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Applying text animation presets

From: After Effects CS5 Essential Training

Video: Applying text animation presets

As we'll see in the next movie, text animation can be a pretty daunting task. But it doesn't have to be if you're going to use text animation presets, and they are tons of them and they are again easy and quick to use. What we are going to do is select the hansel text and we are going to go to the Effects & Presets panel. Then we are going to go to the flyout menu of the Effects & Presets panel and we are going to choose the option Browse Presets. Now what that's going to do is it's going to open up Adobe Bridge.

Applying text animation presets

As we'll see in the next movie, text animation can be a pretty daunting task. But it doesn't have to be if you're going to use text animation presets, and they are tons of them and they are again easy and quick to use. What we are going to do is select the hansel text and we are going to go to the Effects & Presets panel. Then we are going to go to the flyout menu of the Effects & Presets panel and we are going to choose the option Browse Presets. Now what that's going to do is it's going to open up Adobe Bridge.

I am bringing this over from another monitor, so the resolution is little different. But this opens us up to the Presets folder inside of the After Effects folder on your hard drive. And After Effects ships with a load of presets. Some of these we use at the beginning of this training series for our sample of Hansel and Petal project in the Behaviors folder. We actually access these from the Effects & Presets panel. But what we are looking for here is the Text folder. Now while we are here, I should point out that if you open up the Backgrounds folder, there are a lot of really cool backgrounds here.

A lot of this is made in Fractal Noise. But a lot of cool backgrounds that we could use for inspiration and to apply one of these presets, all you have to do is double-click. As you are seeing here on the right, once we select one of these presets, we are getting a preview of it on the right- hand side. Some really cool stuff going on. I am just going to go ahead and go to the top of the Bridge area here and click on the word Presets to get back the Presets folder. Then I am going to double-click the Text folder to open up the presets made for text. Now as you can see here, there is tons of categories of text animation presets.

So, if you want to animate text coming in there is a folder just for that. And once these all load, you can click on one to see like a Slow Fade On. You can have Pop Buzz Words, Fly In A With A Twist. Some of these are very simple and get the job done very easily and then you have some that are like the Flying With A Twist that are a little bit more complex. This Matrix-like raining in of characters pretty cool stuff. Now I want to go back to the Text and we are going to go to Organic and some of these are some of the most amazing text animation presets.

They have so much character and personality, like Flying Formation and Chewing Gum that's kind of all bouncy and stuff, Fish Bait. Now any of these will do. I'll just go ahead and click on the Leapfrog one and to apply this to our text, actually that's a little bit spazzy for what we're going for, but it will work. I am just going to go ahead and just double-click this and then if you didn't select you text layer before you went into Bridge, it applies that text animation preset to your text. It doesn't appears that anything has changed. But if I hit the Spacebar and play this, you can see that our text now animates on as we just saw from this Leapfrog preset.

Notice that it did not apply to that petal text because I put that on a separate layer, but that is the case here. One word of warning is that when you apply a text animation preset from Adobe Bridge that wherever your Current Time Indicator is becomes the first frame of the animation. So, if my Current Time Indicator would have been here at 22 frames in-- I will move it will bit further, let's just say one second-- then the animation would have started at one second, and for the first second there would have been no animation.

So, if we select this and push the letter U, we can see keyframes that were created and if we wanted to, we can go in here and just click and drag and move these around if you wanted to lengthen something out, or have it start later, or go faster, or whatever, we can do that. So, these gaps in between, in between this keyframe and that keyframe, I realize that these are little bit oddly shaped. We'll be talking about that later in the training series, but nothing happens from here to here and because I move this two keyframes closer together, the movements are a lot faster in between them.

Now quite honestly, the text animation presets that you can access via Adobe Bridge are so complex and so just organic, like this Ocean Tide for example, to be able to create this on your own would require a lot of knowledge of what they call After Effect expressions, which are kind of a programming language inside of After Effects. Again, very complex stuff. So, if I'm looking for something very complex like the Loose Line, like the Rubber Floor stuff like this it would just be easier to use text animation preset even if you were experienced in After Effects.

So, if you're going for more simple stuff, if you want manual controls we are going to look at in the next movie, then fine, do it by yourself. But if you are looking for super complex stuff-- even if when you get experience in After Effects, you might still find yourself coming back to these very well done presets for text.

