Whether you are writing the text for static images or typing paragraphs you will later animate, playing with character and line spacing can improve the design of your projects. After Effects, like other Adobe products, also has options to adapt fonts according to your taste beyond the default options that the software offers. As a result, it is possible to change your letters' thickness, height, and width so you can create customized texts.
That is why this time, we will show you the options that will allow you to modify character spacing in After Effects so you can have freedom when designing texts in your compositions.
You must activate the Character Panel to change the spacing between characters and lines. If you don't see it in your workspace, click Ctrl + 6 or Cmd + 6 to see each option that will allow you to customize your texts.
Once that panel is visible, go to the Toolbar, activate the Text tool next to the Pen, and type at least two words for this exercise. Hit Enter to separate them, so one word is on top of the other in the same text layer.
Each typeface installed on your computer has its characteristics. However, it is possible to change specific default parameters thanks to the options in the Character Panel. For example, to change the spacing between two words located on different lines:
Another way to alter the spacing between two words on the same layer is to select the word you want to separate from the other and change its baseline.
To do this, go to the fourth compartment of the Character Panel, and locate the icon below the Vertically Scale option. It shows a capital A next to a lowercase A and an up arrow. Increase or decrease its pixel values to see how the location of that word changes.
If you look closely, below the feature we tested before to change the spacing between two words located on different lines; there is an icon with a letter V and a letter A. That option is the one you will use to change the distance between each of the letters of your words. To do this:
Tip: Regardless of the spacing you want to apply, always select all the words before modifying the values of the customization options, so the changes are correctly applied.