How to make tracing animation for texts using arbitrary font? Basically I want to do something like below:
As shown in the image, I want to trace the strokes, NOT outlines.
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You can try to use offset (bevel, extrude area ...) or to look for a font similar that does it, but I think the result will have to be edited a lot anyway for direction, points etc.
If you want to use this as paint/mask for a writing effect, I would do it this way:
I think is the most controllable way.. and grease pencil is kinda made for animated strokes
use curve with options, with dyna paint or use it with addons (btrace, animation nodes etc) to generate your Alpha/mask...
if the text is very, very long (many lines) may want to make these into a blender font and then convert again to curves. But the process is worth only if you will use this template many times, for lot of text, imho.
An example. Note that for tracing, my path is not quite following your proposal, but more the way the paint will go.
PS: I post this as per comment where you say you use it to trace the text. Maybe that should be in the question too.