Can someone who is close to Adobe explain what their thinking was on this? (one has to assume they were thinking SOMETING, even if it was in the loony way that some design decisions are made over there)
Graphics elements are fine except they are not part of text animations, while, one would assume, underlined text would be.
Nope, AE doesn’t do it. Not sure about the others.
Adobe may have avoided it because underlining is bad form, from a typography perspective. It was necessary when typewriters couldn’t do italics (they still can’t, come to think of it) and it was apparently a signal to the typesetter to add italics to that text.
So Adobe might have felt it necessary to adhere to typographic conventions: underlining is bad.
I’m jus’ sayin’.
And just because Word & Pages do it doesn’t make it right. From a typography standpoint:-)
But if the client wants it, you’ll probably have to make a stroke from a two-point mask.
IN STUDIES THAT I HAVE READ OVER THE YEARS, BLOCKS OF ALL CAPS TYPE, AS WELL AS BLOCKS OF UNDERLINED TEXT, ARE HARDER ON THE EYE, SLOWER TO READ AND MAKE FOR A VISUAL MESS ONSCREEN. ANYONE WHO HAS EVER STUDIED TYPOGRAPHY WOULDN’T USE THEM AND IN THE WORLD OF TYPOGRAPHY, THEY ARE SEEN AKIN TO THE WAY THAT PEOPLE WHO JUST GET AN EDITING TOOL WILL USE A BUNCH OF TRANSITIONS, UNTIL, THEY TOO, LEARN THAT TRANSITIONS ARE ALSO BOZO NO-NOS.
Thanks for participating in my object lesson to illustrate the point…
Shane Ross, by the way, has a great blog entry at the COWBlogs on the subject of transitions and their overuse. It is at:
>>1) Animating individual characters that are underlined doesn’t really work—at least not the way most people would want it to work.
2) Underlining text is usually not used when alternative like italic formatting are available. (In other words, underlined text is generally considered ugly typography.)<<
Thanks Todd, for responding. I can accept reason 1. but as for reason 2:
Sometimes you want 'ugly' to make a stylistic point.
Why do the other Adobe apps allow it? Should After Effects alone stand as a bastion for typographical correctness? Perhaps you guys should get an internal Inquisition going at Adobe and bring the heretics into line 🙂
>>Besides, If I’m going to underline something, I’m going to animate the underline to REALLY call attention to it.<<
Well now you've hit upon the salient point. I have to learn to animate shapes in the same or complimentary way the text is animating. Maybe I'll just use italics and a larger typeface. Sheesh.