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Sven Immelmann
How to animate a line of text into a simple rectangle shape
on Jun 19, 2019 at 12:01:04 pm

Hi everyone.

I need some help. I'm self-taught in After Effects and I'm struggling with an animation and I just need someone to point me in the right direction.

I've looked around online and I'm not really sure what to look for.

I have a project due where I need to do some creative typography. I've done this before, but one part of the animation requires me to turn a line of text into a simple rectangle shape, and I just can't get it right.

Attached are some screen shots.


I need this line of text to animate and look like....


This.

Forgive me for my stupidity. I'm sure this is something that's really easy to do. I tried converting my text to a shape, but then it looks like I need to animate the path of each letter into the shape and it doesn't look that good.

If someone could point me to the right direction to a tutorial or something, I will be really happy!

Thanks in advance!


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Richard Garabedain
Re: How to animate a line of text into a simple rectangle shape
on Jun 20, 2019 at 4:34:03 pm

how about you have the text flatten quickly into a line and then the line stretches and becomes a rectangle...that might make it easier and even more to the beat of the music


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Tomas Bumbulevičius
Re: How to animate a line of text into a simple rectangle shape
on Jun 20, 2019 at 4:57:20 pm

Hey Sven, few questions:

1. Do you want the text to actually turn into a 'line' to begin with, or it could be a perception only?
2. Do you use Text Animation engine?

There can be definitely many ways on achieving this, lets find the one for you ☺

Cheers!

Find out more:
After Effects Tutorials: motion design, expressions, scripting.
Boxer - Dynamic Text Boxes Template with a Live Preview


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Michael Szalapski
Re: How to animate a line of text into a simple rectangle shape
on Jun 20, 2019 at 8:16:49 pm

I would use text animators to make it scale down in y and up in x (per character) in order to get it to roughly the right shape and then swap it for an actual stroke or rectangle when possible.

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