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Exploring offset plus selection shapes

From: After Effects Apprentice 06: Type and Music

Video: Exploring offset plus selection shapes

So in this movie, I'll explain the Offset parameter, and we'll look at the various shape options. To get started, I can close my compositions and then open the 03-Cascade*starter comp. If you don't have the exercise files, that's fine; just create some simple white type in a blank composition. Just like I did earlier, I am going to hide the Text options that I am not going to be using. I do this by pressing Option+Shift on Mac, Alt+Shift on Windows, and clicking on them. Now we can concentrate on the parameters we're using.

Exploring offset plus selection shapes

So in this movie, I'll explain the Offset parameter, and we'll look at the various shape options. To get started, I can close my compositions and then open the 03-Cascade*starter comp. If you don't have the exercise files, that's fine; just create some simple white type in a blank composition. Just like I did earlier, I am going to hide the Text options that I am not going to be using. I do this by pressing Option+Shift on Mac, Alt+Shift on Windows, and clicking on them. Now we can concentrate on the parameters we're using.

As in the previous lesson, I'll click on Animate > select Position, and that will add Animator 1 with the Position parameter applied. I can twirl down the range selector just to confirm that I am counting in percent. The default is to select all of the characters. So when I add a Position Offset--let's just make this -150, and that will raise the characters higher in the comp-- all of the characters are selected. I think I'll also add a fill color and that will help you better see which characters are selected and which ones are not.

I'll just change the color to say a blue. So characters that are selected will be higher and will be blue, and when they're not selected, they'll return to being white. In the previous chapter, we explored Start and End, so I am going to focus this time on the Offset parameter. Offset simply adds a percentage to both Start and End at the same time. So if I set Offset to 50, it would be adding 50 to Start, so Start is now at 50, and it would be adding 50 to 100 for End, so End is technically at 150.

Now, since it can't go beyond 100, it just stops at the end of the title. So let's say I set the End parameter to 50. That would have the same effect; 50 and 50 is 100. What's interesting about Offset is when you scrub its value. Because it's adding its value to both Start and End at the same time, Start and End move left to right and maintain the same relationship. They move together in sync. I'll set Offset to 25%.

So at this point Start is at 25% and End is at 75%. Let's look at the Shape pop-ups. I'll twirl down the Advanced section, and the default for Shape is Square. With the Square shape, characters are usually selected and they're not selected; however, they have a small transition in between where characters are partially selected. Whenever the Square shape is being used, a parameter will appear directly below it called Smoothness.

I'll change Smoothness from 100% down to 0. Now as I scrub the Offset value, notice that characters are only fully selected or completely not selected; there's no characters that are partially selected. With the Smoothness parameter at 100%, characters do have a slight transition. So let's explore the other shapes. As soon as I pick any other shape, such as triangle, the Smoothness parameter will disappear.

The shape that characters make in the Comp panel almost look like a triangle. So with the triangular shape, characters in the center of the shape are fully selected, and then they transition fairly smoothly to being not selected. Compare triangle with the next two options. With the round shape, more of the characters in the center are fully selected, and fewer characters are closer to normal. With Smooth, it gets a slightly different shape, but more of the characters are closer to the normal look.

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After Effects Apprentice 06: Type and Music

49 video lessons · 17848 viewers

Chris Meyer and Trish Meyer
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  1. 3m 35s
    1. Overview
      1m 35s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 0s
  2. 14m 51s
    1. Setting up
      2m 20s
    2. Entering, editing, and styling type
      5m 49s
    3. Using strokes
      3m 6s
    4. Working with paragraph text
      3m 36s
  3. 23m 21s
    1. Setting a title
      2m 31s
    2. Creating a text animator
      6m 54s
    3. Selecting by character vs. percent
      3m 0s
    4. Animating position
      2m 4s
    5. Animating more properties
      3m 31s
    6. Exploring text transitions
      2m 47s
    7. Randomizing order
      2m 34s
  4. 22m 49s
    1. The Cascade recipe
      2m 15s
    2. Exploring offset plus selection shapes
      4m 16s
    3. Working with ramp selection shapes
      4m 26s
    4. Using character anchor points
      4m 40s
    5. Further refinements
      7m 12s
  5. 9m 0s
    1. Working with selections based on words
      4m 16s
    2. Anchor point grouping
      4m 44s
  6. 15m 46s
    1. Using a vertical blur treatment
      3m 58s
    2. Animated tracking
      5m 46s
    3. Working with text on a path
      6m 2s
  7. 14m 56s
    1. Per-character 3D overview
      5m 45s
    2. Enabling per-character 3D
      4m 4s
    3. Exploring per-character 3D rotation
      5m 7s
  8. 18m 37s
    1. Separating fields
      3m 48s
    2. Exploring wiggly options
      4m 28s
    3. Animating wiggles
      3m 18s
    4. Rendering with alpha channels
      7m 3s
  9. 45m 29s
    1. Adding audio
      4m 8s
    2. Audio levels
      4m 27s
    3. Spotting hit points
      5m 33s
    4. Timing to audio
      5m 25s
    5. Spotting dialogue
      7m 32s
    6. Timing dialogue to music
      6m 45s
    7. Mixing audio
      7m 53s
    8. Exploring audio refinements
      3m 46s
  10. 23m 9s
    1. Applying text presets
      5m 50s
    2. Browsing presets in Bridge
      4m 35s
    3. Editing presets
      6m 49s
    4. Saving presets
      5m 55s
  11. 16m 27s
    1. Working with Photoshop text
      4m 58s
    2. Keyframing source text
      4m 21s
    3. The Buzz Words preset
      7m 8s
  12. 20m 43s
    1. Exploring faux styling options
      7m 42s
    2. Tracking and kerning
      4m 56s
    3. Using smart quotes
      4m 8s
    4. Using hyphens and dashes
      3m 57s

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