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Animating Text

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Chapter overview

In this lesson, you’ll learn to do the following:

Create and animate text layers.

Stylize text using the Character and Paragraph panels.

Animate text using presets.

Preview animation presets in Bridge.

Customize an animation preset.

Animate text using keyframes.

Animate layers using parenting.

Edit and animate imported Photoshop text.

Use a text animator group to animate selected characters on a layer.

Apply a text animation to a graphic object.

After Effects offers many ways to animate text. You can animate text layers by manually creating keyframes in the Timeline panel, by using animation presets, or by using expressions. You can even animate individual characters or words in a text layer. This lesson takes you through several different animation techniques, including some that are unique to text, while you design the opening title credits for an animated documentary called The Pond.

This lesson will take 1½ to 2 hours to complete.

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