I've been using AE for a whole two days now so this is probably a complete noob question. I want to have some text start out looking like dots and then connect the dots into text. I've seen several tutorial on making the text appear as if it's being written that I have done so I have the part kind of figured out.
So using the phrase 'Connect the dots' it would just be a bunch of dots in the shape of the letters and then the text would be revealed as if the dots were being connected.
one way, Convert text to mask, then apply stroke effect ( Generate -> Stroke) and change the spacing setting in the Stroke Effect.
This is no different than any other write-on effect. It doesn't matter if there are any dots, crosshairs or pink flowers defining corner points since they will be (a) separate layer(s). You still need a layer to apply your stroke to based on a mask path or shape layer path.
Create your text, give it a stroke but no fill.
Select it and then go to Layer > Convert Text to Shape layer.
Open the Shape layer, select it and then type the word "Stroke" into search area at top of Timeline. Delete all of the strokes.
then go to Add Group (empty)
drag all letters gera into one group.
select group and go to Add > Stroke.
open the Stroke settings and add a dash, change the dash setting to the length you want, then add another dash to determine spacing.
change the profile settings for the stroke to Round Caps. By adjusting the previous settings you should be able to get dots of the size you want.
add the Trim Paths operator to animate the dots moving on or off.
Hope this helps,
Angie Taylor | http://www.creativecabin.co.uk
Thanks, that worked. I think my font is a bit off for it to look great but it worked. It creates the dots along the edge of the letters so the dots are still visible after I do the write on effect. But I'll play with it some more and it was a great learning exercise.