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Kevin Muse
Animated Cursive Writing
on Aug 11, 2009 at 10:07:15 pm

With CS4, whether you use AE or not, is there an easy way to do an animated signature or sentence using a Wacom tablet? (without redrawing with masks, etc? I tried a Flash program that would write in cursive for web, but the exported resolution for video just wouldn't cut it. Any plugins, etc. available?
Thanks


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Todd Kopriva
Re: Animated Cursive Writing
on Aug 11, 2009 at 10:23:19 pm

How about the Write-on effect?

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Filip Vandueren
Re: Animated Cursive Writing
on Aug 11, 2009 at 11:22:19 pm

Check out the Motion Sketch palette.
I'd create a Null, and use motion sketch to move it around with the wacom.
The resulting keyframes for the Null's position can be copy-pasted to the write-on's effect position, if you first select the property in the timeline, and then paste.
If you just paste those keyframes on a Solid with the effect, the solid will just move, so be sure to select the "Brush Position" property first.
Alternatively, you could pick-whip an expression so the Brush position automatically get's it's value from the null.




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Kevin Muse
Re: Animated Cursive Writing
on Aug 12, 2009 at 3:09:17 am

I'll try that. Thanks! The writeon requires redrawing.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Animated Cursive Writing
on Aug 12, 2009 at 4:30:50 pm

[Kevin Muse] "...is there an easy way to do an animated signature or sentence using a Wacom tablet? (without redrawing with masks, etc?"

If you want it to look like a real, live signature, then no. If you're not too picky about how the thing ends up looking, then follow the other suggestions.

Dave LaRonde
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KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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