6 Replies Latest reply on Sep 2, 2006 7:24 PM by Ccasati

    animate/mask text in FW MX 2004?

    Ccasati
      The reason I'm not using flash for this is because the media placement is not accepting swfs. Yech. So animated gif it is.

      I would like to achieve the following:
      Have a sentence appear from left to right, to the entire sentence, revealing itself as an object moves across it.
      I've tried creating a box symbol, animating it over the text then trying to mask it, all to no avail... any suggestions would be incredibly helpful.

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        • 1. Re: animate/mask text in FW MX 2004?
          Level 7
          Ccasati wrote:
          > The reason I'm not using flash for this is because the media placement is not
          > accepting swfs. Yech. So animated gif it is.
          >
          > I would like to achieve the following:
          > Have a sentence appear from left to right, to the entire sentence, revealing
          > itself as an object moves across it.
          > I've tried creating a box symbol, animating it over the text then trying to
          > mask it, all to no avail... any suggestions would be incredibly helpful.
          >
          > : (
          >
          >
          Do you want the object to appear within the text?

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          • 2. Re: animate/mask text in FW MX 2004?
            Ccasati Level 1
            No I want the mask to initially hide the text and then reveal it left to right until you can see the entire sentence.
            • 3. Re: animate/mask text in FW MX 2004?
              Level 7
              Ccasati wrote:
              > No I want the mask to initially hide the text and then reveal it left to right until you can see the entire sentence.

              OK how does this look?

              http://www.newmediaservices.ca/jim_babbage/sentence.gif

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              • 4. Re: animate/mask text in FW MX 2004?
                Ccasati Level 1
                PERFECT!

                Except the text is going to be real text, no fancy masking inside it, but the animation is exactly what I need. (I need to keep it down to as few kbs as possible)
                • 5. Re: animate/mask text in FW MX 2004?
                  Level 7
                  Ccasati wrote:
                  > PERFECT!
                  >
                  > Except the text is going to be real text, no fancy masking inside it, but the animation is exactly what I need. (I need to keep it down to as few kbs as possible)

                  Not sure what you mean by "real text", but here's how I did it.

                  There was NO masking. lol.

                  Created my file.
                  Imported the image to be used
                  I drew a rectangle vector shape
                  Typed my text
                  Converted my text to paths
                  Ungrouped the text
                  went to MODIFY > COMBINE PATHS > JOIN
                  Selected both paths (text on top)
                  Went to MODIFY > COMBINE PATHS > PUNCH
                  Selected the image, and set the X position so that it was off the canvas
                  at the left
                  Went to MODIFY > ANIMATION > ANIMATE SELECTION and set my movement
                  options (width of canvas)using 20 frames (less will save file size, but
                  the animation may be jerky)
                  Cropped the file, optimized as an animated GIF, with 64 colors (again,
                  fewer colors will reduce file size
                  Exported the file

                  HTH

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                  • 6. Re: animate/mask text in FW MX 2004?
                    Ccasati Level 1
                    Thanks! : )