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Dan CallahanAdjustment Layers in CS4
by on Jun 24, 2010 at 4:58:17 pm

I am looking to have a text object warp and bend based on its position in 3d space, sort of like a 3d flowing effect. For example, when the text's orientation is changed 180*, the text would bend away from the viewer to follow the path's anchor point, rather than rigidly moving as a single object. I only want to bend the text based on its x and z variables.

Is there a native effect in AE cs4 that I could use to achieve this effect? Or would I need to use expressions or even a completely different feature to achieve it?

Or, would this perhaps be easier to achieve if I converted the text to an object? Please give me some advice.

Thanks in advance.


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Todd KoprivaRe: Adjustment Layers in CS4
by on Jun 24, 2010 at 6:09:26 pm

I know that you asked about After Effects CS4, but I'll offer this suggestion anyway: This sounds like a great job for FreeForm, which comes with After Effects CS5.

FreeForm bends 3D layers based on meshes or displacement maps, and I think that it would be relatively easy to create a displacement map based on the parameters that you described.

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Dan CallahanRe: Adjustment Layers in CS4
by on Jun 24, 2010 at 7:01:42 pm

Sounds great, but is there an alternative workaround for cs4 that I could look into?


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Todd KoprivaRe: Adjustment Layers in CS4
by on Jun 24, 2010 at 9:06:08 pm

FreeForm is available for After Effects CS4, though you'd have to pay for it separately.

A different approach, perhaps...

You mentioned bending, which is why I suggest a 3D warping/deforming effect, but you could do much of what you describe with 3D per-character text animation. You could use an expression selector to target and animate the text characters based on certain parameters.

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