12.1 How to Make an After Effects Text Animation
Learn how to make a text animation in After Effects and captivate your audience with a simple template from Envato Elements.
In this tutorial you'll learn how to quickly and easily install and customize the Motion Type Text template. Elevate your project with animated video titles!
How to Animate in After Effects
Learn how to animate in After Effects in our in-depth course. Learn how to create impressive After Effects text animations using a variety of useful animation techniques. You’ll start by learning about keyframe animation and how to reveal text with masks and shape layers, before moving on to three practical projects.
1.Introduction1 lesson, 00:49
2.Getting Started5 lessons, 42:55
3.Compositions and Layers3 lessons, 26:35
4.Keyframes3 lessons, 25:21
5.Masks, Shape Layers, and Text5 lessons, 45:36
6.2.5D2 lessons, 13:42
7.Motion Tracking4 lessons, 34:04
8.Mattes and Cool Effects4 lessons, 43:43
9.Build a Lower Third2 lessons, 21:35
10.Exporting1 lesson, 09:11
11.Conclusion1 lesson, 01:16
12.Bonus Lessons4 lessons, 2:14:00
13.Frequently Asked Questions8 lessons, 1:34:42
12.1 How to Make an After Effects Text Animation
Hi, my name is Dave Bode for Envato, and in this video, I'm gonna show you how to use this motion type text template for After Effects that you can find on Envato Elements. This is a modular text treatment with six different styles that works with any font, and it's super customizable. You're going to learn how to customize this text animation and build a basic graphic from scratch in this video. Now, I'm gonna move pretty quickly and go step by step through the process. But even if you're new to After Effects, you should be able to follow along. Let's get started. Now, if you're unfamiliar, Envato Elements is a subscription based digital asset library, where you can find everything from stock video to video templates, music, sound effects, graphics, graphics templates, photos, 3d assets, and a lot more. They have a broad commercial license so you can use these assets in all of your projects. All righty, so this is the page where you can download the motion type text video template from Envato Elements. And when you do, you're gonna get a ZIP file and you're gonna unzip it and you're gonna get a folder called Motion_Type_Titles_v2. So if we jump into this folder here, we're gonna see footage, an old version video tutorial, which you can check out, or you can continue to watch this tutorial. And we have a Help file and a Motion_Type_Titles v.2. And in this project file, you'll have three additional text treatments or title animations that were not demoed on the Envato page with the demo video, so you can check that out if you want. But for now, I'm gonna jump into the old version here and I'm gonna open up this Motion_Type_Titles v.1. You can click OK at this dialogue box here. All it's saying is, this project was created in the older version of After Effects and needs to be converted. Just click OK and it'll open right up. You'll probably get another dialogue box that's saying that this project uses fonts that are not currently available on this computer. I'm not worried about that, you shouldn't be worried about that. Just click OK because I'm going to show you how to change the fonts to something different anyway. It's also letting us know that there's one file missing since you last saved the project, not a big deal, as well. I's probably one of the background elements, which I'm not gonna be using anyway. All right, before we go on, once we have this opened up, what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna save this. And that way, I have an untouched version of the project file. And if I want to go back to that at some point, I have a clean plate to start from. All right, let's check out what we have going on in this project. We jump over here to the Project panel. We have a folder that says, Don't edit. We can just leave that alone. Then we have MotionType Titles, and inside this folder we have three folders called Type01, Type02 and Type03. In each one of these, we have a collection of folders title 01, 02, 03, 04, and 05. And then, in each one of these folders is a composition that contains one of these text animations. All right, so if you saw the demo, this is maybe the first one, the second one, and the third one. So each one of these three folders here is a different animation, and then there are five duplications of that in this Type 01 folder. And the reason is, because these compositions have to be named something very specific in order for the text to update properly. If you rename this, you'll essentially break the way that the things in the background are working and it's not gonna work right. So for you convenience, they've duplicated this. So if you like this first text animation here and you wanna use it a few times, you have that already set up. What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna jump into this Type 03 because that's the one that I like. So I'm gonna double click this to open that up and I'm gonna click on this fly out menu here and close these