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  • Lova Rehle

    December 13, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    Hi AfterEffects community,

    I am still a newbie when it comes to after effects, but have a solid foundation in my skills. I am looking for ideas on how to make a particular project work. I have text that i want to break up into letters and float about the screen. Does anyone know of an effect or expression that could attain this? Or what’s the least time consuming approach?


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  • Dan Ebberts

    December 14, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    That looks like a fairly complex physical simulation. It looks like something you might be able to pull of with Newton or Pastiche (or a combination of both) from aescripts. I don’t have those tools, so I’m not sure, but you might want to check them out.

  • Graham Quince

    December 15, 2022 at 9:22 am

    Your video link won’t open for me, but from your description I think CC Card Dance could possibly get you there. If you can arrange your letters in a grid, you can then use a gradient on another layer to drive the animation. That would be quite a bit of work just lining up the letters.

    Alternatively, I think you could use a “proximity detection” expression on a layer’s position, something like:

    var targetPos = thisComp.layer("Shape Layer 1").transform.position;

    var thisLayerPos = value;

    var distance = length(targetPos, thisLayerPos);


    This means the L layer actively stays away from the displacing object. That expression might need a little work, but if you make one letter, get that responding correctly then duplicate and reposition the new layer, you should be able to fill a grid relatively quickly.

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