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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (45m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. 01 Retro text

    • 3. 02 - Add retro effect to the text

    • 4. 03 - Backround and retro shines

    • 5. 04 - Animating the text

    • 6. 05 - The big glowing text

    • 7. 06 - The wiggler effect

    • 8. 07 - Rendering settings

    • 9. 08 - Create Gif and post it

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About This Class


How to create retro text in After Effects?

Try this course and make your own VHS look text and create GIF from it!

What do you need for the course?

After Effects and your favourite retro font.

No need additional Plugin or script!

Structure of the course

  • Creating the composition and the first text
  • Adding stripes to the text
  • Working with the background and retro shine effects
  • Animating the text
  • Randomising 
  • Rendering settings
  • Creating loop GIF in Photoshop
  • Post your text!

Come and join to my course and create amazing retro wish! 

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Peter Nagy

Illustration, Drawing, Motion design, 3D,


Hello everyone,

my name is Peter, illustrator, motion designer and 3D artist for 20 years. My playground are
Procreate/Photoshop/After Effects/Blender/Cinema 4D I live in Budapest, Hungary.

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I work as motion designer at a leading commercial television channel. I create digital paintings and illustrations in Procreate, Photoshop and vector illustrations in Illustrator with iPad and Wacom tablet. I Usually create 3d models, scenes in Cinema 4D and Blender. 

One of the most important things for me is to create atmospheric scenes with impressionistic lights and lovely stories.

