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.
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.…
The After Effects Apprentice series was created by Trish and Chris Meyer. The tutorials are designed to be used independently and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice.
- 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
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 11/20/2012. What changed?
A: We have added four new movies to the end of Chapter 8, "Working With Audio." All four of these movies (Spotting dialog, Timing dialog to music, Mixing audio, and Refinements) apply to all versions covered by the course. In addition, there are new sets of exercise files designed for After Effects CS5.5 and After Effects CS6 and a companion movie that shows our premium subscribers how to use the exercise files.
After Effects Apprentice: 07 Parentingwith Chris Meyer1h 40m Intermediate
After Effects Apprentice: 08 Nesting and Precomposingwith Chris Meyer2h 24m Intermediate
1. Creating Type
2. Animating Type
3. Cascading Type
4. Animating by Words
5. Flowing Text
Animated tracking5m 46s
6. Per-Character 3D
7. The Wiggly Selector (and More)
8. Working With Audio
9. Using Text Presets
11. Typesetting Tips
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