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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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In this chapter, I'll be covering creating and editing text with the Type tool. If you have the exercise files, go ahead and open 01-Basic Text*starter. This is a blank composition. If you don't have our exercise files, just create a new comp with a black background. The two panels we'll be working with are the Character and Paragraph panels, but you don't need to open these from the Window menu. When you select the Type tool, because the Auto-Open Panels option is selected, the Character and the Paragraph panels will open automatically on the right side of your workspace.
And, by the way, if you press and hold the Type tool, you'll notice that there's a Horizontal and a Vertical Type tool. I'll be working only with the Horizontal Type tool in this lesson. I don't particularly care for this arrangement. The Paragraph panel is taking up space for my timeline. So instead, I am going to go to the Workspace pop-up and select Text. Now the Character and Paragraph panels are arranged on the right side of the menu, and it's not taking up valuable real estate from my timeline.
And just to make sure you're seeing the same arrangement I am, I am going to reset the Text workspace. I'll select Yes. That way we can make sure we're back at the default settings. We're also going to reset the Character and the Paragraph panels. Click on this icon at the top right-hand corner of the Character panel. This will pop up some options for the Character panel. By selecting Reset Character, we can return all of the parameters to the default settings, but the fill color did not change.
To quickly set your text to black or white, you can click one of the small swatches below the eyedropper. I'll click on the main fill color swatch to open the Adobe color picker. And you can select any color you like perhaps, even an off-white. We'll also reset the Paragraph panel. Again, click on the icon at the top right-hand corner and select Reset Paragraph. Now, we can be sure we're both on the same page when we start creating text.
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