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5.5 Text Animation and More

After Effects is a text powerhouse! Learn even more about working with text in this lesson. You'll discover the secrets of After Effects text animation and more.

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1.Introduction
1 lesson, 00:49

1.1
Introduction
00:49

2.Getting Started
5 lessons, 42:55

2.1
What Is After Effects?
09:56

2.2
Main Panels
10:04

2.3
Settings
07:46

2.4
After Effects Tools
08:52

2.5
More AE Tools
06:17

3.Compositions and Layers
3 lessons, 26:35

3.1
After Effects Composition
08:53

3.2
Precomposing
08:10

3.3
After Effects Layer Properties
09:32

4.Keyframes
3 lessons, 25:21

4.1
After Effects Keyframe Basics
06:39

4.2
After Effects Keyframe Easing
10:37

4.3
Spatial Interpolation
08:05

5.Masks, Shape Layers, and Text
5 lessons, 45:36

5.1
Learn How to Mask in After Effects
08:42

5.2
After Effects Shape Layers: Part 1
09:24

5.3
After Effects Shape Layers: Part 2
10:05

5.4
Text in After Effects
07:16

5.5
Text Animation and More
10:09

6.2.5D
2 lessons, 13:42

6.1
What Is 2.5D?
08:37

6.2
More 2.5D
05:05

7.Motion Tracking
4 lessons, 34:04

7.1
Motion Tracking, Camera Tracking, and 3D Text
09:11

7.2
More Motion Tracking
06:15

7.3
Camera Tracking in After Effects
07:35

7.4
3D Text in After Effects
11:03

8.Mattes and Cool Effects
4 lessons, 43:43

8.1
Mattes
10:55

8.2
EFFECTS!
10:50

8.3
MORE EFFECTS!
11:19

8.4
Mind-Blowing Third-Party Effects
10:39

9.Build a Lower Third
2 lessons, 21:35

9.1
How to Make a Lower Third in After Effects
11:01

9.2
Final Touches on the Lower Third
10:34

10.Exporting
1 lesson, 09:11

10.1
Exporting From After Effects
09:11

11.Conclusion
1 lesson, 01:16

11.1
Conclusion
01:16

12.Bonus Lessons
4 lessons, 2:14:00

12.1
How to Make an After Effects Text Animation
29:19

12.2
How to Use After Effects Intro Templates
36:45

12.3
How to Create Handwriting Animation in After Effects
34:01

12.4
How to Create Brush Effects in After Effects
33:55

13.Frequently Asked Questions
8 lessons, 1:34:42

13.1
FAQ Introduction
00:55

13.2
How to Export Video From After Effects
12:26

13.3
How to Export Video From After Effects Using PreRendering
06:44

13.4
How to Mask in After Effects
15:25

13.5
How to Animate Text in After Effects
19:31

13.6
How to Make a GIF in After Effects
13:59

13.7
How to Duplicate Layer in After Effects
20:44

13.8
Conclusion
04:58


5.5 Text Animation and More

In this lesson, I'm gonna pick up right where I left off in the last lesson, talking about text. But in this lesson, we're gonna look at how to animate your text a couple of different ways. Let me get rid of this block of text. So let's look at few different ways that you can think about animation for text. One way you could approach it is treating this text layer as one whole unit, and then animating that whole unit. Now you can animate that a number of ways, just like we did in previous lessons, you can animate simple things on the transform properties. Things like position, scale, rotation, opacity. And although we didn't make something incredibly cool looking in the previous example, we could work maybe to make something a little bit cooler looking in this example. Especially now that you know how to adjust your keyframes and do something slightly more interesting than a linear keyframe. So let's say we come out here to like 20 frames and I set a scale keyframe, and I go back to the beginning, and I just crank on the scale an absurd amount. Okay, well maybe not that absurd. I bring this up maybe 4800, something like that. Now I'm also gonna set a position keyframe back at 20 frames. And then at the beginning I'm just gonna shift this over, and then scale this up a little bit more, shift it over just a hair, just so I get the text off the screen. I'm gonna select both my keyframes here, hit F9 to easy ease them, I'll preview what this looks like. It's not gonna be great, actually that's not too horrible. I'll turn on Motion Blur because that will give us a really good sense of movement here, Let's try that again. [SOUND] That's actually not too bad. You'd experiment with maybe turning these first keyframes back to linear by Ctrlclicking on them. That will turn them back to linear keyframes, which should get a little bit faster of a start to this animation. Let's see what that looks like. That's not too bad. You could also turn those back to ease keyframes by hitting F9 and then jump into the Graph Editor, and make sure you only have Position and Scale selected. There we go, we'll zoom up on it here and then I'll grab this one. Move it like this, I'll draw a rectangular marquee here, something like this. Actually, I wanna grab these and I wanna make them go pretty fast. Yeah, that's not too bad. We can also do other very simple things like, let's just animate the opacity, create a basic fade here. Something like that. And to this maybe we add, I don't know, a blur. So we can jump over here to the Effects and Presets. And drop on a Gaussian blur. Just click and drag that, add it right here. Turn that up to something obnoxious. Go back to the beginning. And we will keyframe this. So drop a keyframe right there. And then as I'm scrubbing in the timeline here by clicking and dragging the CTI, I'm gonna hold Shift and that'll snap to this second keyframe. Then I can just set this to zero. By