One of the best things about text animation wordpress is while you can create very complex animations, it is used for some of the most famous Hollywood character animations we know, you can also create very simple, useful and usable animations on your very first day.
Learning any new tool or technique, it is always helpful to establish the ‘fundamentals’, the basic tools that form the building blocks for this tool and in After Effects or any timeline based animation tool, the basics are stopwatches and layers.
What are ‘stopwatches’? Stopwatches are the icons, the point and click tool you use to identify a place on your timeline where a certain event or quality is set. When you ‘click’ a stop watch for a property, you are creating a keyframe on the timeline for that property. You are telling your animation when this event is going to happen. Perhaps the simplest example is position. You have an animated ball, a bouncing ball. At position and time 0, the beginning of your animation, the ball is on a ledge. It is nudged off. At time 1 second, your ball’s position is half way to the ground, at 2 seconds, it hits the ground, at 3 seconds it is back in the air from a bounce and so on.
Your ‘stopwatch’ is the tool you use to set these keyframes, to ‘lock in’ a new value for the attribute your are animating, in this case, the position of the ball. At each second or defining event above, you click your stopwatch next to your position attribute, and the position value is recorded for that time. When you play your animation back, you see the values you defined played out as your ball bounces to the positions you defined at the exact time you recorded.