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  1. 5m 40s
    1. Introduction
      1m 30s
    2. What is After Effects?
      3m 12s
    3. How to use the exercise files
      58s
  2. 28m 14s
    1. After Effects workflow overview
      2m 18s
    2. Bringing elements into After Effects
      2m 23s
    3. Adding elements to the Timeline
      1m 57s
    4. Working with layers
      3m 45s
    5. Creating animation with presets
      3m 24s
    6. Applying effects
      3m 34s
    7. Creating animation without presets
      5m 38s
    8. Previewing your work
      2m 46s
    9. Exporting content as a movie file
      2m 29s
  3. 27m 20s
    1. Touring the interface
      6m 2s
    2. How After Effects projects work
      4m 47s
    3. What is a composition?
      4m 52s
    4. Tips for adding content to compositions
      2m 49s
    5. Understanding the properties of video
      8m 50s
  4. 57m 8s
    1. Importing an Illustrator file
      4m 57s
    2. Animation basics
      7m 12s
    3. Animating opacity
      6m 40s
    4. Understanding anchor points
      4m 57s
    5. Animating position
      6m 8s
    6. Animating rotation
      4m 41s
    7. Animating scale
      7m 19s
    8. Using the Puppet tool
      7m 13s
    9. Copying and pasting keyframes
      3m 4s
    10. Animation shortcuts
      4m 57s
  5. 9m 42s
    1. Understanding precomposing
      6m 51s
    2. Navigating through compositions quickly
      2m 51s
  6. 1h 12m
    1. A showcase of effects
      2m 34s
    2. Creating a layer for effects
      3m 1s
    3. Applying effects
      4m 54s
    4. Animating effect properties
      4m 29s
    5. Using Glow
      5m 34s
    6. Creating patterns and textures
      6m 57s
    7. Creating a fireball
      7m 9s
    8. Using the Cycore effects
      5m 58s
    9. Adding blur
      5m 45s
    10. Creating a galaxy scene from scratch
      8m 38s
    11. Distorting objects with effects
      4m 7s
    12. Creating and using lens flares
      4m 21s
    13. Creating lightning bolts
      4m 3s
    14. Viewing random variations with Brainstorm
      4m 39s
  7. 30m 52s
    1. Shortening the duration of layers
      4m 23s
    2. Trimming in the Footage panel
      4m 14s
    3. Slowing and accelerating video speed
      7m 9s
    4. Applying video transitions between clips
      6m 7s
    5. Working with image sequences
      4m 47s
    6. Importing footage with an alpha channel
      4m 12s
  8. 36m 11s
    1. Brightening dark footage
      9m 12s
    2. Changing colors in footage
      6m 34s
    3. Creating cinematic color treatments
      8m 17s
    4. Creating a quick vignette
      3m 42s
    5. Colorizing black-and-white objects
      4m 50s
    6. Using adjustment layers
      3m 36s
  9. 21m 9s
    1. Creating and editing text
      7m 39s
    2. Applying text animation presets
      4m 41s
    3. Animating text manually
      4m 43s
    4. Applying layer styles to text
      4m 6s
  10. 28m 58s
    1. Let's get better
      37s
    2. Using work areas
      3m 37s
    3. Creating markers
      6m 17s
    4. Replacing layers
      2m 35s
    5. Mastering Timeline navigation
      3m 18s
    6. Aligning and distributing layers
      3m 4s
    7. Selecting layers quickly
      1m 56s
    8. Cropping layers
      3m 43s
    9. Adjusting comp resolution
      3m 51s
  11. 23m 53s
    1. Using the paint tools
      9m 35s
    2. Using the Roto Brush tool
      9m 25s
    3. Animating growing vines
      4m 53s
  12. 40m 29s
    1. Creating and using masks
      6m 42s
    2. Exploring mask options
      7m 57s
    3. Creating masks with Auto-trace
      6m 51s
    4. Masking objects with other objects
      5m 33s
    5. Making shape layers
      3m 43s
    6. Modifying shape layers
      9m 43s
  13. 30m 44s
    1. Turning 2D layers into 3D layers
      9m 22s
    2. Creating lights and cameras
      6m 14s
    3. Creating shadows
      4m 23s
    4. Using depth of field
      4m 42s
    5. Working with 3D effects
      6m 3s
  14. 18m 10s
    1. Removing a green screen background
      4m 37s
    2. Refining the matte
      4m 48s
    3. Compositing with color adjustments
      4m 50s
    4. Compositing with blend modes
      3m 55s
  15. 25m 44s
    1. Understanding spatial interpolation
      2m 5s
    2. Creating and adjusting motion paths
      3m 55s
    3. Orienting moving objects along a path
      1m 29s
    4. Drawing motion with Motion Sketch
      2m 51s
    5. Creating pauses in animation
      3m 6s
    6. Understanding temporal interpolation
      1m 56s
    7. Easing keyframes
      5m 57s
    8. About the Graph Editor
      4m 25s
  16. 12m 13s
    1. Stabilizing shaky footage
      7m 46s
    2. Tracking the motion in footage
      4m 27s
  17. 24m 58s
    1. Setting up parent layers
      5m 49s
    2. Working with null objects
      2m 31s
    3. What are expressions?
      7m 17s
    4. Modifying simple expressions
      2m 20s
    5. Using the wiggle expression
      7m 1s
  18. 6m 52s
    1. Understanding audio in motion graphics
      1m 22s
    2. Previewing and mixing audio
      3m 55s
    3. Enhancing audio tracks with effects
      1m 35s
  19. 11m 36s
    1. Adding comps to the Render Queue
      2m 30s
    2. Exploring key Render Queue settings
      4m 11s
    3. How should I export my video?
      4m 55s
  20. 7m 16s
    1. Using Photoshop with After Effects
      2m 10s
    2. Using Illustrator with After Effects
      3m 2s
    3. Using Flash with After Effects
      2m 4s
  21. 11s
    1. Goodbye
      11s

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