Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Using strokes, part of After Effects Apprentice: 06 Type and Music.
After Effects offers a number of options for adding a stroke to your title.…To explore these options, create some type in a nice big, chunky font,…preferably one with sharp edges on the corners.…You'll see why this is important later on.…Now currently, I have no stroke applied.…If I bring the Stroke Color forward and then click it again, I can change the…color. Let's make it a red.…Obviously, a black stroke is not going to show up.…When I increase the stroke width, you can see it quickly overwhelms the fill color.…
This is because the default is to draw the stroke over the fill.…There is a menu to the right of the width that controls how fills and strokes are drawn.…The default is Stroke Over Fill, but in this menu we can change this to Fill Over Stroke.…However, if you increase the size even more, the stroke of a character will…overlap the adjacent fill.…For instance, the stroke of the letter K is overlapping the fill of the O, and…that goes for all the other characters.…There is another option in this menu that's very useful and that's All…
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
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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