10 Replies Latest reply on Jan 3, 2013 11:32 AM by Mylenium

    Making a straight line aligned with text and adjusting length

    prescovidprod Level 1

      i am trying to make a simple straight line above some text in after effects cs5 that lines up with the beginning and end of the text. Not touching or anything. Nothing special. then a line perpendicular to it of a different stroke size.

       

      Also i want it to draw or fill in.

       

      first of all, if i dont get the line length perfect the first time, and i try to adjust the length, then the stroke width changes, also the scale.

       

      this is maddening because if i am making other pieces that i will animate together, i want them to be the same. and every time i try to adjust the line length, it changes everything...

       

      or do i just make all lines and type graphics in illustrator or photoshop and import them...and make a mask.  I almost think that all those extra steps might be easier...(sarcasm)

       

      any tips on this as this super basic task is turning into a headache?

       

      thx in advance.