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How to Animate Text in After Effects

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After Effects text animation can be tricky to master, but today we've got two videos to make it much easier.

Watch the first video to find out how to use the text animation tools to make some amazing text animations for your video projects. Dave Bode walks you through the process of animating text in After Effects step by simple step.

In the second video, we'll make things even easier by starting with a stylish text animation After Effects template. You'll see exactly how you can customise the template to create a range of different text animation styles.

Even if you're a beginner, you'll be able to create polished text effects for your videos after watching this detailed After Effects text animation tutorial. So just set aside half an hour or so and then sit back, watch the video, and learn all the secrets to animating text in After Effects and creating the professional-looking video text effects you need.

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Top After Effects Text Animation Templates

Even if you've mastered the techniques of animating text in After Effects, it's still great to have a library of text animation effects to choose from for your future projects. Text animation is quite a time-consuming process, and cutting down on the grunt work frees up more time for you to add the creative flourishes that will make your text effects stand out.

You've already seen one template in action, but there are thousands more out there, each creating slightly different text animation effects. Here are some After Effects text animation templates from Envato Elements that are worth checking out.

1. 70 Glitch Title Animation Presets Pack

Yes, you read that right. This single pack contains a whopping 70 premade After Effects text animations, all in the ever-popular glitch style. It includes sound effects, works with any font, and comes with a video tutorial to help you customise it.

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70 Glitch Title Animation Presets Pack

2. Typography Collection

Any good designer knows that the right typography can help you tell your story more effectively, and that's just as true in video as it is in print design. The stylish effects included here will help you create a wide range of impressive text animations in After Effects, all in a high resolution that's suitable for broadcast.

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Typography Collection

3. Celebrity Titles

For some projects, you just need that "wow" factor, and this After Effects text animation delivers it. The flashing lights and bright colours take you straight to the glitz and glamour of a movie premiere or awards night, with the celebrities smiling on the red carpet and the paparazzi cameras flashing. If that's the look you're going for, you can't go wrong with this After Effects animation template.

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Celebrity Titles

4. Ink Titles

Or how about something more artistic? Watch your text and images appear out of blotches of black ink dropped on a textured paper background. This is a great example of how you can use text animation in After Effects and a simple template to create something that wouldn't look out of place in the opening credits of a Hollywood movie.

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Ink Titles

5. 30 Animated Minimal Titles

Let's finish with something a bit simpler but no less effective. This pack of minimalist text effects for After Effects could be just what you need. The text animations are easy to customise and fast to render, so now that you know how to animate text in After Effects, you can use them to create a wide range of different end results.

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30 Animated Minimal Titles

Learn After Effects in Detail

Now that you've mastered After Effects text animation, why not move on to learn other skills and learn how to use After Effects in detail? Adobe After Effects for Beginners is a massive, eight-hour compilation of everything you need to know about this powerful motion graphics and compositing software.

Get a whole series of After Effects tutorials, covering everything from finding your way around the app to using keyframes, masks, motion tracking, and much more. You'll even get to practise your After Effects skills by building a lower third from scratch.

Follow along with Dave Bode as he shows you exactly how to use After Effects in 43 easy-to-follow videos. The whole course is completely free to watch.

If you're not yet an Envato Elements subscriber: For one low monthly fee, you get access to unlimited courses like this one, plus unlimited downloads of professional video templates, stock footage, motion graphics, and more than a million other design assets. Sign up today!

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