other panels in this group cuz I don't wanna see those other comps open. All right, so let's check out what this looks like. This is the one I wanna work with, and right away, let's talk about how to start customizing this, but first thing you're gonna wanna do is probably change the text. So down here in the composition panel, I'm gonna double click on this YOUR TEXT layer here. This is a text layer but this is a guide layer, meaning that it's not gonna render in the final composition. So I'm gonna double click on that, it's gonna select the text for me and I'm going to type in my new title. Then I'm going to type TECH REVIEW. I wanna clear a slick looking title for my tech reviews, all right? Now, the second thing you may notice, or you may not have noticed, is that this font does not match this font. Okay, so if you're thinking that you can change the font here and it will update here, that's not how it works. And I do want to change this font, I want to pick something that's a little bit beefier, a little bit fatter, a thicker font. So I'm going to double click on this comp down here called Change Font Style. That's gonna take me into this other comp here, where I see a bunch of text layers. And we don't have to get into what's happening here, we just have to know enough to change the font. I'm going to select all these layers. And I'm gonna come over here to the character and I want to change this to Roboto Bold. I know it says that already, but that's actually not what's going on here. I'm just gonna type in Roboto Bold. And then hit Enter. Hopefully, yeah, okay, there we go. Now, it's updated. And if we hop back to our Type 03 Title 01, we should see this Updated. All right, cool. Now, you can see, we have this big fat text here. And now it's gonna look much better for this type of animation. I'm gonna see all these cool looking angles here a lot better. So I'm gonna hop down the timeline here to where everything is visible. And you'll see that the tracking or the space in between the text is kind of goofy looking, and I want to fix that. I wanna set the resolution here to auto. That'll slow things down but it'll make it a little clearer to align things. To align things, I want to create for myself another alignment layer. So I'm just gonna grab the type tool, And I'm going to type out, TECH REVIEW. All right, I'm gonna make it nice and big, like this, and then I'm just going to kind of eyeball a line in here. I'm also going to turn off adaptive resolution cuz that drives me absolutely insane. It'll be a little bit slower on final quality. However, it's gonna be a lot easier to line things up. So I'm just gonna line this up with the arrow keys here. And what I want to do is try to match the scale. So I'm already pretty close here at 224 on the font size. So I'm gonna jump into the scale here and I wanna make sure that my anchor point is all the way at the bottom. So I'm just gonna hit Y, grab this anchor point, and I'll hold Ctrl to snap that right to the corner there. I'm just going to try 101. And I think I actually need to just position this down just a hair. All right, that looks good, and then maybe 101.5. My favorite radio station. All right, I'd say that's pretty close. I'm gonna pull this down to the bottom of the layer stack, switch back to my selection tool here. I'm going to unshy all these layers that are currently hidden when I click this little shy guy right there. So what you didn't see before with the shy switch set, that is a tongue twister is that for each one of these characters in the title, there is a separate layer. So what you wanna do to align this is you wanna select each one of these and then move them over. I'm just going to do that with the arrow keys and also hitting shift here to make the movements a little bit bigger. And then when I get close I'll just dial it in. Also want to change this alignment layer text here to something pretty bright. Something like this. And also you see there a glow down here. And that's actually these bottom layers right here and I don't want this. So for now I'm just going to select those and delete them, it's just one less thing that has to be rendered. I'm going to zoom in here and i'm just going to align this manually. It'll take a little bit. But it's not a big deal at all. All right, this character right here is actually the space in between these two words. So I'm just gonna kinda put that right there and continue on. All right, that's looking plenty close enough for me. And I think this will work just fine. So I'm gonna get rid of my alignment layer here. And just give this another quick preview. Very cool, that looks great. Before we build this out any further, I just wanna show you this option layer here. If we click on the Effects Controls, this option layer has a bunch of options here for setting the glow, shadow, opacity. However, since I deleted those layers, that's not gonna do anything. So that's not really a big deal. We have some options for the size of the text and the rotation of the text. I'm gonna leave it like it is for now. We have color control, we can change the color for each