A while back, I produced an After Effects tutorial showing how to create a Laser Etched Metal effect, which has become one of my most popular tutorials to date.
If you’ve followed this particular tutorial, you’ll know that it involves a significant amount of manual keyframing, and at the time, I wasn’t aware of any method that would speed this up, and that’s been irritating me for ages.
The good news is that while I haven’t found an instant solution, I’ve at least come up with a way of automating the keyframing procedure, so if you’re ever creating a point-based effect and want it to trace the outline of some text (or any set of masks, for that matter), this tutorial should be of interest.