My Behance portfolio here 

To follow my work you can view my portfo... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi, I'm Peter and I want to thank you for choosing my course in the following lectures. We will create a were just look retro text in after effects. Choose your favorite front Dan. Let's go back. Today we will make on any table text using only with beauty and effects off after effects so you can rewrite did to your simple. We're talking about its Chinese on glow effects grain on many tiny effects which can help us to make it do eighties die. Then we will export it to video on great Luke Jeff in photo shop. At the end of this course, we will get a good eighties raster text. 2. 01 Retro text: Hey, guys, In this course we recreate on every table away. Just a bloke Text animation. Here it is. As you can see, the colors bring back to the eighties style, the blurry on noisy colors. We large shine effect we little chromatic aberration where the channels of the picture are sleeps. OK, that started create new composition. In here you can define the dimensions of the video. I'm going to use HD. It's crap excess for money tour. Different rate will be 25 on the duration is five second press. Okay, Now we have an empty composition. Create the main element of this project. The text type something. Cotto. The character panel. You can edit the text. Probably find something board and retro Ford for it. This is my choice the funk machine found is free for its cutters. I'm going to choose kind off, Bluish. I like it. Okay. In the paragraph to center text and change its position. Okay, duplicate these text air simple coma and see common. We jump to the text color on Jews. Purple color for it. Now I'm going to connect the two source text at this time. You can rewrite them separately. Speak to the source text done and you may shun Had the expression find this little sneer on connected to the other source text. That's try to rewrite for us next. As you can see, the other attacks, we'll be the same. Fine. Hello again duplicated second text layer. It will be the same, of course, with same expression. Try to call me nice and change the color of the war, maybe, or injury. A fine but we're going to do is make recompose from the last layer. I'm going to create stripes in this layer, so name it types and these were Bianna or recompose. Layer forgot the expression What we made before. I also said it doesn't matter. Brexit undocked the complete layer, then find its source text and connected as earlier. Okay, try again. It's working. You can contact delay us to each other. Rightly columns. Parent connected to last layer to the 1st 1 The next step I'm going to create a solid layer 40 background. Name it. You can define the same settings easily. Press mate, come size. Okay, drop it to the back, then find the first effect ready and trump deputed that background. Change it to ready around and used our colors. Black 40. Center on dark purple for the edge. Okay. Jumped in a recompose layer number creep. Create a new salad. The color isn't important. Drop radiant ramp to it. Use nowhere Upper city just for cry Changed the start and end points Do colors are red and orange The jack show greed Okay, I'm going to modified. Agreed Because I want higher is elation for it. Okay, Dan, Check snapped. Agreed In this layer created tango mask. Change its color if you want on Duplicated we've come, Aunty. You can transform it. I'm going to create many masks. We lower high on bigger space. Okay, No sector out of them. Then transform me to the text. Okay. I'm going to edit their points of it about there. After that, transferring them to the composition with this will be useful when you want longer texts. Okay. Name delay year Change the layers. Use are from it. Probably modify a bit. Some mask. It looks much better. Jumped in the main composition. Okay, 3. 02 - Add retro effect to the text: name the layout aspects. Heidi become player. Drop Grady Antrim to the second text layer. Changed the start and end points. Then find Norma on darker purple colors. I'm going to modify Deleuze labor color. Your injury will be the main taxslayer in this project. Now find a CC radio fast, Very effect Depicted a main taxslayer on changed a zoom to brightness de en on may be due. Jump to the other attacks layer than at b will edges effect. You can change the anger on and use low thickness on intensity. The next effect will be the simple RGB separation. This effect can plead the RGB Shana's off the video or picture. I'm going to use it with 0.8 radius. Okay? And now we use the same fast blur effect. Thank Before find a deck center than used higher amount. Maybe 40 will be fine. I want a bit lanced ocean, so I'm going to add busier, walk to the layer, select the corner points step by step and moved on a bit. I think it is enough for it. Okay. For the pre complete here, I'm going to add glow. Use lower radios copy. Busier work them pasted to the Bracken player. They use the CC radio fast, blurred again. Nice. No, I'm going to create an adjustment layer. Name it, then find the camera lens blur effect on drop to it. This defect is like you use the camera blur effect on every single day is about Do you shave? Were be Pentagon and I'm going to change the aspect ratio and they blurred use, okay? 4. 03 - Backround and retro shines: Okay, let's continue with the restaurant text to ruin the picture quality. Use grain effect. Drop it today I just met. Layer de y square means the preview. Ragen. With this you can adjust easily. The effect, the intensity, the size aspect. That's it. I'm going to use no s size. We'd hire aspect ratio. Where you I think it's ok. Take the mode to final output. No, it looks much better. And art school? No. I'm going to duplicate stripes layer Drop it Dope on changes size tried to dive something. Something's wrong. We have to reconnect the service text again. Okay, fine. It's working again. Tokyo text What you would like Create a new ready and ramp for it and use being on blue on a copy camera lens Blur too. Let's see the idea Effect Do the debates Err Onda CC fires blood to when you averagely. As you get different results, I'm going to add some modifications to the grow. It looks better, I think no change. The layers died too hard light on moving to the left with additives position Jump to the main text. They are press s to show the skip perimeters Go ahead to the first frame and at key again with 200%. Press A to encore point. Modify it to move the text. Dissenter at key to 23 at key. Again. Nice. We have a little animation. Okay, Bring it to the last frame. Select all keys, then go to the graph editor in here, you can add it. The case. Switch it to where you rough on. So, like the first key, you know I'm going to change the cleaner key to his ear. Press nomadic zero to play. As you can see, the movement starts fast, then go slowly at the end. We added dynamics for our animation and it looks much better. No, I'm going to animate the fast blur The fact afflicted a little clock to turkey and use higher amount. Jump to four. Run and add nooky on. Changed the amount due five or probably Okay. Where I fed it are. Modify the keys. I want to smoother start and then slow D and movement the bed. But I want something different. Maybe it's fine 5. 