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  • Ignite the letters !

  • Remi Bayard

    June 22, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Hello guys 🙂

    I’m currently working on a video project using manuscripts. My goal would be to “ignite” the text while it is reads.

    Here is an exemple. It’s black (very dark red) ink on a light brown parchment.
    I suceed, following another tutorial, but it’s very ressource consuming, and quite complicated, involving a nested composition and five different effects. I attach a picture of the result, which is quite nice when video is running.

    I’m totally ok with the effect being more “plain”. What I want is an efficient way to change the color of the text (it might glow a bit it’s even better) line after line, like a progressive highlight.


    I hope it’s clear, my english can be a bit rusty…!


    Thanks for tour light, have a nice day !




  • Remi Bayard

    June 24, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    I got it !

    This way is far more easy. Here are the steps :

    – below your main layer, put a solid with the color you want your letters to turn into (for me it was a red solid)

    – use a “Color key effect” (it’s in Obsolete effects) on the layer you want to transform the letters of

    ° with the eyedropper, pick the color you want to make transparent (the color of the letters…)

    °adjust the Tolerance and Feather values to achieve the best result
    You’ll see the color of your solid replacing the original color of your letters 🙂

    Now if you want the effect to occur as you read the text, for example :

    – Add a mask with the pen tool, covering precisely your first line of text

    – Twirl down the “Color key” effect to reveal the Compositing Options (in the timeline)

    °Hit the + button and select your mask : the effect will apply only to your masked area

    Last step : add keyframes to the “mask path” in your mask options

    – you need keyframes at the start and a the end of your revealing effect, depending of how long you want it to last

    – go to the first keyframe : click “form”, next to “mask path”

    ° then, just put something like “10” in the “right” value : the mask will deploy from 10 pixels wide (from the first keyframe), to its final size (at the last keyframe).

    I attach a screenshot of the effect running.
    Perhaps there was an even simpliest way to achieve this, but I can’t figure one^^’

    I think the effect could be improved using a Trapcode effect on the solid, to have some glow or light rays, I don’t know.

    Have a nice weekend ! 😄

  • Graham Quince

    June 25, 2022 at 10:18 am

    Thanks for posting a solution. Some day someone else will be struggling to do this and when they find this thread, they’ll get their answer

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