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Creating type

From: After Effects CS6 Essential Training

Video: Creating type

Text animation is one of the things that After Effects does extraordinarily well. Out of all the things that After Effects does extraordinarily well, text has got to be in the top five. Because, I have to say, text animation in After Effects is pretty amazing. But before you can start animating text, you need to be comfortable with actually just adding text to your compositions. Now the first time you ever add text to a composition, I want you to pay attention to one thing. It's down here in the Comp Viewer on the left-hand side next to your Magnification pulldown.

Creating type

Text animation is one of the things that After Effects does extraordinarily well. Out of all the things that After Effects does extraordinarily well, text has got to be in the top five. Because, I have to say, text animation in After Effects is pretty amazing. But before you can start animating text, you need to be comfortable with actually just adding text to your compositions. Now the first time you ever add text to a composition, I want you to pay attention to one thing. It's down here in the Comp Viewer on the left-hand side next to your Magnification pulldown.

If you click on that button, notice there is an option for Title/Action Safe, go ahead and select that. And these lines that popup are guides, and basically, any important graphics should be inside this first large rectangle and any text should be inside of the next rectangle. Now that we can see our graphic is clearly inside of these boxes, I'm just going to use these graphics as the guidelines for adding our text.

So let's turn off Title/Action Safe by clicking on the button and reselecting it again. And to add text to our composition, just go up to your Tool panel on the upper left and click on the Text tool. Now I want you to pay attention to this switch over here because it may very well be active on your computer. If it's not, go ahead and select it. Now let's grab the Selection tool and grab the Text tool. See, with Auto panels selected, these two panels automatically popped up; the Character panel and the Paragraph panel.

If this wasn't selected, I can click this button here to toggle the visibility of the Character and Paragraph panels. Now whenever you add text to your projects, you should have these panels open. And as a matter of fact, if you're adding a lot of text to your project, you should go up to the Workspace and reset it to Text. I'm just going to leave it the way it's set up right now because this is kind of working for me. In the Character panel, you should pay attention to what we're actually going to set up to be our text.

So first thing on the right here, this is where you can set the color of your text. Now this other box that's right here will allow you to create an outline around your text, if you like. I like leaving that empty and just let's leave this white for now. The typeface we'll use as Myriad Pro and we'll use the Bold style. If yours isn't bold already, go ahead and click on that pulldown and choose Bold. Now when you hover your mouse over the viewer, you should see the Eye Bar with the box around it.

This lets us know where we're going to set our text. So let's click just to the right of our logo in the bar, and now you can see a cursor has appeared. So we're ready to start typing. I'm going to add the name Charlie Winters. Now a lot of the time when you're creating a lower third, you want to have somebody's name and their title. So let's press Return on our keyboard, not on the keypad Enter, but Return on your keyboard to add a second line of text.

Here, we'll call Charlie our News Anchor. We need to stylize this text because it's definitely way too dominant. So even before we set this text, bring your mouse up to the right of the anchor and you see I have an Eye Bar. So if you click and drag, this will select the text. Now as a general rule, when I'm creating text, I'd like to not use more than two typefaces in a project or at the very least, no more than three.

With this logo here I think this is going to be okay as long as we keep Myriad Pro as the overarching family. We can add different styles for everything else. So let's change the news anchor style from Bold to Italic. Perfect! Now we can change the size just by clicking and dragging in the value here and bring that back down. Now there's still a little bit of space between the first line and the second line and we can adjust that over here on the word Auto.

If you click and drag, that will allow you to make an adjustment for the leading. I like this, but I still want to draw some definition between Charlie's first name and Winters, the last name. So if you press the Left Arrow key on your keyboard, that will deselect News Anchor and if you press it one more time, notice your cursor will popup to the next line. Now if I hold down Shift and keep hitting the Left Arrow, I can select multiple letters.

Now if I want to change the style of the last name, go over to the Bold dropdown and just click inside of it to make sure that Bold is highlighted. If you just use your Up and Down arrows, you can actually scroll through all the different options. I want to choose Regular as the option. Now I think this is looking pretty good. To set my text, I'm going to press Enter on my keypad. You can also come up and grab the Selection tool. When I initially pressed Enter on the keypad, all it did was deselect my bold.

So the entire two lines of text was set when I grabbed my Selection tool. If I wanted to preview other typefaces, I could go over and highlight Myriad Pro and start pressing up and down. But since I've done all this other formatting, that would actually blow all that work away. So typically, when you're previewing typefaces, you want to choose exactly which family you want to use first before you start creating styles. This was a basic introduction to text, if you're really into text and text animation, we've got a whole chapter, in Chapter 8 you should definitely go check out.

