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Download FREE Hand-Painted Animated Fonts for Videos and Beyond

Todd Blankenship

These free hand-painted animated fonts were painstakingly painted frame by frame to give your titles and design a fun, energetic feel.

I’ve always felt that with all motion graphics, and pretty much any type of design generated inside of a computer, you’re always going to get a more desirable result if you can add organic touches to what you’re making.

The more real and textural you make your designs, the more tangible and authentic they feel. Making your title slate or other motion graphic feel as if it were hand-painted (when the style fits, of course) will always catch the viewer’s eye a bit more than a standard piece of clean, sharp text.

It’s time-consuming to create these kinds of organic elements yourself. This is why we’ve created this free animated font for you. A quick drag-and-drop way to make your title slates in this stop motion style, hand-painted look.

This download includes two different weights — a thicker and thinner look.

Two Different Font Weights

As a bit of behind-the-scenes, to create this freebie, we printed off large sheets of two different fonts, and painted 7-8 frames of each of them on similarly-sized sheets of poster board, then scanned each frame one by one. Then, inside of After Effects, we cleaned it all up and set them in a sequence, animating each scan in succession once every two frames.

This stop-motion feel is created by rotating through the painted frames at that speed. We felt that the speed of one new frame on every two frames on the timeline was a nice speed that provides a range of options for how to use these elements.

This FREE pack of animated fonts includes the following:

  • 26 pre-keyed thick letters (.mov)
  • 26 pre-keyed thin letters (.mov)
  • 1 After Effects project file for easy use

Download the Free Hand-Painted Animated Fonts

Click the button below to download the free, hand-painted, animated fonts. In the download, you’ll find everything you need to get started. These animated fonts are free to use in any personal or commercial projects. By downloading, you agree not to resell or redistribute these free assets. 

DOWNLOAD FREE ANIMATED FONTS


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When to Use These Fonts

Pre-Keyed Elements

Before I get into the nitty-gritty of how to use these animated fonts, I thought I’d take a moment to explain what types of situations they’d be useful for. When I go into the process of creating freebies like this, I genuinely sit and think: What is something that I wish I had access to? And, usually that’s the direction I head in.

When I made this freebie, I was in the middle of creating some promotional videos for a college football team. The brief was to create an engaging, high-energy piece with a youthful feel, all while communicating emphasis across some important copy. I tried a lot of different looks with normal text, and I just kept coming back to this idea of hand-painted lettering. The problem was that all of the hand-painted-style fonts I found looked too computer-generated to really fit exactly the way I wanted.

So, I thought: Why not go ahead and just paint some letters myself. 

Ever since I’ve been using them a ton, even as the primary lettering for my own “Am I A Filmmaker?” YouTube channel. I’d highly suggest you try them out on your own channel.

Big and Bold

Big and Bold Font

I like the larger font, like the example above. Filling the whole screen, almost as if it were a hand-painted sign or something of the like. It kind of reminds me of some old school, hand-made concert posters. I feel like at this size, the texture of the paint really comes through, and it’s clear that you didn’t just download a font and add some frame-by-frame wiggle in post-production. Out of all the ways to use this freebie, the look above is my favorite. I feel like it makes a statement.

Two Different Weights

Font Weights

Another way I like to use these fonts is both of them at the same time. I think they make for nice titles when you format it like the above example. You can easily create that classic title slate look with the thicker line on the bottom, etc. This same strategy could easily be used to create some cool looking lower thirds, as well — put the subtext below in the thinner weight, and use the thicker weight for the name.


How to Use the Free Animated Fonts

Compatible with Current Non-linear Editing Software

The files within this pack will be compatible with any current non-linear editing software. The files are pre-keyed (with an alpha channel) and they can be infinitely looped according to however long you need them to be. However, it will be easiest/quickest to use these animated fonts with After Effects using the included project file.

After Effects

If you’re an After Effects user, there’s an included .ae project file that you can use to save yourself a lot of time. In this file, you’ll see each letter in its respective folder, and each letter has been looped a nearly infinite amount of times. If you don’t want to use the included project file, to create longer looping clips, you can right-click on each letter, go to modify>interpret footage, and change the amount of loops to a higher number.

Premiere Pro

If you’re using these fonts inside of Premiere Pro, the best way to use the font is to arrange your letters the way that you like them on the timeline, one on top of another. Then, select your letter layers, right-click, and select nest. Then, open up the nested sequence and manually loop each text element by click on it, holding the alt key, and dragging to the left.

Final Cut and Resolve

The Duplication operation in Resolve and Final Cut is very similar to the one in Premiere. Holding the alt key, you can select and drag your clips to create a copy. This way, you can arrange your text and copy them as many times as needed.


Pair It with Other Freebies

Another convenient part of this freebie is that it’s also meant to play well with freebies from the past. For instance, check out this pack of 21 FREE Brush Stroke Graphics — a freebie from last year’s free week that you may notice was also used in the trailer above. These elements are also pre-keyed and compatible with any editing software.

Another good pack to use in conjunction with these animated fonts is another freebie from the previous free week — 13 Free Textured Motion Graphics. These are thirteen different Premiere .mogrt files (After Effects project included) that you can customize to your liking by changing fonts, colors, and more.