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How to add z space to text animate 'grouping alignment'

Community Beginner ,
Sep 12, 2023 Sep 12, 2023

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I'm trying to create the effect of text rotating around an elongated cube within text animate.

 

'Grouping alignment' will change the x and y axis but doesn't have a z axis.

 

I know I could just rotate the entire copy layer, but I want to have a text animate effect I can copy and paste, as well as having offset characters.

 

You can see in the below image that my text grouping alignment is at -36% for the y axis. I just need to move that point behind the copy so that the text looks like its revolving around a cuboid. 

 

Changing the anchor point in transform doesn't make a difference.

Screenshot 2023-09-12 at 11.07.26.png

 

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks,

Ryan

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Sep 12, 2023 Sep 12, 2023

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I'm not exactly sure what you are trying to achieve. Grouping Alignment does not have anything to do with the properties you add to a text animator. GA controls how the characters are grouped to the Transform Properties of the layer.

 

Try adding more properties to the text animator and fiddling with the Text Layer Anchor Point. I added Per Character 3D, Position, Scale, and Tracking amount to a left-justified text layer to get this: 

RickGerard_0-1694527226781.gif

Maybe it will help. I have included an AE 22 project file just in case you have not updated your AE app yet.

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You need more than one text animator. The bottom one is for animating rotation, the rest set line spacing and anchor point, then just anchor point, and then three more for rotation.  All are based on Lines. You end up with something like this:

RickGerard_0-1694542435415.png

RickGerard_1-1694542459374.gif

Again, I have included a project file for you to look at.

 

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Thank you for your time Rick. From you source file it looks like I just needed to add 'anchor point' as an animate property.

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You cannot do it with one Text Animator. The sample comp should give you guidelines.

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