Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Text Animators, part of After Effects CS4: Apprentice's Guide to Key Features.
In this movie we are going to show you how to animate text in After Effects.…Now to start out, you go ahead and enter the text that you want to animate.…Choose, for example, what font you want it to be. Maybe change the color just a…little bit, there we go, maybe something in the goldish range.…After you have set the type the way that you wanted it to be, you will notice…that there are no animation stopwatches in the Character or Paragraph panels.…Instead, you need to add text animators into After Effects.…What After Effects does is pick a range of characters and then animates them by…offsetting their position, scale, opacity and other Transform properties.…
Just like when I edit text using the Character palette, the first thing I do is…I pick what characters I want to animate. If I want to animate the entire title,…I will just go ahead and select the entire layer and then all of the characters…will be selected. Then I will twirl the layer down and you see next to the Text…line is this button for Animate. What I want to do is pick my initial property…
After Effects CS4: Apprentice's Guide to Key Features is a series of guided tours with Chris and Trish Meyer. It is designed as a gentle introduction to some of the major features of After Effects CS4. This quick–start course is for beginners who already know how to animate, users who are not familiar with the latest version, or those who need to get up to speed with advanced tools. Chris and Trish cover features such as text animators, shape layers, expressions, and motion tracking. These guided tours are also included with the second edition of Chris and Trish Meyer's book, After Effects Apprentice (Focal Press).
To learn the basics of animating in After Effects CS4, check out After Effects CS4 Getting Started with Chad Perkins in the lynda.com Online Training Library®. To go deeper, see Chad's After Effects CS4 Essential Training. To get an overview of the new features in After Effects CS4, watch After Effects CS4 New Creative Techniques with Chris and Trish Meyer.
To purchase After Effects Apprentice—the book—go to www.amazon.com.
- Understanding 3D Axis Arrows and Camera Tools
- Working with Text Essentials and Animators
- Using Tracker controls