Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Using character anchor points, part of After Effects Apprentice 06: Type and Music.
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Now, in the last movie, I covered in detail how the cascading text animation works,…and I used the Position property for that example.…In this movie, we'll create another cascading animation, this time using Scale.…I'll also show you how to adjust the anchor point so characters don't always…have to scale around the baseline.…I'll return to my Cascade*starter composition, and since I already had an…animator, I'll select it and press Delete.…If you don't have the exercise files, go ahead and create some white text on…a black background.…
The first thing I'll do is press the Animate button and select Scale.…This will add Animator 1, the Range Selector, and the Scale property.…I'll twirl down the Range Selector and just check that I am counting in percent.…If I increase Scale, you can see that the characters scale around their…individual anchor points.…You'll even see a small x at the baseline of every character.…This shows you the position of the anchor point, and that's a new feature in CS5.…
The After Effects Apprentice videos on lynda.com were created by Trish and Chris Meyer and are designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice. We are honored to host these tutorials in the lynda.com Online Training Library®.
- 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