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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Instructed by Sam DeZeeuw Design / 3D & Animation
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  • Lectures 10
  • Length 41 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • We will be using the software After Effects. No prior After Effects experience is required.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

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.

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Introcution to the course

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


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.

Section 2: How to Create a Drawing Effect
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In this lesson we cover how to create the final drawing that our pencil will follow.


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


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


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


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

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Instructor Biography

Sam DeZeeuw, Digital Media Educator

Hey! I'm a video design professional and have always had a passion for teaching people what I know. The way I see it, if no one took the time to teach me, I wouldn't be where I am now. It is my turn to pay it forward. What good is knowledge if it is never shared?

Have professional experience in motion graphics in After Effects, advanced editing in Premiere Pro, and am Adobe Certified in Photoshop.

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