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Seth Garber
Motion path in 3D space (making the starts circling a person's head effect)
on Feb 15, 2013 at 5:17:36 am

I want to get a similar effect as when a cartoon character gets dizzy there are stars that float around his head, but text instead of stars. I made a circle as a mask for my text and when I rotate the mask in 3D space, the text does also. Is there a way to rotate the mask in 3D space and still attach the text to it?

Thanks!


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Vishesh Arora
Re: Motion path in 3D space (making the starts circling a person's head effect)
on Feb 15, 2013 at 8:37:55 am

Seth

There is a better way.

1. Make a Null object and Make 3D.
2. Move the anchor point in Y-axis say 200 px.
3. Move the Anchor point at the center of the comp.
4. Make a Star Shape using Shape Layers.
5. Now Make a Text layer and place it above the star.
6. Precomp both Text and Shape layer and make it a 3D layer.
7. Place the Precomp above the Null object. Parent the Precomp to the Null.

6. Now you can animate the rotation to create the desired look.

I have created an example:

5455_cartoonstaranimation.aep.zip

Hope this may help.

Vishesh Arora
3D and Motion Graphics Artist
Films Rajendra

Blog:
http://digieffects.wordpress.com

2011 3D Demo Reel:








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Seth Garber
Re: Motion path in 3D space (making the starts circling a person's head effect)
on Feb 16, 2013 at 3:58:48 am

Thank you!! That worked perfectly!


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Darby Edelen
Re: Motion path in 3D space (making the starts circling a person's head effect)
on Feb 16, 2013 at 7:02:05 am

If you wanted the individual letters to align to a circular mask there's an animation preset for that titled "3D Rotate around Circle." You can search for this in the Effects & Presets panel and apply it to a text layer. I had a "whoa, cool" moment the day I dissected that one :)

Darby Edelen


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Vishesh Arora
Re: Motion path in 3D space (making the starts circling a person's head effect)
on Feb 16, 2013 at 10:37:58 am

Glad I could help

Vishesh Arora
3D and Motion Graphics Artist
Films Rajendra

Blog:
http://digieffects.wordpress.com

2011 3D Demo Reel:








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