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Jon Doughtie
Z axis move through Word Cloud
on Jan 13, 2016 at 6:55:25 pm

I have a word cloud image that's a single layer PNG file. I thought about setting it up in AE with each word in a layer so I could move them into different z positions and do a camera push through.



Do I need to break the words up in individual layers in Photoshop first? Or am I overthinking it, and there's a simpler way to do it in AE?

System:
Dell Precision T7600 (x2)
Win 7 64-bit
32GB RAM
Adobe CC 2014 (as of 7/2015)
256GB SSD system drive
4 internal media drives RAID 5
Typically cutting short form from HD MP4 and P2 MXF.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Z axis move through Word Cloud
on Jan 13, 2016 at 7:27:25 pm

If you don't want the edges of the text to go soft on you, I'd recommend doing just what you originally thought: each word its own layer, tweak each word's position (maybe even scale), move the camera through z-space. The text will continuously rasterize.

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


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: Z axis move through Word Cloud
on Jan 13, 2016 at 7:36:43 pm

It looks as if this was done in Wordle - if so, you should have the ability to save the output as a PDF, in which case you can bring it in to AE looking fine.

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


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Jon Doughtie
Re: Z axis move through Word Cloud
on Jan 13, 2016 at 8:54:45 pm

Quite right, Joseph. It is Wordle.

Originally I was simply going to use it as a static image. The the "What if I. . ." thoughts hit, and I made more work for myself.

I just typed the layers in AE. Easy as pie. I was completely overthinking it.

System:
Dell Precision T7600 (x2)
Win 7 64-bit
32GB RAM
Adobe CC 2014 (as of 7/2015)
256GB SSD system drive
4 internal media drives RAID 5
Typically cutting short form from HD MP4 and P2 MXF.


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: Z axis move through Word Cloud
on Jan 14, 2016 at 5:08:20 pm

Sometimes the easiest way is the best way...

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


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