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Ryan Gibbs
How to make shapes/text explode in different directions?
on Nov 10, 2016 at 3:05:00 pm
Last Edited By Ryan Gibbs on Nov 10, 2016 at 3:06:15 pm

I'm trying to make these letters go off screen as if someone is pushing them from the middle outwards:



What would be the best way of doing this? I've tried hand-animating, but it doesn't look natural.

(Side note: The letters are individual images I created in photoshop and brought in as .png's)

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks :)

- Ryan.


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John Cuevas
Re: How to make shapes/text explode in different directions?
on Nov 10, 2016 at 3:14:04 pm

You can do that using the shatter effect.

https://library.creativecow.net/articles/unguren_ben/shatter.php

https://library.creativecow.net/articles/mize_rob/AE-Shatter-Effects/video-...

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
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Ryan Gibbs
Re: How to make shapes/text explode in different directions?
on Nov 10, 2016 at 3:29:34 pm

Oh, I wasn't expecting that to work! Cheers :)

- Ryan.


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Ryan Gibbs
Re: How to make shapes/text explode in different directions?
on Nov 10, 2016 at 3:42:01 pm

I've run into a bit of a problem, it's splitting the inside and outside:



- Ryan.


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Michael Carter
Re: How to make shapes/text explode in different directions?
on Nov 10, 2016 at 9:28:51 pm

Is each letter two files? That could be your problem. The plugin is randomly scattering everything.

I'd find a way to bind them together if so - precomp each letter, for instance. Or do a set of PNGs where the white stroke and the inner color are one file.


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Ryan Gibbs
Re: How to make shapes/text explode in different directions?
on Nov 14, 2016 at 2:14:54 pm

I found out that shatter uses alpha channel to calculate the shatter, so as soon as I duplicated the comp, and made the second comp a solid red (instead of white+red), it worked perfectly.

But thanks for your help, I really appreciate it :)

- Ryan.


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Soham Jani
Re: How to make shapes/text explode in different directions?
on Nov 10, 2016 at 5:25:59 pm

I believe Andrew Kramer has a tutorial relating to shattering somewhere on his website?

"It's all around us Neo, temporary constructs of time....."


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