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Lettering special effects?

Posted: Sun, 22nd Jan 2012, 1:17pm

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Belle

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I am looking for software that allows my lettering to 'write' across the screen. I've looked in the FX library and don't see any. Does anyone know where I can find such a thing?

Thanks!!

Belle
Posted: Mon, 23rd Jan 2012, 5:59am

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MB3 Productions

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The best way to do this is to use a mask to expose the lettering. You can do the lettering in whatever program you have (Photoshop, or whatever). Save it as a .png file (one that has an alpha channel) so you can overlay it and see whatever is behind (underneath on the timeline).
Unless you're going to just have it on black or whatever color. Anyway, make a mask over the lettering and keyframe the mask exposing the lettering like it's "writing" it. Here's a link to something like that I did a while back on YouTube (please excuse the low quality): http://youtu.be/Zmw6wwROixo

As far as a program that does that, I don't know of one. NewBlu effects has titling software, but I don't think it does what you're wanting to do. I think the masking effect is the best way to achieve that and you have total control. Here's another link to an Andrew Kramer tutorial I tried making the lettering look like it's spray painted on:
http://youtu.be/XlcuQCkR2vg

Hope that helps. Let me know. smile
Posted: Mon, 23rd Jan 2012, 6:03am

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Belle

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Thank you so much for the ideas and suggestions! I'm sure going to give that a try.
Posted: Mon, 23rd Jan 2012, 6:08am

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MB3 Productions

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Great. If you need any help, just message me through FXHome.com, or thru my YouTube channel: MB3 Productions. Best of luck & God bless.

Michael