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Easy Typography Animations in After Effects with Motion Graphics

teacher avatar Carminys Guzmán, Motion grapher

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (39m)
    • 1. Intro

      1:49
    • 2. Project

      0:42
    • 3. First Steps

      5:59
    • 4. Animation 1

      6:08
    • 5. Animation 2

      5:41
    • 6. Designing in Illustrator

      3:42
    • 7. Animation 3

      7:49
    • 8. Animation 4

      3:53
    • 9. Level Up Your Skills

      1:01
    • 10. Rendering

      1:24
    • 11. Final Thoughts

      0:42
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About This Class

Would you like to learn how to make cool typography animations in After Effects?

Join Carminys Guzmán class and learn how to do it fast & easily with Motion Graphics.

What will you learn?

We will start getting in touch with the After Effects interface and designing our first project.

Next, I will show you how to easily animate your texts with motion graphics creating 4 different projects. And, of course, you will learn how to loop your animations.

To finish, you will apply everything you have learned by making an animation from scratch.

Who is this class for?

This course is ideal for animators, illustrators, graphic designers, creative artists, and generally, anyone who wants to learn how to make charming designs and animate them with motion graphics.

Requirements:

  • To complete this course, you will need Adobe Illustrator and Adobe After Effects installed on your PC.
  • This is an easy-to-follow course. However, I recommend having a basic knowledge of Adobe After Effects. If you haven't used After Effects before, you can take my previous course, "Animate your illustrations in record time using Adobe After Effects," first.

You can download the project files; this way, you can follow the instructions in real-time, and it will be much easier for you to apply what you're learning.

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Carminys Guzmán

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Hi, my name is Carminys, and I’m the cofounder of Operary.com; We are an animation studio with over 8 years of experience, based in Spain. 

