions can fit into all three.

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Angie Taylor
Re: Animated light sweep, revealing a glowing outline #AfterEffects Tip:
on Nov 24, 2011 at 9:46:12 am

No worries Danielle, it's always hard to communicate by forums and email and you didn't come across badly. I just wanted to make sure that John knew we appreciated him! :-)

I'll post a tutorial a bit later today with another technique that you can use. Give me two or three hours then I'll post it for you.

cheers,

Angie

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Angie Taylor
Re: Animated light sweep, revealing a glowing outline #AfterEffects Tip
on Nov 24, 2011 at 6:47:21 pm

OK, here it is at last! The Light Wipe tutorial I promised you!

Enjoy!

http://www.angietaylor.co.uk/after-effects-light-wipe-tutorial/

cheers,

Angie

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Danielle Masek
Re: Animated light sweep, revealing a glowing outline #AfterEffects Tip
on Nov 24, 2011 at 9:28:03 pm

Hey Angie! TY for taking the time to do this for me!
I'm trying the version w/out the trapcode. I've applied a stroke but nothing is happening. You said you copied and pasted a mask from IL. I just have a black vector of wings (they're attached to each other so it's one object). Do I have to convert it to a mask or something??

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John Cuevas
Re: Animated light sweep, revealing a glowing outline #AfterEffects Tip
on Nov 25, 2011 at 3:43:46 am

There are potentially a few ways to approach getting the strokes you need. In Illustrator copy the paths. Now in After Effects, create a solid and paste your masks. Now you can apply the stroke and proceed in the way Angie suggested.

If for some reason you can't copy the strokes from Illustrator, you can select your layer in AE and under the layer tab, use the "auto-trace" feature.

Another option is to just create your own masks in AE.

Let us know how it goes.

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Angie Taylor
Re: Paste Illustrator Mask into #AfterEffects for Animated light sweep
on Nov 25, 2011 at 9:02:50 am

To copy and paste a mask from Illustrator to After Effects there are a couple of things you need to do;

1) In Illustrator. Go to Preferences > File Handling and Clipboard

2) Make sure the Preserve Paths option is selected

3) Select the Path and copy it

4) In AE, create a solid (Cmd/ Ctrl - Y) the size of your comp

5) With it selected, go to Edit > Paste. The mask should be visible now on your layer. (If not, make sure the Mask Display toggle is on in the Comp panel)

6) If you need to adjust it, Hit Command (ctrl) - T to Free Transform it.

7) Apply the Stroke effect, make sure to select the All Masks option.

Hope this helps.

cheers,

Angie

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Danielle Masek
Re: Paste Illustrator Mask into #AfterEffects for Animated light sweep
on Nov 25, 2011 at 11:02:01 pm

Thank you both. About to try that now.
Question: when checking the 'preserve paths' option, what are you changing? Iow, what does 'preserve appearance and overprints' (the other option) do? Will I have to change this back when doing other work?
And why does AE need a path? Why does an imported vector object not work?
Thx

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Angie Taylor
Re: Paste Illustrator Mask into #AfterEffects for Animated light sweep
on Nov 26, 2011 at 9:52:54 am

Hi there,

There's a big section in Illustrator Help that explains this. It depends on the type of work you're doing.

http://help.adobe.com/en_US/illustrator/cs/using/WS714a382cdf7d304e7e07d010...

Here's an exceprt.

"You can use the Clipboard to transfer selections between an Illustrator file and other Adobe software including Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign. The Clipboard is particularly useful for importing paths because paths are copied to the Clipboard as PostScript language descriptions. Artwork copied to the Clipboard is pasted in PICT format in most applications. However, some applications take the PDF version (such as InDesign) or the AICB version. PDF preserves transparency; AICB lets you specify whether you want to preserve the overall appearance of the selection or copy the selection as a set of paths (which can be useful in Photoshop [or After Effects]).

To specify copying preferences, choose Edit > Preferences > File Handling & Clipboard (Windows) or Illustrator > Preferences > File Handling & Clipboard (Mac OS). Select PDF, AICB, or both. If you select AICB, select Preserve Paths to discard any transparency in the copied artwork or Preserve Appearance And Overprints to flatten any transparency, maintain the copied artwork’s appearance, and preserve overprinted objects."

cheers,

Angie

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Danielle Masek
Re: Paste Illustrator Mask into #AfterEffects for Animated light sweep
on Nov 26, 2011 at 9:58:36 pm

That kind of answers my question.
Also, I got through your tut and was applying the light sweep effect but it applied it to the shape of the layer (a rectangle) and not the shape of the path (wings); how do I change this??

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Danielle Masek
Re: Paste Illustrator Mask into #AfterEffects for Animated light sweep
on Nov 27, 2011 at 11:29:58 pm

Anyone? This needs to be done by tomorrow. I've searched the forums and online and cannot find out how to do this.

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Angie Taylor
Re: Paste Illustrator Mask into #AfterEffects for Animated light sweep
on Nov 28, 2011 at 8:15:42 am

Hi again,

It's likely that you have an additional mask in there that's a rectangle the size of your layer. Delete this and make sure "all paths" is selected.

If u want to upload the project I'll take a look.

cheers,

Angie

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Angie Taylor
Re: Paste Illustrator Mask into #AfterEffects for Animated light sweep
on Nov 28, 2011 at 8:17:31 am

The All Masks option is in the Stroke effects BTW! Also, check the Online Help for additional help on using the Stroke effect. Good luck! :-)

cheers,

Angie

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Danielle Masek
Re: Paste Illustrator Mask into #AfterEffects for Animated light sweep
on Nov 28, 2011 at 7:35:20 pm

I'll check it later. I didn't have time so I'm handing it in w/out the sweep.
Also I'm getting weird artifacts...like an effect on one layer will show up on another that's not linked to the effect layer at all. Sometimes I'll turn the fx off and on and that gets rid of it. Sometimes I have to restart the program. What the hell is this?
Also, in renders fx will show up after they're keyframed to stop (and they do stop in the timeline and ram preview). What's going on there?

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Danielle Masek
Re: Paste Illustrator Mask into #AfterEffects for Animated light sweep
on Nov 30, 2011 at 9:17:08 pm

Well I had to break up the path into 4 sections...left top wing, left bottom wing, right top, right bottom in order to get the stroke to animate the way I needed, which is from the middle out, both bottom and top, at the same time. Is that why the sweep is not working?
Even when I precomposed the now 4 separate paths, still same weird result.

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