- Getting started
- About text layers
- Installing a font using Typekit
- Creating and formatting point text
- Using a text animation preset
- Animating with scale keyframes
- Animating using parenting
- Animating imported Photoshop text
- Animating text using a path animation preset
- Animating type tracking
- Animating text opacity
- Using a text animator group
- Cleaning up the path animation
- Animating a nontext layer along a motion path
- Adding motion blur
- Review questions
- Review answers
Animating text opacity
You’ll take the animation of the director’s name a little further by having it fade onscreen as the letters expand. To do this, you’ll animate the layer’s Opacity property.
- Select the Your Name Here layer in the credits timeline.
- Press T to reveal only the layer’s Opacity property.
- Go to 7:10, and set the Opacity to 0%. Then click the stopwatch icon () to set an Opacity keyframe.
Go to 7:20, and set the Opacity to 100%. After Effects adds a second keyframe.
Now the letters of the director’s name should fade in as they expand onscreen.
Drag the current-time indicator across the time ruler between 7:10 and 8:10 to see the letters of the director’s name fade in as they spread out.
- Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the ending Opacity keyframe, and choose Keyframe Assistant > Easy Ease In.
- Choose File > Save.