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Photoshop Path Use

Using Adobe Photoshop for AE Invigorator Source By Ko Maruyama
Here's a quick tip for sing Adobe Photoshop for AE Invigorator.  Although there are some things that you can't do without Adobe Illustrator, you can still use Zaxwerks' Invigorator for After Effects with Photoshop alone.   This will work with previous versions of Photoshop.  You should note that Invigorator's updated free plugin may not work within After Effects 7.x, but if you have the installer CD, the original version might do the trick.  You can purchase the Classic or Pro version from the ZAXWERKS website.

Part 1: Type text

Using Photoshop, type the text you want to create as 3D. You don't have to use letters. There are several fonts now that have all kinds of shapes and images, including buildings, cartoons and tons of other designs already in the character set.

I'm going to use HOUSE INDUSTRIES' font House 3009. There are tons of great fonts from these guys, check 'em out. The "w" is the shape of a radiation icon.

It's text. If you want to create your own vector art for Invigorator, jump down to Part 3.

Part 2: Convert to Paths

In the pull-down menu, find Layer->Type->Create Work Path. This won't destroy the type layer, it will simply create a new layer in the paths window.

Open the paths window to find a new path created, called Work Path. [Note: This is a temporary name and should be changed to a new name immediately, for any project, regardless of useage.]

Rename the path: "RADIATION"

Part 3: Export Path

In the pull-down menus, go to File->Export->Paths to Illustrator. This will, by default export the selected path from the paths window, if you want to select a different path, use the path selection input found in the Save dialogue box. (If you've created your own vector art using the pen tool, you're probably familiar with all of these steps, but it's good to know that you can save your PSD path artwork for an AE Invigorator artist).

Now the document is ready to be opened using Adobe After Effects and Zaxwerks' Invigorator. For a more complete review of how to import a file for use in ZI, check the Zaxwerks Website for the AE4.0 User Guide, or for a faster track to get you started, check Stephen's Invigorator tutorial.

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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