What do you do when you need to animate text as if it's handwriting, but don't have time to film an artist drawing it? The answer is that you turn to easy projects from Envato Market that you can use in Adobe After Effects.
If you don't have time to animate handwriting from scratch, the projects in this round-up are sure to satisfy: Just add your own text choice using the After Effects handwriting template and the project will adjust to animate it. You could use these projects as an intro for your video project, or standalone animations of their own.
In this round-up, I'm going to share 15 of my favorite After Effects projects for creating text animations with handwriting effects. Make sure to play the previews below to see these projects come to life!
The quality of the Doodle Typeface Kit feels as if you hired a comic artist on a shoestring budget—and it works. This animation would feel right at home with any comics; just add your own text and see it animated in a modern comic style.
This project is perfect for animating a logo as if it's being sketched like an artist. Just drop your own logo file into the After Effects project, and you'll see an almost charcoal-like way of drawing onto paper.
The Write! project has a friendly way of bringing your text to life. This project would be the perfect choice for teachers and educators to show off an almost juvenile-style script. Try this one out for a fun video introduction.
The Elegance project is a fancy After Effects handwriting effect. Not only will this draw your text in beautiful script lettering, you can also pan over and showcase the lettering on beautiful paper. Try this out for a professional view with perfect calligraphy.
Looking for something that would feel right at home on a wall or rail car? The graffiti effect of this project is right up your street—or sketchy back alley. Watch your text brought to life with a customized tag and this project.
The Handwriting Package project is more like a toolkit to create a variety of handwriting animations. This project isn't constrained to a single style that you can create; instead, you can add your own text and customize the style applied easily.
Here's another friendly way to animate text. Not only can it draw your text to life with easy animations, no plugins are required to achieve the effect. Try this out for its ease-of-use and eye-catching lettering.
This project is one of the best choices to animate your logo into view. Just add your own logo into the project and you'll see it sketched with ink as if an artist is drawing it.
The jumpy effect of this project makes it perfect for a stop motion or animated project. Much like the other selections in this round-up, it's all too easy to add your own text and see it animated onto a chalkboard by default.
I love the Painted Postcards project for its watercolor style and ease-of-use. You can simply update the text placeholders and you'll see it drawn in with fancy script. Combine that with your own photos to create these painted postcards.
Speaking of watercolors, this project is one of the highest quality choices in this round-up. I could see using this project as the perfect choice for wedding photographers or videographers. The style and artwork would lend itself perfectly to a pre-roll for those clients that you want to create an easy video for.
Looking to create a great looking video invitation for your big day? This project is the perfect choice. You can easily update the project with your own names to publish on your wedding website or send to your guests.
13. Letter Project
The Letter Project animates your text as if it's being handwritten in real time by a pen pal. Just add your own text and you'll see the animation written out on paper like it's a real letter.
Beauty certainly lives up to its name with lovely script lettering. The example below is just one example of what it can do - you can update it with your own text and see it brought to life no matter what you want to showcase.
15. Whiteboard Write
Rounding out our selection of After Effects handwriting effects, the Whiteboard Write project has those perfectly rendered chunky letters that you're bound to see on a whiteboard. It combines handwriting with an explainer-video style for easy animations in an eye-catching style.
More Top After Effects Projects
This round-up focused on handwriting style animations to draw objects in Adobe After Effects. But, there are many other projects and styles that you can easily achieve in After Effects thanks to other projects on Envato Market.
If you want to see styles other than handwriting in Adobe After Effects, the projects below are a great way to expand your animation styles. Check them out in the selections below:
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- Video10 Best After Effects Product Promo Video TemplatesAndrew Childress
- Video15 Inspiring Adobe After Effects Particular Video StylesAndrew Childress
How do you create animations in Adobe After Effects? Do you use a project, or prefer animating yourself? Let me know in the comments section below.