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Jeffrey Williams
Creating a motion path to follow a write-on behavior
on Jan 26, 2010 at 6:25:07 pm

This feels like it should be obvious, but I'm having brain lock.

I'm using the 'write on' effect to draw an outline around a block of text and I'm trying to create a burning fuse effect, and I want my sparkly particle emitter to follow the head of the write on behavior. Is there an easy 'match move' behavior that will do this, or do I have to do it the old-fashioned way by animating it by hand?


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Mark Spencer
Re: Creating a motion path to follow a write-on behavior
on Jan 26, 2010 at 6:29:58 pm

Assuming your write-on effect is using a bezier shape as the path to follow, just apply a motion path behavior to the emitter and use the same shape as the source.

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Mark Spencer
Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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Jeffrey Williams
Re: Creating a motion path to follow a write-on behavior
on Jan 26, 2010 at 6:38:42 pm

Thanks, Mark. Just finished working through your Motion 4 book, by the way... that's why this really feels like some idiotic brain lock!

Is there a way to copy the bezier shape from the object to the bezier shape of the motion path? I was looking for one of those 'wells' to drag the shape into, but couldn't find. All the 'motion path' behavior offers is a drop down menu.


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Mark Spencer
Re: Creating a motion path to follow a write-on behavior
on Jan 26, 2010 at 6:47:29 pm

When you apply the motion path behavior to the emitter, in the Inspector, change the path to Shape, then you'll see the well to drag your shape into.

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Mark Spencer
Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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Jeffrey Williams
Re: Creating a motion path to follow a write-on behavior
on Jan 26, 2010 at 6:53:33 pm

Bingo! I knew it was something obviously simple like that. Thanks!


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