Digital Audio, Video
Adobe After Effects
This chapter is from the book
- What are some similarities and differences between text layers
and other types of layers in After Effects?
- Describe two ways to preview a text animation preset.
- How can you assign one layer’s transformations to another
- What are text animator groups?
- In many ways, text layers are just like any other layer in After Effects. You can apply effects and expressions to text layers,
animate them, designate them as 3D layers, and edit the 3D text while viewing it in multiple views. The main differences between
text layers and other layers are that you cannot open a text layer in its own Layer panel, and that you can animate the text
in a text layer using special text animator properties and selectors.
- You can preview text animation presets by choosing Help > Animation Preset Gallery, or you can preview presets in Bridge by
choosing Animation > Browse Presets. Bridge opens and displays
the contents of the After Effects Presets folder. You can navigate
to folders containing various types of text animation presets,
such as Blurs or Paths, and watch samples in the Preview panel.
Then, double-click a preset to add it to the currently selected
layer in the After Effects Timeline panel.
- You can use parenting relationships in After Effects to assign
one layer’s transformations to another layer (except opacity
transformations). When a layer is made a parent to another
layer, the other layer is called the child layer. Creating
a parenting relationship between layers synchronizes the changes
in the parent layer with corresponding transformation values
of the child layers.
- Text animator groups enable you to animate the properties of
individual characters in a text layer over time. Text animator
groups contain one or more selectors. Selectors are
like masks: They let you specify which characters or section
of a text layer that you want an animator property to affect.
Using a selector, you can define a percentage of the text,
specific characters in the text, or a specific range of text.