Hello, I have a wordcloud where the words are forming a specific shape.
I'd like each word to fade in one-by-one. But there is a ton of words and I don't really want to be key framing them all individually...
Is there any 'automated' way to do this? I'm using AE CS5. Hoping for a solution that does not involve buying anything
Animate the fade in the way you would like (blurs, glows, etc.), create an animation preset, apply it to all of the layers, then use the sequence layers keyframe assistant to spread them out.
If you just want a basic opacity fade, you can even achieve that with the sequence layers tool and you don't need to mess with the animation preset.
As Szalam said, simple animation and good use of presets should do. Of course it also could be done with expressions, if things get more complicated...