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Handwriting Text Animation in After Effects

Unlock the full potential of Adobe After Effects with our meticulously crafted tutorial on creating professional handwritten text animations. Follow each step to perfection, from setting up your project to adding dynamic strokes that breathe life into your text. Learn essential techniques such as centering anchor points, using the pen tool with precision, and applying strategic keyframes for a flawless finish. Elevate your motion graphics game and captivate your audience with personalized, handwriting text animations that leave a lasting impression. Also, check out this amazing Signature Animation tutorial in After Effects.

Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Handwriting Text Animation:

Step 1: Setting Up the Composition

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

Step 2: Text Setup

  1. Select the type tool and adjust the character settings.
  2. Use the ‘Style Script‘ font, set font color to white, and scale to 420 pixels.
  3. Click anywhere on the screen, then press Control+Alt+Home to center the anchor point.
  4. Align your text to the center.

Step 3: Applying Stroke Effect

  1. Keep the text layer selected.
  2. Go to Effects and Presets, search for ‘Stroke’ under ‘Generate,’ and apply it to the text layer.
  3. Change stroke settings: select All Masks, choose a stroke color, set brush size to 26, and brush hardness to 100%.

Step 4: Using the Pen Tool

  1. Select the Pen Tool from the toolbar.
  2. Zoom in and create strokes to hide the text.
  3. Create separate masks for each character by holding Control and clicking outside the mask.
  4. Adjust the stroke by moving the curve handles.

Step 5: Revealing Text with Animation

  1. Change pen style from ‘One Original Image’ to ‘Reveal Original Image.’
  2. Adjust the ‘End’ value to reveal text gradually.
  3. Fine-tune edges by manipulating curve handles.
  4. Add keyframes for smooth animation and apply Easy Ease for a polished finish.

Step 6: Adding Color to Text

  1. Select the text layer and change the text color.
  2. Duplicate the layer, shift 1 frame forward, and change the color.
  3. Repeat the process for a dynamic color transition.
  4. The top layer’s text colors should be white.

Conclusion: Congratulations! You’ve mastered the art of handwritten text animation in After Effects. Explore endless creative possibilities by experimenting with different fonts and colors. If you found this tutorial helpful, support the channel by liking, subscribing, and sharing your thoughts in the comments. Stay tuned for more exciting content, and I’ll see you in the next tutorial. Thanks for watching, and good luck!

Project File Details:

UpdatedMarch 25, 2024
CompatibilityAfter Effects CC
Required PluginNo
Size212 KB
CategoryText Animation Tutorials