More than anything else.... more than any description or piece of advice someone may give you... you need this:
Blow it off at your peril.
Improper use of the selection tool. You are grabbing a corner and scaling instead of grabbing the entire text and moving.
If all else fails just use the position controls in the timeline.
Sounds like you are experiencing the difference in behavior between having a text layer actively selected or passively selected.
As such, you just need to complete the text entry before clicking with the Type Tool again.
As I'm sure you've noticed, if you press "Enter" while entering text you get a carriage return (getting a new line of text in the current text layer).
If you're on Windows, try pressing "Control + Enter" to complete the text entry.
If you're on Mac, try pressing "Enter" instead of "Return" (on a standard Mac keyboard, this is fn + Return; on an extended Mac keyboard, it's the "Enter" key that's grouped with the numeric keypad keys).
The text layer will still be selected, but you'll be free to click and create another type layer as well use press other keys for keyboard shortcuts (like the arrow keys to nudge the type layer or the "v" key to get back to the Selection tool).
thank you for the command! I knew there was a way to do, just didn't know how lol.
Still having the same problem when trying to drag the text somewhere, it just warps it making it bigger or flips it. I can't see the corner markers on the text when I try to select it, even when I select the anchor point tool I can't see the centre. Did I somehow accidentally hit a command where all of the guideline points are hidden, or is it just my lack of knowledge on after effects making this stressful for me?
Also, is it by default that the point on each text is near the bottom left hand corner? I remember yesterday I had to drag them all one by one to the centre point.
Sounds like you want to check your current settings in the View Options for the Comp.
To set your View Options:
- Select the Comp panel.
- Choose View > View Options...
Specific to what you're experiencing, make sure that "Layer Controls" and "Handles" are checked in the View Options dialog box. With those two enabled, you should be able to easily see the Handles that you're unintentionally clicking and dragging right now (they're always there, even when hidden from view).
You might also find it helpful to zoom in before you click and drag your text layer to move it. If you press period (".") on the standard keyboard, you'll zoom into the Comp window. If you press comma (","), you'll zoom out of the Comp window. You can also use the Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign shortcuts for zooming in and out: "command =" and "command -", Mac; "control =" and "control -", Windows.
Yes, text aligns to the left by default (so, the anchor point appears at the left edge of the baseline). In the Paragraph panel, you can choose Left align text, Center text, or Right align text. AE should remember the most recently used settings the next time you create a text layer.
- Select the Comp panel.
...is it just my lack of knowledge on after effects making this stressful for me?
That would be the reason.
AE doesn't behave like any other multimedia application you may have used previously. You need your basic schoolin', or you suffer frustration.