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Align Stroke in After Effects

Engaged ,
Sep 20, 2013 Sep 20, 2013

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Shape Layes has almost everything that Illustrator has, except for the abilty to align the stroke to Inside, Outside or Center. Is there a way to do this?

I want this but in After Effects!

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Explorer , Jul 29, 2014 Jul 29, 2014

in the shape layer, click on the "Add" button, and chose "Offset Paths"

You can manually alter the offset value, or if you'd like to automate an inner stroke or outer stroke, just pick-whip the offset amount to the stroke width, then, divide by 2, or -2.

An inner stroke would look something like this:

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 12.10.30 PM.png

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Sep 20, 2013 Sep 20, 2013

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 27, 2013 Oct 27, 2013

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Im also having the exact same problem

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 26, 2014 Apr 26, 2014

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the only way I found to go around this was to paste the Illustrator path while selecting the "path" option in the Shape Layer. then make the stroke width double of what you need, and then, select Shape Layer (not Path option), to create a mask, changing the blending mode to SUBTRACT, and there you go.

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Jul 29, 2014 Jul 29, 2014

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in the shape layer, click on the "Add" button, and chose "Offset Paths"

You can manually alter the offset value, or if you'd like to automate an inner stroke or outer stroke, just pick-whip the offset amount to the stroke width, then, divide by 2, or -2.

An inner stroke would look something like this:

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 12.10.30 PM.png

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 04, 2014 Sep 04, 2014

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Thank you. This helped me.

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Explorer ,
Sep 04, 2014 Sep 04, 2014

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yay! glad I could help!

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New Here ,
Dec 29, 2014 Dec 29, 2014

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This is exactly what I was looking for as well.  Thank you for posting such a concise and helpful answer!

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Explorer ,
Mar 17, 2018 Mar 17, 2018

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Awesome. Quick, simple, and totally what i needed.

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Explorer ,
Jun 13, 2018 Jun 13, 2018

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Awesome workaround thanks!

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New Here ,
Oct 30, 2020 Oct 30, 2020

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Hi, I am trying to do the same but cannot seem to work it our on current version. For me the Expression amount option is missing even when I add offstet paths. Furthermore I'm not really sure what you mean by "just pick-whip the offset amount to the stroke width, then, divide by 2, or -2"

 

Hope someone can help 🙂

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New Here ,
Oct 30, 2020 Oct 30, 2020

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Okay I have figured out how to add expression  and I have done exactly what you said but not working.

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Jun 13, 2024 Jun 13, 2024

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Thanks!

 

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 10, 2017 Mar 10, 2017

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You can drag fill above stroke.. see below.

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New Here ,
Jun 28, 2019 Jun 28, 2019

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This works great for an outer stroke, when and if your fill is 100% opaque.

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Community Beginner ,
May 05, 2018 May 05, 2018

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Thanks a lot! It's working...

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New Here ,
Dec 22, 2019 Dec 22, 2019

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Thank you It's realy working

 

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Oct 30, 2020 Oct 30, 2020

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Okay I have figured out how to add expression  and I have done exactly what you said but not working.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 02, 2023 Jun 02, 2023

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the best way to have an inner stroke is:

1- pre-compose your shape layer(with move all attributes option)

2- Add fill effects

3- with the new composition selected, choose auto trace from the layers menu

4- choose alpha and press OK

5- Apply stroke effect to layer with the setting mentioned below:

- brush hardness 100%

- All masks - checked

- stroke seq... - unchecked

- paint style - reveal....

All that's all and now you can increase brush size in the inner stroke.

 

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