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Align Stroke in After Effects

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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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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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Align Stroke in After Effects

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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!

image.jpg

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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Im also having the exact same problem

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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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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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Thank you. This helped me.

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yay! glad I could help!

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

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Awesome workaround thanks!

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

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You can drag fill above stroke.. see below.

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

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