Flatten Shape Layers

Connecting this Atom as a Deformer to a Shape will flatten the internal geometry hierarchy.

Mode:

  • Single Path - flattens all geometry into one path. Note - this mode will remove any materials.

  • Single Layer (keeps materials) - flattens the sub-mesh hierarchy into a single layer.

Order of operations is really important here.

Using the images below as an example:

  1. Create a Text Shape.

  2. With the Text Shape selected, hold alt/option and click the Outline button in the Toolbar.

  3. With the Outline selected, hold alt/option and click the Duplicator button in the Toolbar.

  4. Load the Outline's UI into the Attribute Editor.

  5. Right click on Deformers and select Add Deformers > Stagger.

  6. Set Maximum on the Stagger to 50 (or a setting that makes sense for your set up).

You should get something like:

  1. Create a Flatten Shape Layer (Atom).

  2. Connect flattenShapeLayer.id > textShape.deformers

You should get something like: