3.1 How to Animate Text
In this lesson you will learn how to animate the text using graphs and keyframes.
1.Introduction1 lesson, 00:44
2.Adobe After Effects Tools2 lessons, 23:30
3.Retro Text Animation3 lessons, 39:10
4.Finishing Touches3 lessons, 27:55
5.Rendering1 lesson, 02:57
6.Conclusion1 lesson, 00:46
3.1 How to Animate Text
Hi everyone, and welcome back to the Stranger Things 80s intro course. In this lesson, we'll learn how to animate the text. So before we begin, let's go ahead and zoom into our text here. And I want to address that fact that the lines or the strokes of this text is little bit too thick for my liking. So to change this, let's go ahead and select one of our layers. So I'm just going to select the top text here, Retro Text. And to change the thickness of the stroke, just go to the top here and select a value. So right now we're at 6. So let's change that to 4. And you'll see straightaway, the line of the text has become thinner. So if we hide our middle text here, you'll see the difference between the thickness of the stroke. So this is what we had before and this is what we have now. So let's go ahead ahead and do the same for the intro text here. So select intro here and we'll do the same. So let's change this from 6 to 4 like so. And now we need to change the middle text. So if I hide the top line here and bring back our actual text layer. Now, because this isn't a shape layer, the way that we change the thickness of the stroke is over the right hand side of the screen here. So let's set the stroke width here from 6 to 4 like so, cool. Now everything is the correct thickness. Now if you look carefully, you'll notice that the thickness of the bigger letters, the R and the T, look a little bit thicker. So we can change this individually by actually going inside the layer here, going into Contents, select the R letter, open that up. And you'll notice that we've got a section for stroke here, so let's open that up. And change the stroke width from 4 to about 3. So that looks a little bit closer to the thickness of what we have to the other letters. And we'll do the same for the T here as well. So let's select the T, open that up, open the stroke up here. And let's change the stroke width from 4 to 3 as well, excellent. Now we're ready to animate the text. So let's close all of this up. Make it neat like so. Now, if you remember, in the last video, I mentioned that there was a quick animation trick that we could use to animate the center text layer without needing to separate each of the individual letters like we have for these two shape layers. So to do this, let's go ahead and hide the top layer here so that we can just see our text layer here. Select that. And now we need to open this up to reveal our menu here. And over to the right, where it says Animate, just click on this little arrow button here. And we want to select Tracking. So select Tracking. And now this will apply some new animation options to our text layer. So make sure we're at the very beginning of our timeline by scrubbing backwards and forwards like so. And we want to select Tracking Amount, so make sure that Tracking Amount is selected. And select the keyframe icon here to create a keyframe. So now that we've got keyframe here, let's move four seconds into our timeline, and create another keyframe. So our animation is going to last four seconds. Go back to our first keyframe, and we want to set a tracking amount of about 120, cool. And you notice straightaway the letters have now become a little bit more spread out. So if we scrub backwards and forwards in our timeline, our text is now animating. Excellent, cool. So it goes from further apart to close together. Now what we want to do is we want to adjust the speed of our animation. So right now, it's all one speed. But if we go ahead and select both these key frames like so, right-click, and then go to Keyframe Assistant, and then select Easy Ease. This will make it so that the speed of our animation is a little bit more natural. By slowing it down at the beginning, speeding it up in the middle, and then slowing it down again, instead of keeping it at the same rate. Now you'll be able to see this a little bit clearer if we go into the graph editor. So make sure both keyframes are selected. Go to the graph editor. And if we move down here, you'll see that the speed of the animation is represented by this line here. So it goes from slow to fast and then back down to slow again. So we can manipulate this speed further by clicking on these keyframes here and just moving the handles like so. So let's move the handles just a little bit more like that. And now if we select the preview button, it goes from slow to fast and then slow again, cool. Now let's go ahead and go out of this, and animate the rest of the text. Awesome, so now let's go ahead and go out of this graph editor. Deselect the text layer here and select our top text here, Retro Text. Let's open this up, go to Contents, and let's remove the middle text here. So we don't need these middle