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Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects, 5th Edition by Trish Meyer, Chris Meyer

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33 Paint and Clone

A painting workout in After Effects using the Brush, Erase, and Clone tools

After Effects offers a set of paint tools for painting directly on layers. You can use vector-based paint tools accessed from a pair of dedicated panels to retouch footage and create animated graphical elements, plus use cloning to remove unwanted elements and replicate areas of a layer. The brush strokes are nondestructive. Individual brush, clone and eraser strokes can be edited and animated in the Timeline.

In this chapter we’ll explore using the Paint tools and cover the basics of painting, erasing, and cloning. We will also explore the various methods for animating strokes, and walk you step by step through automating a repair task using motion ...

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