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TECH TIP JUNE 12, 2001

Creating Scalable Photoshop Text for After Effects
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3. An option window will open up. Make sure you check Save Transparency, Include Vector Data and Use Outlines for Text.

4. Place the PDF file into After Effects just as you would any other graphic file. You can now drop it into your Comp window or timeline and rescale it all you want.


The original PDF file (top) along with the scaled-up version.

5. Make sure in the timeline window that you switch to full resolution and continuous rasterization. (Both of these options are independent of your composition settings.) To do this, just go to your timeline and click the backslash until it becomes a forward slash and click the asterisk until it's filled in, as pictured below.


Resolution and rasterization options should be checked as shown here in
the columns to the right of the layer name.

Now, with all of this said, I can't in good conscience tell you that Photoshop is a perfect replacement for Illustrator in terms of text. Illustrator (or your vector program of choice) is easy to work in when it comes to text, and, in general, the work will go a little quicker. But Photoshop is also fine for smaller blocks of text. So have fun.

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Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications.