4 Replies Latest reply on Sep 22, 2012 6:38 AM by Rick Gerard

    Question about the animated Pen tool

    dersteffen Level 1

      Hi,

      ive a question about the animated pen-tool.

      i draw a word, but my hand isnt very calm, so the result is what you see on the screenshot.

      Bildschirmfoto 2012-09-21 um 08.56.36.png

      Is there a possibility to reduce the points on the animated pen tool like in illustrator?

      i know in illustrator its possible, but i didnt found anything in after effects to do it.

       

      thanks for your help

        • 1. Re: Question about the animated Pen tool
          Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

          They simply are keyframes. Delete the keyframes and set the remaining ones to Bezier. Alternatively, since you know how to do this already, you can copy& paste masks and keyframes as paths into AI and optimize them there, then copy&paste back. Just make sure the clipboard settings are set to AICB.

           

          Mylenium

          • 2. Re: Question about the animated Pen tool
            Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            If you are using the Paint tools those options don't exist in After Effects. The only work around is to set a keyframe for the brush path, copy the keyframe, then go to Illustrator and in a blank document the same size as your layer paste. Once in Illustrator you can simplify the path, select it, copy it, then go back to After Effects and select the same keyframe then paste. If you get a mask instead of a new path delete the mask path, make sure you have only the original brush path keyframe selected, then go to Edit>Paste from the menu.

             

            It doesn't look like you're drawing a mask path. That might be a better way to go.

            • 3. Re: Question about the animated Pen tool
              dersteffen Level 1

              when i copy the keyframe, i cant paste it into illustrator, because it looks like this:

              Bildschirmfoto 2012-09-22 um 14.35.09.png

              also the generated pen isnt editable or able to copy or paste in after effects cs6

              • 4. Re: Question about the animated Pen tool
                Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                You're not copying the path keyframe. You're copying the effect keyframe.

                 

                Open up the timeline like I said above and find the brush path. There will not be a keyframe. Set one, then copy it and paste it into illustrator. Don't copy the keyframe that's already there.