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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.

Adding motion blur

Motion blur is the blur that occurs as an object moves. You’ll apply motion blur to finesse the composition and make the movement look more natural.

  1. In the Timeline panel, click the Motion Blur switch (motion_blur.jpg) for each layer except the background_movie and credits layers.

    Now you’ll apply motion blur to the layers in the credits composition.

  2. Switch to the credits Timeline panel, and enable motion blur for both layers.

  3. Switch back to the Road_Trip_Title_Sequence Timeline panel, and select the Motion Blur switch for the credits layer. Then click the Enable Motion Blur button (motion_blur.jpg) at the top of the Timeline panel so that you can see the motion blur in the Composition panel.
  4. View a RAM preview of the entire, completed animation.
  5. Choose File > Save.

Give yourself a pat on the back. You just completed some hard-core text animations. If you’d like to export the composition as a movie file, see Lesson 14, “Rendering and Outputting,” for instructions.

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