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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.

Installing a font using Typekit

Hundreds of fonts are available through Adobe Typekit, which is included with an Adobe Creative Cloud membership. You’ll use Typekit to install a font that will work well for the title text. When you install a Typekit font on your system, it’s available in any application.

  1. Choose File > Add Fonts From Typekit.

    After Effects opens the Adobe Typekit page in your default browser.

  2. If prompted to sign in, enter your Adobe ID. If you’re already signed in to Creative Cloud, you won’t need to sign in again.

    You can browse fonts on the Adobe Typekit website, but because there are so many, it’s often more efficient to filter them or to search for a specific font. You’ll filter fonts to see those that meet your requirements.

  3. Make sure the Full Library tab is selected so you’ll see all the fonts.
  4. Choose Sort By Name from the pop-up menu in the upper right corner. Then, on the right side of the page, click the Sans Serif button in the Classification area, both the Web Use and Desktop Use buttons in the Available For area, and the Standard button in the Properties area.

    Typekit displays several fonts that meet the requirements you specified. You’ll preview the fonts to see which one looks best.

  5. Type Road Trip in the preview text field, and move the slider to decrease the sample text size so you can see the full title.

    Using your own text as the sample text lets you get a feel for how a font will work with your text. Calluna Sans will work nicely.

  6. Hover your mouse over Calluna Sans until you see a green overlay. Then click +Use Fonts. (If you don’t see Calluna Sans, click +Load More until you do.)

  7. Click Sync Selected Fonts. If the Creative Cloud application isn’t running on your computer, click Launch The Creative Cloud Application to start it.

The selected fonts are automatically added to your system and are then available in any application, including After Effects.

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