2367 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: May 12, 2009 11:54 AM by Merged Content 1
The Wacom with Motion's Write On Behavior is great. But Adam Scoffield had a nice solution for a decent handwriting effect using a paint brush as a mask to reveal the text.
Here it is in essence:
Cover your type with a Paint Stroke. Use a Write On Behaviour set to Erase. Set the Blend Mode to Silhouette Alpha.
Yes, thanks, I gave that method a try earlier and it is a nice substitute and very easy to do. Obviously it doesn't exactly simulate handwriting, but it gives a slight appearance - better than anything else I have tried. I will stick with that if I can't think of anything else. Thanks for your response.
Here is a tutorial on creative cow that covers a very similar effect although it's using photoshop and after effects.
There a bunch of other stuff he is doing that is unrelated, and you may not use these programs but even so it might give you some insight as to suitable way to do it.
You can try to freehand the strokes, but I think the trial-and-error would be a killer. I'd just find a chalkboard or handwriting font, such as this one, and then use your mouse and trace over it with paint strokes. Then you have two choices: either style the strokes till they look good, or use the strokes as a mask to reveal the font-based type.
Almost any handwriting typeface can be effectively animated to appear to be manually written. You can research this topic endlessly on the Net, the handwriting question comes up often.
Your decision is based on your need for the illusion of actual handwriting. Animating a script or handwritten font is a total pain and to get it to actually LOOK correct you mave to devote much time to keyframing the penlifts and human time changes.
It's FAR EASIER to put your camera under a piece of glass and write on a heavily translucent surface with a bold marker. Use this video as a key source. That's how we did it in the olden days.
Excellent, thanks everyone for the suggestions. David, I might give that a try in the future, certainly not on this project though because I am kind of on a time crunch and am doing things as well as I can with my current toolset.
This seems like it would be a great addition to future versions of Motion (some kind of handwriting behavior. Or, at least the ability to convert font to paths and bezier points so that they could behave like strokes.
Still, thanks again everyone - I certainly have some ideas to go with. These forums are great. Take it easy.