the stroke effects only applies to masks. not shapes. there are 2 ways that I suggest to deal with this:
1. convert the vector layer to shape by right clicking and choosing "Create Shapes from Vector Layer" and this will give you hopefully and exact instance of your layer, as Ae shape layer. there you can add a stroke by toggling the contents parameter in the timeline and Add Stroke
2. copy the path from illustrator to Ae by just clicking copy (Ctrl+C) on the Ai layer and Paste (Ctrl+v) on the Ae layer and now you have a mask path that you can add a stroke effect to
I support the 1st option.
Hi thanks for replying,
I've already converted the vector layer to shape using "Create Shapes from Vector Layer".
The new layer created adds "outlines" and has a star to it's name, this means it is a shape layer still maybe?
It wont apply the stroke and no stroke shows on the object but I can alter the specifications in the contents parameter in the timeline.
Thanks again for taking the time to reply, much appreciated.
what Ae version EXACTLY. also, please provide a screenshots with the timeline and composition in plain sight and we will get to the bottom of this.
now that's it's a shape layer, just add a stroke
you don't need the mask just delete it. and you don't need the Stroke Effect.
Hi Roei, thanks for taking the time to explain things to me.
I wanted to apply the stroke via the Effects tab at the top of the screen and then go in to Generate, as there are more effects there, such as Scribble which aren't in the "add" tag in the timeline.
Is it not possible to use the effects through Generate then for a vetor shape layer? I can do this with a mask layer.
scribble and stroke works on mask paths, not on shape layer paths. if you want just the mask path for only these type of effects then you don't have to use "Create Shapes from Vector Layer" and instead just leave the layer as is and copy paste the path like I showed you before. another way to do it, if you already converted it to shape and want to keep the shape too, is to copy the path from the shape path parameter to the mask path parameter (you can just create a dummy mask so you will have where to copy it to)
BTW shape layers also have some very powerful path operations here: wiggle path can create very nice and organic scribble effect to your outlines. but it's not the same as scribble.
That's brilliant, thanks for that! Exactly what I needed to know and more,