Typewriter Text Effect with Blinking Cursor in Adobe After Effects


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If you want to create a Typewriter Text Effect then you are definitely at the right place. In this tutorial, you will learn to create a Typewriter Text Effect with a blinking cursor in Adobe After Effects. This is a fast and easy tutorial specially designed for beginners. After watching this tutorial, you can easily create a Typewriter Text Effect. The best thing about this tutorial is the cursor will keep blinking at the end of the animation. You can easily change the cursor sign and color. You can watch this tutorial or here is a step-by-step guide.

Let’s get started!

Step 1: Open Adobe After Effects then Create a New Composition. Rename it to Typewriter Text. Set the resolutions to 1920×1080 pixels, 30 frames per second, and set the duration to 10 seconds.

Step 2: Go to the toolbar and select the Horizontal Type Tool. Make sure your text alignment is set to the left.
Text Alignment
Then click anywhere on the screen and type your text.

Step 3: Right-click on the Text layer. Go to Effects then Expression controls and choose the Slider control. Rename the slider control to the Text. Again right click on the text layer then go to Effect and then Select the checkbox control. Rename the checkbox control to On/Off. Once again right click on the Text layer, go to effect, then expression controls, and choose color control. Our Effect Control settings will be like this.

Effect controls

Step 4: Copy the first expression.

var sign = “|”;
var blinkInterval = 15;
var i = effect(“Text”)(“ADBE Slider Control-0001”);
var on = effect(“On/Off”)(“ADBE Checkbox Control-0001”);
var frames = timeToFrames(time);
var check = frames / blinkInterval;
if (on == 1) {
if (i.valueAtTime(time + thisComp.frameDuration) > i) {
end = sign;
} else {
if (Math.floor(check) % 2 == 0) {
end = sign;
} else {
end = ” “;
}
}
} else {
end = ” “;
}
text.sourceText.substr(0,parseInt(i)) + end;

Go under the Text, hold the Alt Key on the Keyboard and click the Source Text stopwatch icon to add an expression. Now, paste the expression.

Step 5: Make sure your time cursor is at 1 second. Then add a keyframe on the slider. Go forward to 6 seconds then change the slider values until you see the text. If you find the blinking cursor is missing, just click on the checkbox.
Click on check box

Do you want to increase the typewriter speed? Follow the Step 6.

Step 6: Select the Text layer and press the U key on the Keyboard to reveal all keyframes. And move the second keyframe closer to the first keyframe. It will increase the typewriter text speed.

Do you want to change the cursor sign? Then Follow the Step 7.

Step 7: Go under the text, then under the Source Text. Here you can change the cursor sign.
Cursor Sign

Do you want to increase the cursor blinking speed? Then follow Step 8.

Step 8: Go under the text, then under the Source Text. Just change the blink interval from 15 to 5.
Blinking Speed

Do you want to change the Cursor Color? Then Follow the Step 9:

Step 9: Click the small animate button. Then go to fill color and choose RGB. Then copy this expression.

text.animator(“ADBE Text Animator”)(“ADBE Text Selectors”)(“ADBE Text Selector”)(“ADBE Text Index End”) – 1;

Go to range selector 1, then hold the Alt Key on the Keyboard and Click the Start stopwatch icon to add an expression. Then paste the second expression. Now copy the third Expression

text(“ADBE Text Document”).length;

Hold the Alt Key on the Keyboard, and click the End Stopwatch icon to add an expression. Then paste the third expression there. Go under the advanced and change the units from percentage to Index. Again hold the Alt key on the keyboard and click the Fill Stopwatch icon to add an expression. Then Drag the pick whip to the color control.
Drag the Pick whip

Do you want your text to be removed after a few seconds? Follow step 10.

Step 10: Select the text layer and press U Key on the Keyboard to reveal all keyframes. Go forward to 6 seconds then add a keyframe. Go to the last frame and change the slider value back to zero.

You can also apply the same technique on multiple lines. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work on right-to-left text or Arabic text.

Finally, our typewriter Text Animation with a blinking cursor is ready.

Here you can download a free project file (File Size: 3.2MB)

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