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Create a Signature Animation in Adobe After Effects

Learn to make a stunning animated signature using Adobe After Effects, all without relying on extra tools. This tutorial is beginner-friendly, guiding you step by step to create your very own animated signature. You’ll be able to make a cool animated GIF of your signature for emails! Also, you can check this highly recommended Handwriting Text animation tutorial.

Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Signature Animation:

Step 1: Preparing Your Signature

  1. Begin by taking a pen and paper.
  2. Write your signature on the paper.

Step 2: Capturing or Scanning Your Signature

  1. Take a photo of your signature or scan it into your computer.

Step 3: Setting Up the Composition

  1. Open Adobe After Effects.
  2. Create a new composition and name it “Signature Animation.”
  3. Set the resolution to 1920×1080 pixels, frame rate to 30 frames per second, and duration to 5 seconds.

Step 4: Importing Your Signature

  1. Go to the File menu.
  2. Select “Import” and import your signature photo.
  3. Drag your signature photo onto the composition.

Step 5: Tracing Your Signature

  1. Use the pen tool from the toolbar.
  2. Trace your signature using the pen tool.

Step 6: Adding Stroke Effect

  1. Access Effects & Presets.
  2. Search for the “Stroke” effect.
  3. Apply the Stroke effect to the signature image.

Step 7: Customizing Stroke Settings

  1. In Stroke settings, click the “All Masks” checkbox.
  2. Change the color from white to your desired color (e.g., red, blue, green).
  3. Slightly increase the brush size.
  4. Set Brush Hardness to 100%.
  5. Adjust Spacing to 0.0%.
  6. Click the stopwatch icon next to “End” to add a keyframe. Change the value from 100% to 0% at the start.

Step 8: Creating the Animation

  1. Move the timeline to around 5 seconds.
  2. Increase the “End” value back to 100%.

Step 9: Fine-Tuning the Animation

  1. Under Paint Style, change it to “On Transparent.”

Step 10: Exporting Your Animation

  1. Click on the “Signature Animation” composition.
  2. Go to the Composition menu.
  3. Choose “Add to Adobe Media Encoder Queue…”
  4. Select “Animated GIF” from the list.
  5. Click “Render.”

Congratulations! You’ve successfully created a captivating signature animation using Adobe After Effects.

Project File Details:

UpdatedMarch 25, 2024
CompatibilityAfter Effects CC
Required PluginNo
Size59 KB
CategoryAfter Effects Tutorials