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Brian Beech
Basics: Animated line that fades away
on Jul 1, 2013 at 3:16:42 am

I'm a VJ and projection mapper. I'm just getting started in AE and I have a few beginner's projects I'd like to complete in order to get on the right track.

I'm using masks and stroke to create a line that follows a predetermined path while leaving a dragging tail that fades away behind it (Not just a solid end)

Here is what I'm trying to replicate:
EDIT: adding link:





(skip to 00:50)

Here you can see lines like I am describing, as well as lines that fully-stroke their paths quickly, then fade away (This I have figured out)

Should I be adjusting the timing for Opacity, or is it something else?

Any help would be appreciated.


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John Cuevas
Re: Basics: Animated line that fades away
on Jul 1, 2013 at 2:25:17 pm

Good idea to give us a video example of what you are trying to accomplish, but you forgot the link.

Being new, take a look at this training page Todd Kopriva has compiled: Getting started with After Effects (CS4, CS5, CS5.5, CS6, & CC)

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Brian Beech
Re: Basics: Animated line that fades away
on Jul 1, 2013 at 3:28:42 pm

Oops. Here it is:






I'll definitely check those out.


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Stephen Smith
Re: Basics: Animated line that fades away
on Jul 1, 2013 at 3:41:36 pm

It's a great tutorial that I think will get you pointed in the right direction.

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Stephen Smith
Re: Basics: Animated line that fades away
on Jul 1, 2013 at 3:35:42 pm

Take a look at this tutorial: http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/graffiti_writing/

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