I searched quite awhile to find an answer with no real luck.
I'm new to After Effects and doing some research to help my students successfully complete their animation projects.
I've read articles and viewed videos on how to use the scatter or shatter effect but it isn't quite what she is looking to accomplish.
Here is what she would like to accomplish:
There is one word (type) in the front and an object in the back (z-index below the type) that object will move forward to disperse the word/type but retain their shapes; meaning she does not want the type (the individual letters) to fall completely apart. She just wants to send them out in every direction.
What is the best way to achieve this?
Thank you in advance.
Text animators with per-character 3d switched on would be one way.
Another would be to use Shatter, but set up the pieces (possibly with a custom shatter map) so that each letter is on its own piece and then animate Force 1 to match the movement of the object that's meant to be dispersing the type.
If you have AE CC, you can use Cinema 4D Lite/ Cineware. Create a text object, drop it into the Fracture object, apply a Random effector whose strength you animate.