Stretched Type In After Effects | Easy Text Animation Tutorial

Stretched Type In After Effects | Easy Text Animation Tutorial


hi I’m Ben Marriott I make weekly motion
design and animation tutorials and in this video I’m going to show you my
process for creating stretch type animations let’s begin now I’ve been
seeing this type of stretched text animation all over the place so here’s
how you do it I’ve got this background with a bunch of these out of focus
sort of bokeh hair light league images that you get from unsplash.com
I’ve got those just shifting position slightly and I’ve also got some shape
layers moving around and rotating for no particular reason then it makes the
animation look busy and a lot of the time I see the stretched type effects
paired with arbitrary shape movements and I’ve got some color correction over
the whole thing this project file is available for download down in the
description so you can explore and dig around a little deeper now to the type
I’ve got this type centered and I’m using the typeface Accumin Pro it’s part
of type kit so if you’ve got an Adobe Creative Cloud account you’ll have
access to it I chose it because it has a nice bold weight and the lobe of the pier
has a nice straight horizontal thingy which looks cool when it’s stretched
first we need to outline our text so with our layer selected we select our type
tool on the top left and we right-click and select to create shapes from text
which will create a new shape layer called type outline and inside the
content for this shape layer we’ll find a new shape for each single letter this
works exactly like outlining type in Illustrator and we can also see that
it’s labeled each shape with a letter it contains now we can also add a stroke by
holding alt and clicking on the properties up here until we get what we
want let’s create a stroke that’s white perfect let’s get rid of this type layer
that we don’t need anymore Our textures gonna slide in from the right
so this is going to be the final state of the animation so let’s keyframe all
the letters in this position now instead of opening down and flipping through the
menus down here we can simply type path into our search bar and then click on
the stopwatch to keyframe all that path properties you’ll notice that P has two
paths inside that’s because the second one is the inside of the counter which
is the donut hole for the P let’s rest u on our keyboard to minimize this
just to our essential keyframes and let’s drag these over a little bit later in
the animation now with that pen tool selected up here
I can simply double click on each shape which will select all its points in its
path and then just drag it off to the right and that will create this animation
now I’m going to use hold keyframes for this animation so that we have more
control over the shape of each letter in each frame turn these into hold
keyframes simply select all of our keyframes down here in our timeline
right-click and select toggle hold keyframes you could also hold ctrl and alt on
your keyboard and simply click to toggle between hold keyframes and regular
keyframes hold keyframes work by instead of tweening between each keyframe it will
hold the shape or value until the very next keyframe so it goes from a position on
the right to our position on the left there’s nothing in between so let’s animate one letter at a time two frames in from our initial position we want our
t to enter the screen so let’s select our pen tool double click on the T and
drag it over on screen we want the letters to move fast at the start and
then ease into their final position and because this is when the letter will be
moving the fastest in this animation I want it to be really stretched out here
so let’s select our pen tool and I’m gonna click on this point on the right
hold shift and then select the other three points on the right and just
simply drag them over there we are in another two frames let’s again
double-click our T drag it over bit further and now we want it to start
slowing down a bit so let’s make the stretching a little less severe another
method for selecting multiple points on a shape layer it’s with your pen tool
selected click on one of the points and then if you change your selection tool which is the
arrow tool by pressing V and then holding shift if you click and drag all
the points that you cover up in your selection will now be selected and now
if we hold shift and press the arrow keys we can nudge that shape into place
and that’s just a quicker way of selecting more points rather than just
clicking on all of them on the next frame we want our T to touch its final
position on the left side so let’s copy this keyframe of its end position from over
here paste it two frames later now let’s select these points on the right
and nudge them over just a touch and now let’s
drag the keyframe for its final position over here let’s watch that back there
we are that’s looking pretty good now let’s repeat that process for all the
other layers now here’s what it looks like when we apply that same process for
each letter you certainly don’t need to use hold keyframes I really like to
because I wanted it to have more staggered sort of glitchy effect and for
these sort of middle positions to be a little more designed so that each frame
is striking on its own it takes a bit more time but I think the effect is best
used sparingly anyway and once you’re in a groove you can move through it pretty
quickly for this animation I’ve keyframed just two positions for each letter
and giving it a nice strong ease to blend together nicely
no keyframes here at all and here it works great it all depends on the
circumstances and what effect you’re after I’ve made a short play list of
related after effects transition tutorials that dive a little bit deeper
I’ll see you in the next video and please consider subscribing if you’d
like more of these videos every week Subtitle: Zoe J Marriott

48 Replies to “Stretched Type In After Effects | Easy Text Animation Tutorial”

  1. You can do the same effect on any text with Stretcher Preset from Videolancer. And it don't need converting text to a shapes.

  2. Isn't there a way of creating the similar results using only effects? maybe a combination between displacement and minimax to do the same effect non destructively?

  3. hi BEN !
    I'm your fans and student from Taiwan, really thank you for your weelkly animation tutorial, I'vd been thinking about to become a motion designer for a long time, and your video make everything so simple, really appreciate 🙂

  4. Fun fact: the "doughnut hole" in the P as u mentioned it (or as in any other letter that has one like a,o,e…), in Germany the typographically correct word for it is "Punze" — which is also a (old) word for the female genitalia. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    PS: Great vid btw!!

  5. hey ben! i think you should make a patreon with a pledge level where we get these videos on like a tuesday or something. you deserve cash money for these tips!!

  6. Seriously the details about the path animation and point selections is super helpful. Even the stroke/fill selection while holding alt I had no idea about. So many good workflow tips.. thanks so much for sharing all this info.

  7. Nice tut man! Didn't know all it was is taking a text layer as a shape layer and animate the paths. Already used that technique in an animation video I'm already creating. Keep it up 😎

  8. Without a doubt my favorite After Effects channel!
    All the tutorials are up-to-date Design trends with.
    always Concise, short, to the point.
    literally you just made everything so easy to learn!
    I'd love to see more typography Tuts!
    I would be happy if you could create guides to these specific techniques pleas 🙂
    — specific techniques: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeYMtqC96Pk
    — specific techniques: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEU5PXwu1TY
    — specific techniques: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qy7cISueWDk
    — specific techniques: www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9QAE-ExWhY

  9. Really love the things your teach. Would be great if you can make a tutorial on character design to rigging and basic animation for people like us 🙂

  10. Cool technique, so simple yet effective. I definitely still hanging out for the next part of the Smooth Transitions project deep dive.

  11. You can also use a text animator. First, set the stroke on your text and clear any fill.
    Then create an animator with the scale, tracking and position properties, so that they're all controlled by the same range selector.
    – Set scale first, to the widest you want the letters to be
    – Then adjust tracking to stop them from overlapping when stretched
    – Finally, adjust position until the left-hand edge lines up in both stretched and normal states

    Keyframe the range start, and animate it from 0% to 100%, voila! Super-quick and the text remains editable.

    Downside… if it doesn't look right and you want to manually control kerning or exact letter widths during the animation, you have to go back to shapes, or add an extra animator with a more targeted range

  12. That makes me wonder if we ever gonna have mograph stuff (from cinema 4D) into 2D animation software lke after effects… This exact effect Is achieved in a really elegant way using fallof/fields/point deformer and so on.

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