Hey so here is my tutorial about adding a gradient effect to your text in Adobe After Effects CS4, it should also work in CS3, 7.0 and other versions of After Effects because it is a standard preset effect in After Effects. This is the first of a series of simple text effects for After Effects I will be doing. Hope you find this useful!
Hi, I’m Adam from Dude In A Drama.com and over the next few blogs I’m going to show you how to add a few simple text effects in Adobe After Effects CS4.
First I’m going to start with a very simple Ramp effect. Now, a friend told me about this effect he used in PhotoShop to make text look more, alive. Where he would add a very subtle gradient effect to text just to give it a it of edge. So when I came adding text in After Effects I decided to try and figure out how to add a slight gradient.
The simplest way I’ve found to do this is to add a Ramp effect to your text. Just simply adjust the markers or the numerical value to adjust the position of the black and white to make the gradient softer or more harsh and there you have it. A text gradient on your text.
First thing I will say when I found this out is that if you animate your text in this composition you may come across problems with your Ramp effect. If you animate your text the Rap values don’t move with the text so the gradient on your text doesn’t change. This frustrated me several hours while i tried to figure out what was going on with my text! Though after a bit of research I found it best if I wanted to animate the text anymore to create a new composition and place the text composition into that. Then you can animate that composition to your hearts content and your ramp values will remain in the correct place for your gradient effect.
I’m Adam from Dude In A Drama.com and I’ve just told you how to add a gradient to your text in After Effects
Check out Part two here