NEW TUTORIAL: Stroke FX



Alright, so decided to record this quick tutorial on using multiple strokes to build high-impact graphics in After Effects. This relatively simple trick is a great way to make your titles pop and stand out. All of the strokes are dynamic so if you change the font or text, the graphics will update automatically. We also use the Vegas effect to add dotted lines and even Vegas lights. This is a lot of versatility in this technique so get creative!

Watch Tutorial

PS: Some might be wondering why I made this a tutorial and the Tron Title was just a short overview… well the answer is simple. Most of the techniques in the Tron project are specific to creating that one look, where as this technique is more generic and can be used in a variety of ways to create many unique graphics.

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4 years ago
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129 Comments

3 years ago
Guys, the Watch Tutorial link here leads to the tutorials page and not this specific tutorial, please fix.
4 years ago
Very cerative, now I have to figure out how to do the same thing in Apple Motion.
4 years ago
hi andro
i love your tutorials
Good luck

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4 years ago
I wish I had your skills man. Your work is amazing.
4 years ago
Thanks for the tutorial. Here's something I made from it: http://mynhi.org/ministries/outreach/
César Andrade
4 years ago
I'm from Brazil (RO) too, video copilot THE BEST!


if the tutorials were multilingual subtitles would cause a big impact in developing multimedia in the world. GREAT!
Jordan G
4 years ago
Hey Andrew and guys at VCP, great tut once again, and I swear someone at E! used this on fashion police for twit of the week section! And also some other tuts for tv2 in new Zealand !
4 years ago
HEY GUYS, BRASIL ON

ANDREW, MY MASTER! ^^
4 years ago
this looks amazing ill have to give it a go
Josiah Rizzo
4 years ago
I am having a problem with the PickWhipping on The Source Text. I will PickWhip the BOTTOM STROKE LAYER to the TOP TEXT LAYER and yet the STROKE LAYER won't change when I change the TOP TEXT, even though the STROKE LAYER'S SOURCE TEXT is pickwhipped to the TEXT SOURCE TEXT. What am I doing wrong???
4 years ago
Mr.Andrew .. What happened to the Atom Product .. You haven't said anything about it :D ..
Thanks :D
Tony
4 years ago
Its been so quiet lately где ты там пропал Андрей?
KINGCOMPOSITE
4 years ago
don't forget pelak, this stuff is free, just be grateful? Someone is using there free time to show us how to do something, that we can show someone else, and then take the credit for it. Thanks VC!
pelak
4 years ago
come on ! try somthing new ! we cant keep waiting!
KINGCOMPOSITE
4 years ago
Could anyone tell me what the pro-shop is going to be? Or when it will be open?
4 years ago
;-) Cool as usual

thanx andy
4 years ago
Those examples look great. I love the Jedi one. I'm gonna watch this right now.
Mansur
4 years ago
hello Andrew Kramer this totorial very cool and very nice thing you Mansur
4 years ago
love it man, and very professional great job --> ;)
4 years ago
HEY ANDREW!!! we want a movie..
sell it in yours products..
Comment answer
Chris Francis Marabiles
4 years ago
hi Andrew Kramer i would like to thank you for all your tutorials because of you i learned so much after effects and i join a short film festival and i won best in special effects award thank you so much bro! god Speed...
4 years ago
if it wasnt for videocopilot i would never learend after effects, tonight i made this based on the poster of super 8 ,thanks for all the knowledge you gave me.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PZFTdNhbx0
Mads
4 years ago
Awesome tutorial, made one myself check it out
www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJIkpw068uo
Jakub
4 years ago
This is even more ausum than AUSUM 6000 :-)
scourge
4 years ago
this
is
great!
4 years ago
Thank you for everything you kindly gave us,and good luck for everyone in this community.It's Chinese New Year today and it's the year of rabbit.Best wishes to you.春节快乐!
Numkam
4 years ago
always on the top! u'll never stop to impress me!!!! keep going maestro!
4 years ago
Is anyone else having trouble with the vegas lights shaking when animated? I couldnt find a way around it so i ended up flickering the glow on the center layer of my text to give it a cool "neon light turning on" effect. I still would like to know why the vegas lights keep shifting when i animate it though.
4 years ago
grasias andrew de verdad
4 years ago
hey andrew Why not make a film and sell it with your products?
a GREAT MOVIE I would buy it FIRST
    4 years ago
    i second this,a film and a making of would be epic :)
    i know there's Copilot dvd's showing effects in action,but that really would be awsome
    4 years ago
    yes.. hey andrew.. Are you goinna make a movie?
    epic and avance tecnology
    4 years ago
    hey videocopilots fans
    Looking to buy a movie videocopilot?
    coming soon!!! just kidding
AJ
4 years ago
Simply awesome. I agree with you saying that the Tron title was made only for that design. And this tutorial is more generic for us to make more fun designs. Cool all the way.

