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Video Tutorial: Inflating Text Effect


Ray Mairlot teaches us how to create this inflating text effect.

Ray writes:

Here's my latest tutorial based on my 'Inflating Text Effect' video, where text inflates thanks to a pump before over-inflating, whizzing off and deflating.

What you will learn:

  • How to have animated stiffness in a cloth simulation
  • How to reverse a cloth simulation using shape keys
  • How to use multiple hook constraints so objects can connect and disconnect from one another


  1. Lawrence D’Oliveiro on

    Reminds me again of a surprising omission among the preset screen layouts: there is none that makes it convenient to use the Node Editor.

    • Stephen Hamacek on

      Not the compositing layout? That's usually my starting point at least. Though I agree you'd probably use a slightly different scheme for material nodes. :)

  2. Lawrence D’Oliveiro on

    How many different techniques are described here that I wasn’t aware of before:

    • Sequential shape-key animation
    • Animating vertex weights with Dynamic Paint
    • Hook parenting

    Did I forget anything? :)

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