individual letter here. And I'm gonna leave that all at the default. But you can jump in here and change this and make it look however you want. I'm gonna hop back over here to the project panel. And I'm going to create for myself a new composition. Clicking the new comp button here. I'm going to call this Tech Review Title, set it that the 1920 by 1080, 23.976. And I really don't need this that long, I'm going to make this seven seconds long. Something really, really quick. All right, so I'm going to pull in my type 03 title 01 composition into this layer. I'm just going to move down the timeline here so I can actually see what I'm doing. And I'll just kind of position this in the middle. Now getting this positioned up and aligned is a little bit tricky because this layer is gigantic and we're actually only using this little bit of the layer right here. So, to save me a little bit of headache, what I'm gonna do is come up here and grab the rectangle tool and just draw a simple mask around your title. And try and get it pretty symmetrical so the spacing here is pretty close to the spacing here. And then lock your mask, and then what I wanna do is set the anchor point right in the middle and there is actually a shortcut for that. It's Control, Alt, Home. And then I wanna position the layer right in the middle, and there's a shortcut for that and it's Control Home, there. And now when I'm working with this, kind of aligning things is going to be a lot easier. I'll switch back to the selection tool here, and I wanna scale this down. Gonna hit 's' to bring up the scale and I'm gonna scale this. Maybe to about there, something like that. I think that should look pretty cool. I also wanna create a box for this to kind of live in. So when nothing else selected, I'm gonna grab the rectangle tool again. I'm gonna create a shape layer here and maybe something about like that. I'm gonna pull this down below my title here, going to hit Enter with that layer selected and rename this to Fox. Going to go into the properties here of the rectangle. I'm gonna set this fill here to kind of a dark gray, maybe a little bit darker. Yeah, something like that I think works pretty well. And I'm also gonna do the same shortcut here to reset the anchor point right in the middle. So control alt home, see it just moves a tiny little bit and control home to recenter that. I'm gonna link this to my type layer right here and I can actually rename this. You can't rename it here, but I can rename it inside this comp. So I'm going to call this front title, cuz I'm actually gonna make a rear title. So I parented my box to this so that if i scale my text up, my box is going to scale with it. I'm gonna take my front title here and I'm going to duplicate it, control D on the keyboard and pull this guy down here. Gonna rename this Rear Title, gonna his S to bring up the scale and I'm gonna scale this up so it's pretty big. And that's gonna look pretty nasty at 100% but I'm actually gonna add a blur to that so I'm gonna come over here to the effects and presets. And add a fast box blur, and maybe do I don't know, 5 or something. Yeah, maybe like 7. That looks pretty cool. And I'm gonna set the opacity something like, I don't know, 15%, something like that. And that should look pretty cool. Yeah, I think that looks pretty nice. Let me scale it up a little more. I also want the box to appear first, so I'm going to take my two titles here and slide them down a little bit. And then I'm going to come in here to the box and then into the rectangle path. I'm going to uncheck constrained proportions and right it about one second I'm going to set a key frame here for the size. And then I'm going to come back to, I don't know, maybe about 8 frames and iIm going to set the Y size to zero and I'm going to come back to the beginning and set the X to zero as well. So, I'm gonna have my box kind of grow out like this. But the speed that that is growing out there doesn't look super, so I'm gonna hit F9 to easy ease those key frames. That looks a little bit better. [SOUND] I still would like it a little bit faster though. So what I'm wanna do is, with the size key frames selected, I'm gonna jump into the graph editor. And I'm going to select these key frames here by drawing a rectangular marquee, and I'll double click on them. I'm going to set the incoming velocity to 85%. All right, I'm going to select this middle key frames here, double click on them. Set the incoming velocity to 85% and the outgoing velocity to 35%. You can experiment with different velocity numbers But I find that those work pretty well. And I like the way that looks. So now all I wanna do is I wanna get the titles here kind of lined up so they start coming in at just the right moment. So they really don't start appearing to right here. So I think that just about works. It looks like they're gonna kind of overlap, but that actually works just fine. And because I want this to kind of grow in and grow out, what I wanna do with my box layer selected, I'm gonna hit you. I'm gonna take my keyframes here, I'm going to copy them. I'm gonna just sketch down the timeline