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11 Videos (1h 5m)
    • Course Trailer

    • What You'll Need

    • Breaking Down The Lettering in Photoshop

    • Getting Comfy

    • And Cozy

    • Animation Pt. 1

    • Animation Pt. 2

    • Animation Pt. 3

    • Exporting a GIF

    • Exporting a Video

    • Thanks!


About This Class


Do you love hand lettering? Have you ever wanted to add some motion to your designs? This class is for anyone who wants to learn the basics of animation, but never had the opportunity! I'll show you step by step my process of how to break down hand lettering for animating in After Effects, and learn the fundamentals of motion design. You'll be able to follow along even if you've never opened the program before.

By the end of the course, you'll have a completely original animation that you can share with the world. I'll see you in class!

165 of 165 students recommendSee All

A great class for everyone who wants to learn basic techniques of animating text in Ae. I like how Jake covers the basics of Ae without getting too much into detail. As always, good pace, lots of practical advice on other ways to build the animation and a whole lot of encouragement – a perfect combo for an informative and inspiring class! Thanks, Jake!
Irina Almgren

Getting animated

Practical skills. Expert teacher. Straightforward instruction. Crisp and clean.
really good, simple, clear.
Nahima Machaado

Nahima Machado





Jake Bartlett

Motion Graphics Artist


Hey! My name is Jake Bartlett, and I’m a motion designer working and playing in sunny Los Angeles, California. I've been animating in Adobe After Effects for over ten years. After five years of working for an LA-based production company, I have gone freelance full-time and now work from home. Animating as a motion designer professionally is a dream for me. I get to use After Effects every single day for my job.

Since starting my professional career I've animated over 800 episodes of 8 different motion graphics shows for clients like Yahoo!, MSN, Twitter, YouTube, Pepsi, VH1, HGTV, NateGeo Wild, The History Channel, and Ulive to name a few. In my free time I love making animations for myself. I've found that constantly challenging myself on my own time has been the best way to increase the quality of my work. Being able to consistently use After Effects on a daily basis and always having a tight deadline has made me very fast and efficient with the program.

View my Demo Reel