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Create a Star Wars-Inspired Opening Title in Adobe After Effects

Joshua Noel

In this video tutorial, learn how you can easily create a Star Wars-inspired opening title using Adobe After Effects.

It seems that Disney is producing a new Star Wars movie every year since they acquired Lucasfilm. As the Star Wars storyline continues to expand, filmmakers and VFX artists can expect new visual effects in each film. However, from a Motion Graphics perspective, the opening titles from the trailers always deserve attention. Here’s how you can create your own Star Wars-inspired opening title.

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


Keep It Simple

As visually arresting as Star Wars usually is (with its space fights, light saber duels, CGI characters, etc.), the opening title is completely simple. There are no flashy effects, crazy spins, particles, or any other type of compositing other than a static starry background. Even with this simplicity, these titles still excite viewers. Which is exactly what a title should do.


What to Take Away From This After Effects Tutorial

Even though the Star Wars Title is simple, there are subtle details that make the animation great. We will look into creating the exact positioning and rotation of the Star Wars title. Finally, we will also recreate the design of the layout from font to final placement.

What You Will Learn:

  • Creating text as outlines.
  • How to rotate letters independently in 3D space.
  • Animating titles in groups.
  • Using keyframes to keep animation simple.

Enjoy the tutorial, and may the force be with you!

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