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Write FIRE with FIRE

Quick Graphic Fire in Adobe After Effects By Ko Maruyama
While images of realistic fire require a robust particle system to accomplish a believable animation.  It is quite simple to create a graphic representation of fire with the tools in After Effects Pro 6.5 alone.  This week, in an attempt to explain a popular request, we'll explore the options for writing "4-FIRE" with fire.

Setting up the write-on element

First, we'll need a solid in the timeline.  From the file pulldown, select LAYER->NEW-> SOLID.  It doesn't matter what color we use, but I'll use a black solid for all of my layer instances.

To the layer, add splines to represent the text that you want to reveal (or write-on).

Next add an effect.  From the Effect pulldown menu, select RENDER->STROKE.  There are several stroke basics tutorials that you can find on macanimationpro.com.  Choose ALL MASKS and STROKE SEQUENTIALLY.  This will ensure that After Effects writes on your text in the same order that you have placed your masks as attached to your layer.

BRUSH SIZE = 3 (or about)
HARDNESS = 50% (or about)

At frame 0, set a keyframe for the END parameter of this effect for 0%.  At 2:00, set your END parameter to 100%.  This will "stroke" your message in 2 seconds.  In my 5 second comp, the 2 second durations allows for the message to "burn" for 3 seconds after it has completed writing on.

Next, add Gaussian Blur and Levels adjustments to the layer in order to simulate the additive light where the fire will overlap itself. These will not animate.  There existence will change the look of the stroke once it is revealed.


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