Animated Text Using Expression Blend 4

Step 1

Open Expression Blend 4 -> select WPF -> select WPF Application -> change the Name and Location accordingly -> hit OK. A Blank Window appears on the ArtBoard.

Step 2

Select TextBlock Tool, write any text, for example "Sonia"; manage height, width, color & stroke as shown below:

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Step 3

Select Window -> Workspace -> Design or Animation, a Storyboardtimeline Window at Artboard appears and have a look at the Object and Timeline Window as shown below:

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Note: In the Object and Timeline Window we have to activate the Storyboardtimeline for the beginning of the animation as shown below:

  • Click on the the Drop-Down Arrow as shown below:

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  • Click on Storyboard1 as shown below:
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  • The Storyboard appears as shown below:
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Step 4

After Editing-Formatting of text, when we start the animation the Text moves from Top to Bottom as shown below:

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  • Look at the Tabs Window; the Yellow Line Tab and Grey Line Tab starts from Zero (0) and ends at five (5) as shown below:
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Step 5

Now, we are going to make changes in the tab's position and see the various effects on text as shown below:

  • If both the Upper and Lower Grey Line Tabs are at the same position then the "Formatted-Text" is animated as shown below:

Tab-Position

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Initial Stage

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Middle Stage

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Last Stage

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  • If the Upper Tab is at the same position and the Lower Tab is changed ie; moved backward then the effect will be as shown below:

Tab-Position

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Initial Stage

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Middle Stage

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Last Stage: Here the text animates up to two.

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  • If the Upper Tab is at the same position and the Lower Tab has changed ie; moved forward then the effect will be as shown below:

Tab-Position

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Initial Stage

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Middle Stage: Here the Text Formatting occurs from zero to three.

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Last Stage

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  • If the Upper Tab has changed i.e; moved backward and the Lower Tab is at the same position then there is no effect on the text as shown below:

Tab-Position

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Initial Stage

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Middle Stage

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Last Stage

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  • If the Upper Tab is set to "Nil" and the Lower Tab is set to Backward then the text animates with Fast Speed without any change in the text as shown below:

Tab-Position

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Initial Stage

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Middle Stage

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Last Stage

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  • If the Lower Tab is set to "Nil" and the Upper Tab is set to Backward then there is only text changing with formatting up to the given Animation Time Period; there is no change in the Text Position i.e: Top to Bottom as shown below:

Tab-Position

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Initial Stage

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Middle Stage

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Last Stage

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Step 6: We can Rotate Text as well as shown below:

  • Set the Yellow Tab to Zero and drag the text with the mouse according to your choice. Notice that while dragging the text some points appear at the Artboard as shown below:
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Note: When you Rotate Text remember that the animation starts from that point; point to where the text is placed ie: Top-Center-Bottom-Left-Right.

  • Now the Play Animation; see the effect as shown below:

Initial Stage

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Middle Stage

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Last Stage

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Summary:

Through this article we can learn about the Animation of Text.