That this should seem elusive must surely be the result of blunt force head trauma, but is there a native function in AE to generate an adjustable series of vertical or horizontal lines only, i.e., half of the standard grid plugin? Just looked again before adding what seems to be a ridiculous post, but the grid plug doesn't have a simple checkbox for including either/or. What'd I miss? Thanks!
You could use the grid with a very large spacing on the dimension you don't want, or you could create a path on a shape layer, stroke it, then add a repeater and use the repeater's transform property to offset the copies.
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Thanks Walter, agreed, it's not a complicated fix, but for as useful as it would be for generating all kinds of graduated layouts, I figured it may have been buried in the FX list somewhere under some arcane name. One of the community script geniuses might be interested in jotting out a handy script to do just this, with a keyframe-able offset value. Could produce some interesting effects simply.