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Adding outline underneath multiple layers

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Jul 21, 2020

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I'm making an animated sticker pack for Telegram which utilizes After Effects, and it's very limited as to what effects you can apply. But that's sort of fine for me since I'm an AE beginner after all.
 
For reference, I may not use:
Expressions, Masks, Layer Effects, Images, Solids, Texts, 3D Layers, Merge Paths, Star Shapes, Gradient Strokes, Repeaters, Time Stretching, Time Remapping, Auto-Oriented Layers.
 
I'm actually almost done with my animation, save for its outline/glow—the white space around a sticker.
 
I'd like to know how to trace a composition (it has multiple animated layers) as a Vector so I may then convert it to a Shape layer (which is what is required). I was able to make a perfect outline around my animation using Layer Effects, however, as you can see above, Layer Effects are not accepted by Telegram.

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Adding outline underneath multiple layers

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I'm making an animated sticker pack for Telegram which utilizes After Effects, and it's very limited as to what effects you can apply. But that's sort of fine for me since I'm an AE beginner after all.
 
For reference, I may not use:
Expressions, Masks, Layer Effects, Images, Solids, Texts, 3D Layers, Merge Paths, Star Shapes, Gradient Strokes, Repeaters, Time Stretching, Time Remapping, Auto-Oriented Layers.
 
I'm actually almost done with my animation, save for its outline/glow—the white space around a sticker.
 
I'd like to know how to trace a composition (it has multiple animated layers) as a Vector so I may then convert it to a Shape layer (which is what is required). I was able to make a perfect outline around my animation using Layer Effects, however, as you can see above, Layer Effects are not accepted by Telegram.

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A screenshot showing the modified properties of the layers you are using would really help. I have no idea why you can't use the items in your list. If the multiple animated layers are in a nested comp or they were in the main comp and you pre-composed those layers there is no need to create a vector outline to add some white space and glow to the comp. Glow can use alpha channels and set matte and matte choker can be used on a solid layer, or a copy of the comp can be used as a track matte. There's really not much to it. One copy of Matte Choker with conservative settings VS two copies of matte choker with a little more aggressive settings. Add another copy and the white border can get even a little bigger.

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