Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with ramp selection shapes, part of After Effects Apprentice: 06 Type and Music.
I think you'll find you have rarely used Triangle, Round, or Smooth.…After the Square shape, the most useful shape is Ramp Up.…When I select Ramp Up, notice something completely different happens.…Instead of the characters after End being normal, all of the characters after…End are fully selected.…And now the Start and End selectors create the transition between normal…and fully selected.…And just as before, all of the characters before Start are normal.…
The opposite happens with the Ramp Down shape.…Now all of the characters before Start are fully selected and then the…characters transition to being normal.…You can use this shape for animating off a title.…So let's change the shape back to Ramp Up.…Notice when I scrub the Offset, you can see the beginning of the…cascading animation.…Remember that the number of characters between Start and End is what's defining…how many characters are cascading at the same time.…
If I change the End parameter to say 25%, now only 25% of the characters…are animating at once. I'll undo back to 50%.…
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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