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Eric Smith
adding a stroke to an object
on Aug 25, 2009 at 9:35:28 pm

Hello- I'm trying to add a stroke to a comp and not being able to achieve the effect i want. I have a comp with animated objects inside and i want to add a stroke to the comp and have it on the outside of the objects with sharp corners.

I've tried to add a layer style and it works but has rounded corners when i align the stroke to the inside of the objects it gives me the sharp corners i want but takes to much away from the graphic so i need to keep it on the outside.

I've tried a simple choker as well and get the same round corners.

any thoughts?

thanks -eric


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Dave LaRonde
Re: adding a stroke to an object
on Aug 25, 2009 at 10:21:45 pm

I'm afraid you're going to run into a brick wall on this one. The ONLY brush style available in the Stroke effect is a circle, so your nice, sharp corners will be round when Stroked.

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


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Eric Smith
Re: adding a stroke to an object
on Aug 26, 2009 at 3:00:00 am

thats what i thought. ugh. thanks for your help i appreciate it. it just seems like this should be an easy one.


cheers - eric


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Todd Kopriva
Re: adding a stroke to an object
on Aug 26, 2009 at 4:38:48 am

You could use a shape layer to provide the stroke. Shape layer strokes have a miter join option, which gives sharp corners.

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Larry S. Evans II
Re: adding a stroke to an object
on Aug 26, 2009 at 3:19:19 pm

You might also consider creating solid layer of the desired color, then cloning your graphic layer and using it as an alpha matte for the solid which would be "under" the original graphic layer.

In theory if you then scaled up the cloned graphic, it would expose an even amount of the solid layer and produce a stroke-like edge around the entire graphic matching the original's edges.

This presumes you looking at having the stroke be static, but I think you might also be able to animate it using a mask and the mask shape parameter.

Larry S. Evans II

Executive Producer

Digital I Productions


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Jason Haberman
Re: adding a stroke to an object
on Mar 13, 2010 at 10:08:50 am

there is a way to do it. you were on the right path with the simple choke. You need to add a drop shadow before the simple choke on the object you are looking to outer stroke


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