Animating Flourishes Quickly & Easilly- After Effects Tutorial

BIG Admin October 6, 2017 32

For those who need it fast not really that excellent this will teach you the fast way of animating flourishes, filigree, calligraphic whooshing, and whatever else you …



  1. Brenda.Garcia February 26, 2013 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    thankssssssssssssssssssss 🙂

  2. Дмитрий Кожевников April 22, 2013 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    What if i want to animate Ai drawing? can i somehow use the Ai drawing's paths for AE stroke effect to avoid double drawing of the same thing?

  3. ECAbrams April 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    you can copy and paste the path right into Ae from Ai. Or import the .ai file and then convert it to shapes. So give that a try perhaps?

  4. Дмитрий Кожевников April 22, 2013 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    i'm trying for last 8 hours or so. thought, may be i was on a wrong way. constantly run into problems. But it's getting better now, thanks.

    How do i convert to shapes? Convert to layered comp, is that what it is called in the menu? and what to do next with those shapes? reveal them via handdrawn mask as you do in the other tutorial? or something else?

    P.S. Excuse me for those silly questions, i'm new to AE (as to Ai and Ps and Pr and drawing as it is) and trying to make my way through.

  5. ECAbrams April 22, 2013 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    I'll have to do a new tutorial on the subject I think. I've been getting this question more and more and it takes some explainging about the neuances. But the big thing is make a new shape later, add a path, then select that path (that has no points) and paste a path to that. Else it'll become a mask when you paste.

  6. ECAbrams April 22, 2013 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    convert to shapes is in the menu at the top under layer.

  7. Дмитрий Кожевников April 22, 2013 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    Yes, please. Those “xxx” neuances are everywhere.
    I bet for a lot of folks out there (for me particularly) it will be very interesting if you will stop by on the issue of making those "real time sketching" cartoons – that popular technique they use in all of those "draw my life" videos. So the main idea is not about control and quality but about revealing lots of sketch drawings in an easy way (starting from scanning).

  8. Дмитрий Кожевников April 22, 2013 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    And as for scanning: when tracing drawings in Ai (same in AE) i get closed paths instead of a single path with a stroke applied. So when I use it as a path for AE stroke fx it reveals every line twice. I thought (hadn’t try it out yet) of going in both directions, starting from 50% start to 0% start (same for the end values).

  9. Дмитрий Кожевников April 22, 2013 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    But the starting point is mostly not where I want it. And that is another neuance: how do you change path’s starting point in AE stroke fx? Or maybe you can come up in your tutorial with a better way of a avoiding that “double path” issue.

    Thank you in advance and eager for that new “neuanced” tutorial of yours.

  10. Дмитрий Кожевников April 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    Will try that “shape” thing now.

  11. Дмитрий Кожевников April 22, 2013 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    Got it! I managed to create a new shape layer (easily), managed to add a path to it (that took some time), even several paths (and was kind of proud of myself), I managed to paste a path to that (took me some more time, and now I understand that “Else it'll become a mask when you paste” thing …

  12. Дмитрий Кожевников April 22, 2013 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    …(I was trying to past several paths at once to that tiny new blank path and it didn’t fit), but I can copy/past several paths from Ai to AE now at once, sadly I can’t add several blank paths in AE at once) and was excited!

  13. Дмитрий Кожевников April 22, 2013 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    … And suddenly next question arised: what do I do with that?
    But don’t bother. Just cover on the “neuanced” one. Just as that “convert to shapes”. Didn’t manage that at all.
    So I will stop wasting all that time you don’t have and will try to be patient.

  14. Y Alika May 19, 2013 at 11:30 am - Reply

    I'm new to after effects, your tutorial is awesome, hope you can share with us more when you have time ~~love it!!!

  15. aek B November 12, 2013 at 4:22 am - Reply

    it is very imformative to me

  16. almela pedro April 17, 2014 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    thanks!!!!! love ur tutorials! though im having a hard time learning, it seems when i see your videos makes it easy…

  17. cl Cammarota September 20, 2014 at 11:33 am - Reply

    thank you so much! fast, easy, great!

  18. AdventureArchives November 23, 2014 at 2:23 am - Reply

    Thank you so much!! This was super helpful!

  19. Rudy Martinez January 29, 2015 at 7:42 am - Reply

    i really like your tutorials. i'm having a problem though. it may be something that i've done wrong, but i bring in my .ai with all the layers separate and all that, i draw the line with the pen tool, i go to the stroke effect and drag it on, but then i can't change the brush size at all. not sure what i am doing wrong here. but that's as far as i can get. i have the stroke set to white, and no fill btw. i'm wondering if there is a setting i need to make sure is… well, set. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. thanks!

  20. Emel Bilge Çınar March 3, 2015 at 5:43 am - Reply

    Thank you 🙂

  21. arif budiono March 6, 2015 at 3:55 am - Reply

    thanks very helpful 🙂

  22. Edilson Borges May 29, 2015 at 3:12 am - Reply

    Thanks! 😀

  23. Schuyler Dale July 27, 2015 at 1:14 am - Reply

    Thanks Evan! BTW you sound like Seth Rogan. lol

  24. kytan94 November 26, 2015 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Awesome tutorial! Just a question: Is there a reason why when I import the file from Illustrator (it's a vector), yet when I resize it bigger, it gets pixelated though it is vector?

  25. Shivana Brhamadat December 7, 2015 at 3:14 am - Reply

    wow this is great! but I have a question, i'm trying to make a spooky forest with swirly dark vines, my background is a forest PNG that I painted and I wanted the swirly stuff to be dark teal.. do i have to use white for stroke? any suggestions :)? thanks for your great vid!

  26. light toon February 8, 2016 at 11:20 am - Reply

    اكول عمي بلا زحمة شنو هاي الكلمة الي كلتها بالدقيقة 1:52 يستر على حبوبتك 😘😘

  27. ChinBeBusy March 2, 2016 at 5:25 am - Reply

    im having trouble with curves and the pen tool. After i draw the first curve i then need to go to a straight line but after effects automatically makes the next point curve. PLease HHEEELLLPPP!!

  28. ytfdryfdythguyhjguky May 6, 2016 at 12:41 am - Reply

    Can anyone help me figure out how to import the actual flourish with out it all the blur? I'm not sure how he got the background grid like as he did, etc. #Struggling

  29. Jordan Abbott June 3, 2016 at 9:45 am - Reply

    How do i do this for a text logo, its outlined and not a custom font

  30. WhiteBlackFilm December 8, 2016 at 3:44 am - Reply

    Sir. I know this video is years old but you've actually saved my life with this tutorial. Thank you soooo much! Ive been trying to figure out how to do this for hours

  31. la maker July 2, 2017 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    OMG i was looking for something less obnoxious than using the old fashioned which is moving and editing a mask for each frame. <3

  32. RUTVComedy July 26, 2017 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    This could be useful for lots of stuff, thanks so much for this.

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