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Andy Stokes
Automatic animation of seperate "areas" of an image?
on Jun 5, 2012 at 10:47:14 pm

Hi all,

I recall many years ago a plugin called "area transformer" saved me on so many occasions.

Basically, you could feed it an image with several "objects" or elements with a transparent bg. It would then detect these separate "areas" and allow you to animate the scale/rotation with a simple slider.

I used to feed it a basic white on black logo and with just a few clicks have a fully animated logo building from nothing to full resolve.

Does anyone know of a plugin and/or technique that would enable something like this now?

Also, is there a way (plugin?) to take a layered psd file and have ae automatically move the anchor points to centre on the contents of each layer? (Hope this makes sense)

Cheers,
Andy



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John Cuevas
Re: Automatic animation of seperate "areas" of an image?
on Jun 6, 2012 at 12:18:21 am

Also, is there a way (plugin?) to take a layered psd file and have ae automatically move the anchor points to centre on the contents of each layer? (Hope this makes sense)

There's a name your price script at AEscripts that does this, RepositionAnchorPoint.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
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Andy Stokes
Re: Automatic animation of seperate "areas" of an image?
on Jun 6, 2012 at 7:45:19 am

Hi Johnny,

Yeah, I purchased that, but it doesn't seem to work on CS6. Anyone else tried?

Cheers,
Andy



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John Cuevas
Re: Automatic animation of seperate "areas" of an image?
on Jun 6, 2012 at 11:10:16 am

I'll try out that script on 6.0 when I get to work, but 6.0 has anchor points that "snap" to the bounding box and center of layers by holding down control.

Check out these tutorials: After Effects CS6 – Bounding Boxes

Layer Bounding Boxes and Selection Indicators

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
Thinkck.com

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---THOMAS EDISON on inventing the light bulb.


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John Cuevas
Re: Automatic animation of seperate "areas" of an image?
on Jun 6, 2012 at 12:44:22 pm

I tried out the RepositionAnchorPoint script and it worked exactly as it should in CS6. When you install it, install both the script and the (RepositionAnchorPoint_Resources) folder into the ScriptUI Panels folder.

Again though, after you watch those tutorials, you'll probably decide that the RepositionAnchorPoint isn't really necessary anymore.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
Thinkck.com

"I have not failed 700 times. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work."
---THOMAS EDISON on inventing the light bulb.


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