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I am trying to create a starburst using the scale property. Keyframe at beginning at 100% > keyframe at end - 200%.
But I can't figure out how to have it expand evenly in all directions - which it would do if the anchor point were in the center of the circular starburst ( at least I think that's the problem?) Is there a way that I can fix the anchor point in the center so that the star / starburst doesn't also seem to "wander off" sideways as it grows. Many thanks for the help!
To change the position of the anchor point:
1. Select the layer for which you want to change the anchor point
2. Select the anchor point tool from the toolbar or use the keyboard shortcut (y)
3. Position the anchor point (looks like scope crosshairs with a circle)
A frame grab is attached.
You can also automatically move the anchor point to the center of your layer with the keyboard shortcut (Ctrl + Alt + Home) if using Windows.
Hope that helps.
dcfreelancealot. Many thanks - this is perfection! I've written down those keystrokes! Again, many thanks for the generosity of your time!
You're welcome. Also, I just realized that you are using version 5.5 in which case the Ctrl+Alt+Home keyboard shortcut will not work to automatically center the anchor point for your shape/mask layer.
Instead, you can hold the Ctrl (or Cmd) button and double-click the anchor point tool to center the anchor point for a selected layer.
Again, thank you. Wow. Thank you, truly.
Using AE 5.5
When I Alt + double click on the achor tool it seems like the point moves to tha center of the image i have selected but the image moves away like the point it just moving and the distance to the image is the same.
for mac, comand + boble click on anchor point tool,
on a mac keyboard, what is the home key? option + command + ???? what key? It's not the up or left or right or down arrows. What is that 3rd symbol? hyphen? Dash?
the third symbol is left click
Control+Alt+Home doesn't work for me at all. Nothing happens.
Just press Ctrl/ Cmd and double click the Anchor Point tool. It should go to the centre