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All Things Text in After Effects
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Released Jul 26, 2014
Laura Hawk

Pluralsight

Laura Hawk
In this series of tutorials, we'll learn about creating, controlling, and using text in After Effects. We start out by learning about the two different type tools and follow that up by navigating the Character and Paragraph panels. There are a few controls within these panels that even the most seasoned After Effects user may have never used before.

After we've covered the basics, we move down to the properties on the text layers. There are a few options that are totally unique to text layers as well as a few additions in the context menus that will speed up your workflow. For instance, we learn how to edit a Photoshop text layer right inside of After Effects, complete with translated layer styles. We also go over a few techniques for overcoming readability issues and some tips for creative ways to fix common problems. We learn how to preview animation presets, and finish by learning per-character animation with both Classic 3D and Ray-traced 3D.

This tutorial is full of all the possibilities for your text in After Effects. It's perfect for a beginner just starting out learning the type tools or for someone more seasoned looking to increase their knowledge about all things text in After Effects.
Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
01:18
Getting started with Type tools
2

Getting started with Type tools

 
08:07
Navigating the Character panel
3

Navigating the Character panel

 
10:25
Navigating the Paragraph panel
4

Navigating the Paragraph panel

 
05:31
Animating using the Source Text option
5

Animating using the Source Text option

 
07:03
Path and more options for type
6

Path and more options for type

 
09:56
Text conversions and mattes
7

Text conversions and mattes

 
08:10
Text readability: Do's and Don'ts
8

Text readability: Do's and Don'ts

 
08:15
Using and previewing text animation presets
9

Using and previewing text animation presets

 
08:43
Using the text animate menu
10

Using the text animate menu

 
05:12
Understanding the two types of 3D text
11

Understanding the two types of 3D text

 
03:55
Per-character animation with two types of 3D
12

Per-character animation with two types of 3D

 
03:53