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Manuel F. Rugeles
Convert text to shape
on Mar 6, 2009 at 9:26:33 pm

Hello everyone, is there a way to convert a text into a shape?
After Effects can do this with the Create Outlines function, I was wondering if Motion can do this.

Manuel F. Rugeles
Editing and Motion Graphics


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Nate Zyontz
Re: Convert text to shape
on Apr 16, 2009 at 6:38:38 am

Hey I just read this so sorry if it's late in coming. As it stands, the answer is no you can not convert text to vector objects (although I freakin wish it did). After Effects belongs to Adobe who has pretty much mastered vector imaging and AE uses the same internal coding as the rest of the creative suite, thus the easy compatibility. I am afraid the next best answer is to whip out that good ol bezier pen tool and start tracing your text.

If you are looking to use vector objects in motion you CAN do that, like you can create your text in Illustrator or Photoshop and save it out as a PDF and Motion can understand that it is a vector. Sadly no vector points to control the shape of the text but at least it is scalable.

Wish I had a better answer for you. Maybe someone else will read this and tell me I missed something. In which case we both win!

Nate Zyontz
Freelance Motion Graphics Artist / Editor


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Manuel F. Rugeles
Re: Convert text to shape
on Apr 22, 2009 at 6:14:32 pm

Better late than never, thanks for the answer.

Manuel F. Rugeles
Editing and Motion Graphics
http://www.youtube.com/user/manuelfeliperugeles


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jon waters
Re: Convert text to shape
on Jun 24, 2015 at 7:12:06 am

Looks like there are ways to export shapes out of Illustrator though. They are downloadable as .js that can be installed into ill scripts folder.

http://www.applemotion.net/downloads/illustrator-shape-script/

There is another one as well but they both do pretty much the same thing.

So, make your text in Illustrator then export it as shapes then bring it into Motion.

I wish in a future update in motion you could apply stokes to text as you can shapes, then there would be little need for this.

Swoon Video Production Auckland NZ
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