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Dom ConstantineTrouble making a trail of dots.
by on Aug 12, 2013 at 6:55:33 pm

I have tried multiple techniques to find a cut and dry solution for what I'm trying to do, but to no avail. I provided a link to what my goal is (it's two comps and a horrible mask to show the path I'm trying to achieve) in hopes someone can help me out. I also tried using a null and individual "dots" along a mask path, but problems arise when I add more dots. Is there a built-in plugin that I can use to get this right?

Thanks!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10201751054844990&set=vb.143962510...


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mathew fullerRe: Trouble making a trail of dots.
by on Aug 12, 2013 at 7:20:25 pm

Your link doesn't work... but a trail of dots can be made quite easily in about a hundred different ways.

Particular
3D Stroke
Masks

Take your pick.

My Work:
http://www.morecompletefx.com


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Dom ConstantineRe: Trouble making a trail of dots.
by on Aug 12, 2013 at 7:38:02 pm

I knew linking a facebook video was a bad idea. Here's a fixed link:





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Joseph W. BourkeRe: Trouble making a trail of dots.
by on Aug 12, 2013 at 7:23:00 pm

Dom -

I generally have very good luck using Type on a Path. It's a simple matter to choose the typeface which gives you the dot shape you want (square or round, generally), then just type a bunch of Periods. You can then select and space them however you want, and then animate them along the path if need be (I couldn't get at your example). Here's a rundown of text on a path, in case you're not familiar with it:

http://ae.tutsplus.com/tutorials/motion-graphics/animating-text-along-a-pat...

This has always been the simplest solution for me, and it gives me a huge degree of control.

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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Dom ConstantineRe: Trouble making a trail of dots.
by on Aug 12, 2013 at 7:40:17 pm

Thank you! I will try the type on a path versus using the mask path which is providing to be a headache for what I'm going for.


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Ridley WalkerRe: Trouble making a trail of dots.
by on Aug 12, 2013 at 8:54:34 pm

Or you could use shape layers with dashed lines round joins and animate the offset.

6396_dots.aep.zip


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