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The After Effects Illusionist, 2nd Edition by Chad Perkins

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17The Text Effects

Back in the old days when I started learning After Effects, the effects in the Text category were essential. However, in After Effects 6.0 Adobe added the most powerful text animation engine anyone had ever seen, and the Text effects became largely forgotten. In After Effects CS4, half of the Text effects were removed, stripped of their ranks, and discarded into the Obsolete category. So, who are the two effects that dodged the bullet? The Numbers and Timecode effects. And as you’ll see, they deserve to stick around. Although simple, they can both come in handy for different purposes.

The Numbers Effect

The Numbers effect generates numbers; numbers of all kinds. Numbers can generate random numbers (including numbers with multiple ...

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