Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Entering, editing, and styling type, part of After Effects Apprentice 06: Type and Music.
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When you select the Type tool, the easiest way to create text is to simply…click and start typing.…This is called point text, by the way.…In a later, movie I'll cover paragraph text.…Now when I am done typing, instead of hitting the Return key which just adds…more lines, instead I'll press the Enter key.…Notice now I have handles around my text.…Once I've pressed Enter, the layer name will reflect whatever words I just typed.…If I want to rename the layer, I simply select it, press the Return key, type a…more useful name, and press Return again.…
It's also worth distinguishing between Layer mode and Editing mode.…When I press the Enter key and I see these handles,…this is called Layer mode.…And that means any changes I make in the Character panel affect the entire layer.…That goes for changing the color, the tracking, the font, and so on.…When I click inside the text, this is called Editing mode.…Any changes I make only affect either letters that are selected or letters that…I am about to type.…
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- 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