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Graham's latest tutorial shows you how to combine several effects to generate a background for any text layer you add to an After Effects comp.




This quick tutorial shows you how to combine several effects to generate a background for any text layer you add to an After Effects comp.

Once you've made the simple version, you can save it as an Animation Preset.

I then go on to show how to use a Gradient Ramp in the preset to give the background a bit more depth. Finally I use Expressions to set where the gradient starts and ends, so that it matches the text.



Expressions used:
Start of Ramp:
Y = transform.position[1]+thisLayer.sourceRectAtTime().top; [0,Y]

End of Ramp:
Y = effect("Gradient Ramp")("Start of Ramp")[1]+thisLayer.sourceRectAtTime().height; [0,Y]



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