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Lance Miller
Can I merge paths with a text layer and a shape layer in After Effects
on Jan 5, 2017 at 5:22:16 pm

Hey,

I'm trying to create an animated dollar sign where the rectangle is animated separate from the "S". I want the rectangle to animate onto the screen first, then the "S" using the stroke effect.

Problem is that the layers aren't merged when the dollar sign eventually falls into place.

Here's the project I'm working on:



And here's what I'd like it to look like:



I've tried to turn the text layer "S" into a shape layer, then creating the rectangle within that shape layer to merge paths. And this works fine, but I can't animate these separate layers.

Please let me know if you have suggestions or need more detail.

Thanks!

Lance


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Can I merge paths with a text layer and a shape layer in After Effects
on Jan 5, 2017 at 6:11:48 pm

You don't have to do that. Just Animate a mask on a solid for the rectangle along with your shape layer in a precomp. Time it out any way you want. Then it's like it's just one object.

It's easy.

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


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