here. I'm gonna paste them, but I want them to go in reverse order here. So with them selected, I'm gonna right click on them, choose Keyframe Assistant > Time Reverse Keyframes. And I'll just slide these all the way to the end. I also want my text here to kind of anime in and then anime out. And there's a really simple way to do that. I'm going to enable time remapping by using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + T and I'm going to kind of scribble on. I'll just solo up this layer here, and figure out wherever this animation gets finished here, which looks to be about. Yeah, right about here. And I'm going to add a key frame. Then I'm gonna go to the next key frame by clicking this little right arrow here and I'm going to remove it. And, so now it's just going to go to this time and then basically hold for the rest. But what I want it to do is to reverse out. So I'm gonna select these two time key frames, copy them, and then paste them. And then just as I did before, I'm gonna right-click here, choose Keyframe Assistant > Time Reverse Keyframes. Then I should be able to align this one right about where this one is relative to these keyframes. So now it's going to kind of. Do that animation in reverse. And hopefully, it'll be out of the way by the time my box collapses. And it looks like it's just about there. Let's see. Perfect. That is fantastic. And I also want the background title to be doing the same thing as this title, in terms of its time remapping. So I'm going to also enable time remapping on my rear title, Ctrl + Alt + T, and I'm just gonna take the time remap in pick whip, with this little pick whip right here, the time remap from my Front Title. And that will mean that they are going to do the exact same thing. You can see, we're gonna go out the same way. All right, a few more things that I wanna do to make this look pretty cool. I wanna add a background layer here with maybe a grid on it or something. So I'm gonna right click in a blank space here. Go to New > Solid, and I'll just leave it set the black solid. I wanna put it at the bottom of the layer stack, I'll just rename it, grid so that I know what I'm looking at here. And over in the effects controls, I'm going to search for grid, and right down here Generate > Grid, gonna drop that on. I'm gonna choose Width & Height Sliders, and maybe do something like, I don't know, 20 and 20. Set the border to something like 4, and then drop the opacity by hitting T, something like 5. It's really, really subtle but I think it will work. You can use maybe seven 7 or 8. All right, so that's looking pretty good. Now I want my grid to kind of fade up and fade down, so I'm gonn drop some opacity keyframes here. I'll go to 1 second, put an opacity keyframe, I'll come back to the beginning, set it to 0. And then just like I did before, I'll copy these keyframes, hop down the timeline here, and just paste them, right click Time Reverse Keyframes, and then just drag these right to the end. All right, let's check out what we have so far. All right, I think this is looking great. The one final touch that I wanna add is a little bit of movement here. Now, in that preview I'm feeling like this front title is a little bit small. I'm gonna hit S, bring up the scale, and just bump this up a little bit. I'll also bump up my rear just a wee bit more. Then maybe make this, I don't know, 60. Yeah, that looks good. So what I wanna do is I wanna have the scale kind of grow over time. So I'm gonna chose, I'm gonna set up a little expressions here. But to make it a little bit easier on myself, I wanna come over here to the effects controls, and I'm gonna grab a slider control. I'm wanna drop them on my front title. And all this is is just a number that I'm going to use in my expression to make this a little bit easier to make adjustments. I'm gonna hit Enter on my effect here and rename this Scale. Now, if you don't know anything about expressions, don't worry, just kinda follow along and you'll absorb some information just by following along. We're gonna ALT + click on the stopwatch and I'm gonna type s = time'. And then I'm going to pick whip my scale slider. Then I'm going to the ;. And then I'm going to type value + begin bracket, s,s end bracket, Enter. And you'll see that did absolutely nothing and if I scrub along the timeline here. Solo this, so that it goes a little bit faster, it's not doing anything. However, once we change this value here, let's say we do 1, what you'll see is now this is going to grow. So this title renders a little bit slow, so I'm going to solo up the box instead, so you can see this scale expression in action. And you can see the scale increase over time here. Looks pretty good, all right? So, it's moving, it's getting bigger over time as it's pretty cool look to it. Now what I want, is I want the rear title to do the same thing, but I want it to go slower. So what I'm gonna gonna do is I'm going to just copy this scale slider control here. I'm gonna paste it down on the rear title, then I'm gonna take this expression and I'm gonna copy that. So I can just select the scale, right click