I'm a neophyte to AE so, this may be an easy fix, but I've looked around and can't find an answer. I am going through Lynda.com training right now and it's going over the text and shape tools. When I click on them, the cursor changes to what it's supposed to be. When I click on the comp with the text tool, a red blinking cursor is there, but I type and , while the cursor moves as though it's typing, and what I am typing shows up in the layers panel, nothing shows up on the comp. And this is when the text layer is layer 1. Similarly, when I use the elliptical tool, I click and drag, but nothing happens, however, a layer appears in the layer panel. I've examined the settings on the layers, and they seem to be the same as the ones in the tutorial, so I am stuck. Can you help?
Check the character palette. Make sure the text is not the same color as the background. Make sure the text is big enough to see. Try turning on transparency grid or checking the alpha channel.