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Animate Your Text with Handwriting Motion Graphics

Joshua Noel

Grab a pen and learn how to easily animate text in your next project with this handwriting effect in Adobe After Effects.

Digitally animating your text as if you are actually writing it couldn’t be easier. The handwriting effect can have many uses that will draw positive attention to your motion graphics projects. By creating the handwriting effect, your titles will draw viewers’ attention the text you’re spelling out. Moreover, you can create anticipation for your audience as the word slowly animates on.

What To Take Away from This After Effects Tutorial

This After Effects tutorial is jam-packed with several motion graphics techniques other than the handwriting effect. We will take a close look at 3D camera animation to create a dynamic scene. After Effects standard motion blur will not work with this effect, so we’ll use a separate effect to control the motion blur. Finally, we will stylize the scene with blurs and a textured background.

Follow along with a free After Effects project file, which you can download by clicking the button below.

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Creating The Handwriting Effect

First, type out your text, and make sure that it is your final design. After, use the pen tool to outline the text on a separate solid layer. Then, apply the stroke effect to get a rough, animatable outline of your title. Finally, use your original text layer as an alpha matte.

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