It’s free and I will continue to give out free downloads!

Create a Falling Letters Animation in After Effects

Create an amazing falling letters animation in Adobe After Effects. In this tutorial, you will learn to create a falling text animation in After Effects without using any plugins or expressions. This is a 100% unique and easy tutorial, especially for beginners. For better results, I recommend you watch the video tutorial. Also, check this out Wave Text Animation tutorial in After Effects.

Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Falling Letters Animation:

Step 1: Create a Composition

  1. Open Adobe After Effects.
  2. Create a new composition named “Falling Letters Animation.”
  3. Set the resolution to 1920×1080 pixels, frame rate to 30 frames per second, and duration to 10 seconds.

Step 2: Import a Blank Paper Image and Add the Text

  1. Go to the File menu and import the blank paper image.
  2. Drag and drop the paper image into the composition.
  3. Copy the dummy text you want to use.
  4. Select the Type Tool from the toolbar and create a text box.

Step 3: Apply Text Animation

  1. Right-click in the text box and paste the copied text.
  2. Under Text Properties, click the arrow button and choose “Character Offset.”
  3. Under “Animator 1,” add a keyframe on Offset and set the value to -100%.
  4. Go forward to 3 seconds and change the offset value to 50%.

Step 4: Adjust Advanced Settings

  1. Go under the “Advanced” section of the Animator.
  2. Change the shape from square to “Ramp Down.”
  3. Set the ease high value to 100% and the ease low value to 100%.
  4. Turn on “Randomize Order” and set the random seed to 100.

Step 5: Animate Position

  1. Click the “Add” button under “Animator 1.”
  2. Go to Properties and choose “Position.”
  3. Add a keyframe on the Position property.
  4. Go to 3 seconds forward and change the Y position to 1500.
  5. Select all keyframes, right-click, go to Keyframe Assistant, and choose “Easy Ease.”

Step 6: Add Rotation Animation

  1. Click the “Add” button again.
  2. Go to Properties and choose “Rotation.”
  3. Add a keyframe and go forward by 5 frames.
  4. Change the rotation to 1 full rotation (360 degrees).
  5. Go forward to 3 seconds and change the rotation to 5 full rotations (1800 degrees).
  6. Drag the offset keyframe to 5 seconds.

Step 7: Duplicate and Modify Text Layer

  1. Select the text layer and press Ctrl + D to duplicate it.
  2. Hide the second text layer.
  3. Go to the properties of the first text layer and, under Text, delete the first animator.
  4. Go to Effects & Presets, search for the “Typewriter” effect, and apply it to the text layer.
  5. Keep the text layer selected, press U to reveal all keyframes, and drag the second keyframe to 5 seconds.
  6. Make sure the time cursor is at 5 seconds, go to the Edit menu, and click “Split Layer.”
  7. Delete the top layer.
  8. Unhide the second text layer and drag it to start from 5 seconds.

Your Falling Letters Animation is now ready! This tutorial guides you through creating the effect of text falling onto a paper, with animation properties like character offset, position, and rotation. By duplicating and modifying text layers, you achieve a smooth animation sequence.

Project File Details:

UpdatedMarch 25, 2024
CompatibilityAfter Effects CC
Required PluginNo
Size23 KB
CategoryText Animation Tutorials