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Alexandre Antunes
Explode effect afecting multiple layers
on Aug 1, 2011 at 1:49:05 am

I'm trying to animate a tree where leafs are actually words, and I wanted to animate the leafes as if they were exploding.
But I wanted them to be animated separately, independently. Not as a whole.
Something like when Ted Danson appear in Bored to Dead title sequence:

I've tried using shatter and it works to make it disappear as a whole, and also tried using trapcode particular to make several extra leafs appear, as the main layer disappear:

But I was not able to animate the layers independently without having to do it one by one.

I would really like to achieve that organic movement they have in Bored to Dead titles. Any suggestions?

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Michael Szalapski
Re: Explode effect afecting multiple layers
on Aug 2, 2011 at 9:53:23 pm

If all the leaves are created with Particular or Form, you should be able to get some nice organic turbulence with them. Perhaps you could post an example of what you tried with an explanation of why it's not working for you.

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Alexandre Antunes
Re: Explode effect afecting multiple layers
on Aug 2, 2011 at 10:01:02 pm

I created the leaves in Illustrator, and then created a solid in After effects that creates leafes over the existing ones, and then as Particular creates several leaves and kind of blows them away, the background leaves slowly fade away. this is what I got so far:

I wanted the already existing leaves to fall, without the need to create new ones (and if they have a slow brease would be nice too)

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