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Irene Driessen
Let text move on inside or outside of a ring
on Apr 11, 2012 at 8:11:32 am

Dear Cow Community,

Tried to find an answer for this one but I might just not use the right search terms, because I haven't found anything yet.

How can I make a ring of text move around a globe in Motion? Or, at least give the impression that it moves by making the ring of text and masking the part where the globe is? I can't seem to get the text on a ring shape, let alone animate that...

Any help/pointers into the right direction would be greatly appreciated!


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Zach Shore
Re: Let text move on inside or outside of a ring
on Apr 11, 2012 at 5:54:11 pm

You can use text on a path to do this.

Start with your globe in a 3D group. Create your text, then in the Layout Controls change the layout method to Path, this will enable the path options. Change the shape to Circle. Go to the format tab and in the advanced formatting open the rotation parameter. Rotate the text -90°. Finally rotate the text layer +90°. You now have text on a circle path that you can orbit around things. Position the layer where you need. You can change the size of the orbit to "fit" your globe by increasing the radius in the Text:Path Options. To animate the text on the path you can animate the path offset in the path options.


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Irene Driessen
Re: Let text move on inside or outside of a ring
on Apr 12, 2012 at 12:40:55 pm

Thanks Zach, I'm going to try right away.


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