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Lesson 9. Finishing the 3D Composite > Adding the TextLine element and setting ...

Adding the TextLine element and setting a position

You'll place several instances of the TextLine element so that they'll look like little crossroads laid out on the platform on which the actress appears to stand. You'll start by adding the element to the composition and making it a 3D layer.

1.
Press 1 on the main keyboard to move the current-time marker to composition-time marker 1 (at 2:03).

2.
In the Project window, select the TextLine.mov and drag it into the Timeline window so that it is now Layer 1 in the layer stack. The Layer 1 In point is 2:03.

3.
Move the current-time marker to about 3:00, so that you can see the layer in the Composition window as you work.

4.
In the Switches panel, click the 3D Layer switch () to make the TextLine.mov a 3D layer. The layer temporarily disappears from the Composition window because it is not in the camera view.

5.
In the Composition window, select Top view, or press F11, and then select 25% magnification.

6.
Examine the positions of the layers by selecting these layers in the Timeline window so that you can see the layer handles:

  • Select the Hexagon01.psd layer. If necessary, reduce the magnification again or resize the Composition window so that you can see the selection handles on the Composition window pasteboard.

  • Select the TextLine.mov layer.

7.
In the Composition window, drag the TextLine.mov layer by the blue Z axis to about the middle of the square that represents the Hexagon01.psd layer.

8.
In the Composition window pop-up menu for orthogonal views, choose Camera 1. Then increase the magnification in the Composition window.

The TextLine element appears just as the hexagon layer tumbles into place.


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