I am trying to achieve this effect: Dropbox - Maroondah 2040 Animation.mp4 with the below vector graphic.
I'm unsure the best way to go about masking it. At the moment I have split each shape (left & right sides) in half and mask it as too pieces see example - Dropbox - Comp 2 RAM.mov
Is there an easier / better way to go about it?
Ideally I would like to import each shape as a path from illustrator, and apply the gradient over the 5 stages as another mask. Is this possible?
Also, once I created the animated ( stage one ) what is the most efficient way of apply the masks the remaining 5 stages?
Any tips or guidance would be appreciated.
Thanks in advanced,
There is no getting around splitting your artwork into sections where the gradient overlaps.
If it were my project I would not be converting illustrator artwork to shape layers, but would instead create all of the pieces and Illustrator instead of After Effects. I would also create in Illustrator grayscale copies of all the shapes using a black to white gradient. These copies would be placed directly over each of the illustrator layers. I would then import the AI file as a composition and use gradient wipe or luma matte with animated opacity to reveal each part the design.