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Eyvind DekaaHow to make huge stroked path?
by on Oct 28, 2013 at 3:58:08 pm

I'm trying to make a stroked path that will show a curve for the global temperature from million years ago to present time.
Actually I'm trying to stitch 4 curves together that each have a scale of millions, thousands, hundreds and tens of years.
I would like to make assemble into one curve that I can zoom in and out of.
Would that be possible?
What about the stroke, how do I make the thickness of the stroke uniform in each end of the curve.
All good ideas are highly appreciated!

TIA
Eyvind
(Copenhagen)


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Dave LaRondeRe: How to make huge stroked path?
by on Oct 28, 2013 at 4:30:57 pm

Nowhere in your description of this project do I see that the line comprising your curve would be animated.

I can see where you want to zoom in & out, but that's it.

Is this true? Is there anything else going on in the zooms in & out that would preclude you from using still images?

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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John CuevasRe: How to make huge stroked path?
by on Oct 28, 2013 at 4:48:06 pm

It seems you could create this curved stroke/timeline in illustrator, save it as an AI file, bring it into AE, turn on continuous rasterization and zoom and pan however you wanted.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
Thinkck.com

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Roland R. KahlenbergRe: How to make huge stroked path?
by on Oct 28, 2013 at 6:24:25 pm

A Shape Layer should make this easy. Simply draw your path with the Pen Tool. Switch off the Fill property and adjust Stroke Width and its other properties to suit your needs. Shape Layers are Continuously Rasterized - no issues with pixelation when you zoom into it.

HTH
RoRK

Intensive mocha & AE Training in Singapore and Other Dangerous Locations

Imagineer Systems (mocha) Certified Instructor
& Adobe After Effects CS6 ACE/ACI


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Eyvind DekaaRe: How to make huge stroked path?
by on Oct 28, 2013 at 6:35:53 pm

Thank a lot.
I will have a look into Shape layer.
(Never used it before)

If it works out I'll will tell here!
Best regards
Eyvind


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Eyvind DekaaRe: How to make huge stroked path?
by on Oct 28, 2013 at 6:33:02 pm

About animation: Yes, it would be nice to be able to have an animated stroke. Taper in and out.
But not a cardinal request.
I did try to scale and animate 4 jpg’s in Premiere, but that looked awful.

About Illustrator: My skill there is very limited there to say the least.

Could be that I could make a tiff in Photoshop, but then again I have hoped AE could do the deed.

Anyway, big thanks for your suggestions! :-)
Best regards
Eyvind


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Roland R. KahlenbergRe: How to make huge stroked path?
by on Oct 28, 2013 at 6:40:53 pm

No tapering with a Stroked Shape Layer. Stroke width also affects the entire path. To have variable sized strokes, create separate Shape Paths and set Stroke width accordingly.

HTH
RoRK

Intensive mocha & AE Training in Singapore and Other Dangerous Locations

Imagineer Systems (mocha) Certified Instructor
& Adobe After Effects CS6 ACE/ACI


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Eyvind DekaaSOLVED(almost) ;-)
by on Oct 28, 2013 at 10:42:36 pm

I believe the Shape Layer did the trick.
There I could transform the path.
And it’s also possible to keyframe the Stroke Width.
That way I should be fine:
http://www.eyvind.dk/Storage/Combined.m2v

Should anybody be interested in the global temp curve from ½ mill years ago until present time, have a look here:
(Climate changes seems an old thing) ;-)
http://www.eyvind.dk/Storage/Zoom_Creativ_Cow_ver.aep

Again, huge thanks for your suggestions!

Eyvind
(Copenhagen)


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