Produce a hand-drawn aesthetic in After Effects

In this tutorial, I’ll be using native plugins to distort and roughen digital animation so that it appears more hand-drawn. In this example, my source sequence had a stroke applied as it was rendered from 3D. However, the technique can be applied to any type of digital sequence, be it from Flash, Photoshop or any other source. The only prerequisite is that it has a digital line to erode.

Also included with this video tutorial is a walk-through guide to a handy utility called CocoaPotrace, which is invaluable for quickly processing batches of images into best-quality vectors. By the end of this tutorial you’ll be equipped with a method to make your own motion work feel more hand-drawn.

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