Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Text Essentials, part of After Effects CS4: Apprentice's Guide to Key Features.
Text is one of the most important elements of motion graphics. After Effects…has a very powerful text engine. In this movie we'll show you how to type set…text and in the separate movie, we'll show you how to animate that text.…Now to work with text, you need to have two windows open. The Character panel and the…Paragraph panel. You can open these directly from the Window menu item or…if you select the Type tool in After Effects, you'll automatically open up…the Character and Paragraph panels.…And you'll see this is because of an option in the Tool panel called Auto Open Panels.…
You can work with these panels that open automatically or you can take…advantage of the special workspace that Adobe has created for you. Just choose Text. …Of course you can create your own arrangement of panels and even save…yourself a new workspace. But we'll use the Preset for now. To create text,…we need to select the Type tool, choose a font and a color that we like. Going to…go ahead and start with 90% white for now.…
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