justify center text on path animated after effects

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Mar 10, 2022 Mar 10, 2022

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GOAL: I want text to follow a circle path that scales but doesn't scale the font size and keeps the word spacing, yet scales the spacing between the words, just like text center justify align.

PROBLEM: I have a circle and made my text follow a path. There are three words and I'm trying to space them evenly in a circle without breaking the letter-spacing. I tried to justify align center text on a path but the paragraph align properties don't work on a circular path because it doesn't recognise the space in the beginning or the end of the path and I need to animate the path therefore off-setting path would be too much work. Forced Alignment function spaces everything which destroys the spacing of the words. I need to animate the path therefore off-setting path doesn't work, so I'm wondering if there's a way to have text follow the path and be 'center justified align'.

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btw... 
I thought of a solution to have 3 separate text layers and rotate them 120° apart, then animate them individually which does the job, but the workflow is difficult and I'm sure there should be a better way : )

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Mar 10, 2022 Mar 10, 2022

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I can think of a few ways to engineer something on a single layer, making use of text animators, but I don't know that it would be any less work than doing it with three separate layers. If you see value in specifically being able to do this on a single layer, or this is something you need to repeat with several different words, for example, I'd be happy to think through it further and make suggestions. 

 

You could also potentially approach this with an effects stack, if this is three copies of the same word. This would create the look, but may be more annoying to animate, depending on how you're approaching this.
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