Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Tracking and kerning, part of After Effects Apprentice: 06 Type and Music.
In this movie, I am going to cover tracking and kerning.…I have created some titles to play with. The first is Baskerville Italic, second…is Birch, and the third is Copperplate.…I will select the Copperplate, and there is an option in the Character panel to…increase and decrease tracking.…When I increase tracking, extra space is added between all of the characters evenly.…You will also find a condensed font like Birch…can also be more readable when some space is added between the characters.…
On the other hand, a font like this Italic font can look a little strange if…you increase tracking too much, and that also goes for calligraphic or scripted fonts.…And I think that's because when you're handwriting, you generally don't leave…big spaces between all the characters.…So when you are increasing tracking, I would take into account whether you are…really helping to make it more readable.…Sometimes with scripted fonts, it looks better if the letters are closer together,…so I am going to set Tracking back to 0.…
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
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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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