Motion graphics are fun, but they can be difficult to create. When I was searching for production elements that I could use to consistently brand the book trailers I am creating for FontLife Publications and the tutorials I create for this site, I just couldn't find anything appropriate that adequately says Thank You to our customers. What I did find was this great tutorial on Tuts+ called Create an Elegantly Handwritten Text Reveal by Jurrien Boogert.
I followed the directions explicitly only to find at the end of a 6-hour session that instead of revealing the text, it was being erased instead. I don't know if it has anything to do with the fact that I am using After Effects CC or not, but I discovered that step 15, which sets the masks composition mode to Stencil Alpha, should be set to Silhouette Alpha instead. Then everything works. The results are below.
Since this is a production element, I realized that I needed a 2-second still image at the start of the video to allow for transition effects in the videos in which I use this element. Adding space at the beginning of an After Effects project after all the keyframing is done is hard. In fact, it's a real pain in the neck. So I created the 2-second pause at the beginning with ScreenFlow.
This video can be downloaded for free from Videvo.net.