Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating the text ring, part of After Effects Apprentice 15: Creating a Sports Opening Title.
Finally, let's do that text ring. And how big was that?…The event names were just under 600 pixels around.…I will make it a size of, say, 560 or something like that, and again I can…adjust these things later.…I will come back, twirl up my Shape group, rename this one outer circle, press…F2 to deselect so I can start a brand-new shape group. Ellipse tool, same ritual.…Click-drag, add Shift, add Command or Ctrl, drag it out to about the size that I want,…which was somewhere around here, pretty large.…
V to return to my Selection tool, increase the stroke, because I need a fairly…wide band to fit text into.…Now the next trick is adding that text.…Unfortunately, I cannot add text directly to a shape layer.…Also, unfortunately I cannot copy any ellipse path and paste it into a mask…path on another layer.…So I am going to be careful to what I do next.…I am going to create a Layer > New > Text.…So I have a starting text layer.…We need white type. That's fine. Fairly small size. Of course, we can edit all…
The After Effects Apprentice series was created by Trish and Chris Meyer. These tutorials are designed for After Effects CS4 through CC, and can be used on their own or as a companion to the Meyer's book, After Effects Apprentice.
- Building a 3D world
- Working with layered Illustrator files
- Synchronizing to music
- Using text animation presets
- Rendering strategies
- Working with widescreen video, including 4:3 center cut and safe area considerations
Skill Level Intermediate
1. The Floor
2. The Video Wall
3. The Dial
4. Creating the Main Composition
5. The Camera Move
6. Creating a Title
7. Lighting and Shadows
8. Further Polish
9. Finishing the Comps
10. Client Changes
11. Render Strategies
12. Bonus: Creating the Ring inside After Effects
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