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Sam Caino
Creating Multiple Lines of Text on One Text Layer
on Dec 30, 2014 at 7:45:38 pm

Hi Folks,

Experienced editor here, new to the Adobe Suite. I am creating a Text Layer in After Effects that I plan to manipulate and do some motion tracking to.

I can't figure out how to put multiple lines of text on the same layer.

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I feel like I'm missing something really obvious. So obvious, that all the tutorials I've watched don't go over it.

Do I have to create a new layer for each line of text? If so, what's the best way to manipulate all layers at once, once I get into resizing and motion tracking.



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Michael Szalapski
Re: Creating Multiple Lines of Text on One Text Layer
on Dec 30, 2014 at 7:47:47 pm

Press enter/return

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Sam Caino
Re: Creating Multiple Lines of Text on One Text Layer
on Dec 30, 2014 at 7:51:00 pm

Ok, I'm not THAT new! When I press enter, the cursor goes to the beginning of the original line of text and types over the line I already have. It does not go down a row.



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Michael Szalapski
Re: Creating Multiple Lines of Text on One Text Layer
on Dec 30, 2014 at 8:03:40 pm

You'll need to check your text parameters in the character panel. You could simply reset your character panel to default, if you want. You've got a second line, but the leading is off.

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Sam Caino
Re: Creating Multiple Lines of Text on One Text Layer
on Dec 30, 2014 at 8:09:57 pm

Leading! That was it. I was overthinking it.



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Dave LaRonde
Re: Creating Multiple Lines of Text on One Text Layer
on Dec 30, 2014 at 8:35:04 pm
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Dec 30, 2014 at 8:41:08 pm

Yup -- dead simple...
  • Pick a typeface.
  • In the Paragraph pane, pick a justification type -- left, right or center.
  • Select the type tool, click on an approximate location on the screen, and begin typing.

It really is that that easy. To edit the text, double-click on the text layer in the timeline, and all the text in the layer highlights. Navigate it with arrow keys or mouse clicks.

If you're familiar with Premiere Pro, you'll dope it out in 5 minutes.

And since I was late to this party, watch those settings in the Character panel like a hawk: leading, interline spacing, yadda-yadda-yadda. If things get wierd in text, they're usually the culprits.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Sam Caino
Re: Creating Multiple Lines of Text on One Text Layer
on Dec 30, 2014 at 8:52:27 pm

Excellent. I have manipulated it in a 3D space (making it look like it's written on a wall that's slanted towards the camera). The camera moves so it's time to do motion tracking. Do I need Mocha? Or, is there a good way to do it in AE?



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Michael Szalapski
Re: Creating Multiple Lines of Text on One Text Layer
on Dec 30, 2014 at 9:08:28 pm

It depends on what kind of motion you've got going on.

It sounds like Mocha would be ideal for your setup, but you could use AE's built-in Camera Tracker too [link].

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