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Skew/shear text in After Effects

New Here ,
Jan 24, 2020 Jan 24, 2020

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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. 

 

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Jan 24, 2020 Jan 24, 2020

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  1. Create a new text layer with some text
  2. Reveal the text layer properties by spinning down the twirly>
  3. Select the Animation button and add Skew
  4. Select the rotation property for the text layer
  5. Add this expression to Rotation using the pickwhip
    - text.animator("Animator 1").property.skew
  6. Adjust the skew to change the angle

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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.

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Jan 24, 2020 Jan 24, 2020

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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.

I covered several examples and use cases here, one of which is this exact look: https://youtu.be/gkFUztG7fL0?t=660

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Aug 27, 2021 Aug 27, 2021

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You can use the Transform effect (under the distort effect folder) on your live text, it has a skrew function


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