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Kenny ScottFold a text wingding
by on Jan 13, 2014 at 5:53:29 pm

Hi guys,

Using a wingding text character as a custom particle in AE CS6.

It's a butterfly that I want to animate to appear like it's flapping it's wings. It will then be used as a custom particle to appear like there's many butterflies but it's only the initial text wingding I want to animate to fly...imagine basically folding any text right in the middle of the character and you've got what I'm trying to achieve. Any help is much appreciated :)


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John CuevasRe: Fold a text wingding
by on Jan 13, 2014 at 8:46:48 pm

I would duplicate the layer, split it half and animate both sides to get it to flap.


here's an older tutorial, showing the basic technique: http://layersmagazine.com/animated-butterfly-in-after-effects.html

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
Thinkck.com

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Kenny ScottRe: Fold a text wingding
by on Jan 14, 2014 at 8:54:26 am

Split the wingding into three and animate each wing. Awesome, Johnny! Thanks :)


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John CuevasRe: Fold a text wingding
by on Jan 14, 2014 at 12:33:31 pm

Glad to help, hope it turns out great!

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
Thinkck.com

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Kenny ScottRe: Fold a text wingding
by on Jan 15, 2014 at 4:14:53 pm

Split the winding into three, left wing, body, right wing and it's animated fine.
I've since coloured the .png images individually and made it into one composition to use as a particle for an emitter...I'm using trapcode particular and I changed the colour of the butterfly in the initial compostion, assuming that when I told trapcode particular to use that layer as a particle it'd include the colour of the butterfly but it's black while the actual layer has colour and I can't find where I change the colour of the particles...why hasn't it included the colour of the original comp? :(


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John CuevasRe: Fold a text wingding
by on Jan 15, 2014 at 8:27:59 pm

If I understand correctly, you created your butterfly animation, it's in a precomp and it has color, correct? From here with particular under Particle, you want to choose "Particle Type" > "Textured Polygon". that should get you using the layer from your precomp with the exact colors.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
Thinkck.com

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Kenny ScottRe: Fold a text wingding
by on Jan 15, 2014 at 9:53:08 pm

That's basically it, yeh.

I changed the colour of the .png images in the seperate comp where I animated the butterflies wings...then dropped that comp into my main comp and within trapcode particular I selected Textured Polygon and changed the layer to my butterfly layer...Problem is, when the butterfly is dropped onto my main comp, it has the colours from the butterfly comp...then when I try to use it as a particle, it's black...even though I can see in my main comp that this layer has colour :/ confused...any ideas?


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John CuevasRe: Fold a text wingding
by on Jan 15, 2014 at 10:08:08 pm

If it's not too much trouble create a reduced project-just the final comp with trapcode particular, the precomp and the butterfly asset. Run a collect files, save your comp as a CS6 version or earlier, zip the folder up and upload it here---using the last icon in the reply dialogue and I'll check it out tonight.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
Thinkck.com

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---THOMAS EDISON on inventing the light bulb.


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Kenny ScottRe: Fold a text wingding
by on Jan 15, 2014 at 10:16:24 pm

Thanks John, I really appreciate that you're willing to look at for me :)

I'll continue playing around with it a little more and if I don't manage to solve it soon I'll zip it up and post it here...I'll let you know how I'm getting on.


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Kenny ScottRe: Fold a text wingding
by on Jan 16, 2014 at 12:15:31 am

Sorted :D

I had Shading turned on...turned it off and the particles look exactly like the separate butterfly comp.

Gracias, John!


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John CuevasRe: Fold a text wingding
by on Jan 16, 2014 at 3:35:42 am

You know, I was was wondering if there was a lighting issue, but didn't think of shading. glad you worked it out.

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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