The Write On Technique: Hand Lettering In Motion

Jake Bartlett, Motion Graphics Artist

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15 Videos (1h 52m)
    • Trailer

    • Class Project

    • Bringing In Vector Paths

    • Trim Paths Overview

    • Write On With Artwork

    • More Options & Cleanup

    • Get Creative

    • Time It Out

    • Work In Layers

    • Adding Paralax With A 3D Camera

    • Adding Texture

    • Building a Tapered Stroke

    • Exporting a Video

    • Exporting a GIF

    • Thank You!


About This Class


What better way to animate your lettering than by making it appear to be written? This course will teach you how to do just that!

Part of my Hand Lettering In Motion series, this course will teach you how to bring your hand lettering from Photoshop or Illustrator to After Effects. Then we'll explore many different ways of using the Write On technique to bring your lettering to life. You'd be surprised at how many differnt way you can use this technique! And it can be applied to any text, not just hand lettering.

This class is for anyone. Whether you’re a pro After Effects user or just started playing around with the program, you’ll learn everything you need to know to achieve this effect. If you've never used After Effects before, check out one of my beginner's classes first: Hand Lettering in Motion - The Beginner's Guide to Animating Custom GIFs.

I can't wait to see what you create!

120 of 120 students recommendSee All

I absolutely loved taking this class!!! I'm so excited to share this new skill. It was taught so, so, so, so well that I made my first little GIF right away and it worked!!! Can't wait to keep creating!
Jake is amazing! Great instruction and examples!
Seth Brown

digital lumberjack

Awesome class! I learned so much!! Thanks for the quality of the videos, the shortcuts and the great explanations.





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.

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