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How to Create a Realistic Draw-On Effect in After Effects

The guide to creating a realistic drawing animation in After Effects.
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Created by Sam DeZeeuw
Last updated 1/2016
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Learn the techniques to creating a realistic draw-on effect. These techniques can be used to create any kind of drawing, text or graphic. We will be covering how to create our drawing utensils inside After Effects as well without any outside resources such as images.

I have provided the project file that I will be using through this course. I supply this in order to allow you to follow along with me as I reference specific compositions and folders. This also allows students to dive into the example compositions and open up the effect properties and play around with properties that we may not have covered in the course.

What are you waiting for? Let's create some completely customizable drawing animations.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who wants to learn how to create this type of animation.
  • This course if for beginner and intermediate AE users.
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What Will I Learn?
Create a fully After Effects Produced Animation
Learn how to create complex objects in After Effects using shapes
Use keyframes to produce realistic movement
Using roving keyframes to speed up and slow down animations as necessary
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  • We will be using the software After Effects. No prior After Effects experience is required.
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Introcution to the course
2 Lectures 08:54

In this lesson we will start by talking about how to use the resources I have made available.

Preview 02:29

If you are new to After Effects this is a quick way to learn the tools we use in this lesson so you can follow along regardless of your experience level.

Preview 06:25
How to Create a Drawing Effect
6 Lectures 26:45
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In this lesson we cover how to create the final drawing that our pencil will follow.

Preview 07:30

In this lesson we will be using many shapes to create a more complex object, our pencil.

Creating a Pencil

In this lesson we will use keyframes to start to animate our "draw-on" effect.

Prepping Our Pencil to Follow Our Trace

In this lesson we will finally track the pencil to the stroke of the drawing to make it look like it is actually writing.

Tracking Pencil to our Drawing

In this lecture we will be putting our final touches on the animation.

Adding Camera Movement

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