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Nikkia RilesText into a tree
by on Jan 16, 2010 at 11:57:13 pm

I was wondering, how can you create a text to sprount into a tree in after effects or flash? Which would be an easier route and how would I do it.

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scott novasicRe: Text into a tree
by on Jan 18, 2010 at 12:00:30 am

I would use After Effects. I would create the outline of the tree in black and white silhouette.
Then I would hand keyframe the 30 -40 characters to fly up and rotate or whatever you choose, to
various areas of the trees limbs and trunk. Use the black and white tree silhouette as a luminance mask,
Which will clip the letters perfectly to the shape of the tree. That is the "simple" way to go.

Personally I would also apply a mesh warp over the tree shape, that was distorted to the edges of the tree
and effecting the text animation layer (precomped) I would also animate each text piece to 'scale\grow' upward from the next piece of text in that 'sprouting' way.


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Scott Novasic
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