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Text + Tool: Text + Tornado



The Text+ tool is capable of 3D transformations of characters, words or entire lines of text. This tutorial will only cover one of the many powerful features in this new tool.

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Step 1
To start the tutorial select the Text 2000 tool from the tools drop down-list or click on the (Txt+) tool tile from the toolbar.
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Step 2
By selecting the Text tab in the Text+ tool, type in any phrase you wish. We have chosen to type "Digital Fusion Text Tornado" twice.
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Step 3
From the layout tab select circle from the type menu to set the text into a circle. The width slider may need to be adjusted to fit the text.
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Step 4
Select the alignment tab and enter a value of 90 in "Line angle X" to rotate the text 90 degrees along the x-axis.
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Step 5
Return back to the layout tab and enter a value of -105 degrees to tilt the circle of text in the display.
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Step 6
In the display, the circle of text is rotated on the x-axis and slightly tilted. Note the reversed text in the circle.
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Step 7
We will now create a spiral from the circle of text for the tornado. In the alignment tab, enter a value of 15 for Line Angle Y.
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Step 8
Adjust the Line Z-Axis slider in the adjustment tab to tighten the spiral of text. This is the column for the tornado.
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Step 9
Back at the layout tab, change the Rotation Order from XYZ to ZYX. This will change the rotation order allowing the z-axis to be the first axis to be rotated. This will allow us to rotate the spiral of the text tornado.
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Step 10
In the time ruler, set the render start to frame 0 and the render end to frame 30. Drag the purple tape across the time ruler from frame 0 to 30 to set the render range. Set the current time to 0.
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Step 11
Now place the mouse pointer on the angle Z slider in the layout tab. Right click on the slider and from the marking menu select "Set Key Creating BezierSpline". This will set a value of 0 at frame 0. This will keyframe the start of the rotation.
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Step 12
Advance the current time indicator in the time ruler by dragging to to frame 30. Then set a value of 720 for the Angle Z slider. This will be the rotation for the spiral of the text tornado.
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Step 13
To create a preview of the text tornado, right click on the text+ tool tile and select "Create/Play Preview on" from the marking menu. Select a display for the preview to be created and displayed on.
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Step 14
After the preview is created and viewed, you may want to experiment and add a motion blur to enhance the rotating effect of the text spiral. Select the Common control tab (fusion tab) and check the motion blur box.

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