Saludes desde Honduras(Greetings from Honduras)
4 years ago
Thanks Andrew!
you the best
4 years ago
Thanks Andrew!
Please make tutorials about Visual Effects (like 97. Lightning Strike or ...)
Please make a tutorial about axe or some thing like movie 300.
I don't know.
4 years ago
Thanks Andrew :)
4 years ago
Hey andrew i still want to know how you created the signal flare with the smoke, is it possible you can inlight us on that if you dont mind. thank you
4 years ago
Thank You Andrew,it's Very Nice. :D
4 years ago
Just made a cool text with the help of this tutorial.

I have one question: on September 29th, 2009 you recorded a videoblog and mentioned Quick Matte, I been looking forward to it but for some reason it never came out, how come?
4 years ago
pretty cool!!!!!!!!! im lucky today!!
Aarons
4 years ago
Thanks Again Andrew !! We are fueled by your tutorials.. I'm getting as many people to view VIDEOCOPILOT.net !! Who needs other web pages !! This is way cooler !!
Steve
4 years ago
Andrew read my mind!!! I was set on the "invent" logo, haha. Yet another great tutorial!


Thanks!
rasoolAsal
4 years ago
thanks for posting this new tutorial
ya Ali bye



اقای براتی بابا خارجیه ایرانی نوشتید؟!!!
4 years ago
Really cool effect with the stroke. I'm wondering if the strokes can be animated to give the outsides a little wobble :-)
4 years ago
WOW Loving the "Invent" Logo, Top work :)
vikash
4 years ago
this is nice i like it...
ColTrigger
4 years ago
Where do you get your ideas? looks awesome, i love every tutorial. without you i would create bad looking shit with windows movie maker, big thx from germany. looking forward to action essentials 3 :D
NASIBAH AL HUSAIN
4 years ago
didn't check it yet :P so eager !!
4 years ago
thank you andrew Kramer and (GreyscaleGorilla) For same tutorials with deferent programs and sharing ideas cool
Man_sokpisey
4 years ago
awesome man :D:D:D
from cambodia
Masuod
4 years ago
Hi
It Is Great And Useful
Hey Andrew Why Did You Don't Make Cinematic VFX Tutorial?
I Hope That Your Next Tutorial Become About Cinematic VFX .
Thank You Again
We Waiting For Next Time !!!!!!!!!
ah shang
4 years ago
wow!! u are so so creavite!nice!Good Tutorial~
Matt
4 years ago
This is probably the wrong place, but on the pro presets 2 page there is a mistake...project templates should say royalty FREE
Tasaq
4 years ago
where is the like button?! :D
4 years ago
Wowwwwww,,,,, this really helpful

Thanks man.
illd
4 years ago
What would the world be without cmd+d...
That idea with the radial blur for the shadow is clever. But somehow this shadows feel more like diffuse reflections to me - what is even better. I am going to research this ;)
russ
4 years ago
Yo...
As of 2007, Las Vegas required around 5,600 megawatts of electricity on a summer day. By 2015, the number is expected to increase to 8,000 megawatts a day during the summer. So, a good guess is around 6,800 megawatts used daily for a Vegas summer day....
4 years ago
Hey whats up this time again a new tutorial for us

thnz andrew ur the best after effect user in this galaxy
NJ
4 years ago
just superb andrew....
Mark
4 years ago
thanks mister awesome kramer once again the master shows me how noobish i am i was bored because i have no footage at the moment to composit and then you create some jaw breaking out of text.. well thanks to share with us.

greatings from germany
Gerald
4 years ago
What a new great creation Mr. Andrew Kramer.. Idol!!
4 years ago
deserve a long wait

thank you Andrew
Peter Kreitner
4 years ago
cool! thumbs up! :D
Stranger92
4 years ago
Awesome man you are the best
markus
4 years ago
thats fresh compare to other tutorials, apart from sci-fi or action, looks really good and awesome!

