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Josh Bass
Making letters and line spacing spread as text element grows
on Apr 2, 2014 at 5:57:00 am
Last Edited By Josh Bass on Apr 2, 2014 at 6:38:18 am

Hi. This is something I've been wondering for a while now, Googling yields me no results. This is a common effect, see it in movie trailers a lot (especially sinister/dramatic stuff).

In Motion 4, trying to figure out how to make the spacing between letters (tracking, techincally, I think it's called?) as well as between lines of text increase automatically as a text element grows.

Seems like a simple thing, of course I could do it with keyframes but wondering if there's a behavior or something for it that I'm missing. Thanks.


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Robin S. Kurz
Re: Making letters and line spacing spread as text element grows
on Apr 2, 2014 at 6:49:09 am

Sounds to me like you're looking for the Sequence Text behavior?


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Josh Bass
Re: Making letters and line spacing spread as text element grows
on Apr 2, 2014 at 7:47:05 am

It's possible. . .does it do that? I always thought of that behavior as being used for making each letter or line do something one after the other. . .like a domino effect. For making all the letters in a word glow, from left to right, etc. Never thought of it as something that could do an operation to everything at once. Guess that's on me.


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Josh Bass
Re: Making letters and line spacing spread as text element grows
on Apr 2, 2014 at 10:55:55 am

Ok, sorry. I found the way to make the letters spread. . .the very obviously named "Text Tracking". Still not sure how to increase spacing between the lines without keyframes.


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Simon Ubsdell
Re: Making letters and line spacing spread as text element grows
on Apr 2, 2014 at 11:04:42 am
Last Edited By Simon Ubsdell on Apr 2, 2014 at 11:06:41 am

[Josh Bass] "Still not sure how to increase spacing between the lines without keyframes."

If you don't want to keyframe the Line Spacing parameter then simply apply a Ramp behavior to it. (You need to have your text selected.)

Simon Ubsdell
hawaiki.co


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Josh Bass
Re: Making letters and line spacing spread as text element grows
on Apr 2, 2014 at 11:16:16 am

Brilliant! Will give a try. Thanks.


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Anubhav Gupta
Re: Making letters and line spacing spread as text element grows
on Apr 2, 2014 at 5:22:16 pm

Its just simple keyframe animation.


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Josh Bass
Re: Making letters and line spacing spread as text element grows
on Apr 2, 2014 at 5:53:38 pm

I guess for what I'm doing it would have to be. . .I've made a group with four separate text layers, so they're not really "lines of text" as far as Motion is concerned. Though I suppose I could have tried making one text layer and forcing it into different lines, etc. But I didn't, so um...yeah.


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