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After Effects On the Spot by Richard Harrington

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Type-Oh:
Great Titles with AE's new Text Engine

When we got our copies of AE 6, the single feature that made us most impatient to rip the shrink-wrap off the package was the new Type Tool. Yes, you can now grab this tool, that sits innocently in the Tool Palette, click in the Comp Window and type-just like in Photoshop or Illustrator.

After Effects used to be weak in the text department. To achieve complex textbased animation, especially if we needed to animate text character-by-character, we turned to third-party plugins like Boris Graffiti or Digital Anarchy's Text Anarchy suite. Now we only need After Effects, which is now, in our opinion, the most advanced text-animation tool on the market.

But with power comes complexity. ...

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