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1. Intro: Would you like to know how to make cool typography loops in a simple way in After Effects? [MUSIC] Hi, my name is Carminys Guzman. I am an animator, illustrator, and a scriptwriter based in Spain, originally from Dominican Republic. I am the co-founder of operary.com, an animation studio based in Madrid. We have over nine years of experience producing beautiful animated explaining videos for hundreds of companies worldwide. such as Angel, the Lloyd, Bayer, Persian, and many more. In this course, I will teach you how to make awesome topography-based loops in a very simple way. We will start getting in touch with the After Effects interface and designing our first project. Next, I will show you how to easily animate your text with four different projects, and of course, you will learn how to loop your animations. You can download the project files, this way you can follow the instructions in real-time and it will be much easier for you to apply what you're learning. This course is ideal for animators, illustrators, graphic designers, creative artists, and generally, anyone who wants to learn how to make amazing animations easily and in the shortest time possible. This is an easy-to-follow course. However, if you have not used After Effects before, you can save my previous course, animate your illustrations in record time, using Adobe After Effects first. There is no time to lose. Join now and let's get started. 2. Project: At the end of this course, you will be unleashing your creativity by creating funny typography animations. I will show you four different ways to make it. After finishing a lesson, I will give you some indications. Please don't skip it. Follow them and practice to get the best results. I'm looking forward to seeing your work. Please upload it to the course project gallery. If you have any comments or questions, please post them on the discussions tab. I can't wait to see what you come up with. Have fun. 3. First Steps: [MUSIC] Before we start animating, let's get in touch with the After Effects interface. We will work with the standard workspace, but you can use the option you prefer. The first step is to create a new composition. We go to "Composition", "New Composition", open a new 1,080 by 1,080 composition at 24 frames. Set six seconds and name it. In this case, the idea is to use these animations on Instagram. That's why I have choose a square format of 1,080 by 1,080 pixels. Now, we are going to write the text of the first project. We select the Text tool and write a text. From this character panel located on the right, we can easily modify its values. If you can't see this panel, you can activate it from "Window" and select "Character". With the selected layer, we can figure the topography. We will use the Montserrat extra bold font for our projects. But you can choose the one you prefer. Don't worry about the black screen. It appears because I have the caps lock activated, I deactivate it and it disappears. We can modify the font size, the color of the fill, and the stroke. Set the lead in, the tracking and thickness of the stroke. That is the same setting as in any other Adobe program. Next, we're going to create a background layer. To create a shape layer, be sure not to have any layer selected. To be sure we go to "Edit" and click on "Deselect All". Now, make a double click on the Rectangle tool to create a shape layer with the same size of the composition. Now, drag the new layer below the text layer and modify the color to your liking. From here, you can choose the color you want or write a hexadecimal code of the color to use. I like the color I had applied, so I'm going to leave it as it is. now let's take a look at the After Effects interface. The panel where you see the elements that we have designed is the viewport. This panel is where we will see the results of our designs and animations. From these options here, we can configure the zoom and the image quality with which we want to work. The higher the quality the slower the animation renders. We can leave it in feet and auto so it adapts automatically. We can also resize the panels by clicking and dragging. At the bottom, we can see the timeline panel. This panel is where we will spend more time creating our animations. From here, we can easily modify the transformation properties of the layer. Press Control Z several times to go back and leave the text as we have imported it. We can modify the work area duration by just clicking and dragging from the blue ends of the timeline. Also, we can zoom in to work more comfortably. If we look to the left, we can see the project panel. This is where all the compositions that we create and all the files that we import will appear and at the top, we can find the essential tools. Perfect. Now, we will take a look at the most no keyboard shortcuts for this course. The shortcut refer to the layer's properties and the tool that we use most commonly. Let's see how to open the layer properties with a single click. Press A for the Anchor point, P for the Position, S for the Scale, R for the Rotation, and T for the Opacity. Also, if we hold down the Shift key, we can open several properties simultaneously. Now, we are going to see how to access the main tools with a touch of a key, press V for the Selection Tool, hold the Space Bar for the Hand Tool, Z for the Zoom tool, W for the Rotation tool, and Y for the Pan Behind tool. It's about practice. At Projects and Resources you have a PDF file available to download with the most helpful shortcuts. By the way, we should never forget to save our work. So go to "File", "Save", and save the work in the course project's folder. See you in the next lesson. [MUSIC] 4. Animation 1: [MUSIC] Okay, class. In this lesson we will animate a text created in the previous lesson. We will set the zoom to fit so that it adapts to the size of the window. First, make sure to be located at the beginning of the timeline. We select the text layer and open their position properly. To animate the position of the text layer, we need to create the first keyframe. Do it by clicking on the stopwatch. If you notice, when creating the first keyframe a rhombus symbol automatically appears, marking its location on the timeline. Now advance one second on the timeline. You can see the time counter on the left, and move the layer