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2.1 How to Animate Text

Hi everyone and welcome back to, How to Create a Cinematic Text Animation in After Effects. In this lesson we'll get started with our cinematic video by creating our text animation. So now that we have After Effects ready, our workspace ready, let's go ahead and create a new project by going to File, New and New project. Next, we'll want to create a new composition. So go to Composition and New composition or Ctrl+N on your keyboard. And this will bring up a new composition settings window here. So let's go ahead and change the name of our composition. So this is going to be named Main. And we can change the settings of our video here as well. So the size of our video, which will be 1,920 by 1,080. And you'll also want to change the frame rate, which will be 30 frames per second. And the final thing that you'll want to change is duration. So make sure that duration of the video is at 10 seconds. Excellent, so this will act as the main composition for our video which is where all our main animations are gonna be placed in. So click OK for that. And straight away you'll find that our composition appears in the project panel here. And also you can view our composition in this preview window here as well, excellent. So now that we've got this setup, the next thing that we want to do is we can bring in some external files into the project. So let's go ahead and import our texture file. So go to File, and Import and File, find out where your texture file is placed. Select it, and then click on Import. And you'll see here that we've got our metal texture imported into our project like so, excellent. Now the next thing that we want to do is we want to create a composition for our text. So go to Composition, New composition. And let's go ahead a name this one Title. And then make sure that the rest of the settings are exactly the same as what we had for our main composition and then click OK. And now you'll notice here we've got two compositions in our project. And you'll notice here we've got them down here as well. So make sure that you're selecting the title composition. If the title composition isn't here, just simply double-click on the title composition like so, and it will appear here, cool. So let's go ahead and select the type tool. And click on the preview window here like so. And now we can sort of create our cinematic title. So let's go ahead and type CINEMATIC TITLE, like so. And here, let's go ahead and change some of the settings here, so just going to change the font, excellent. And you can change the size of the font here as well, so you can make it smaller or bigger. So let's change it back to 175. Cool, and let's go ahead and change the tracking to 100. And here, let's go to paragraph settings and make sure that the text is centered. And this is because if you wanted to change the text later on, we wouldn't have to go ahead and mess about with the positioning of the text as well. We can just simply change the title to whatever we want it, okay? So now that we've got CINEMATIC TITLE set up, let's go ahead and use the selection tool. I'm going to go here to Grids and guide options and select title option Save. Now we can use our selection tool here to sort of move it closer to the center of our composition. Now you'll notice here, as I moved it, we can't actually see what's going on here. And that's because we've got the CAPS LOCKs on, on our keyboard, which prevents the view from refreshing. So let's go ahead and press CAPS LOCK, and it appears again, excellent. Now that we've got this all set up, I'm just going to remove title action Save as it's a little bit distracting. And we can go ahead and create a simple animation for our title. So let's go ahead and open up the cinematic title here. Select at the little arrow here next to animate, and we're just going to click on Tracking. And then you'll see some options appear down here as well. So make sure that our timeline is set to the very beginning. And we're going to make a key frame by clicking on the stopwatch icon here next to Tracking type, and which will create a key frame. And then we're going to move our timeline to about 4 seconds here like so. And then we're going to change the tracking amount here to about 10. And once we've done that, press Enter, and that will create another key frame. So you can see as we scrub back and forth in our timeline, you'll see that we've got a nice little text animation. So it's moving, it's going from smaller to larger, like so, cool. So let's go ahead and select both key frames by clicking and dragging. You're going to right-click on the key frame, select Keyframe Assistant. And then select Easy Ease or F9 on the keyboard. And now we're going to go into the graph view. Just going to polish up the animation a little bit. So let's make sure that both key frames are selected. Go in to the graph editor. And we can't really see anything here. So let's go to, so right-click, make sure that you're in Edit Speed Graph mode. And then click on the Fit all graphs to view button here, like so. So here we can polish up the timing of our animation. So let's go ahead and highlight this anchor here. And we're going to move this handle to the left a little bit, just holding Shift on the keyboard like so, just moving it all the way to the end. So if you can't see the graph just click on the Fit all graph to view button as well. And then we're going to, oops. Just undo that, Ctrl+Z. And then we're going to move this handle just a little bit to the right, like so, excellent. So now that we've done this, you can go to the Preview button here. So just click on Play, and you'll see now how our animation starts pretty quickly and then sort of slows down towards the end, like so. Pretty cool. So that's a quick little text animation. In the next video we'll learn how to add some texture to our text and also add some lighting and shadow effects. See you all there.

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