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Animate Text on a Path in Adobe After Effects

If you are trying to animate Text on a Path in Adobe After Effects, then you are at the right place. In this tutorial, I will show you to text on a path in Adobe After Effect. This is a very simple and easy tutorial especially for beginners.

Step-by-Step Guide to Animate Text on a Path in After Effects:

Step 1: Launching Adobe After Effects and Creating a Composition

  1. Open Adobe After Effects.
  2. Head to the Composition menu and craft a new composition.
  3. Rename it to “Text on a Path” or choose 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 and Path

  1. Pick the Horizontal Type tool.
  2. Input your desired text.
  3. Keep the Text Layer selected, then choose the Pen tool to create a path. This action generates a mask on our text layer.

Step 3: Mapping Text to the Path

  1. Navigate to text properties.
  2. Under the Text section, locate Path Options.
  3. Transform the path from “None” to “Mask 1” (the mask we created earlier).

Step 4: Animating the Path

  1. Ensure you’re at the first frame.
  2. Reduce the value of the first margin to negative numbers.
  3. Add a keyframe.
  4. Progress to approximately 4-5 frames ahead and alter the first value.

Step 5: Refining the Animation

  1. Press “U” on your keyboard to expose all keyframes.
  2. Select all keyframes, then right-click.
  3. Navigate to Keyframe Assistant and pick Easy Ease.

Step 6: Enhancing the Animation

  1. Choose the first two keyframes.
  2. Enter the graph editor.
  3. Slightly adjust the graph to achieve a smooth and appealing animation.

Congratulations! Your Text on a Path animation is now completed.

Project File Details:

UpdatedMarch 25, 2024
CompatibilityAfter Effects CC
Required PluginNo
Size71 KB
CategoryAfter Effects Tutorials