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Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects, 5th Edition by Trish Meyer, Chris Meyer

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21 Textacy

Mastering this powerful text animation engine is well worth the effort

Creating and animating text are among the most common tasks for motion graphics designers. Fortunately, After Effects allows you to create vector-based typography directly in the Composition panel; mix and match font styles, size, and color on one layer; then animate individual characters, words, or lines in dynamic ways.

Tip: Quick Type

New in CS5: Double-clicking the Type tool creates a new text layer with the cursor centered in the Comp panel.

In this chapter we’ll cover the basics of creating and editing text, including text along a path. We’ll then show how to use text animators to add sophisticated animation. You’ll discover all aspects of animating text ...

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