I'm looking to create this slanted text effect in After Effects. I've been looking forever trying to figure out how to do it. Fairly simple to do to a shape using transform but I don't have that option with text. I'd prefer to keep the editing capabilities for the text too.
Reveal the text layer properties by spinning down the twirly>
Select the Animation button and add Skew
Select the rotation property for the text layer
Add this expression to Rotation using the pickwhip - text.animator("Animator 1").property.skew
Adjust the skew to change the angle
You could reverse the expression by tying the skew to the rotation like this: - transform.rotation
With the first method, you transform the rotation using Skew, with the second method you transform Skew using Rotation. Both of these methods keep the text properly lined up. You could also just type in the values manually but that makes it harder to make design changes later on.
Rick's answer is how I'd do this, though just to toss out another potential solution - the Displacement Map effect. You can use another layer's white/black values (or other color channels, alpha channels, etc.) to distort a layer.