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Lesson 2. Ballet Special Bumper > Setting Auto-Orient Rotation

Setting Auto-Orient Rotation

As the letter t moves up the motion path that you just created, the t is always vertically oriented. To make the t to change orientation as it follows the path, you'll set Auto-Orient Rotation.

  1. Make sure that the T layer is selected in the Time Layout window.

  2. Choose Layer > Transform > Auto-Orient Rotation.

    Auto-Orient Rotation is applied to a whole layer, not to individual keyframes, and therefore cannot be animated off and on within a single layer over time.

  3. Set the current time to 07:15, and then use the shuttle control in the Time Controls palette to play a preview. Notice that the T layer now rotates as it follows along the path.

    Now that the motion path is set, you'll copy and paste the motion path keyframes into the other layers.

  4. In the Time Layout window, set the current time to 08:00, make sure the T layer is selected, and then click the word Position to select all six Position keyframes for the T layer. Then choose Edit > Copy.


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  5. Select the E layer in the Time Layout window.

  6. Make sure the current-time marker is set to 08:00, and paste the keyframes.

  7. Move to 08:05, and paste the keyframes into the L layer under the E layer.

  8. Move to 08:10, and paste the keyframes into the next L layer.

  9. Move to 08:15, and paste the keyframes into the A layer.

  10. Move to 08:20, and paste the keyframes into the B layer.

  11. Select the E layer, and then choose Layer > Transform > Auto-Orient Rotation.

    You can apply Auto-Orient Rotation to only one layer at a time.

  12. Select the L layer, and then choose Layer > Transform > Auto-Orient Rotation, or press Ctrl+Alt+O (Windows) or Command+Option+O (Mac OS).

  13. Repeat the previous step for each of the remaining the layers.

  14. Set the current time to 07:25, and use the shuttle control in the Time Controls palette to preview your work.

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