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Adam Schoales
Cleaning up Write On Text
on Oct 26, 2010 at 3:11:22 am

Hi Everyone,

Hopefully someone here can help me out. I'm doing this write on text for a client's piece and it's gone pretty smoothly so far. The biggest problem with it is that because of the varying widths of the strokes in the logo the paint on effect has a few small flaws. I've uploaded a video for you to take a peek at to see what I mean:
http://cl.ly/2yiu

And here are images of those letters with the issue in question (incase the video goes by too quick):
http://cl.ly/2yQd
http://cl.ly/2yiK
http://cl.ly/2yrA
http://cl.ly/2z4s

I don't really know how I can go about fixing this as far as I know there's no way to vary the brush size of the actual stroke FX. Perhaps masking that section? im not sure.

If anyone has any suggestions it would be greatly appreciated!


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Cleaning up Write On Text
on Oct 26, 2010 at 3:01:37 pm

I'll guess you're using Write-On to reveal an Illustrator document, or something similar to that.

I don't know that I'd fool around with changing the brush size. Instead, I'd nest the current comp inside a new one and use a mask on a solid to create a track matte, which would conceal those jarring cross strokes.

In a situation like this, splitting the layer would be your friend. The split layers requiring the track mattes would be mere frames long. I counted the longest one at 13 frames.

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


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Adam Schoales
Re: Cleaning up Write On Text
on Oct 26, 2010 at 3:15:10 pm

I'm using the "stroke" effect, but it's the same idea as the write on - and yes it's a illustrator doc. I have each of the letters (other than 'hel' which are joined together in the original illustrator doc) on a seperate layer. Creating a track mate hopefully shouldn't be too tricky... I'll give it a shot an report back!


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Adam Schoales
Re: Cleaning up Write On Text
on Oct 28, 2010 at 12:14:21 am

Clearly I'm too much of a newb here... I'm having trouble figuring out what it is that I should be doing... should I be drawing a mask? how do I go about making this track matte? man, im dumb haha.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Cleaning up Write On Text
on Oct 28, 2010 at 7:35:58 pm

Here's the straight poop from AE's Online Help:
http://help.adobe.com/en_US/AfterEffects/9.0/WS3878526689cb91655866c1103906...

Don't worry if this help isn't for your AE version. They haven't changed this stuff in years.

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


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