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How to Animate Text Stroke in Adobe After Effects

Discover the fun of animated text borders in Adobe After Effects. Learn how to give your text a cool moving outline, making your designs more exciting. This step-by-step guide is great for beginners. We’ll show you how to create animated text borders to make your words pop in your projects. Follow along with our simple After Effects tutorial and add a playful twist to your text!

Step-by-Step Guide to Animate Text Stroke in After Effects:

Step 1: Launching Adobe After Effects and Setting Up the Composition

  1. Open Adobe After Effects.
  2. Navigate to the Composition menu and create a new composition.
  3. Rename it as “Animate Stroke” or select a name you prefer.
  4. Set the resolution to 1920×1080 Pixels, frame rate to 30 frames per second, and duration to 10 seconds.

Step 2: Crafting Your Text

  1. Utilize the type tool to insert your text.
  2. Enlarge the text size and align it to the center.

Step 3: Creating a Masked Outline

  1. Right-click on the text layer.
  2. Choose “Create Masks from Text.” This action generates a mask around the text.

Step 4: Adding the Stroke Effect

  1. Select the Text outline layer.
  2. Head to the Effects Menu > Generate.
  3. Search for the “Stroke” effect.
  4. Apply the stroke effect by dragging and dropping it onto the text outline layer.

Step 5: Fine-Tuning Stroke Parameters

  1. Access the Effect Controls settings.
  2. Check the “All Masks” option.
  3. Alter the Paint Style from “Original Image” to “On Transparent.”
  4. Increase the Brush Size to 3.5 and set the Brush Hardness to 100%.
  5. Decrease the spacing to 0%.
  6. Click the clock icon to add a keyframe. Set the end value to 0%.
  7. After two seconds, raise the value to 100%.

Step 6: Smoothing the Animation

  1. Select the Stroke outline layer.
  2. Press “U” on your keyboard to access keyframes.
  3. Choose both keyframes.
  4. Right-click and navigate to Keyframe Assistant, then pick Easy Ease.

Step 7: Changing Animation Order

  1. By default, our Stroke animation works sequentially.
  2. Alter this by unchecking the “Stroke Sequentially” option in Effect Controls.

Step 8: Adding Colors to the Strokes

  1. Select the stroke outline layer.
  2. Press Control + D to duplicate it.
  3. Slightly shift the duplicate layer to the right.
  4. Modify the stroke color.
  5. Repeat this process to create a total of 6 stroke layers with different colors.

Step 9: Final Touch and Check

  1. Unhide the text layer to see your animation come together.

Congratulations! Your captivating Stroke Text animation in After Effects

Project File Details:

UpdatedMarch 25, 2024
CompatibilityAfter Effects CC
Required PluginNo
Size34 KB
CategoryAfter Effects Tutorials