Working with Texts (6)
In this module, I will be learning about creating and editing text, formatting characters and paragraphs, and using the source text keyframe. Creating and editing texts is a simple start to manage the words or letter’s size, fill/stroke, or fonts. At the top left corner, you will see a “T” in the panel, which it will create a text for you and you can edit it by right panel. The text layers have a unique property called Source text. What it does is it allows you to keyframe text, which it’ll change the text over time. No other layer or asset has this property. By creating a text, you will hover over the disclosure triangle, of your text layer, clicking it and doing the same thing with text. You will see the source text and clicking the stopwatch next to it will bring up the keyframes. Instead of a diamond keyframe, it will add a square keyframe which is a hold keyframe. It is the only keyframe you can add while you’re working with source text and will hold it until you change its properties.
Working with Shapes (7)
In this module, I will be working on creating shapes with shape tools, using the pen tool, and creating shapes from paths and texts. There are two types of shapes, and that is Parametric and Bezier. Parametric means shapes created from the shape tool itself, located at the top left as a square, and Bezier means shapes created from the pen tool or a pasted path. With the shape tool, you can create different shapes by holding the icon and picking the desired shape. This goes the same with the pen tool, but this will help you create rather more irregular shapes. In the image above, you see a letter “R” along with the other shapes. That letter isn’t a regular text but a shape that is created from the text. To do this, you select the text layer, right click it, and clicking the “create shape from text” option. The same letter will appear as a shape layer. Creating shapes from paths is much more complex and it only applies from using photoshop or some other source. Nonetheless, when you open up an image, from photoshop for example, you copy the path of the image by clicking the layer and “marching ants” will appear around it. To copy it, hover over the path’s tab and at the bottom you click on the fifth icon to convert it into a work path. Once it is converted, ctrl/cmd C to copy the path and ,returning to After Effects, create a new shape layer and select the pen tool to actually add the shape to the layer. Open up shape, path, make sure that is active, and ctrl/cmd V to paste it. The shape you just copied from a different source will appear at the stage with current properties.