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Gerardo Floreslights drawing a complex shape
by on Mar 24, 2010 at 2:00:07 pm

hello every body.

I am traying to make some lights to draw a completely car shape follow the lines of the car design
I saw some video tutorials here but they make all the time realy symple chapes using the pen tool
or just using the exingting shapes in the after effects....

I was trying to make this effects with letter at the first time and I have seen one toturial which advice you to make the shape in Adobe Illustrator...

http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-video-10145302-2010.php

but the problem is that if I want to make the lights to draw the whole line desing of the card I will finish next millenium :(

Can some body please give me some tips about how to do it?
witch program use or if you know some video tutorial that can help me?

Maybe the link at the bottom is a bad expample of what I want to do; but at least you can have an Idea
of what I am saying ( just instead of just match some line in the car's design, make the ligthts draw the all design )










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Alperen T. AyhanRe: lights drawing a complex shape
by on Mar 24, 2010 at 5:40:04 pm

Hi, the effect you want to make is simple but takes a bit time to prepare the footage. If you show me or send me via e-mail ( alptonay@yahoo.com.tr) the image you want to draw, I can send the instruction how you should make it. ( If "http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-video-10145302-2010.php" is the effect you want...)

Alperen T. AYHAN
http://www.sinamasal.com
Always cinema...


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Dave LaRondeRe: lights drawing a complex shape
by on Mar 24, 2010 at 5:46:16 pm

That's not very difficult at all:
  • Choose your shots
  • Decide the kind of lines you want
  • Create those lines on a solid using masks
  • Animate the lines using the Stroke effect


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


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Gerardo FloresRe: lights drawing a complex shape
by on Mar 24, 2010 at 7:24:58 pm

Dear Mr LaRonde

Thank you for you tips...
I just will like to know:
It is not any other way to make this easy?
Imagine if there will be a design like this...
I will need to make every songle line ( I dont want to look lasy but I like this affect and I will like to use it more often but... if I must draw avery line ... mmm I dont know...

I send here an exemple of what line i will need to do

http://www.tutorials3d.com/blueprints/ferrari_550_maranello_2.gif


Thank you both of you for the answers...

Any other ideas are wellcome

;)

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Dave LaRondeRe: lights drawing a complex shape
by on Mar 24, 2010 at 8:13:37 pm

[Gerardo Flores] "It is not any other way to make this easy? "

You can always make it easier, but when you do so you lose the effect you want. After Effects isn't designed to easily animate many lines, as you find in line art. You can do it, to be sure, but it takes work. All good things do.

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


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Dave LaRondeRe: lights drawing a complex shape
by on Mar 24, 2010 at 8:48:25 pm

Well, there may be one way to make your life easier.

If your line art is in vector form in an Illustrator document, you can turn the lines into layers in the document. When you import the Illustrator document into After Effects, you can turn the Illustrator paths into masks on a solid.

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


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Gerardo FloresRe: lights drawing a complex shape
by on Mar 24, 2010 at 9:39:34 pm

Yes you are great

I dont know how to do that but know i have an idea how to start
:) Thank you a lot

Have a nice day


Gerardo

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Alperen T. AyhanRe: lights drawing a complex shape
by on Mar 24, 2010 at 11:24:44 pm

[Dave LaRonde] "If your line art is in vector form in an Illustrator document, you can turn the lines into layers in the document. When you import the Illustrator document into After Effects, you can turn the Illustrator paths into masks on a solid."

Sorry, I am late.. but also Dave's given the answer. That was the idea that I wrote "preparing the footage takes a bit time..". I just wanted to see drawing (or it might be an image). Illustrator and after effects work together very well. So I am not sure but there must be a menu when you right click on your lines after you select. Then when you import it to AE use stroke effect.

Alperen T. AYHAN
http://www.sinamasal.com
Always cinema...


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Darby EdelenRe: lights drawing a complex shape
by on Mar 25, 2010 at 3:37:58 am

If you have Adobe Illustrator and are comfortable with it then you can use the Live Trace feature there to generate vector paths from a raster image. You can then copy and paste those paths into After Effects.

That would be my preferred method, but it requires some familiarity with Illustrator.

Darby Edelen


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Gerardo FloresRe: lights drawing a complex shape
by on Mar 25, 2010 at 11:34:21 am

Hey Guys

Thank you a lot all of you :)
I have expend 3 day just trying to find the way to do this
I didnt want to believe that drawing every single point with the pentool was the best option...

YES it is really simple :) with Adobe Illustrator ( which I am not so familiar with )
but it is in this way : for letters is really symple you just must

-Open a new file
-type the text that you need
-click on the type
-in the op up window give the order create outline.
2 part
- in Illustrator select the letters and
- whit the text selexted go to EDIT - copy ( dont close AI )
- open AE apen a new solid and with the solid selected
- in AE go again to EDIT - PASTE
- ADD THE STROKE EFFECT AND "BINGO"
b e u t i f u l l ( i like this effect )

For pictures ( a drew will work better )
-open the file
-go to •objec...•interactive (trace-copy) I dont know how you got it in english • create interactive trace
- select the object and go to EDIT - COPY

then repeate the 2th part above :)

... NOW I AM WONDERING IF WE CAN USE THIS TO HAVE A BETTER CONTROL OF THE
PARTICULAR EMITTER IN THE TRAPCODE PARTICULAR EFFECT :(








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Darby EdelenRe: lights drawing a complex shape
by on Mar 25, 2010 at 10:40:26 pm

[Gerardo Flores] "... NOW I AM WONDERING IF WE CAN USE THIS TO HAVE A BETTER CONTROL OF THE PARTICULAR EMITTER IN THE TRAPCODE PARTICULAR EFFECT :("

The vector path that you copied and pasted into AE can be pasted as a Mask Shape property, a free form shape layer's Path property, or as a Motion Path (position).

If you select the Position property of your emitter (light or null, whatever you're using) instead of a Mask and paste you should get position keyframes that match the path you copied from Illustrator.

Darby Edelen


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