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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 text opacity

You’ll take the animation of the company name a little further by having it fade onscreen as the letters expand. To do this, you’ll animate the layer’s Opacity property.

  1. Make sure the BLUE CRAB CHARTERS layer is selected.

  2. Press T to reveal only the layer’s Opacity property.

  3. Go to 7:10, and set the Opacity to 0%. Then click the stopwatch icon (stopwatch.jpg) to set an Opacity keyframe.

  4. Go to 7:20, and set the Opacity to 100%. After Effects adds a second keyframe.

Now the letters of the company name will fade in as they expand onscreen.

  1. Drag the current-time indicator across the time ruler between 7:10 and 8:10 to see the letters of the company fade in as they spread out.

  2. Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (macOS) the ending Opacity keyframe, and choose Keyframe Assistant > Easy Ease In.

  3. Choose File > Save.

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