Stroke-by-Stroke Glyph Animation

Yotam Gingold, David Salesin, Denis Zorin
Preprint, 2008.

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We present a technique for automatic generation of animations of font glyphs for video text effects and kinetic typography. Each glyph is animated as a sequence of strokes, imitating drawing the glyph with a pen. Starting with an annotated stroke skeleton for each letter, our algorithm automatically computes animations for corresponding glyphs for a broad variety of fonts. Our algorithm imposes few constraints on font style, and can handle fonts with complex and unusual outline shape and topology. The technique also has applications to embroidery and mosaics.


 author    = {Gingold, Yotam and Salesin, David and Zorin, Denis},
 title     = {Stroke-by-Stroke Glyph Animation},
 year      = {2008},
 keywords  = {font, animation, typography, glyph}