the way, whenever you're adjusting properties here, if you hold Shift it'll move 10 times faster. Then not holding Shift, so if you really wanna crank this up and down, click and drag with your mouse while holding Shift. And the opposite of that is, if you hold Ctrl and click and drag, that would move at one tenth the speed so you can get very finite control over your adjustments. And let's preview what this looks like. Very cool, simple. And this is treating the entire block of text here like one unit. You could even throw a mask on this and have the mask animate in and do some other things. But by and large, that's treating this text block here as one whole unit. If you wanted to animate individual characters, spoiler alert, you can. You can explore some of these text animations by looking at some of these animation presets here that come with After Effects. And there are many, many text animation presets that you can explore. Many of them look terrible, however, it can be a good place for you to start looking at these sorts of text animations. So to find them, jump over here to the Effects and Presets underneath Animation Presets > Support Files > Presets, and then down here you will find a text folder, and in that text folder, you will find more folders. Inside one of each folders you will find presets that you can apply to your texts. So let's pick one like bullet train, and we'll just click and drag and add that to the text. And this animation and those key frames will be applied wherever your CTI is, so right now it's at one second, but if you wanted this to be applied somewhere else move your CTI there first then drag over the effect. So I'm gonna preview this by hitting the Space bar. All right, now we have something that looks different, and this would be, Well, that would be really difficult to do without this text animation engine right here. Now exploring these text animation presets is pretty tedious if you do it like this. For example, let's say you didn't like that, so it controls you to undo that and then you apply another one, previewed it, hit Ctrl+Z, didn't like that. Yikes, that is a terrible way to do that. So instead, come up here to the Menu for the Effects and Presets, and come down to Browse Presets. When you do, hopefully Adobe Bridge will open. If you don't have it installed, go to your Creative Cloud application and install Adobe Bridge. With any luck, they'll still be supporting it. But this is one of the only ways that I know of to preview these animation presets. So, here we have Adobe Bridge opening up. And it should open up to the Presets folder where After Effects has been installed. If it didn't, that's going to be in, well for Windows, the C drive, probably, Program Files > Adobe > Adobe After Effects CC 2018 > Support Files > Presets. If you're on a Mac, it's wherever Adobe is installed, and then this same location. If you're using a different version of After Effects, that'll be different, but everything else will be the same. Now if your view is, by default, something different, you can change that down here. These are panels similar to every other Adobe application. So you can just change this in the Content panel over here. You can set it to thumbnail view right over here, or click this button right here to lock thumbnail grid, then what you want to do is scroll down and open up the Text folder. And now you will have another collection of folders, let's look at some of these, something like in the organic folder. If you click on one of these, you can preview what these animations do. And it will give you a rough idea of what these animation presets do. Again, a lot of these are pretty nasty. Some of them are okay, though. And they can be a good place for you to start experimenting and see how they work. Not all of them are gonna make sense right away, but sometimes you'll be able to find just the right thing in here, and you're gonna apply it to your layer. If your layer selected in After Effects, you just double-click on the preset and then it will be applied. Now some of these presets like the one I just applied, and I'm gonna undo that, some of these presets are expression driven, so they don't have any keyframes on them. And in that case it's gonna be pretty difficult to see what's going on. If I back out of here and we go into something like blurs, and we look at this foggy example here, if you hit U on the keyboard, it'll bring up the keyframes. You can make an adjustment to the speed and the timing of this, and perhaps the easing, but then if you drill down in the layer and you look at what's actually happening with the Foggy Animator here. You can explore some of these options and make some tweaks and see how it affects the basic animation that you like, and hopefully get it to a state that you think is looking really great. Now, if you wanna find out more about building these text animations using the text animator inside of After Effects, to create something custom or something more specific that you're looking for, there's a lot of information available. A buddy of mine, Kyle Hamrick, has produced a great tutorial for The School of Motion, and you can check that out. But for now, it's time to move on to the next lesson where you're gonna learn about 2.5D in After Effects. So check that out, coming up next.

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