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Create Animated Titles in After Effects

Logan Baker

Learn how to design different types of animated titles in After Effects for your video production projects.

Whether you’re a video producer or an editor, if you work on corporate or explainer videos, you may need to overlay titles to share information that doesn’t come across through dialogue. Corporate titles are a great way to communicate visual information, and they can lend a stylistic touch to your content.

Creating corporate titles is easy, but the design can make or break your project. If you have to share information through overlaid titles, make sure the animation isn’t distracting and the design flows with your video. The last thing you want is a title that draws attention away from your video content. Keep your information short and to the point.

Download the Free Animated Titles Project File

To download the free animated titles project file from the tutorial above, simply click the following download button.


By downloading, you agree not to resell or redistribute these free assets.

The Keys to Creating Clean Corporate Titles

The following points can help you create effective titles for your videos:

  • Use a clean typeface that’s minimalistic and easy to read.
  • If necessary, use two variations of a font style, like “light” and “bold” to highlight specific information.
  • If you work with shape layers, try to use the primary color of your logo.
  • Keep the title and shape animation subtle. “Easy Ease” keyframes work best.

Creative Title Templates

Pressed for time to create your own corporate titles? Check out these templates from RocketStock.com.

Free Textured Titles

These MOGRT files are perfect for any editor needing a slight grunge-aesthetic for their edit. These are strictly for Premiere Pro users.

Free Hand-Painted Animated Fonts

I guarantee you’ll use this freebie more than once, and you’ll be glad you have this uploaded while you edit. It’s a perfect way to add a fun, lively look to your titles and text—and its FREE!

Designer Titles

Designer Titles is a fantastic resource if you need versatile titles for your next video project.


Venue is another great template for quickly adding minimal titles to your scene. It’s perfect for modern corporate videos.

24 Free Lower Thirds

If you want to download an amazing collection of free lower thirds for After Effects, check out this free 4K template—ready for your high-res project.

Add Animation to Your Titles

Now, let’s say you want to animate these titles further, as in adding different types of animations. Below are a few tutorials that might help you with learning the different styles and workflows, all within After Effects.

How to Create Wiggly Text and Animation in After Effects

Once you have your title created, take the production value of your video up a notch by adding the hand-drawn scribble effect to the words (or icons and logos). These are a clever way to add a unique little flare to the edit that your client won’t know they wanted.

How to Animate Individual Letters in After Effects

Take these practices one step further (or many steps further) and learn how to animate individual assets within your graphic. Whether it’s letters or icons, Jason Boone’s tutorial is a thorough guide for understanding the basics of custom title animations.

For additional tips and tricks to make your graphic pop, check out these articles:

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