Simplified Text Workflow

Design skills are important but good workflow is also critical when working with Adobe After Effects. In this tip learn how a seemingly simple technique for animating text can be simplified further, saving keyframes, expressions and, most importantly, time.

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  1. Joel Lisbona
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    Thanks, John, as always was a very good tip, and very quick, workflow tips to get the job done faster, and quick tips videos gotta be the new way go these days.

    • John Dickinson
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      Hi Joel, I’m glad you are finding them useful. Best wishes, John.

  2. Pat Reilly
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    Man……..I’m kicking my self now, thanks for the tips.

    • John Dickinson
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      Hi Pat, my butt is still sore from my kicking myself 😉 Best, John.

  3. Jim Hines
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    The synchronicity is getting bizzar here Jon because this is not the first time it has happened but I was on Kopriva’s site just yesterday and it led me to the Adobe help document and this page – Examples and resources for text animation – . So I was working on the per character 3D animating text and was also reviewing an old Kramer tut where he links up 3 text layers using the source text parameter in order to make quick changes. So when you started out I was actually thinking you were going to use source text but I didn’t know exactly how …sorry so long winded …I know but…thanks great tip. You should add this tut to that Adobe help doc page.

    However, being old I truly resent the old bad sad combo… LOL : – )

    Rock on!

    • John Dickinson
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      Ha, good one Jim. I’ll put this tip in the After Effects online help. Best, John.

  4. John Dickinson
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    Hi Ahmed, I’m glad you are losing your fear! Best, John.

  5. Hussin
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    Cool! Learned someting new today!!

  6. Tom Hauville
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    Just wanted to point out that your expression for the opacity could be simplified.

    Rather than:
    (layer(“old”).transform.opacity * -1) + 100

    I would put in:
    100 – layer(“old”).transform.opacity

    the result, of course, would mean that the opacity for the output layer would be the opposing value for the source…. eg, if the source layer opacity is at 25, the output layer would be 75… if the source is 100, output layer is 0, etc…

    either expression gives the same result, my version is merely a handful of keystrokes less!

    • John Dickinson
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      Nice one Tom, I’m certainly not an expert with expressions! Best, John.

  7. xsid
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    hi John,
    want to ask one thing tht really bothering me these days, a lot of motion graphic artists are using C4D these days & obv it makes sense cos Maxon knows its competitors well and they want more foucs on Motion Arts (with Mograph) but for some time i am using maya & along side motion graphis , i have keen interest in product modeling & product animation (other than camera). is it a good time to switch to C4D or should i stay with the maya?

    • John Dickinson
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      Hi xsid, Maya is still a popular choice. If you already have skills in that area why would you bother switching? On the other hand it’s good to know as many apps as you can if you are looking for employment. Best, John.

  8. eyed films
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    Very useful John, create more on “Workflow” I don’t know why but most of my projects becomes very very heavy even with my 4GB PC ( which is lets say OK for After effects) If u have some advises on subject with precomposing and switch on continue rasterizing, and switch on 3D and Dublicate and then the same thing again and again 🙂 Keep it up with ur great work !

    • John Dickinson
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      It really depends on the project but you should always be looking at ways to simplify what you are creating. This makes it easier to render, make changes, and remember what you did when you next open the project! 🙂 Best, John.

  9. Kol
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    Hi John,

    I’m a complete beginner to After Effects. Have you any suggestions for learning?

    Many thanks in advance.

  10. Onskin
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    Heyy,
    simply and efficient John 😉
    Thanks a lot…

    • John Dickinson
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      You’re welcome Onskin. Best, John.

  11. Fernando
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    You just simplified my workflow. Thanks.

    • John Dickinson
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      Good to hear, Fernando, thanks for letting me know. Best, John.

  12. John Dickinson
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    Thanks George.

  13. Siraz
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    John….you always nice…most people know to work in after effect…but most of them don’t know a good workflow….

    your workflow tips are nice…i am looking forward more workflow tips from you John….Thank You, Thank you Very Much indeed…for this tip….

    • John Dickinson
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      Thanks Siraz, I appreciate your appreciation 😉 Best, John.

  14. Tunde
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    Great Tip as always. Thanks John

    • John Dickinson
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      Thanks Tunde 😉 Best, John.

  15. Bennie
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    Hi JD,I am doing a promo ad for the new service my company is introducing and this is just what i need. This will realy save me a lot of text layers

    Thanks, u are great

    • John Dickinson
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      It really does save a lot of layers. One limitation of Source Text is it doesn’t recognise attributes such as tracking or kerning. Best, John.

  16. jason
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    You rock John. Thank you!

    • John Dickinson
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      Thanks Jason.

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