3D Animated Lettering in After Effects: 9 Styles, Infinite Possibilities | Megan Friesth | Skillshare

3D Animated Lettering in After Effects: 9 Styles, Infinite Possibilities

Megan Friesth, Motion Designer

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33 Lessons (4h 14m)
    • 1. Welcome

    • 2. Getting Started

    • 3. Class Project

    • 4. Set Up Number One

    • 5. Animate Number One

    • 6. Animate Out Number One

    • 7. Set Up Number Two

    • 8. Animate Number Two

    • 9. Animate Out Number Two

    • 10. Set Up Number Three

    • 11. Animate Number Three

    • 12. Animate Out Number Three

    • 13. Set Up Number Four

    • 14. Animate Number Four

    • 15. Animate Out Number Four

    • 16. Set Up Number Five

    • 17. Animate Number Five

    • 18. Animate Out Number Five

    • 19. Set Up Number Six

    • 20. Animate Number Six

    • 21. Animate Out Number Six

    • 22. Set Up Number Seven

    • 23. Animate Number Seven

    • 24. Animate Out Number Seven

    • 25. Set Up Number Eight

    • 26. Animate Number Eight

    • 27. Animate Out Number Eight

    • 28. Set Up Number Nine

    • 29. Animate Number Nine

    • 30. Animate Out Number Nine

    • 31. Bonus: Copy Effects Onto Other Letters

    • 32. Bonus: Responsive Keyframes

    • 33. What's Next

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About This Class

Create 3D looking letters with a hand lettered, illustrative style! This class covers 9 different examples with details like outlines, inlines, hatched extrusions, stripes, offset extrusions, multicolored extrusions, different kinds of shadows and more. Plus, you'll learn how to animate each example in a unique way. You can mix and match the techniques you learn to create your own unique animated 3D lettering.

Why 3D "looking" letters?

The thing about the animated 3D letters that I'll be showing you how to create in this class, is that they’re not actually 3D. There is a way to make text that is extruded in 3D space right in After Effects, but that's NOT what I'll be teaching you in this class. There's a time and a place for "real 3D text" that utilizes the 3D renderer–think sports logo style. The look I was going for in this class is more of a hand lettered look, so the "real" 3D extrusion technique was not the answer. Instead, by making letters with 2D layers and making them just look 3D, we gain a ton of flexibility to create a more handmade, illustrated feel.

According to Dribbble, motion design is the number one skill designers want to learn in the next few years, because motion graphics are in high demand! Why? Because 80% of global internet traffic is video! Just think of the content you see on a daily basis.

And consider this, 85% of Facebook videos are watched without sound. This makes animated text an extremely useful form of communication. But even if you're not so interested in just animating text forever, the tips and techniques you'll learn, and the skills you'll practice in this class will help you become a better motion designer for any project you decide to tackle in the future.

Who's this class for?

This class is designed for intermediate level Adobe After Effects users. If this is your first time using After Effects, check out my class Animated Lettering in After Effects to quickly get you up to speed for this class. If you're a hand lettering artist, video editor, graphic designer, illustrator, or aspiring motion designer, this class is for you.

What will I learn?

You'll learn how to create and animate all the effects below:


By the end of this class, you'll have a grasp on how to achieve this hand lettered, illustrative look, and you'll be able to explore different styles to create your own special look. I'll show you how to pick a font that will work well for this style, but you can also create your own letters or numbers in Adobe Illustrator, with pen and paper, or on an iPad. The possibilities of what you can make with these basic–and not so basic–techniques taught in this class are truly infinite!

Who's the teacher?

I'm Megan Friesth and I'm an explanimator. I illustrate, write, and animate education animations, mostly on health and environment related topics. You can learn more about me on my website and profile page.

If you want more animated typography, check out:

Music provided by Audio Library Plus, Track: Tropical Love — Vendredi