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. Software required: After Effects CC 126.96.36.199.
Laura is a passionate visual effects and motion graphics author at Pluralsight. Ever since her first exposure to After Effects in college, Laura has had an eternal drive to learn more about motion graphics, and teach others what she has discovered. Laura began working at Digital-Tutors (now a Pluralsight company) as a motion graphics artist, creating visually-appealing advertisements and informative art for the site.