The Ultimate Guide to Kinetic Type in After Effects

Jake Bartlett, Motion Designer

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11 Videos (1h 7m)
    • Trailer

    • Mini Typography Crash Course

    • Position

    • Scale

    • Rotation

    • The Graph Editor, Pt. 1

    • The Graph Editor, Pt. 2

    • Syncing Audio

    • Making Presets

    • Animating a 3D Camera

    • Thanks for Taking My Class!


About This Class


Lyric videos, kinetic movie quotes, animated logos: you see them everywhere. You want to be able to make your own sick kinetic text animation but you don’t know the first place to start. Well look no further my friends, you’ve just discovered The Ultimate Guide to Kinetic Type in After Effects!

Complete this course and you’ll learn how to layout and animate text synchronized to an audio track in creative and completely customized ways. While this is an introductory course, you should have a basic understanding of Adobe After Effects’ user interface and functionality. Every step will be clearly explained in each video, but we won’t be spending a lot of time learning how to do basic functions.


For our class project you will be animating a quote from your favorite TV show or movie. With each quick video tutorial we’ll cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Basic typography principles

  • Creating custom text animations

  • Using the graph editor

  • Synchronizing to an audio track

  • Saving and using your own presets

  • Rigging and animating a 3D camera

Along the way you'll learn lots of little tips and tricks essential to animating text efficiently in After Effects.


You’ll gain all the kinetic typography skills needed for a multitude of projects including lyric videos, instructional videos, logo animations, and kinetic quotes. Attaining these skills will make you an asset to employers and give you the edge you need to become a successful motion graphics artist. Along the way your classmates and I will be available for project feedback, answering questions, and sharing inspiration. See you in class!

Kinetic Type Inspiration:

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Jake Bartlett is not only a great designer, but a great teacher too. Those don't always go hand in hand. In fact it's pretty rare that you find an expert that knows how to dumb down the content for beginners like me. But he does exactly that. I have watched each of his classes a few times and honestly wish he had even more. If you are reading this Jake, please make another kinetic text class! Thanks for the inspiration and the education!
Jake's instruction are perfect. Explanations of the process are concise, not repetitive (after all, this is a video, if I need to go back, I can) and the demonstrations move at a smooth pace.
its very clear i love the way he explains





Jake Bartlett

Motion Designer


Hey! My name is Jake Bartlett, and I’m a motion designer from Denver, Colorado. 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.

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