04 - Animating the text: Let's continue with animating. I'm going to add keys to the other texts. There is no rest. Roast. I text without large shines at key to the fast blur amount youth, Higher value for it. Maybe change the center of the effect Oso India attacks Clear. What we're going to do is a kind of zoom effect with the father. Okay, and key with amount to good. I think it needs to add it about the air points. Its motion were slow down. It looks better. Check the adjustment layer. The impressed nomadic zero to preview its naval is great. I love this noise, but I think it has too much speed. Go ahead to the animation speed and change it to lower you. 0.7. Okay, Nice. I'm going to add more glow radios to the stripes layer. Animated effect, too. Started with bigger radios. Glow John for rod on Create key. Press you to see Dickie's. If you want to see or case the selected layers, then press you, I radios then change its case. Too busy. Let's try again about there. Grab the first key withholding shift down. Moving to the first frame, we got flash for the first frame. Okay, No matter. Zero. Yes, Much better. Good. Finally, I'm going to modify the text layers and core point to the center on. Don't forget to save the project, right? 6. 05 - The big glowing text: its focus under Stipe Slayer. I'm going to add some new mess for this layer if you like. The recent trees are feel free to jump the few steps breast em to see your mess. Okay. Setting your mask first. The impressed committee to transform them scared down with it a bit. Heidi background. Duplicate the top mast and move to up duplicated a few times to great more stripes. Okay. And no aligned them during the time. Check the results. I think it is better now. That is too much space here. Find and find a mask. Parents, eateries go ahead to the big text in the front. On any made it press be Do edit its position Moving to the right edge in here. Really fine at Katie John. Four Rock to the time nine. And add other one. I don't want to hide the war. Text allowed to go. The text edges. Okay. Jumped autograph editor are and take the points to raise here. Slow start on a slow and motion. We're fine. Say the preview press. Nomadic zero Probably The full animation is a bit slow, so I'm going to grab the keys on Move them to fourth Sex Press and to modify the end of the workout appropriate. Okay, this blue is not the best for me, Okay? Also, I have to use another intercity for the glow effect. Maybe 55. We'll be fine. Okay. I'm going to create fresh effect for this layer, so I animate the glow radios also at dynamics to darkies. We'll have that safety. Okay. On 62 here. Well, you graph than dynamics to the keys. I forget to name the composition, so I'm going to do it. I always used gray on orange colors for the compositions. The orange means the important composition that I usually added. Something looks weird. Check the text layers and the source text and try to connect them again. Let's dive. Something to see how textbooks I like it. Let's see the preview. Big tax motion is dear slow, I think. And the scale of the main text needs more dynamic motions. Grab the work breast pen first. Sometimes they're preview is not okay. Go to edit birds done or memory. And these cash in here you can clear the cache and you will be rendered again. Press nomadic zero Randa Around or under. Okay. Yeah, it looks so cool. 7. 06 - The wiggler effect: okay. In this lecture we will create some random look to this project. Go to the first stripes composition. Danny's ready and trample the parent panel. Not important. So I did. Then go to radiant effect. Get the reader effect. Bana. Here it is. For the first frame, I'm going to add key to the bland jump to the last frame. Dan at key again said it both on Applied Amigo. We got money. New piece for the effect. The bigger can add randomized keys between the selective. He's changed the magnitude to lower you. It's enough review it. Okay, I'm going to use this effect for the Radio Flansburgh in the second next year. Focus on its amount. Dan. Find AKI's said it damp on deputy. Maybe higher frequency. We will be better. Eight do. But if I they work, are used. Be on. I don't like re that a dump on create new keys with higher frequency. Try it with 14 happily 16. Fine. Let's see the RGB separation effect on its radios. The dancing China's were looks our school. So at keys to the first on free, try it with where you six No, maybe 0.3. This little vibrations looks great, but I'm going to change it to higher magnitude 0.6. Okay, Yanga for the slow. Where you will be enough, I think. Hi. Okay. I love this wheeler. So I'm going to add it to the animators off the CC. Ready our fast. With this tiny modifications, we will get cosy mood for our text. Do we? Just widows has many randomized effect. The noise, emotion flashes. Okay, I exactly know this is a long, long game. Why we find the best results Yuki again. Okay, let's see the results. 8. 07 - Rendering settings: Okay, Turn all layers and see the animation. We have nice shine effect. Great. Some vibration in the close, Blurry text. Little rainbow effect in colors on. I think the motion is great. Do Okay, let's render it go ahead to composition than pre render. He does Aranda que randa settings In here you can define the quality and there is elation to I'm going to use the best quality. And also my full reservation there HD. And you can define the composition length to I want to render the full length. So choose length off compunction. The frame rate will be 25. Okay, Output model in here. You can choose the type of the video format, Inject the square. If you don't want to import a result quick time, we'll be fine. Choose RGB only because there is no after parts on the video. But if you hide the background layer, you can create this video with only the text and its effect for deception. Use RGB plus after mode. Okay. The format. Wheat animation. Kodak, you will get the best and bigger results for me. Impact for well enough. No need to use audio put because we don't have any sound in this project. OK? And finally define the past of the output. Name your text. Damn press. OK, And under here is our new restaurant text. Cool. I love it. 9. 08 - Create Gif and post it: In this lecture we will create a chief from our video. Grab the main composition on Drop it to the create new composition. I can we get a new composition that I'm going to resize Do square format used down 80 pixel for both dimensions. Okay, go ahead to pretender. Use the same settings like before. Bankoff camp Big time No need to import back d ran down video RGB back before audio off You may change the video size in resize You can do it. Resize it to 500 pixel It is absolutely enough for creating Jeff. Run there. Jump to the photo shop You can simple open it with dragon drop It is the video and it's time Night You can crop the video but it is fine so go ahead to five Export down safe for rep. With this method, you can save your video to animated GIF. It's a salad Jif There are many types for color reduction. Try them if you want. In my opinion, the best choice is at ft we diffusion mode entre transparency because it is unnecessary at this time with s RGB, your widow will be sued more to device is the most important settings is here the animation Jews forever for the loop effect. Try it. Okay, A bit slow where rendering saved If I restaurant text and Jack what we did and try it immediately. Here I might Desert ifs Hi. Love you. Uh huh. Okay. By