Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with text on a path, part of After Effects Apprentice: 06 Type and Music.
The final look we're going for is for animated text to flow along a path.…In this case, I have one mask path at the beginning that's inspired by the…movement in the background movie.…I'll press End to see the second keyframe for the mask path.…I'll bring my starter comp forward again, where I have my text, and at this…point, the blur is animating, along with tracking.…Just so we can see things clearly, I'll turn off the eyeballs for both animators,…so now we just have some plain text.…
I'll make sure the text layer is selected.…This is very important.…You can only apply text on a path if the path is actually on the text layer;…the path cannot be on the background layer.…But I will turn on the background, just so I can be inspired by the movement in the animation.…If you don't have the exercise files, see if you can find a similar background…with some nice animated shapes.…So with the text layer selected, I'll select the Pen tool, and then I'll…also make sure that the RotoBezier option is enabled on the right-hand side…
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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