So I'm new to After Effects and I'm trying to create a painting effect similar to the one in the link below. I'm creating an animation where the paint divides across a page and forms into people and images.Is there any way I can do this in After Effects? Thanks.
Track mattes are the way to go with something like this. I would use paint strokes either bought or made and use them to fill in pre-cut out layers.
Here's a tutorial that you might find interesting.
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