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Robbert Dam
Build image from texts
on Aug 23, 2010 at 4:55:11 pm

Hi all,
I'm trying to achieve the following effect in After Effects:

1. I have an image (photo or more simple drawing)
2. I have about 50 names of people
3. The names fly into the image, one by one. All text is shown within some basic figure, like a rectangle or circle.
4. When all text is visible on the screen, together they build up (a simplified version) of the given image.

I want to show that the value of a certain company are the people that work in the company. So all the names together make up, for example, the building a the company.

Can anyone just give me a few pointers on were to start? Is there a tool in which I can break up an image into various simple shapes, and that each shape will be placed in a seperate layer?

Thanks,
Robbert Dam


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Build image from texts
on Aug 23, 2010 at 5:11:01 pm

You can use the techniques from the tutorial below:

Card Dance is the plugin you're after.
This tutorial can help:
http://www.heroturko.org/tutorials/32337-maxafter-card-dance-effect-tutoria...

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior Compositor/VFX Artist
Bucharest, Romania


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Robbert Dam
Re: Build image from texts
on Aug 23, 2010 at 5:39:45 pm

Hi Ted, thanks for the tutorial.. downloading right now.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Build image from texts
on Aug 23, 2010 at 5:11:45 pm

It sounds as if you have committed to a somewhat less than fully developed idea of how this will look. Have you STORYBOARDED this idea of yours yet?

The deceptively simple practice of putting pencil to paper to previsualize will distill your thought processes and in the end save you a good deal of time, rather than jumping into the deep end, wasting a lot of time, and discovering that you may have been better off with Plan B.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Robbert Dam
Re: Build image from texts
on Aug 23, 2010 at 5:31:17 pm

Hi Dave,
Your probably a lot more experienced in AE than I am. I'm fairly new to all this and I just want to know if this idea of mine is "within reach". I have quite an clear image in my mind about this idea, but for now I just want to know if my idea is technically possible for a AE newbie.
If I hav the feeling it can be done, I can jump into the details.


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