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This course pulls together the skills you've been learning in the previous After Effects Apprentice installments to create a real-world video promo. Trish leads you through building the artwork and components used in the final piece, and then Chris shows how to assemble these precompositions into a 3D world, timed to music. Along the way, Trish and Chris also share their thoughts as they design a video project, including unifying the overall look and handling change requests from clients.
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Next, I want to animate this text. You can go ahead and create your own custom text animation if you want to, or you can apply a preset and then customize to preset to switch your needs. We're going to go down that latter path. Then whenever you apply an animation preset, its keyframes start at the current time. So I'm going to set this back to the very beginning of the composition, and then it goes for my animation Presets. You can twirl it open, twirl open Presets, twirl open Text, and start looking at these according to name, or you can take advantage of browsing the presets inside Adobe Bridge, and I'll select that.
I'm in the Presets folder, I'll open up Text, and I happen to have two different 3D text folders. 3D Text is one that comes with After Effects; 3D Text 2 is another set of presets available on the Adobe Exchange web site for After Effects. Since you may not have this folder, let's go and explore the 3D Text folder. I'll double-click to open it, start selecting these different presets to see which animation I like. It's not bad.
I have a form I'm interacting with, so I'm a little careful of what I do there. Ah, that would go through the floor. That's getting more interesting. That's fun! And I might go through the floor again. That's leaving the screen. Some other fun ideas here. Oh, now that footer is getting more interesting. Yeah, the footers are a candidate. Don't need to flutter out. Okay.
Now that's' fun. That gives me a random movement, and those have some rotation, which does add something to it. I am not doing anything with lines. I don't need lines throwing down. Hmm, this 3D spike is interesting. And you keep trying out these different presets. Decide which one you think is going to be appropriate for this particular animation. Don't need it to leave, this is fun, this is fun, but I think I'm going to go with this one.
Again, feel free to choose whatever one you prefer. Since I've already selected my Text layer and I've already put the current time indicator at the very beginning of my composition, all I need to is double-click this preset, and now it'll be applied to my selected text. I'm going to press the spacebar now, just to get the spacebar preview so that all of my other guys to be visible. And there's my text falling down into position.
Yeah, I think it's going to work for me. So that's what the preset has given me, but presets should be thought of just as starting points. In the next movie, we'll customize this to better suit our scene.
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