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Chapter 4. Designing Title Effects > Creating the Title Blur

Creating the Title Blur

It's time to duplicate the text layer and use it to create the blurred title that appears before the main title comes into focus:

1.
Select the LA HI-RISE layer, and duplicate it.

2.
Select the lower LA HI-RISE layer in the Timeline, apply Effect > Blur & Sharpen > Fast Blur, and set Blurriness to 10. (No keyframe is needed.)

3.
To make the topmost text layer appear after the blurred version fades in, go to time 3;20 and add a 0% Opacity keyframe to the top layer.

4.
Press Alt + [ (Windows) or Opt + [ (Mac OS) to trim the layer's In point and leave its keyframe at the current point in time. (If you press only [, the keyframe moves to time 7;20, which you don't want to happen.)

Trimming layer 1 without moving its keyframe

5.
Go to time 5;00, and change the layer's Opacity to 100%.

If you preview the animation, the blurred letters should fade in at different times. Then the sharp version of the title should quickly fade in on top of the blurred letters.

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