Game Development Reference
Figure 13.1 After adjusting the
Swivel property with the Basic
The Basic Text Effect
Another obsolete effect with “basic” in its title—this can't be
good. Actually, the Basic Text effect can be benefi cial to those
who fi nd simple text animation in After Effects to be challeng-
ing. In the same way that Basic 3D was the only way to create 3D
movement many moons ago, Basic Text used to be the only way
to create text in After Effects.
Create a new project, a new comp, and a new solid. Unlike real
After Effects text, Basic Text is an effect that must be applied to
an existing layer. Though this can be of benefi t in certain circum-
stances (such as when creating a luminance map to control an
effect, and you want text to be a part of the map and you don't
want to precompose), more often than not I like my text to be
an independent layer. That way, I'll have access to blend modes,
individual animation parameters, and more.
When you fi rst apply the Basic Text effect, as well as many
other effects in After Effects that deal with text, you created an
archaic dialog box. This thing should be on display in a museum
somewhere (Fig. 13.2).
All joking aside (for the time being), in this dialog box, you
enter your text in the large empty fi eld in the area in the middle.
Here you can also change the font, style, and alignment. To accept
the text and adjust the effect, click OK. And after a while, you'll
realize one of the biggest reasons that this effect is obsolete—you
can only change this text by clicking the Edit Text . . . hot text but-
ton at the top of the Basic Text effect in the Effect Controls panel.
In the parameters of this effect, you'll fi nd the most basic of
basic properties, such as position, color, fi ll, stroke, and size.