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Sean Kimberdistorting a graphic along a path
by on Feb 1, 2010 at 7:29:43 pm

I've searched the forums ad nauseam for an answer to this question and can't find it. I'm trying to have a graphic (which is in a straight line) come on to my screen as a straight line and follow a path, distorting itself along the path as it follows it in its position property. Essentially, I want it to eventually become a circle and follow a circular path. I'm working in After Effects 6.5 PRO. (Antiquated, I know). Any suggestions would be appreciated. I embedded a visual I put together in Photoshop below. Obviously, it's a rudimentary drawing, but it shows the path I hope to follow and how I hope to distort the graphic. Thanks for any help you can offer!






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Michael SzalapskiRe: distorting a graphic along a path
by on Feb 1, 2010 at 8:06:09 pm

I'm trying to remember what effects come with AE 6.5...
You could try Distort>Bezier Warp, Mesh Warp, or ReShape. It might be a bit tricky to get a full loop out of any of them though.

It may require a combination of effects on a combination of layers.

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Bob RootRe: distorting a graphic along a path
by on Feb 1, 2010 at 8:19:04 pm

Try drawing your path with the pen tool, or import a path made in Illustrator.

Then add the Stroke effect. You'll need to keyframe both your start and end points (or come up with a clever expression) to offset your line moving along the path.

Hope I understood you correctly.

Bob



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Michael SzalapskiRe: distorting a graphic along a path
by on Feb 1, 2010 at 8:33:35 pm

Oh, I was thinking some sort of flowing graphic thing that needed to be distorted (like in this series of tutorials), but rereading his post after seeing your post, you're right; he might just mean a line (maybe like this one?)...either way, he's got help.

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Sean KimberRe: distorting a graphic along a path
by on Feb 1, 2010 at 10:05:34 pm

Actually, you were correct. I was hoping to use a pre-made graphic and have it follow a mask path. I was hoping to do this using an expression or something of that nature, but I'm not sure if such a thing would exist. The one thing I can't do is purchase a third party plug-in. Thank you both for your suggestions, though!



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