Create a write-on cursive animation in After Effects – great for explainer videos or title graphics.
In this Premiumbeat exclusive video tutorial you’ll learn how to create an awesome cursive write-on effect using After Effects. The effect doesn’t look very difficult but it does utilize some upper level techniques. This tutorial covers:
- Toggling the transparency grid
- Roving keyframes and temporal lock
- Stylizing graphite streaks
This tutorial is very different from most write-on tutorials in After Effects. Instead of using the built in write-on tool, we’ll use a shape layer mixed with rotational values.
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|1||Create a new composition and create a new text layer with any words you want.|
|2||Make a shape layer over the text layer with a light stroke. Draw over the word in a cursive manner.|
|3||Make a new null object and name it “follower”. Copy and paste the shape layer’s path into the position of the null object.|
|4||Add a trim path to the shape layer and set two easy eased keyframes.|
|5||Make a new white solid and apply a grid effect to simulate paper.|
|6||Add turbulent noise to simulate paper texture.|
|7||Precompose the paper layer and add a fast blur.|
|8||Create a pencil on a single shape layer.|
|9||Move the anchor point to the tip of the pencil.|
|10||Pickwhip the position of the pencil to the position of the null object and add “value +” to the beginning of the pencil position expression. Set keyframes to simulate the pencil coming into the scene.|
|11||Set the rotation of the pencil to match a natural movement. Hold down ALT and click the rotation of the pencil creating an expression, type:
x=2; y=“pick whip to the ‘follower’ position”*.01;wiggle(x,y);
|12||Add a turbulent noise, noise HLS, tint, roughen edges, curves, and fast blur to the cursive shape layer. Stylize.|
|13||Set the text layer to multiply.|
If you have any questions regarding this tutorial or if you have any quick tips for using expressions in After Effects please comment below!