Giving Paint Strokes That Hand Animated Look In After Effects

Motion designer Emanuele Colombo shares a look at how to create the popular hand-animated paint splash effect with After Effects.

Emanuele uses Trapcode 3D Stroke to create an extra-subtle paint stroke effect. The technique starts with a simple 2D animated draw using Ae Trim paths, then adds in some roughened edges and turbulent displacement for added fluidity and organic feel.

This tutorial will show you how to create the popular hand-drawn style paint splash effect in 2D animations by using After Effects.

Emanuele notes that this workflow is super flexible and applicable to achieving a bunch of different cool 2D paint stroke looks for revealing an object, writing on text, or painting onto the screen.