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One of the cornerstones of motion graphics is creating and animating type. In this course, Trish Meyer shows how to typeset titles professionally and create custom animations, as well as apply and modify the hundreds of text animation presets that After Effects ships with. Additionally, Chris Meyer shows how to add audio to projects, including spotting "hit points" to align keyframes and video action.
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At this point, I have a text animator that types on, one character at a time. The only problem is I haven't created a transition. So let's look at the different options for making that happen. To create a transition, I need to make the text invisible at the beginning of the animation. Now there are number of ways to do this. One option is to move the position even higher, so it appears off the top of the composition. That may not work for everything. Let's bring our position down to the center actually, and we can decrease Scale.
And we'll need to decrease it all the way to 0, so I'll just press 0 and return, RAM Preview. Now the characters will scale up one character at a time, and that'll also create a transition. I'll return scale to 100%, and we'll do position with no offset. And kind of a silly option is actually to keep increasing blur until it disappears. That'll also appear to transition on the characters, although you will have to increase Blur a lot to make it appear to disappear.
I'll set the Blur value back to 0. The most common way to create a transition is to Add > Property > Opacity. The default is 100%, and this simply means use the Opacity value from the original transformations. If I reduce Opacity to 0%, all of the characters that are selected will be invisible. As the animation progresses, they become visible because they are no longer selected. And there you have it.
Opacity is probably the easiest way to make a transition. Now if you add opacity to the mix, you have other options for Scale. I'll increase Opacity just so you can see the characters, and don't forget that you can also create scale values that are larger than the original type, and no matter how large you create them, they'll always remain sharp. But that can also get a nice look when you RAM Preview. It will add a little bit of Blur back in and maybe a little bit of position.
Remember, you can go horizontal as well as vertical. So let's say we bring it over to the left a little bit. In the next movie, I'll show you how to randomize the order, and that'll allow you to create even more interesting animations.
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