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Animating Text in Adobe After Effects CC (2014 release)

Chapter Description

Adobe After Effects offers many ways to animate text. You can animate text layers by manually creating keyframes in the Timeline panel, using animation presets, or using expressions. You can even animate individual characters or words in a text layer. In this lesson from Adobe After Effects CC Classroom in a Book (2014 release), you’ll employ several different animation techniques, including some that are unique to text, while you design the opening title credits for an animated documentary called Road Trip. You’ll also take advantage of Adobe Typekit to install a font for use in your project.

Animating text opacity

You’ll take the animation of the director’s 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. Select the Your Name Here layer in the credits timeline.
  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 director’s name should fade in as they expand onscreen.

  5. Drag the current-time indicator across the time ruler between 7:10 and 8:10 to see the letters of the director’s name fade in as they spread out.

  6. Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the ending Opacity keyframe, and choose Keyframe Assistant > Easy Ease In.
  7. Choose File > Save.
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