horizontally until we achieve their desired result. Pressing 0 on the numpad we can preview the animation. As you can see it is a basic animation. If we look at the final result, we can see that the text comes and goes infinitely. To create this effect quickly and save time, we will create an expression. We can define expressions as small codes or programming scripts which allow us to apply specific actions in after effects. We need to click on the stopwatch while holding down the Alt key to apply an expression. Next, we write the loop out pingpong expression. Let's take a look at the animation. We already it. The animation comes and goes throughout the composition. Easy. Now, we need to smooth out the movement as it is too rough. To smooth the acceleration and deceleration, we select the keyframes, right-click "Keyframe Assistant" "Easy Ease." We can also apply it directly using the keyboard shortcut F9. If we preview again, we see that our animation now looks much more fluid. Great. Now we're going to duplicate the text layer to make the animation more fun. Select the text layer and press a key combination Control D or Command D, in MAC three times. If you select a layer and press the "Enter" key, you will be able to rename the layers and have them more organized. I'm going to name them in order. The organization is essential. Next, we will select all the text layers. To do this select the first layer, and with the Shift key pressed select the last layer. Now we press the letter U to reveal the keyframes of all the layers. We are going to move the animations every four frames. We will drag the keyframes from layer 2 to frame 4. Next, we drag the keyframes from layer 3 to frame 8. Finally, we drag the keyframes from layer 4 to frame 12. Remember that you can zoom in on the timeline to work more comfortably. If we take a look, we can see that our animation is almost finished. Now, it is time to add more color to the design to make it more attractive. As we saw in the previous lesson, we can choose the color directly or write a hexadecimal code of the color we want to use. We are going to paste the hex codes directly so as not to waste a lot of time editing the colors. Although color has different symbolic meanings in each culture, some are shared almost everywhere in the world. For the projects in this course I want to create a fun and cheerful color palette, but balanced at the same time. To achieve this, I'm going to mix warm and cool colors. Warm color is like red, yellow, or orange, convey positive feelings like joy and happiness, but they are also related to more active states of mind. On the other hand, blue is more related to peace and rest. Of course, these meanings vary depending on the context. In this case, we have integrated this colors with funny and positive words and with a nice topography. Guys, we already have it, a dynamic and fun animation made with minimal effort. Only one detail is missing here. Since all animations occur at different times on the timeline we need to go through two more steps to create a perfect loop. Our animation lasts one second to go and one second to come, which means that it completes a full cycle every two seconds. To fix it, we need to drag from these blue end and reduce the work area up to two seconds or four seconds. Then drag the work area onto the moment when all the animations have started. Now if we preview, we can see the animation creating a perfect loop. To finish we right click on the work area and select the option "Trim Comp to Work Area". Now our composition has to become four seconds long, and the loop work is just as we wanted. See you in the next lesson. [MUSIC] 5. Animation 2: Hi class. In this lesson, we will animate the second project. We are going to create a new composition. We go to composition, new composition. Please open a new 1,080 by 1,080 composition at 24 frames. Name it and set four seconds. Next, we're going to write a text. It can be whatever you want. Remember that from this character panel located on the right, we can easily modify its values. Again, we are going to use a Montserrat extra bold font and configure it different options to your liking. There is not perfect value here, everything will depend on your tastes. We leave the thickness of the stroke at four and we're going to color the field white. Next, we create a background layer. Remember, we need to make sure that we don't have any layer selected. For these, we go to a date then select all. We double-click on the rectangle tool to create a shape layer with the same size as a composition. Now, drag the layer below that text layer and modify the color to your liking. I'm going to paste the color code directly. As you can see, we have everything ready to start animating project two. Select a text layer and open the rotation property. Before we start animating, we need to place the anchor point in the center of the texts. The anchor point will be the reference points around which the texts rotates. With the pan behind tool, we place it in the center. Perfect. Please make sure to be located at the beginning of the timeline. Now, we animate the rotation. Remember to create the first key frame by clicking on the stopwatch. Now, advance three seconds on the timeline and rotate the text a whole round. To smooth the acceleration and deceleration, we select the key frames and press the keyboard shark with "F9". We preview the animation by pressing "Zero" on the numpad. It's not bad, but we can definitely improve it. We're going to add a bit of anticipation to make the animation more dynamic. Position at the beginning of the timeline and advance to frame eight. Now, we've rotated texts slightly in the opposite direction to which the animation will occur, simulating to get impulse before performing the complete rotation. We do the same at the end of the animation. We scroll to the last key frame and go back about eight frames. We rotate the text in such a way that the rotation advances a little beyond a full rotation, so that it finally goes back to its final position. If we preview again, we can see the animation we were looking for. Great. Now, we're going to duplicate our text layer just like we did in the previous lesson. We select the text layer and press a key combination Control D or Command D on Mac three times. Rename the layers to have them more organized. Next, select all the text