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craig whitCan I animate gradient filled paths from AI?
by on Dec 21, 2010 at 1:46:42 pm

Hey everyone,

I have an AI file that has some gradient filled paths (text) that I'd like to use the write on or stroke effect in AE. I've been doing searches and can't figure out the right workflow if one even exists. Can anyone offer some advice?

Thank you.

Best,
Craig

Craig Whitaker
MFA Candidate
New York University
http://www.craigwhitaker.net


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Dave LaRondeRe: Can I animate gradient filled paths from AI?
by on Dec 21, 2010 at 6:27:24 pm

I don't even know if AE will accept gradients from Illustrator; you'd have to check. I don't mess with Illustrator much -- I usually just put things other people have made in illustrator into Illustrator layers for animation in AE.

Depending on the complexity of the text, the most straightforward -- and good-looking -- way to do this may be to animate masks on a nested comp of the text.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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craig whitRe: Can I animate gradient filled paths from AI?
by on Dec 21, 2010 at 7:18:31 pm

Hey Dave,

Thanks for the reply. I'll have to look into revealing masks along a path rather than fighting with write on or some other effect. Is there a good tutorial you'd recommend for this approach?

Thanks again,
Craig

Craig Whitaker
MFA Candidate
New York University
http://www.craigwhitaker.net


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Dave LaRondeRe: Can I animate gradient filled paths from AI?
by on Dec 21, 2010 at 7:55:57 pm

The process I recommend animates masks; it doesn't reveal them.

Here's a link to the process I have in mind:
http://library.creativecow.net/articles/hansen_jaysen/growing.php

It shows how to do it with Photoshop documents. I don't know if it can be done with an illustrator document without first nesting or precomposing the illustrator file.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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