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Animating Text

Chapter Description

In this sample chapter from Adobe After Effects Classroom in a Book (2020 release), authors Fridsma and Gyncild teach you to create and animate text layers. You will learn to stylize text using the Character and Paragraph panels, apply and customize text animation presets, and more.

Animating with scale keyframes

The text layer was scaled to nearly 250% when you applied the Fit To Comp Width command to it earlier in this lesson. Now, you’ll animate the layer’s scale so that the type gradually shrinks down to 200%.

  1. In the Timeline panel, move the current-time indicator to 3:00.

  2. Select the Snorkel Tours text layer, and press the S key to reveal the layer’s Scale property.

  3. Click the stopwatch icon (stopwatch.jpg) to add a Scale keyframe at the current time (3:00).

  4. Move the current-time indicator to 5:00.

  5. Reduce the layer’s Scale values to 200, 200%. After Effects adds a new Scale keyframe at the current time.

Previewing a range of frames

Now, you’ll preview the animation. Although the composition is 13 seconds long, you need to preview only the first five seconds, since that is where the text animation occurs.

  1. Move the current-time indicator to 5:10, and press N to set the end of the work area. The scale animation ends shortly before 5:10.

  2. Press the spacebar to preview the animation from 0:00 to 5:10. The movie title scales to a smaller size.

  3. Press the spacebar to stop playback after you’ve viewed the animation.

Adding Easy Ease

The beginning and end of the scale animation are rather abrupt. In nature, nothing comes to an absolute stop. Instead, objects ease into and out of starting and stopping points. You’ll apply Easy Ease to make the animation smoother.

  1. Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (macOS) the Scale keyframe at 3:00, and choose Keyframe Assistant > Easy Ease Out. The keyframe becomes a left-pointing icon.

  2. Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (macOS) the Scale keyframe at 5:00, and choose Keyframe Assistant > Easy Ease In. The keyframe becomes a right-pointing icon.

  3. Watch another preview. Press the spacebar to stop it when you’re done.

  4. Hide the Scale property, and then choose File > Save.

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