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David Komer
Letters into words...
on Mar 23, 2012 at 1:05:11 pm

I'm basically following the tutorial at http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/videos/redgianttv/item/22/

But I'd like to use letters of the alphabet, instead of spheres, for the particles...

I.e. I'd love it if the letters can fly in from offscreen big enough to read, and then shrink down to the sand size (or a size small enough to sell the effect).

Any ideas? (I'm new to AE and Trapcode)


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John Cuevas
Re: Letters into words...
on Mar 26, 2012 at 5:02:47 pm

What you want to do is use the custom particles feature. To do this with random letters, you would need to make a 26 frame composition 150 x 150(or so) and place a letter. Apply a text animator-offset and animate from 0 to 25.

Drop that into your final comp and under particle change the particle from sphere to custom particle. The problem you will encounter is that letters are odd shapes, have holes in them... You can hide some of this by making the initial size 2 so they overlap and animating the size as they are dispersed. If I were doing this, I would probably have a quick dissolve between my final logo and particles, maybe hidden by a lens flare.

I quickly modified the red giant project to show you how custom particles would be incorpated.

3905_21texttosandcustomparticles.aep.zip

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
Thinkck.com

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David Komer
Re: Letters into words...
on Mar 26, 2012 at 8:04:29 pm

Fantastic- thanks!


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