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5.1 How to Add and Animate Text in After Effects

In this lesson, you will learn how to animate text in After Effects. You'll learn how to add text to your project, and how to add a subtle, bouncy animation to it. This is a step you'll use again and again in After Effects liquid animation.

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5.1 How to Add and Animate Text in After Effects

Hi everyone, and welcome back to the liquid animation course. In this lesson, you will learn how to add text and add a subtle bouncy animation to the text. So now that we've got our liquid animations completed, the next thing that we want to do is just to add an animated text to go along with it. So to get started with this, make sure that we don't have any of the layers selected. And let's take our attention to the top toolbar here, where you can see the horizontal type face tool here. Just go ahead and select that and click anywhere in our composition to create a new text layer like so. Cool, now from there, all you have to do is type in the message that you want to the message or the title that you want included in the project. So let's go ahead and type in Liquid Animation, like so. And to change the properties of your text, we need to turn our attention to the character panel over here. So let's go ahead and expand this like so. In fact, let's bring this out and send it to the side here so we can see what we're doing. And you can see we've got our text set to a stroke here. So let's flip that round so that our text is a fill. In fact, we need to make sure that our text has been selected first, so let's highlight our text like so. And flip this around and let's make the color white, like so. Cool, now let's go ahead and change the font as well. So the font that we're going to use for this is Titan One, and we may want to change the size of our font here as well. So let's go ahead, and click and drag to change the size here. I am just going to change this to 110. Excellent, now the next thing that we may want to do is change the paragraph settings. Let's go ahead and drag the paragraph settings over here so we can take a look at what we're doing. You can align this to the left or to the right or to the center. And we want to make sure that this is centralized. So again, the way that we did this was, we went to the align tool, so let's bring the aline tool here and make sure everything is centralized in our composition. Cool, now another thing that we may want to do is, you may want to change the spacing in between each of these characters. And we can do so by clicking and dragging on this icon here. So let's go ahead and make sure our text is selected and we can set the spacing of our text to, let's say, about 74, looks about right. And now, once you're finished with going through all of these different options for our text, the next thing we want to do is, we want to add some bevel effects in our text. So let's go back to effects and presets. You can see, we've already got Bevel Alpha here. So let's double-click that to add this into our text layer. And we want to make the edge thickness to about 10, and the light angle, let's make this -57. And the light intensity we can, I mean 0.4 it’s not bad but let’s change it to 0.2 just to make it more subtle or 0.3. Awesome, now that we have some depth to the characters, let’s start to add some animation to it. So to create the bouncy animation, we're going to add the key frames and transformations manually. So make sure that you've got your Liquid Animation layer selected. Let's open this up and go to Transform and in fact, before we do anything else, we want to make sure that we enable motion blur here. So right next to the graph editor, click the box for Motion Blur, just to add some motion blur for our animation. And over here for Liquid Animation text, we want to enable that like so. Just enable the motion blur for our animation, cool. Now let's go ahead and set a keyframe for the scale. So let's go to the place we want our text animation to appear. So something around, let' say 2 seconds here. And let's set a keyframe for scale like so. And we want to set the value here to 0. Next we want to move forward 10 frames and then set the scale up to 120, like so. And this will make the text grow very quickly in between these two key frames. All right now let's go ahead and zoom into our timeline here, as each of the key frames now is gonna be quite small. So from 10 keyframes let's move forward 5 frames and set a new keyframe, let's make this 85%. So it shrinks back down, let's move five frames again and set this to 100% so that it grows again. And now let's move forward 6 frames, so the growth is going to be a little bit slower this time. And let's change the scale to 90% and now, let's move forward 7 frames. Let's go 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and let's make it grow just a little bit more, 5% growth, to 95%, excellent. Now let's select all the key frames, press F9 to set it to easy ease. And now if we play this animation, so let's zoom out a little bit and play this, you'll see we've got this nice little subtle bouncy effect for our animation. Let's go ahead and take a look at that again. Cool, now to add even more bounce and movement to the text, we can add another effect called CC Bender. So to do this, make sure that your text layer is still selected. So clicking your text layer, which is called Liquid Animation. And now go to the effects and presets panel. And let's go ahead and type in cc bender. Whoops, make sure you've deleted the previous text. So let's click CC Bender, double-click that to add this to our layer. Now let's go to our timeline and open up the effects panel. So let's close Transform for now, open up Effects, find CC Bender and open that up. So now we can see how we're going to create some keyframes for our text animation. We want to move the timeline to the same keyframes as our previous sort of scale animation. And now let's add a keyframe, for the amount which is here. And let's set this amount to 0, so make sure that set to 0. Now in order to make things just a little bit easier, let's go ahead and close this layer here. And now press U on our keyboard, just so that you can see where just our keyframes are in this timeline. So now let's move to the next keyframe here and we want to set the amount here for our CC Bender to 7. And you can see how that's sort of bending our text. Move to the next keyframe and let's set the amount to -6 so it bends the other way. Go to the next keyframe here, set the amounts to 5. Go to the next keyframe and set the amounts to -3. And finally go to the last keyframe and let's set it back to 0, like so. So you can see how with both of these animations combined, we've got a cool little bendy text animation, like so. Now let's play the animation again, just to see what it looks like. And you'll see that the CC Bender effect really helps to sell the bounciness of the text animation. Awesome, so that's it for this lesson. In the next lesson, you'll learn how to download and add footage from Envato Elements. See you all there.

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