Thanks for the quick reply!
Let me make sure I get this right, because I tried what I thought you were suggesting and it didn’t work.
Just to clarify on my end, I have one layer (the eps of the illustration), then I created a paint effect with 6 brush strokes, I selected the option to turn paint on transparent on, I went into stroke options, and then animated the end from 100% to 0%. After that, I changed the channels to alpha
Are you suggesting I:
Create a new shape layer, and then copy and paste each brush (selecting the brush # line for each brush, 1-6, from the dropdown when copying) into each shape layer (making a total of 6 layers)?
Then, I go into each new shape layer, and add a mask to each?
Do I leave the eps layer alone?
How do I animate the position of each mask with the path from each brush? Do I simply copy the path from each brush and paste it into the path for each mask? Is there anything additionally I need to do with keyframes?
Do I delete the paint effect from the eps layer?