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5.4 Text in After Effects

In this lesson, you will learn about getting some text in your comp, and you'll learn how to do some basic animations with text in After Effects.

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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


5.4 Text in After Effects

In this lesson you're gonna learn about text in After Effects. To follow along open up the text.aep file and you'll open up a project that has even less in it than the previous lesson. That's because we don't need a lot to create text and modify in After Effects. So let's look at a few different ways to add text to your composition. Just like so many other things in your timeline right here, you can right click choose New > Text and then an empty text layer will be added. You can do the same thing from the layer menu up here, Layer >New > Text, and also as the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Alt+Shift+T Usually, what I do is I select the Horizontal Type Tool, or what I call the text tool, because I primarily use it in this orientation. I click inside my composition. And I add some text. And when you're done entering the text, if you press Enter on the number pad It will exit out of that text entry mode. Now I just wanna repeat that that's enter on the number pad. That's not enter on the main part of your keyboard. The enter on the main part of the keyboard or it may be labelled to turn on some keyboards, if you press that, that will go to a new line, which is not what you wanna do. It might be what you wanna do but if you're done entering text, what you wanna do is exit out of this text entry mode. Which you can do by hitting Enter on the number pad. Or you can just click away from that layer, or you can switch back to the selection tool. Once you've entered your text, you can modify it in a number of ways, very similar to other design programs. So over here in the character panel, you can change the font, you can change the font style, you can change the fill color for your text, so maybe red would be more appropriate, maybe you want something a little bit bigger. Then you can see what happened there, when I changed the font size, it's being scaled, if you will, from the anchor point. And the anchor point is set by default on text layers based on how its aligned here in the paragraph panel. So although it wasn't highlighted it was really left aligned here, but if its center aligned you can see that the text will move if you change that after it's created, but the anchor point didn't move. Similarly, if I change this to right align, although it just shifted right off the comp edge there, the text contents moved but the anchor point did not, so you can see what's going on there. Sometimes that can be annoying if you are modifying your text, when you change where the anchor point is or the alignment here, after you've created it, it would move your text around. So sometimes, and oftentimes, what I do is, I'll just move the anchor point manually and that works fine, most of the time. I'm gonna delete that and show yet another way that you can add some text. So I'm gonna grab the type tool again, this time I'm going to click and drag myself a lovely textbox. And this time if you were to add some text, and a whole lot of text, in this case I'm just going to copy out of the Wiki for mathematics. Your text will now live inside of this textbox and you'll have to adjust the font size to get it to fill properly. So I'm actually just gonna click away and then select the text again and then adjust the font size because it wasn't doing it properly before. And then as I resize this text you can see things are starting to look more appropriate. You can't do that by adjusting the scale, a lot of times I'll be adding text and it's only a couple of words. Or in this case, a few words, and then instead of adjusting the size via the font size over here, I'm more prone to grabbing the selection tool and just adjusting it like this. And usually, I'll reposition the anchor point and snap it to the center by holding Ctrl as I move it because snapping is not turned on. If I turn on snapping, then it will snap automatically to a number of locations, but I will visually just kind of scale it. And it doesn't matter with text because text is a vector layer. So, Sorry, I was in the middle of that sentence and I just realized that I spelled this wrong, let me fix that. There we go, anyway, text is a vector layer, so it doesn't matter how big you scale it, In fact, you can scale it up super high. Let me bring that down here, and still we're at 100% here, the edge is super sharp and it will always be no matter how much you scale this. See now it's up to 46,000 which is absurd, let me reset that. And I'll reposition it, and I'll show you another quick tip here, look, it's way down there, you ready for this? The keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Home will reposition your layer to the center, and it repositions the anchor point to the center of the comp. So if you want to position your anchor point in the center of your text layer, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Alt+Home and then Ctrl+Home, to reposition that, right in the center. You can also right click on your layer this works with any layer, go to transform and then center anchor point in layer content Ctrl+Alt+Home, Center in View, Ctrl+Home. Let's go back to all this jazz right here. If I change the scale, you can see that I'm changing the scale of the entire layer, and I'm not getting my text to fill my text box properly, I'll just undo that there. In order to do that, I have to adjust the font size over here, and also the tracking, which can be helpful to get everything to fit. I can also adjust the alignment or the justification and make it look exactly like what I wanna see. There's more to talk about with text, but I'm gonna leave that for the next lesson where you're gonna learn about some basic animations you can do to text, so check that out coming up next.

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