In After Effects, there's a Brush tool for drawing color strokes on a given layer. This action, which allows you to add effects to your projects, requires understanding the layer utility and activating some features to use the tool correctly.
Therefore, we will show you the panels you should work on within your compositions to perform elementary actions when using the Brush tool. So let's start by learning how to set up the brushes for drawing in After Effects.
To draw in After Effects, you need to activate a couple of panels: the Paint panel and the Brushes panel. You may see both boxes in your workspace by default, but if you don't:
Now that you have both panels activated go to the Paint panel to make some adjustments. The first one: setting the visibility and intensity of your brushes and strokes. To do this:
Next to the Opacity and Flow values, there is a dot with a number below it. That icon indicates the size of your brush. To change it, click on it, and when the Brushes panel automatically appears, change its percentage in Diameter.
Last but not least, remember that selecting the color of your strokes is elementary when using brushes. To choose it:
You should keep these basic settings in mind when using the Brush Tool. For now, try out different possibilities based on the above steps to familiarize yourself with the tool; as in later tutorials, you will learn how to use this feature to create excellent and professional effects in After Effects.