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7 Tutorials for Better Titles, Text, and Motion Graphics

Jourdan Aldredge

Give your bland titles and text graphics a kick! Here are 7 in-depth tutorials to help take your titles, text, and motion graphics to the next level.

Going back to the earliest days of black-and-white silent films, text and titles on screen have always been an integral part of film and video. We still see text used in a wide variety of video formats today. From your biggest motion pictures to your shortest social media videos, text can convey information, speed up exposition, or simply identify people and places.

While adding text isn’t that difficult, if you really want your videos to shine, there’s no excuse for at least trying to go the extra mile. Really working on positioning, adding motion, and/or other effects can be a great way to make your titles and text much more dynamic and enjoyable to viewers.


Perfect Positioning

In Jason Boone’s tutorial above, we get some insights into one of the smallest (but perhaps most powerful) new features in the latest update to Adobe Premiere Pro — the use of rulers and guides.

If you’ve used After Effects or Photoshop heavily in the past, these might be familiar to you. They’re super helpful in allowing you to create and add custom overlays and guides for working with different types of video exports.

You can read the full step-by-step instructions here.


Easy Title Motion Graphics

If you’re comfortable with working in Adobe After Effects, here’s an easy motion graphics tutorial from the folks at SonduckFilm on how to create some effective title techniques. Follow their suggestions for adding shapes, reveals, and masking to your typography.


Create Call-out Titles

Another more in-depth After Effects tutorial for a very specific skill set — great for travel or informational videos — a “call-out” graphic can help illustrate stats and figures for all types of projects using simple keyframing and tracking.

Follow the full article write-up here.


Smooth Text Animation

Moving back to Adobe Premiere Pro, here’s a solid tutorial from Ignace Aleya on how to master the art of creating smooth text animations. This is a perfect tutorial for anyone looking to add that extra layer of sleekness to some basic lower-thirds or text on screen. Adding some motion, blur, and the right timing for your keyframing can make all the difference.


Anime Speed Lines

Okay, so while this technique might evoke a look you’ve seen primarily in Japanese animation over the years, it’s actually a pretty cool trick to add action and emphasis.

In this After Effects tutorial, you can pick up the basics of these speed lines and find creative ways to add them into your anime and non-anime projects. Read more on the process here.


Basic Logo Animations

In a very cool, very in-depth tutorial put together on Broken, we get a great primer on creating some basic (and complex) logo animations. This is not just great for client work — if you’re lucky enough to be working with some big names like they have in these examples — but also for your own projects if you have a logo you’d like to spice up.


Free Animated Text Typeface

And finally, because it’s always nice to end things with a perk. We have some completely free animated text presents you can download and add to your videos right away. These pre-rendered text elements are ready to go for Premiere Pro, and they’re fully customizable in After Effects.

You can download the FREE assets here!


For more text and motion graphic resources, check out these articles.

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