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Ray FrakeTrying to Create a 3D Word Cloud
by on Oct 6, 2009 at 2:54:45 pm

I'm trying to simulate one of the 3D word clouds you see popping up around the net these days. Here's an example (to the right in the header):

What I've done so far is create all the words and then move them back and forth in z space so that I have something looking like a typical word cloud. What I can't figure out is how to get the words to orbit around a central point as well as have the words always facing towards the camera as the cloud itself rotates. I want to animate certain words rotating to the front of the cloud, but have had no luck figuring this out.

Any help would be much appreciated.



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Roland R. KahlenbergRe: Trying to Create a 3D Word Cloud
by on Oct 6, 2009 at 7:31:31 pm

To orbit from a center, create a Null layer and place it into the center of the word cloud. Then parent all the text layers to this Null. Rotate the NUll.

To always orient a layer towards the camera, use Layer>Transform>Auto Orient.


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Ray FrakeRe: Trying to Create a 3D Word Cloud
by on Oct 6, 2009 at 7:33:58 pm

I had a feeling it was something simple like that. Thanks very much for your help.


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