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After Effects CS5 New Creative Techniques was created and produced by Trish and Chris Meyer. We are honored to host their material in the lynda.com Online Training Library®.
Chris and Trish Meyer have been using After Effects since version 1.0 and have written ten books about the program, and they are always among the first to dive into each new version and discover what it offers to their fellow motion graphics artists. Chris takes you under the hood and explains how each new feature works in After Effects CS5. This course covers both the technical and creative implications of this latest release, including tutorials on the new Roto Brush tool and mocha version 2, blending modes, text options, and new and improved user interface elements in Adobe After Effects CS5. Numerous examples show the most efficient ways to use the new features and avoid potential pitfalls when applying techniques. Chris ends with a discussion of which users will get them most out of upgrading to After Effects CS5.
The other option they have put in for text in After Effects CS5 is the ability to choose which words always stick together on a paragraph. Now in this example I created what's known as paragraph text. I defined a box, started typing my words and they auto wrapped to always be inside that box. That's paragraph text. But as a result the breaks between lines may happen at places that I don't want it to happen. What if I wanted to keep certain words together like "be" and "careful"? I want to keep those on the same line.
Well now there is a new option over in the Character palette. You select the Options arrow and choose No Break. Now it will reflow to keep those guys on the same line if at all possible, and then reflow later characters to fit inside the paragraph box. So it's another small but useful addition that they put into CS5.
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