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Marius Jerschke
Multiple drawing lines along a path ?
on Oct 24, 2010 at 10:50:57 pm

Hey guys I am new to this forum and I searched the whole evening (6h) ;) if there is a thread, which tells me how to handle my problem.

Here is my problem. I made an illustration with Adobe Illustrator, then I added it to After Effects CS5. Now I want to animate the lines of my illustration.

link to my screenshot:

http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/9103/creativcow.jpg


The black lines should be drawn, but not one after an other. Just at the same time, but the startpoints are the left top corner and the right bottom corner. The end is in the middle of the picture.


Is there a way to animate this with a MASK PATH and STROKE ? cause drawing a mask with "T" parts and behavior like a growing tree is not possible ?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Multiple drawing lines along a path ?
on Oct 25, 2010 at 12:46:57 am

I only see a couple of shape layers in this comp. Where are the Illustrator layers?

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


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Marius Jerschke
Re: Multiple drawing lines along a path ?
on Oct 25, 2010 at 12:18:07 pm

They are out of the screenshot ;) here is a new screenshot, which shows my idea of working along the lines.


http://img63.imageshack.us/img63/9413/creativcow2.jpg

The blue path is the only path with the stroke effect. But when I change the effect to all masks, I dont have the result of a TREE GROWING animation. The stroke lines then will start everywhere a MASK PATH starts.

Now I want to know, is there a way to combine the maskpath to one mask... or can I control the start time of each mask separatly and make a difference in how fast the lines grow. Please help me, I go crazy with this ;)
OR IS THERE ANOTHER WAY TO SOLVE THIS ? ;)


Marius Jerschke


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Multiple drawing lines along a path ?
on Oct 25, 2010 at 3:11:20 pm

You could use the Set First Vertex command:
http://help.adobe.com/en_US/aftereffects/cs/using/WS638D0D65-C707-473e-82CD...


It's not the most clearly-written item in AE's online help, and it may take a few readings to get an idea of what's going on. The numbered steps near the bottom help a lot.

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


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Marius Jerschke
Re: Multiple drawing lines along a path ?
on Oct 25, 2010 at 5:00:45 pm

will try this ;) and will reply as soon as possible, if it works or not for me ;)


thanks for the fast answers ;)


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