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Benjamin Gadberry
Animate Text Left to Right/Up and Down from a Certain Point?
on Dec 23, 2014 at 6:26:56 pm

Hey folks,

I see this effect all the time but I forget how to do it. I'd like to be able to take text and graphic layers I made in Photoshop and animate them from a certain point.

To describe that more accurately: I'd like to somehow have my text layers move left to right, starting from an invisible point in the middle of my composition and as they move right reveal the whole text.

Does anyone know how to easily accomplish this? Thanks!

-Benjamin Gadberry Productions

http://bengadberryproductions.tumblr.com/


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Animate Text Left to Right/Up and Down from a Certain Point?
on Dec 23, 2014 at 6:46:32 pm

Ah, the magic of track mattes!
  • Create your text layer.
  • Now create a comp-sized solid above it.
  • Position the solid to reveal a half of the screen.
  • Conceal the text layer beneath the solid.
  • Animate the text layer to emerge from beneath the solid.


Now the magic:
On the text layer, set the Trk Matte dropdown to Alpha Matte. Poof! The solid disappears! Two icons appear by these layers indicating a Track Matte relationship between the two.

Now run your text animation again with satisfaction.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Benjamin Gadberry
Re: Animate Text Left to Right/Up and Down from a Certain Point?
on Dec 23, 2014 at 6:53:54 pm

Perfect! Thank you!

-Benjamin Gadberry Productions

http://bengadberryproductions.tumblr.com/


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