Creating the Fade-In Effect

Since you probably don't want the letters to just pop into the screen, you'll create an easy fade-in effect for them. This section guides you through the quick process of fading in the letters one at a time using the same Animator you created in the previous section. Fading in the letters makes the title easier to read as each word develops, and it makes the scaling a little more dramatic:


Go to time 0;00. Click the Add menu arrow (just to the right of Animator 1 in the Timeline), and choose Property > Opacity.

Adding Opacity to the Animator


Change the Opacity value to 0%. With that one little step, the Animator also animates each letter's Opacity from 0100% (in addition to scaling each letter) as the Start of the Range Selector passes over the letter.


After you apply a text Animator to a text layer, you can rename the Animator to something that will help you identify it in the Timeline, such as ScaleOpacity in this project. This is especially helpful when you're working with multiple Animators in a single text layer or you have a deep stack of layers.


To have the Animator ignore the spaces between the words in The Omega Future (because spaces cause pauses in the animation), expand the Advanced property group under the Range Selector and change the Based On property to Characters Excluding Spaces.

Making the animation skip the spaces between words

Click the Ram Preview button in the Time Controls palette to preview the result in realish time. After the last letter in a word is animated, the first letter in the next word is animatedthere's no pause as the Animator passes over the space between the words.

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    Adobe After Effects 6.5 Magic
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