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Scott Milliken
After Effects: Create particle orbit around text...
on Apr 16, 2012 at 6:53:30 pm

Hello all! I have been reading through some of the forums and tuts on here, as well as on YouTube.

I have a question that the answer has been eluding me and I think I am just missing a piece to the puzzle, or perhaps jumping to far ahead of my skills. Like we say in riding a motorcycle, do not ride beyond your skills. Meaning don't attempt things you are not skilled for.

But I think After Effects is a bit less dangerous LOL.

Anyways, I have created some text with some effects I like. And I was playing around with particles (Trapcode). I thought it would be kind of cool to have these two particles in kind of a double helix patern rotate across my text. And it is painfully obvious how to make these particles do this in front of the text layer, or behind it, but not both. Meaning I would like to make it so each particle I have sort of orbits the text across the screen. And while one is behind, the other is in front, and then reverse a few times until they complete the path across the screen.

If perhaps I am jumping too far ahead of myself, feel free to say so LOL

Thanks in advance!

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John Cuevas
Re: After Effects: Create particle orbit around text...
on Apr 16, 2012 at 7:18:35 pm

Particular has a feature where you can use one layer to obscure the particles. IE, the will disappear when they go behind it and be seen when they are in front of it.

You may have to precomp your text(not sure how particular deals with text) and then turn the layer's 3d switch on. Now in particular go to the visibility settings and change the "Obscuration" pull down to your text layer.

Here's a link on trapcodes site for building a simple obscuration layer project:

Johnny Cuevas, Editor

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Scott Milliken
Re: After Effects: Create particle orbit around text...
on Apr 17, 2012 at 2:54:59 pm

I actually tried to play around with those settings once, but had some issues. I will take a look at that link and try again. Thanks!

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