I am trying to create a reflection on a solid black background with bot text and an image/movie. Whenever I use linear wipe it wipes out the inside but leaves the stroke solid.
In simple step by step terms how do i apply a ramp/gradient to a stroke to either a text or image in after effects?
I don't get that one. As a pixel-based effect, linear wipe doesn't differentiate between outline strokes and fills. It#s all the same to it. using any weird blending mode combinations perhaps? Anyway, an alternate way would be to create a solid on top, apply a linear wipe or Ramp effect and assign it as a Luma matte/ Alpha matte, respectively.
What kind of stroke are you applying? It sounds like you're using Layer Styles, but Layer Styles occur AFTER plugin effects in the render pipeline, meaning the stroke is being applied to the layer AFTER the linear wipe, rather than before it.
You can fix the issue in a number of ways; the most obvious is to precompose the layer and add your Linear Wipe to the precomp.