Building the First Background Layer


Next you'll develop a background that gives the comp more depth by using the Ramp effect. The Ramp effect is like a two-color version of the 4Color Gradient effect, sharing most of the same properties but with different property names.

Here are the steps:

1.

Go to time 0;00, and create a new comp-size Solid layer (Layer > New > Solid) named Bottom Background. The color doesn't matter, because the colors you set for the Ramp effect override the solid's color.

2.

Move the Bottom Background layer below the Text layer in the Timeline.

3.

Apply Effect > Render > Ramp to the Bottom Background layer.

4.

Set the effect's Start of Ramp property to 360, 243 to define the position of the starting color. The Start Color defaults to black, and the End Color defaults to white, creating a color gradient between the two colors.

Settings for the Ramp effect in the Effect Controls window

The result of the Ramp effect with Start of Ramp set to 360, 243

5.

Press End on your keyboard so you can see the entire Text layer, and then apply the Ramp effect to the The Omega Future text layer. Set the effect's Start of Ramp to 360, 200 and its End of Ramp to 360, 265.

Tip

After Effects remembers the last effect you applied. You can apply the last effect to a new layer by choosing Effect and the second item in the menu or by using the shortcut that appears next to that menu item.

6.

Apply Effect > Perspective > Bevel Alpha to the Text layer. Set the Bevel Alpha effect's Edge Thickness to 2.70, Light Angle to 0 x -60, and Light Intensity to .99.

Save the composition.

The text after the Ramp and Bevel Alpha effects are applied to it



    Adobe After Effects 6.5 Magic
    Adobe After Effects 6.5 Magic
    ISBN: 0321267230
    EAN: 2147483647
    Year: 2005
    Pages: 236

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