on it, choose Copy Expression Only, and then on the scale of my rear title just paste it. Now, in order to get my rear title to scale up slower, I need to use a lower value here. So I'm gonna choose 0.5. Now I'll preview it and you'll see what this does. All right, I think the movement of the rear title is pretty subtle. So I might bump this up to something like 0.7 See what that looks like. All right, I think that looks pretty fantastic. You can use this as is or what I would do, is because there's a lot of transparency here. If I turn on the transparency grid, it looks like things are disappearing but actually it's just the grid and the title here are, well, they're pretty transparent. And, how I would use this title is over some blurred footage that's been darkened down in my video editing application. And I think that would look pretty cool. The main title here, you can see, when I turn this on, is going to remain completely opaque. And so that'll pop right out. But the grid and the text here will overlay really nicely with some footage that's been blurred out and then darkened down. I think that'll look really cool. All right, this project is now ready to render. But there's a few things I want to go over before you do. This project has transparency in it, right? We've seen that before, we turn on the transparency grid, and you can see these items here. We hit T on the keyboard, they have a pretty low transparency. Now, sometimes depending on the codec that you're using, when you render these out, things that have a very low opacity or that are a little bit blurry, can look a little bit jagged with certain codecs. The compression gets a little funny in these blurry areas here. So you may find some flickering or you may find that there is some kind of jagged looking edges here. There's a few tricks to get around that. One is you can use a codec that is lossless, something like a PNG image sequence. That is a little more trouble to work with, because you get a folder with, well, if we switch this to frames here, you'll get 168 images, or 167 if you count 0 here, in that folder. And that's not quite as easy as just a video file, but it will look very good. If you want to render this out as a video, I like to use GoPro CineForm with an alpha channel. And that works really great. However, when I rendered this type of thing before, these blurry edges here, and parts of this grid, especially the really, really thin lines, can sometimes flicker a little bit. So I found a little bit of a workaround that can work for this particular graphic. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to come up here and I'm going to pull down another solid here. No need to make a new one, because there's a black solid up here. And what I do, if I toggle on transparent pixels, you'll see that it's now fully opaque. What I want to do is I want to add a noise to this black solid. So I'm gonna come over here to my Effects and Presets. I'll type in noise and I'll drop a noise effect on here. I'm gonna set this to something like 10%, which is actually pretty high. You could render it like this, it would look okay. However, you wouldn't have those transparent pixels. So you couldn't really put this over some other footage unless you used a blending mode. And that may or may not work, you can experiment with that however you want. However, I can just drop the opacity on this. I can set this to something like 30% opacity. If I turn on those transparent pixels, you'll see that the background is indeed darker. But that will actually work okay, because I'm going to put this over footage, and I'm going to darken down that footage anyway. And that noise will really help to blend all of those blurry pixels together in such a way that it will look very, very good when we use a compressed codec like CineForm. So, if that's cool for you, that's cool for me. Now we can send this to the render queue. So I'm gonna come up here to Composition > Add to Adobe Media Encoder Queue. I want to pick a codec with an alpha channel. I like to use QuickTime. And I'm using Media Encoder CC 2018. CC 2019 actually has pro res codecs available. But I'm cool using 2018, because it's still a little bit more stable for the things that I'm doing here. And I'm going to use GoPro CineForm, I can either use RGB 12 bit with alpha or 12 bit with alpha at maximum bit depth. Either one of these will work. And if you want, the default preset for this has audio, but you can click on this, and it will open up. And you can deselect export audio. And you can actually save this as a preset. So we could call this CineForm 12 bit alpha no audio. And now that'll be available for you right there. And then we’ll just render this out. And that’s pretty much it. Now that is ready to use with an alpha channel in your video editor of choice. And you can use that over footage and it should look fantastic. So that about wraps it up for this video. I hope you enjoyed it and I hope you can get some use out of this text treatment video template. Hey, thanks so much for watching. Again, my name is Dave Bode for Envato, and I'll see you around. [MUSIC]