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Scaling Dot Pattern Help

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Apr 27, 2020

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Hey everyone!

 

I'm looking to mimic two separate motions here from a template of many small dots made from a text layer. I'd like to create the WIDTH and the WEIGHT animations as seen below, but I haven't been able to get the right animation. Is there an expression or effect I can tamper with that I've overlooked? I've tried a Wave Effect for example, but it distorts the individual shape of the circles that I don't want. Thanks in advance for any advice! 

 

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Scaling Dot Pattern Help

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Hey everyone!

 

I'm looking to mimic two separate motions here from a template of many small dots made from a text layer. I'd like to create the WIDTH and the WEIGHT animations as seen below, but I haven't been able to get the right animation. Is there an expression or effect I can tamper with that I've overlooked? I've tried a Wave Effect for example, but it distorts the individual shape of the circles that I don't want. Thanks in advance for any advice! 

 

WIDTH.gifPicture1.gif

textDots.PNG

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Apr 27, 2020

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Hey Benjamin, just a couple questions to confirm your intent...

For the WIDTH look, is this a good example of the look you're after (vs stretched ovals)?
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If so, that might be a challenge to pull off with the text animator. I'd think the WEIGHT one could just be done with some combination of Scale and/or Stroke Weight. 

Or, is the question more about how to get the change itself to wash through the lines of text with the degree of control you're after?

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Hi Kyle Hamrick thanks for your comment. 

 

I'm more concerned with how to get the change itself to wash through the lines of dots with some degree of control. And yes, something along the lines of the sample image you gave is what I'd like for the WIDTH look! I've found this to be challenging thus far; since there are so many dots, making that many layers of individual dots crashes the system. It's why I considered a text layer would fare better control with many less layers. But if this is not a good way to go about these animations, is there a better approach you could advise me on? 

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