layers and press a letter "U" to reveal the key frames of all the layers. As in the previous lesson, we will move the animations, but this time we are going to move them every two frames. First, we drag the key frames from layer 2 to frame 2. Next, we drag the key frames from layer 3 to frame 4. Finally, we drag the key frames from layer 4 to frame 6. Let's check that everything is okay. Perfect. Now, we just have to add more color to the design. We select the text layers and we color them to our liking. I am going to leave the stroke black in all the layers and I am only going to modify the field color. Now, yes, we can preview our complete animation. Easy. In the next lesson, we will add a bit more difficulty animating our letters separately. See you there. Don't miss it. 6. Designing in Illustrator: Hi there. In this class, we are going to change the text creation process. To have more control over our animation, we will create a text from Adobe Illustrator and then import it into After Effects. Let's begin. From Adobe Illustrator, we create a new document with a size of 1,080 by 1,080 pixels and click on Create. With the rectangle tool, we create a background layer and color it to our liking. We select this stroke and delete it by clicking on this little symbol here. Next, with the text tool, we write the text. Select it, and from here we can configure the size and font. I am going to use the Montserrat Bold font again. With the selection tool, we place a text in the center. With the selected text, we color the field white and the stroke black. Let's increase the thickness of the stroke a bit. With the selected text, make right-click on the text, and select the option Create Outlines. By selecting this option, we convert our text into a vector image and we can ungroup and edit the text more freely. Next, make a right and click on Ungroup. Now, if we select the letters, we can select them separately. They are no longer grouped. To finish configuring our texts, we need to separate each of the letters by layers. We open the Layers Panel and from the menu, we will make the thumbnails larger to work more comfortably. We go to Layer Panel option and edit to row size. Next, we create four new layers by clicking on this symbol four times. We name them by double-clicking on each layer. We drag the letters within the respective layers. Finally, we are going to adjust the text to our liking. I am going to put the letters together a bit to give it a different look. Perfect. We already have our texts ready to import into After Effects. To finish, we only need to save our files in the same folder in which we have saved our after-effects project. We go to File, Save, and we save the file in the same folder in which we have saved the rest of the projects. See you in the next lesson. 7. Animation 3: In this lesson, we will import and animate the design we created in Adobe Illustrator letter by letter. Let's start by importing the Adobe Illustrator file. Go to "File", select "Import File", and select the desired file. When importing a layered file in the Import As option, we must always select Composition Retain Layer Sizes. As you can see, a composition and a folder with layers have been created. We are going to work on the composition. With a double-click, we entered a composition. We want the composition to last six seconds, but when importing the file, a four-seconds long composition has been created. To solve it, we go to "Composition", "Composition Settings", and set the duration to six seconds. We select all the layers and from the outside, drag them to the end. This way, we make sure they are active throughout the composition. Done. We select all the letters and with the P key, we open its position property. We make sure we are located at the beginning of the timeline, and we create the first key-frame by clicking on the stopwatch. Notice, a key-frame has been created in the four layers at the same time. We advance one second and move the position of the four letters vertically. The next step is to smooth out the movements we just animated. We select all the key-frames and with the F9 key, we apply Easy Ease. Let's preview to check that everything works fine. Perfect. Now think about what the next step will be. Exactly, we are going to apply the expression loopOut pingpong. Remember we need to click on the stopwatch while holding down the Alt key to apply an expression. Next, we write the loopOut pingpong expression. If we preview again, we can see how the G continues to move back and forth infinitely, while the rest of the layers only perform a single movement. To save time, we make a right-click on the position property and select the option "Copy Expression Only". Next, we select the rest of the layers that make up the text, and with Ctrl V or Command V on Mac, we paste the expression. Now all the layers come and go infinitely. The process is very similar to what we have seen so far. The difference is that we are animating letter by letter instead of directly animating the entire word. Very well. Next, we're going to move all the animations every four frames along the timeline. We have also seen this before, we select the second layer and drag the key-frames, four frames. We select the third layer and drag them to Frame 8. Finally, we move the key-frames of the letter D to Frame 12. We preview again and voila, we have the first part of our animation done. If we proceed the same way as in the previous lessons, we will need to create 12 more layers, crazy. But don't worry, After Effects has solutions for just about everything. To simplify the process and work in a more organized way, we will link the layers that make up the text within a separate composition. To do this, we select the four layers , right-click, "Pre-compose". We give the composition a name and click on "Okay". If we enter with a double-click, we can see that our text is inside a new composition. Let's go back to the main composition. We duplicate the composition three times. We are going to name the layers to have everything well organized. Remember, to name the layers we select them and press the Enter key. The idea now is to move the compositions along the timeline to start ID frame time. It is very easy. We move the compositions every four frames. If we preview, we can see our animation is almost finished, but there is a very important step missing, adding