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After Effects CS6 Essential Training

78 video lessons · 56891 viewers

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  1. 1m 8s
    1. What is After Effects?
      1m 8s
  2. 2m 53s
    1. Welcome
      1m 40s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 13s
  3. 1h 8m
    1. The six foundations of AE
      5m 3s
    2. Introducing the interface and the workspace
      7m 51s
    3. Understanding compositions
      8m 48s
    4. Getting comfortable with layers
      7m 33s
    5. Getting started with animation and keyframes
      8m 30s
    6. Understanding effects
      3m 26s
    7. Moving in 3D space
      7m 41s
    8. Rendering your first animation
      8m 20s
    9. Specifying preferences and cache settings
      5m 44s
    10. Staying organized
      5m 15s
  4. 38m 6s
    1. Creating compositions
      7m 19s
    2. Importing footage and compositions
      7m 54s
    3. Preparing compositions for animation
      8m 7s
    4. Introducing renderers
      3m 15s
    5. Understanding precomposing
      7m 16s
    6. Relinking missing footage
      4m 15s
  5. 59m 58s
    1. Defining layers
      6m 23s
    2. Creating type
      5m 58s
    3. Creating layer solids and shapes with masks
      7m 55s
    4. Building shape layers
      6m 17s
    5. Understanding switches and blend modes
      8m 26s
    6. Crafting custom shapes and masks
      6m 18s
    7. Creating variable-width feathered masks
      5m 1s
    8. Rotoscoping with the Roto Brush
      8m 20s
    9. Refining with the Roto Brush
      5m 20s
  6. 1h 8m
    1. Understanding keyframes
      6m 1s
    2. Adding and adjusting keyframes
      9m 54s
    3. Interpolating keyframes
      8m 5s
    4. Adjusting keyframes in the Graph Editor
      7m 17s
    5. Understanding positional keyframes
      7m 0s
    6. Controlling animation with parenting and the pick whip
      9m 57s
    7. Understanding animation paths
      6m 27s
    8. Timing to audio
      4m 41s
    9. Trimming and sliding edits
      5m 31s
    10. Swapping images
      4m 1s
  7. 29m 7s
    1. Layering multiple effects
      9m 13s
    2. Generating graphic effects with adjustment layers
      7m 28s
    3. Building backgrounds with effects
      6m 50s
    4. Creating animated strokes
      5m 36s
  8. 40m 15s
    1. Introducing cameras
      10m 3s
    2. Working with 3D layers
      6m 37s
    3. Positioning layers
      6m 13s
    4. Adding lights and working with Material Options
      9m 21s
    5. Using 3D precompositions
      2m 5s
    6. Adjusting depth of field
      5m 56s
  9. 28m 31s
    1. Caching and prerendering
      6m 33s
    2. Understanding the alpha channels
      5m 18s
    3. Using the Render Queue
      4m 34s
    4. Rendering with Adobe Media Encoder
      7m 15s
    5. Archiving finished projects
      4m 51s
  10. 44m 27s
    1. Creating type animators
      12m 16s
    2. Animating type in 3D space
      6m 35s
    3. Adding and animating type on a path
      8m 45s
    4. Composing 3D type
      8m 41s
    5. Animating shape layers
      8m 10s
  11. 32m 45s
    1. Creating stylized video
      6m 47s
    2. Retiming video footage
      9m 31s
    3. Retouching with the Rubber Stamp tool
      10m 19s
    4. Smoothing shaky camera footage
      6m 8s
  12. 14m 19s
    1. Understanding keying
      3m 19s
    2. Creating a garbage mask
      4m 27s
    3. Getting started with Keylight
      6m 33s
  13. 15m 56s
    1. Importing Photoshop documents
      6m 11s
    2. Importing Illustrator files
      4m 24s
    3. Working With Premiere Pro projects
      5m 21s
  14. 1h 15m
    1. Adjusting ray-tracing quality
      8m 19s
    2. Tracking footage
      8m 15s
    3. Extruding shapes
      8m 39s
    4. Bending layers
      8m 38s
    5. Adjusting ray-traced lighting and materials
      9m 22s
    6. Adding environment maps
      4m 58s
    7. Beginning compositing
      8m 52s
    8. Creating render passes
      10m 17s
    9. Building a final composite
      8m 14s
  15. 1m 8s
    1. What's next
      1m 8s

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