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Chip Hess
Animating Graphic Images in a Circle
on Mar 21, 2016 at 4:24:12 pm

I have some PNG images I need to arrange around a circle, then rotate the circle of objects.

I have been creating a circle mask/path using the ellipse tool. But getting the objects to snap to that circular path is the rub.
The tutorials I have found online seem to all use the pen tool to draw a path freeform. I need a perfect circle.

What is the best/easiest way to do this, thanks!


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Animating Graphic Images in a Circle
on Mar 23, 2016 at 2:58:57 am

I answered this same question just yesterday someplace else. I forget where.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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John Cuevas
Re: Animating Graphic Images in a Circle
on Mar 23, 2016 at 2:21:09 pm

Hold down shift for a perfect circle, add cntl after you start making your circle to have it anchor to where you started making your circle.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
ThinkCK

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Chip Hess
Re: Animating Graphic Images in a Circle
on Mar 25, 2016 at 10:14:32 pm

Thanks.

So here is what I am seeing.
I draw the mask/path, perfect circle.
Copy mask path, paste it onto position
of the image I need to align.

When I do that, another path with handles
gets created, and the image follows THAT path.
I suppose I could live with that, but how to move
or resize that path with the handles?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Animating Graphic Images in a Circle
on Mar 25, 2016 at 10:41:48 pm

You start over from scratch: go back to the circle mask you made. Double-click on it. You now see the Bounding box. Holding down the Ctl-Shift keys (Cmd-Shift Mac), grab a corner and make the circle shrink & grow. You have to eyeball it.

Then you copy the altered mask path and paste it into the layer's position property.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Chip Hess
Re: Animating Graphic Images in a Circle
on Mar 27, 2016 at 10:21:49 pm

Thanks so much guys, everything is working now :-)


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Chip Hess
Re: Animating Graphic Images in a Circle
on Mar 31, 2016 at 1:52:33 pm

One more obvious question -

Other than eyeballing it, is there a more precise way
to align the objects around the circle, so they are
exactly spaced apart?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Animating Graphic Images in a Circle
on Mar 31, 2016 at 5:33:33 pm

Yeah, do the circle thing I outline in this thread:
https://forums.creativecow.net/thread/2/1071611

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Chip Hess
Re: Animating Graphic Images in a Circle
on Mar 31, 2016 at 6:35:27 pm

Dave, does the referenced null technique automatically space all images equally distant from each one's center? So they are distributed equally around the circle?

That wasn't my understanding - hence the question.
Thanks.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Animating Graphic Images in a Circle
on Mar 31, 2016 at 6:37:06 pm

No, but they'll all have the same distance from the null. Change one.... copy 'n paste. Done.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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