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After Effects' Other 'Paint'

Vector Paint for Halloween Slime By Ko Maruyama

There are a bunch of features in After Effects, some of which you may have never used before.  This week, I'm going to take a look at an oldie, but goodie.  This is an effect that you'll find in versions prior to the current version, but you might not have used before.  So many people are looking for new features, without realizing the cool stuff that already exists in the application.

Vector Paint Squiggle

1. Of course you'll need to set up a new comp with a new solid.

2. Apply the effect "Vector Paint" to the solid.

3. With the effect selected, you'll have access to the paint tools of the effect.  Unlike the new PAINT of After Effects 6.x, the Vector Paint does not have the ability to import splines to use within the plugin, so you'll have to draw them with the tools provided.

You can use the paint brush tool to start painting your shape.

4. Draw a simple object.  I'll start with a flower.  It's easier to draw with a pen and tablet, but a mouse is good enough for this tutorial.

5. When you draw the object with Vector Paint, After Effects is laying down a series of vector shapes that can be - to an extent - manipulated with the direct selection tool in the plugin, but it's more interesting to control them from within the plugin.  Open the effects window.

Open the Wiggle controls and enable Wiggling.

Change the Composite Paint mode to "Only".

Change the Playback Mode to "All Strokes".

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