color. There is only one problem. We are no longer working on text layers and we cannot change the color directly. The solution, to apply an effect. We select the Text Animation 2 layer, go to "Effect", "Color Correction", and apply tint effect. Next, we go to "Effect Controls" and change the color of Map Y2 to our liking. If you cannot see the color you have applied, scroll a little through the timeline to see it better, can't see the Effect Controls panel? Don't worry, you can activate it from Window, Effect Controls. Perfect, we apply the same effect on the rest of the layers. We select the layer "Effect", "Color Correction", "Tint", and change the color. The same with the last letter. Now we already have it, a fun, simple, and full-color animation. We still need to go through several more steps to create a perfect loop. Our animation lasts one second to go and one second to come. In other words, it completes a whole cycle every two seconds. As far as we can drag from this blue end and reduce the work area to two seconds or four seconds, and then drag the work area up to Second 1, for example. The important thing here is to place the work area where all the layers have started moving. Now we can see our animation creating a perfect loop. To finish, we make a right-click on the work area and select the option "Trim Comp to Work Area". In the next lesson, we will do a very simple task to check that you have understood everything you have learned so far. Don't miss it. 8. Animation 4: During the previous lessons, you have seen almost everything you need to carry out the project that you see on the screen. This time we are going to divide the work to make it faster. Here we have a text I already created in after effects. In Lessons 5 and 6, we have already seen how to create text within after effects. My advice, give the pause and get to work. I know you can do it. Fantastic. Now that you have created the text, I will explain to you how to make the scale animation. The process is very simple. First, open the scale property and deactivate the constrain proportions option by clicking on the symbol here. This will allow you to animate the horizontal axis and the vertical axis of the scale independently. Before starting to animate, we will check that the anchor point is located on the text-base. Keep in mind that the scale animation will behave differently depending on where we place the anchor point. In this case, it is already located in the base, so we don't need to modify anything. Now we can start animating the scale. Make sure you are at the beginning of the timeline and create a keyframe by clicking on the stopwatch. Then move forward one second and scale the vertical axis up to 150 for example. We advance one more second onto the second tube. We select the first keyframe, copy it with Control C or Command C on Mac and paste it with Control V or Command V. Let's soften the movement a bit. To do this, select all the keyframes and with F9, apply easy ease. If we preview, we can already see our animated text. Now, as we did in Lesson 6, we will apply a leader anticipation to the animation to achieve a more dynamic movement. From the beginning of the timeline, we advance five frames and reduce the scale to 85 for example so that it makes a slight impose just before growing. Perfect. We are located about five frames before the last keyframe. We select and copy the second keyframe that we have just applied and paste it. Now much better. But it still has room for improvement. The idea is further to smooth the acceleration and deceleration of the central keyframe. To do this, we select a keyframe, right-click Keyframe Velocity, and apply an influence of 80 percent in the incoming and outcoming velocity. The higher the influence value that we apply on the keyframe, the greater the smoothing of the acceleration and deceleration is. Now, if we go back to preview the animation, it is much more expressive and attractive. My part has come this far. Now you have to duplicate the layers and apply the colors to your liking. You already know how to do it. We have done this same process in Lessons 5 and 6. Knowing the theory is very important, but putting your knowledge into practice is much more important. I'm looking forward to seeing your work, so please upload it to the course project gallery. See you in the next lesson. 9. Level Up Your Skills: If you really want to make professional animated extraordinary videos from scratch, you need to master three skills; script writing, illustration, and of course animation. From my profile, you can access the animation fundamentals section where you will find fantastic courses to improve these skills. Once you have learnt the basics, I recommend you specialize in more specific topics to better up your animation skills. On Skillshare you will find an extensive collection of amazing courses. Take advantage of it to continue learning and improving day by day. I hope to see you in my other courses at the end of this one. 10. Rendering: [MUSIC] Now that you have the projects ready it's time to explore them. Keep in mind that the composition that we currently have open will be explored. For these, we go to Composition and select "Add to Adobe Media Encoder" Media Encoder helps both export projects more efficiently. First, we choose the codec. In this case, we will use H 264. It exports the video in MP4, the most used format for the web. Regarding the output's resolution, we can choose the Match Source, high or medium bitrate option to avoid mistakes and export it in the same size we have worked on the project. Finally, we choose the location where we will explore the video and give the file a name. To finish, click on the "Play Button" here. With these guys, everything will be ready. Once that process has finished you can open the video and start sharing it on your social networks. [MUSIC] 11. Final Thoughts: [MUSIC] Congratulations for completing this course. I hope you like it, and find it useful for your career. You can now create amazing topography looks for your social media, web page, portfolio, or any place you want to show your talents. I'm so looking forward to seeing your work. Don't forget to upload it to the course project gallery. If you enjoyed the course, please leave a review. I will be very grateful. Follow me, and be the first to know about new courses and more. See you soon [MUSIC].