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Lesson 2. Ballet Special Bumper > Animating the opacity - Pg. 71

Ballet Special Bumper 71 Figure . A. Zoon-out icon B. Zoom slider C. Zoom-in icon To zoom out in the time layout window, press the = (equals sign) key above the letter keys. To zoom in, press the - (hyphen) key above the letter keys. As you change the navigator view, notice that there is a second, smaller current-time marker posi- tioned above the regular current-time marker. As you change the navigator view, the smaller current- time marker indicates where the regular current-time marker is in relation to the length of the com- position. If the regular current-time marker is off the edge of the time graph, you can bring it back into the visible area by dragging the smaller current-time marker into the white area of the navigator view section. 3. Drag both viewing-area markers out so that you see the entire composition. Tip Animating the opacity In this section, you will animate the opacity to fade the text in and out with a rippling effect. You set a few keyframes, and then copy and paste the keyframes into different layers, at different times. 1. 2. Move the current-time marker to 6:15. Make sure all the letter layers are selected. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. First, you'll set opacity keyframes at 6:15 and 6:20 in all letter layers, setting identical values for all the keyframes. This produces an unchanging opacity value between these two locations. To set an Opacity keyframe for all the selected layers at 06:15, press Alt+Shift+T (Windows) or Option+Shift+T (Mac OS). This will create a new keyframe for all selected layers. Press the T key to display the Opacity property, click any underlined Opacity value, and then enter 0 to set all selected layers to 0% Opacity. Move the current-time marker to 06:20, and then press Alt+Shift+T or Option+T again to set another Opacity keyframe with a value of 0%. Next, you'll set a single opacity keyframe at 100% to fade in a layer, then copy and paste it at different locations in the other layers. Set the current time to 06:25, press Ctrl+Shift+A (Windows) or Command+Shift+A (Mac OS) to deselect all the layers. Then select the B layer, and set its Opacity to 100%. Make sure the keyframe is selected, and choose Edit > Copy. Move the current-time marker to 07:00, select the A layer, and paste. An Opacity keyframe with a value of 100% is pasted at 07:00.