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Animating Text in Adobe After Effects 7.0

Chapter Description

After Effects offers many ways to animate text. You can animate text layers by manually creating keyframes in the Timeline panel, by using animation presets, or by using expressions. You can even animate individual characters or words in a text layer. This lesson takes you through several different animation techniques, including some that are unique to text, while you design the opening title credits for an animated documentary called The Pond.

Adding motion blur

To finesse the composition and make the movement look more natural, you’ll finish up by applying motion blur.

  1. In the Timeline panel, turn on motion blur for all of the layers except the Pondbackground and Credits layers.

    You don’t need to add a blur to the Pondbackground layer, but what about the Credits layer? You need to turn on motion blur to the layers in the Credits composition.

  2. Switch to the Credits Timeline panel and turn on motion blur for both layers.
  3. Switch back to the Pond_Title_Sequence Timeline panel and now turn on motion blur for the Credits layer. Then, click the Enable Motion Blur button (motionblur.gif) at the top of the Timeline panel so that you can see the motion blur in the Composition panel.
  4. Press 0 on the numeric keypad to watch 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. You can render the composition now if you’d like. If so, see Chapter 12, “Rendering and Outputting,” for instructions on rendering. Otherwise, continue with Chapter 4, “Animating a Multimedia Presentation.”