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How to Use the Write-on Effect - Adobe After Effects Tutorial

Jacquelin Vanderwood

May 15, 2004


1 In the lesson I'll show you how to use the Write-on effect. Find a map that you can practice on.


2 Go ahead and apply the Write-on effect to the map layer.


3 Select Brush Position by clicking on the clock. Grab the crosshairs. Pick the point you want the Write-on to start. You can change the color of the line by clicking and changing the color chip in Color. You can also increase the size of the line in Brush Size. I have done this so you can see the lesson better.


4 How this works for this particular method: For each keyframe that you set, use the crosshairs of Brush Position and journey on to the next destination until the journey route is completed in keyframes.


5 You can soften the look of the brush using Brush Hardness.


6 If you want the brush to have some transparency, use the Brush Opacity feature and reduce the percentage.


7 If you need the brush to be dotted, use Brush Spacing.


8 If you don't want the route line to be stationary but to close or end at the last keyframe, you would set Stroke Length (secs) so that the end of the line will shrink in on itself. 


9 Using the Reveal Original Image under Paint Style can be used to reveal the picture underneath the opaque layer.



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