Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Randomizing order, part of After Effects Apprentice 06: Type and Music.
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Now, we're almost done with the typing on recipe.…We have a text animator and each character is typing on, one letter at a time,…but always from left to right.…And there is a very easy way to randomize the order.…In the timeline, twirl down the Advanced section of the text animator and toggle…the Randomize Order option from Off to On.…Now when I RAM preview, the characters continue to animate using the same…timing, but the characters are appearing in a random order.…And what I mean by that is remember that our Start value at the beginning…includes all of the characters and let's say at the halfway point 50% of the…characters are selected.…
Well, we still see 50% of the characters, but not necessarily from left to right.…Once you enable Randomize Order, by the way, there's also a Random Seed option.…I usually like to check how the characters are appearing.…Sometimes you'll find the characters don't type on in a pleasing manner, or…they may spell something you don't want them to spell.…By pressing the Command key on Mac, Ctrl key Windows, I can slowly scrub…
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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