texts as we've got our text layer at the top here. So let's get rid with the T, the R, the O, the T, and the E. And if we go to four seconds and select our text layer, you'll see that everything is as it should be, cool. So let's go back to the beginning of our timeline and let's start by animating our letter R here. So let's open this up. Go to our Transform here, and let's select the keyframe for position. And then create a keyframe for four seconds, just like what we did with our text layer. And once we go back to the beginning of our timeline, let's go ahead and change the position of the R like so. So let's bring it all the way to the right side of the screen. And now you'll see in four seconds it moves back in. Select both keyframes, right click > Keyframe Assistant, and Easy Ease. And if you want, you can also go to the graph editor, select the handles here, and move them in a little bit like so, cool. Let's close the R up and let's do the same for the letter E. So let's go to the beginning of our timeline, open the E up. Go to transform, create two keyframes, one for the beginning and one for four seconds. Go back to the beginning again. And let's move the E to the very top of our screen like so, cool. So let's select those keyframes again, right-click > Keyframe Assistant > Easy Ease, go into the graph editor, and change the handles, like so. Cool. And now it's just all about repeating the same steps for the other text. So for the X, let's open up the X, go into transform. Go to the beginning and create two keyframes again, one at the beginning and one at four seconds. And now let's move the position of the X to the top of the screen, just like the E like so. Highlight both keyframes, right click > Keyframe Assistant > Easy Ease. Go to the graph editor, and change the handles. Cool. Let's go out of the X. And finally, let's do the T. So open up the T, go to Transform. Make sure you're selecting the position. Let's get out of the graph editor here so we can see our keyframes. Select a keyframe for the beginning, a keyframe for the four seconds. And let's move the T over to the right of our screen like so. Select both keyframes, right click > Keyframe assistant > Easy Ease > graph editor, and handles. Excellent. Now that we've got the full top text completed, let's go ahead and preview the animation. So let's go to the beginning of our timeline. Click on Play. And now we've got some really cool text animation for the top. Now let's go ahead and repeat the same thing for our intro text. So let's select the Intro. Open that up, go into Contents. And for the I, let's go ahead and create a keyframe here for the position. Go to 4 seconds and create another keyframe. And I want to move the I just a little bit to the left here like so. Let's move this little bit further and highlight both of these keyframes. Right click > Keyframe Assistant > Easy Ease, go into your graph editor, and change the speed. Now let's go to the N. And for the N, let's go ahead and move this one to the very bottom of our screen. So let's go to four seconds, create our two keyframes. Go back to the beginning, and move this to the bottom of our screen. Just want to move the screen here, just so that we can see where the edge of our screen is. And that's why we're repeating these steps. And as you familiarize yourselves with creating these text animations, you can adjust the speed and the positioning of the text to wherever you want on the screen. So let's go ahead and do the same for the T here. So if you wanted the T to move from top to bottom like we did with the top text here, all you have to do is create your two keyframes, one at the beginning, one at the end. And then choose where you want your T to be, like so. Or you can even change the scale of it as well. But we just want to change the position. So let's change the position of the T here. So we want our T to, not the scale, we want the T to move a little bit from the right, like so. And now let's select both of these keyframes, right-click > Keyframe Assistant > Easy Ease. Select the graph editor, and let's go ahead and change the speed. And now let's do the same for the R. Transform, make sure we're at the beginning of the timeline. Two keyframes, one, two, go back to the beginning. Move the R down. Let's make that the same as our N, right-click > Keyframe Assistant > Easy Ease, and change the speed. And now finally the last letter here is our O. So let's open that up, make sure the beginning of the timeline again. Go to Transform. One key frame for position, and one key frame for the four seconds here. And for our O, let's move it a little bit to the right like so. Right click > Keyframe Assistant > Easy Ease, and change the speed. Awesome, now we finally have all of our letters animated. Let's go ahead and preview our animation. So let's click on the preview button here, and there we have it. A cool animated text for our retro intro. So that's it for this lesson. In the next lesson, we'll learn how to add fractal noise to the video. See you all there.