Learn how to use built-in presets to animate text.
- [Instructor] Now that we have a live text object here, we can use After Effects text engine to animate it quite easily. Now I must be honest, the text engine here is very deep. In fact it deserve a course on it's own and I'll point you to a relevant one in the last movie. In the mean time, we are goin to rely on some built-in animation presets that will help us to bring nutty features to this tagline. So I'm going to select the text over here, there are 10 in my case. And then I'll press I to go to the end of this layer. And then in the effect and preset panel, I'll start to search for the term wiggly. This is going to show us few animation presets. I'm going to use the first one here, wiggly lines and double click in order to apply it to this text. Just to see what it does, I'll select the timeline panel and press B and this is going to set an end point for the beginning of this work area. Now if I press space bar, we'll see the animation that we've applied. And if you want to reverse engineer it, we can fold down the text and under it's properties we will see that we've applied an animator with couple of selectors, one of them is the wiggly selector that create this kind of funky animation. Now I want to add an additional preset to it to make it even more nutty. So I'll use this one, wiggle scale wipe. Once again I need to make sure that I'm applying the preset where I need it to start. So here at two 12, I'm going to either drag and drop or double click this on top of the text. And now if I'm going to preset space bar, we'll see that we have another animation which keeps on animating the letters and this is not exactly what I want. Now the reason is because this animator, you see number two over here has got also few keyframes but the last one is gong beyond the boundaries of our composition. And I want to fix it. So, making sure that animator two is selected, I'll press U to see the keyframes for both of them. And then I'll click on the word offset and this is going to select both keyframes even though we can't see them. So now I can click and drag to the left until I see the second keyframe, which I will try to place under the first one over here. And then, I'm going to click away, select only the first one and bring it back to it's place. This way we are using the preset but we are shortening the duration of the animation. And to see how this is looking, I'll press once again space bar and you will see that we are additional animation almost like secondary one to the letters which is going to work perfect if I'm going to re-enable the audio. Let's go to the beginning, making sure to double click on this work area. So now we can preview the entire thing to see how both of them works together. (upbeat music) ♪ Zoom ♪ (upbeat music) ♪ Zoom ♪ So this is how you can add two animation presets that works together on the the same layer of text. One if wiggling the entire line and the second adds additional scale to those dancing letters. As I told you, we are just scratching the surface here. So feel free to try out different text resets here and get a sense of what's possible inside this amazing text engine of After Effects.
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