I was trying to skew a few elements in AE. I managed to skew objects using the transform effect easily, however I couldn't use the same for a text box. I need the text box to skew not the font in it. Is there a way to move individual vertices of a text box?
i'm not sure how many lines you have, but i think this could work for several lines...
type the most lines that you think you wound need into a text layer.
twirl down the text layer properties, click the little 'animation' menu arrow (to the right of the 'text' properties) and choose 'position'
in the position property that pops up, set the x value to some thing arbitrary (maybe 200 or 400).
then twirl down the range selector properties and then the advanced properties.
in the advanced properties set based on to 'lines', set units to 'index' and shape to 'ramp up'.
in the range selector properties set the offset to .5.
your lines show now be staggered. to adjust the amount of staggering, adjust the x value of the position animator to line up with the amount of skewing that you need.
i thin you should be able to keep that amount of stagger regardless of the number of lines you type, as long as the number of lines does not exceed the 'end' value in the range selector -- that's why you should start with the maximum number of lines that you think you need at the beginning. you can increase (or decrease) the 'end' value, but you will need to adjust the x value to maintain the skew/stagger.