Silly question here, but did you move further along the timeline to see if the effect starts?
Apologies ahead if you did. Just asking.
I just did and nothing changed. There aren't any keyframes yet. Usually the stroke appears as soon as you start making the path, without any keyframes even. But not in my case. ;(
I'm not at my PC at home at the moment but I'm seeing a shape layer. It's been a while since I did the stroke but does it appear as a shape layer or should it just be a mask.
Trying to think through this in my head.
Well, this is an effect that creates the "write-on" effect for letters. The letter is a shape layer and then the path that you're seeing is supposed to be a mask. But it's not a regular mask. It's supposed to be visible when you just draw it, and then you choose "reveal original" or smth in the effect drop down, and it makes the text disappear/appear. The thickness of the stroke is what's becoming the mask. And I have 0 thinkness of the stroke, thus, the effect isn't working. When I click "reveal original" my letter just disappears and nothing happens.
Well, this is an effect that creates the "write-on" effect for letters. The letter is a shape layer and then the path that you're seeing is supposed to be a mask.
There's your problem. Instead of using either the Write-On or Stroke effects (hard to tell which you're using, put a stroke on that shape layer and animate the Trim Path property in the shape layer.
Well, I am not trying to animate the stroke. I am trying to reveal the letters like in this tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJJhL7BLxjo
If I just add a stroke to the shape layer it will go around the shape, won't it?
I suppose I can just create a separate shape layer with a stroke, use trim paths and use THAT as an alpha matte, but I just don't understand why this method isn't working for me.
Well, I am not trying to animate the stroke. I am trying to reveal the letters like in this tutorial:
revealing = animating a stroke set to reveal.
to reveal a path with the stroke effect the method is this:
1. you create an open path with the pen tool on your layer. the layer does not need to be a shape layer, you can leave it as text.
if it is a shape layer, the pen tool and parametric shapes tool default to creating shapes and not masks. so you will create another instance of a shape group with a stroke and not a mask. you can change the behavior by clicking here when either the pen tool or parametric shapes tool are selected
2. apply the stroke effect. it will use mask 1 by default
3. increase the brush size, make sure it covers all the layer
4. set paint style to "reveal original image"
5. animate start and end to your satisfaction
I suppose I can just create a separate shape layer with a stroke, use trim paths and use THAT as an alpha matte
yes you can
Hmm, ok, I don't know what I did, but now it's working. I think it was a combination of changing the thickness of the brush to be really fat and making sure "mask 1" is selected. But I swear I checked all that before. ugh.
Thanks everyone for your input!
Glad you got to figured it out buddy!
Thank you! So am I