Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a text animator, part of After Effects Apprentice 06: Type and Music.
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In this movie, we're going to add a text animator and explore the concept…behind how they work.…I encourage you to have a composition open with some simple text, and if you are…using our exercise files and following along, you should have already created…the Just Dropping In title in the previous movie.…Now, the After Effects text engine was originally based on the Photoshop text…engine, but Photoshop doesn't know how to animate text,…so After Effects has added text animators.…To apply a text animator, select your text, but don't actually pre-select the…characters like this.…
If you have, press the Enter key, so just the layer is selected and not the…individual characters.…I'll explain the significance of this in the next movie.…In the timeline, we'll twirl down the Text layer, and you'll see two sections:…Text and Transform.…Now Transform are the original transformations, and there is obviously no reason…why you couldn't animate these.…You should already know how to animate positions, scale, rotation, and so on.…
The After Effects Apprentice videos on lynda.com were created by Trish and Chris Meyer and are designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice. We are honored to host these tutorials in the lynda.com Online Training Library®.
- The core text animation recipes
- Animating text along a path
- Working with text animation presets
- Timing animation to audio
- Per-character 3D type
- Rendering with an alpha channel
- Making Photoshop type editable in After Effects
- Professional typesetting tips