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    Reprase this paragraph?

    Now comes the fun part. This is tedious and time-consuming, but necessary for creating this effect. Basically, you want to take your pen tool and trace the outline of your broom stick, creating a mask around it. Place three points at each end, taking care to slightly round off the tips of the light sword.

    Notice how there are three points on the tip, slightly rounding off the top part of the blade:
    And three more points at the bottom slightly round out the bottom near the base: Press M twice on the keyboard to bring up the Mask Properties, then press the Stopwatch next to Mask Path to set a keyframe.

    In the picture below, notice how the outline does not cover the broomstick anymore - obviously, this is because the broomstick is moving in the video. You need to adjust the points on your mask in order to cover up the broomstick. Basically, you are tracing the broomstick frame by frame.

    Once you have completed this for the entire shot, you should have a complete set of keyframes, and your outline should follow the movement of the broomstick. Play it back by pressing 0 (zero) on the numberpad, so that you can make sure your outline looks correct. If it does not, make the necessary adjustments.

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    Re: Reprase this paragraph?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Now comes the fun part. This is tedious and time-consuming, but necessary for creating this effect. Basically, you want to take your pen tool and trace the outline of your broom stick, creating a mask around it. Place three points at each end, taking care to slightly round off the tips of the light sword.

    Notice how there are three points on the tip, slightly rounding off the top part of the blade:
    And three more points at the bottom slightly round out the bottom near the base: Press M twice on the keyboard to bring up the Mask Properties, then press the Stopwatch next to Mask Path to set a keyframe.

    In the picture below, notice how the outline does not cover the broomstick anymore - obviously, this is because the broomstick is moving in the video. You need to adjust the points on your mask in order to cover up the broomstick. Basically, you are tracing the broomstick frame by frame.

    Once you have completed this for the entire shot, you should have a complete set of keyframes, and your outline should follow the movement of the broomstick. Play it back by pressing 0 (zero) on the numberpad, so that you can make sure your outline looks correct. If it does not, make the necessary adjustments.
    Without any knowledge of the process that you are describing, your writing here seems very clear and to the point.

    Having some experience writing technical documentation, the only suggestion you might consider for increasing your already clear writing would be to number the steps in the process involved. For example:
    This is tedious and time-consuming, but necessary for creating this effect. Basically, you want to take your pen tool and trace the outline of your broom stick, creating a mask around it. To do this, step through the following process:

    (1) Place three points at each end, taking care to slightly round off the tips of the light sword.

    etc. ...

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