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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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Now, we're almost done with the typing on recipe. We have a text animator and each character is typing on, one letter at a time, but always from left to right. And there is a very easy way to randomize the order. In the timeline, twirl down the Advanced section of the text animator and toggle the Randomize Order option from Off to On. Now when I RAM preview, the characters continue to animate using the same timing, but the characters are appearing in a random order. And what I mean by that is remember that our Start value at the beginning includes all of the characters and let's say at the halfway point 50% of the characters are selected.
Well, we still see 50% of the characters, but not necessarily from left to right. Once you enable Randomize Order, by the way, there's also a Random Seed option. I usually like to check how the characters are appearing. Sometimes you'll find the characters don't type on in a pleasing manner, or they may spell something you don't want them to spell. By pressing the Command key on Mac, Ctrl key Windows, I can slowly scrub through the Random Seed option. And at each seed value, I get a totally different mix of characters.
Like for instance here, too many of characters have come together in the center, so I wouldn't like that option. I usually like the first character to appear early on, but I may not want to give away the punch line. So I'll keep exploring. For instance here, it spells out the word stop. So I usually like to check that whatever words are being spelled out is not rude or maybe your competitor's name. You can also jiggle the Seed value in case you're getting more of the characters appearing all come together at the beginning, middle, and the end.
By changing the seed value, you can sometimes get the letters to be more spread out. So if it's important to you that you have some say in how letters type on, play around with the Random Seed option. When you randomize the order, you will create a more interesting animation, but in the next chapter, I'll cover the cascading recipe, and this will allow you to create more elegant and sophisticated text animation.
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