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Chapter 13. Sci-Fi Storm > Creating an Orbiting Title

Creating an Orbiting Title

Making text orbit your stormy planet is fairly straightforward; you'll use the same effect you used to make the solid layer a sphere, and then tweak the effect's settings to make the text appear to hover or orbit over the planet. Here are the steps:

Select the Horizontal Type tool, and set the following properties in the Character and Paragraph palettes:

Font Family: Arial Black

Text Size: 36 pixels

Alignment: Center Text

The text's fill color is irrelevant, because effects you'll apply to the layer will override the layer's original color.

Type SCI-FI CLUB in uppercase, and set the text layer's Position to 160, 135.

Creating the title

Apply Effect > BCC3 Distortion & Perspective > BCC Sphere to the SCI-FI CLUB layer.

Turn on the effect's Drop Shadow On property, and set the Shadow Distance to 10. Expand the effect's Faces group, and set the value of Faces to Front.

At time 3:00, add a Spin keyframe in the effect's Geometry group with a value of 0×-180. This positions the first letters in the text layer along the right side of the sphere so the title can be read from left to right as the globe spins.

Press End to go to time 9:29, and change the Spin value to 0×135.0.

Set the Scale property in the Geometry group to 130. This makes the text-wrapped sphere larger than the solid-wrapped sphere, so the type appears to float above the stormy orb. The distance gives the overall scene a greater sense of depth.

Settings for the BCC3 Sphere effect



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