i found it really useful on motion graphics and comic related materials :D

thanks Andrew!
Anderson
4 years ago
Yo Andrew. Any chance you could make that Gizmo animate the strokes (like, apearing one at a time. And more importantly. Its possible to make those Vegas like lights to blink in the same fashion as the beautiful ones in real life ? I guess its the most logical next step to make it even better =) Tks !
4 years ago
This is like 80's graffiti I used to draw. So cool.
I'm actually working on an 80's nostalgic painting, with Rubik's cube and breakdancer. Perfect timing. :)
4 years ago
سلام
وقت شما بخیر و لحظات ما سرشاراز موفقیت
چرا در زمینه آموزش جلوه های ویژه سینمایی کمتر کار میکنید
با تشکر از آموزش جدید شما
    Michael
    4 years ago
    O RLY??
Zvi Twersky
4 years ago
What happened to the numbering...? 114. Stroke FX
Did you stop numbering the tutorials or is this a thrown in bonus one... :-)
    Zvi Twersky
    4 years ago
    Update... Oh... I see it's numbered when you go into the link. My bad :-)
moh algeria
4 years ago
great job and thanks a lot
naga
4 years ago
Hi Andrew....

the new tutorial is super... and this is very useful for all.
4 years ago
your sound was great "ahhhh" xD
cool tutorial andrew thx !
X101
4 years ago
Awesome! why didn't i think of this in the past years. Andrew, you rock jor!
khalil
4 years ago
great work, ur da bom. lol

cant wait for the galactic orbs though
streetrobban
4 years ago
Wow, this is really a useful tutorial for making cool HUD's and stuff. Thanks AK :)
4 years ago
great work as always Mr. Kramer
TheJmark
4 years ago
hey andrew do you watch videos by us that you teach in the tutorials?
4 years ago
Awsome Andrew !! Nice Work !!
Tony
4 years ago
Awesome programmer Andrew Shpagin C++ he is the one.
4 years ago
I love it Aap Bahut acche hai
4 years ago
I cannot wait watch this tutorial. Or at least i coudn't! The download tutorial link seems to be pointing to a place of no return. Im kidding, seems to not be able to get the tutorial file. Im not sure if anyone else is having the same problem.

And once again, looking forward to watching this tutorial :-)
Sheeds
4 years ago
Hey Andrew
just a little AE query. Have you got the solution for the "Return -> Rename" method? Because whenever I hit return it simply pops up a new preview box and I can't get around it. Using AE CS3, haven't changed any settings, is there a way to get it so that I can do this. And yes I am hitting return on keyboard not number pad.
Thanks heaps,
Sheeds
4 years ago
very awesome! :)
Eshita
4 years ago
I LOVE IT :D :)
4 years ago
oh , man its very help-full....thank a lot !!
Isaias
4 years ago
I was thinking Gizmo!!! but you can't always get what you want...
Anyways I'm gonna look up hou much electricity it takes to light up Las Vegas, Thanks for the BONUS tut!!!!
Suvir
4 years ago
Wow... so many tips in each tut....
4 years ago
Aww man lunchtime tomorrow is set with a fresh tut to check out! Can't wait to watch. Btw I know the galactic orb tut is going to be on fire!
    Sheeds
    4 years ago
    hell yeah!!
Ayb from the Philippines
4 years ago
Thanks for this AK... More power... :D
Juicy Titles
4 years ago
Galactic Orb gone the way of the dodo bird?
    Juicy Titles
    4 years ago
    Nice Tut by the way. Always awesome work sir!!
    4 years ago
    The galactic orb tutorial is still on the way. Probably the next tutorial that is released. Sometimes I mix up the release dates of content and throw in some bonus stuff in between. Stay tuned.
    Juicy Titles
    4 years ago
    Don't get me wrong I'm not complaining. When you are promised a steak and you are given a big kahuna burger you still get to eat a big kahuna burger! And it the words of SLJ, "that is one tasty burger"

    Its just that I bought a baby giraffe so I could teach him the galactic orb tutorial and quite frankly what else are you going to do with a giraffe if not teach him about galactic orbs. I didn't keep the receipt so I don't think I can bring him back so I'm really nervous about that tutorial... sorry. ;)

    Always appreciate all you do Senior Kramer. I am always amazed what you just give away. Thank you. From me and my giraffe Sammie Loy A.
McKay Olson
4 years ago
Hey Andrew, this might be a dumb question, but I'm new to after effects. What's the Vegas effect do exactly?

