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Michael Green
Quick question about making a circle in After Effects..
on Nov 17, 2012 at 1:27:10 am

Ok, so I know how to make a simple circle like this in after effects.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a0/Circle_-_black_si...
But I would like to know how to do something like this...
http://coreldraw.com/cfs-filesystemfile.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Componen...
Any help will be greatly appreciated.


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: Quick question about making a circle in After Effects..
on Nov 17, 2012 at 3:10:26 am

Just use the Text on a Path feature, and type periods. The hard part is to find periods which are round, and not square, although the square period makes for an interesting look.

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John Cuevas
Re: Quick question about making a circle in After Effects..
on Nov 17, 2012 at 5:31:22 am

Here's another way to accomplish this. You could use a shape layer and turn off the fill. Twirl open the stroke properties and adjust the stroke width to the size you want your circle diameter to be, then change the cap to "Round Cap". Twirl open Dashes and press "+" a couple times and change the Dash to 1 and mess with the Gap until you get the desired shape.

Example project: 4969_dottedcirclecs5.5.aep.zip

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
Thinkck.com

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---THOMAS EDISON on inventing the light bulb.


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Vishesh Arora
Re: Quick question about making a circle in After Effects..
on Nov 18, 2012 at 5:59:49 pm

Michael

In AE " Alt/Optn + 0149(Numpad) = • "

Follow the steps below:

1. Type period using the key combination written above.

2. Select the Text Layer and Double click on Shape Button to create mask.

3. Now in Time line , Twirl down Text properties, go to Path Options and select Mask1 as Path.

4. Now turn on Force alignment and adjust First Margin

Vishesh Arora
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