Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Using hyphens and dashes, part of After Effects Apprentice: 06 Type and Music.
In our final movie, I would like to compare the difference between a hyphen and a…dash, and also the two different types of dashes.…Now we all know what a hyphen is, but a hyphen is not appropriate for everything.…Sometimes you need to use an en dash instead.…Let's say you want to indicate a range from this year to this year.…You wouldn't replace the word 'to' with just a hyphen.…Even if you were to add a space on both sides, it still doesn't look right; it's too short.…Instead, you would use an en dash and an en dash is Option+Hyphen on Mac or…Alt+Hyphen on Windows.…
The rule of thumb is that you should use a space on both sides of an en dash.…But you really have to watch the spacing, particularly when you are working with numbers.…For instance, the number 1 always has a little bit too much space to the left and right,…so you may need to kern the number one to get a good balance.…So when using an en dash, at least have a half a space on each side.…I usually like to tighten it up.…If you don't put any space at all, it usually looks too cramped, and it may even…
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
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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
After Effects Apprentice: 08 Nesting and Precomposingwith Chris Meyer2h 24m Intermediate
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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