By the thanks for the new tutorial, you are the BEST after effects user in the WORLD :)
Brandon
4 years ago
I was just thinking to myself that it was almost time for a new tutorial. :) As usual, great stuff!
bwoogie
4 years ago
Good thing this just came out. i have a project and am idea-less. this just sparked something.. not sure what... but it did. :)
WOW! Now that was a work of art INVENTION led by the Force of a master JEDI using his awesome GIZMO!!! XD
4 years ago
Finally some other people who share my same questions! LOL

But dont rush it guys, if its a plugin, he might not tell us, it could be trade secrets. But lets hope the amazing andrew does tell us... :P
4 years ago
BUENISIMOS TUTORIALES .. TOCALLO .:d SALUDOS
matt
4 years ago
COME BACK TO DMA/Los Angeles!!!
Josh
4 years ago
I agree with brandon, that would be some very valuable information,

But i dont know if it was a plugin, he could have just animated the camera, or motion tracked some footage will using a null object and parent the photo to the null.

But i would like to know, was it a plugin if so what? Money is not in question here, :)
    4 years ago
    i agree, with the animating part. He could have motion tracked a video, but when i look at it again and again, i think... Could it be a plugin, i did google it but nothing came up. So how about it andrew are you gonna reply?
4 years ago
Awesome, and hey what plugin did you use to animate or create the false movement in the promo for PRO PRESETS 2 in Andree Wallins photo?
    Kai
    4 years ago
    "False movement"? You mean the camera shake? It's just a wiggle expression. Search the tutorials, they're used in a lot of them.
    4 years ago
    @Kai, could you give me a link, and yea i suppose the wiggle. The shaking movement to give the effect of a video, making the photo look more "realistic".
    Thanks.
    Sr.KiT
    4 years ago
    check "111. Blast Wave" tutorial, it should show how to use the wiggle expression, if not then take a look into VC's "Basic Training" series
4 years ago
Looks cool, all your title tutorials are really helpful. :D
mais uma vez, obrigado professor.
4 years ago
Ahh, glad you did this tutorial. I've been experimenting with the stroke effect recently.
Brian Zhao
4 years ago
Looks epic, Andrew -> can't wait to try it out! It's gonna be an great title for a video I'm doing :)
Alec Steinhorn
4 years ago
Great tut as always, thanks from a hobbledehoy from the other side of America!

(first comment! finally!)
    Alec Steinhorn
    4 years ago
    No! Beaten by a mere minute! So close!
    4 years ago
    First comment? Not really :)
    As always, a beautiful tutorial, Andrew! I've had good use of many of them!
    http://martineriksen.me check me out :)
Jeff OD2
4 years ago
Everytime bringing the most talent to the web. Keep goin' our master Jedi. Congrats from Brazil bro.
    Guilherme
    4 years ago
    Hey, I'm from Brazil too. =DD
    Onde voc mora?
    aaaa
    4 years ago
    brasiiiiiiiiiiil tambem
    4 years ago
    Brasil x 4
    JLGiorio
    4 years ago
    GREATTT!!!! just for change......I wondering if i mix this tuto and the tron...and voila...i got a nice stroke text with the depth of tron!

    by the way...i'm form Brazil too!!!!!

    RJ
    kingcoconut
    4 years ago
    Wow, very clever, this technique does almost the same thing as the Attributes function in Illustrator.
    Only applying effects to strokes in AE might get a bit RAM heavy. Still very clever.
    4 years ago
    Very helpful for motion-graphics!
    Check out my latest vid with VCP-muzzle flashes!
    http://vimeo.com/19598743
    4 years ago
    Yep, I'm from Brazil too. But I live in TX
    4 years ago
    Hey, I KNOW someone from Brazil.

    Click on my name and you'll may find some intersting AE, C4D stuff.
    Steve Fay
    4 years ago
    Hey What's up Andrew!

    It seems you have a lot of dudes watching from Brasil Huh!
    I'm Brazilian too congrats for the videos

    Eai galerinha sou brasileiro mais moro em Raleigh, NC
    3 years ago
    Another Brazilian here
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