Over the past few weeks I’ve shown you how to add a cool gradient to your text, and animate the opacity, scale, rotation, and skew to make it look really funky and cool! Check out this compilation of the weeks work to see what I’m talking about!
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So to recap on the last few blogs I’ve made I’m going to talk through the different stages we went though.
The gradient effect was the first thing we did, I showed you how to use the ramp tool, and that you need to create your text in a separate composition from your main composition so the text effect doesn’t get ruined if you move the text. Adding a gradient is a common effect on text and instantly makes the text more appealing to look at and that is why we started with the gradient.
the next stage was to animate the text onto the screen. This was made from a multiple of effects combined to create the end result, the first I showed you was the opacity. With this you can not only change the opacity of the text as a whole but animate the range of text that is opaque. This created the sweeping text appearance from left to right.
The next effect was the scale, used to make the text seem more alive as it appears on the screen scale also adds another dimension to the text as it appears to moves in the Z axis bringing the text forward or backward in motion.
After scale I showed you the rotation tool. Rotation adds another aspect of movement to the text as it appears on screen. Not only does the text move in the Z axis but now the X axis in its rotation.
The last effect I used was skew, this effect makes the text seem almost elastic in its movement which gives it a more tangible feel. It also moves the text in the Y axis giving it movement in all directions which gives it the appearance of a full freedom of movement.
When added all together these effects make the text look alive, elastic, free, and more importantly interesting to look at and engaging.
I hope you found these tutorials useful! Please leave a comment on my blog or on the YouTube page and let me know what you thing good or bad!
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