Adobe After Effects: Liquid Text Animation in After Effects

Learn Adobe After Effects. Basic Animation in Adobe After Effects, working with Text Animation and Motion Graphics
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  • Lectures 20
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

This course will teach you how to create animated motion graphic elements on any logo, object or vector item! Master Adobe After Effects while having fun. Watch the above promo video for detailed explanation and a preview of what's inside and what animation you are going to prepare!.

Learn on-trend After Effects motion graphic animation!

In this class I want to show you a quick and effective workflow allowing you to make an amazing looking liquidy-displaced text animation with After Effects CC. You could compare it to a paint bucket which would be spilled over text with random colors and made it complete. This animation can be great for any kind of youtube video, text animation, logo intro and more! During the class you will learn essential After Effects techniques as well as advanced tricks on how to top-up and make any animation a little more interesting. You will work with Track Mattes, Outlining, Shape Layers, the Pen Tool, Effects, it's action-packed material!

The class doesn't require any prior Adobe After Effects CC knowledge and will let you dive straight into motion graphic design and teach you valuable skills and keyboard shortcuts along the way!

Some of the amazing fun stuff we will touch on:

  • On-Trend design animations
  • Working with shape layers
  • After Effects keyboard shortcuts
  • Using keyframes for animation build-ups.
  • Working with several effects on our layers and compositions
  • How to utilize precomposing for design, grouping and sorting
  • ...and many many more!

I'm ready if you are - let's dive intro Adobe After Effects and start the work...Enroll now!

What are the requirements?

  • A working copy of Adobe After Effects (CS5, CS5.5, CS6, CC or CC2015 - you can get a 30-day Trial)
  • Wanting to improve yourself as a creative person or future designer
  • Basic After Effects knowledge is not mandatory, but welcome
  • All techniques and things will be covered with the course

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create on-trend motion graphic animations
  • Use After Effects for basic and advanced logo reveal animations
  • Work with Paths, Shape Layers, Keyframes, Pen Tool and more
  • Use shortcuts to make your After Effects workflow more efficient
  • Using Effects, precomposing and other useful After Effects techniques

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who wants to master fast, simple and powerful techniques to create motion graphics
  • Adobe suite users wanting to expand their knowledge in VFX & Motion Graphics
  • Online course creators, video editors, animations, youtubers etc.
  • Motion Graphic enthusiasts wanting to learn After Effects
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to animate text, logos and similar elements

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

In this lecture I will briefly introduce you to the content and tell you how to download project files to use as a preview file for the course.


In this lesson I will want you to open up After Effects and make a practice example, hands-down...right away! This should be a little warm up for you to get comfortable with After Effects and the things we will use later on.


This lesson should prepare us to perform the motion graphic animation. We need to select a nice color scheme and a font from great websites we can use, both Adobe Color, ColorHunt, Dafont and 1001 font. Those websites should make our pick easy and prepare use 100% to finish the animation.

Section 2: Design: Create the Liquid Text Animation!

With the first lesson we will outline and separate our text to shapes. This will teach us a little bit about working with Shape Layers and their Paths and also how to lay groundwork while we work in Adobe After Effects CC 2015


The animation on one, single letter can be perfomed in 3 steps. The first step will be to create a mask composition which will deal as the fill & animation sequence running through the letter. After Effects allows us to use the Track Matte option to be sure we will not run above the actual letter.


In the second step in our After Effects Liquid Animation fillout we will use several effects and apply them to our layers. This will allow us to work with some keyframes, apply and learn various effects in order to finalize the animation for the first letter.


In step three we will make an adjustment layer in After Effects which will deal as a effects holder on top of other layers. An adjustment layer deals as an additional place to put some elements / effects which will apply to the entire composition (or at least to the layers under it in the hierarchy. Replicate the steps to prepare one of your own!


In this lesson I want to run through the entire technique and all previous steps we did in one, concise manner. You can watch one more time how to make one letter from start to finish if you want to be more familiar on how to make it in After Effects and how to perform the continuous steps quicker.


Precomposing is very important in After Effects, no matter what you do or animate. It allows you to group items, make your composition more organized and add effects and changes in bulk to all elements within a comp. With this lecture I want to show you how you can utilize precomposing to make your animation better and colorize everything to make the reveal as liquid as possible.


Once you finish the animation in Adobe After Effects you will wonder if you did everything you could and want to have in the picture. I will show you one small trick you can emulate in order to create a few funny blobs emerging from our liquid text animation reveal. We will use native After Effects plugins to generate them.

2 questions

This quiz will help you to memorize a few things we used to create this animation

Section 3: BONUS: Design an outstanding Stroke Animation
Select Font and Create Outlines
Prepare and pre-compose Layers
Applying Effects
Select Color and Fill the Letter
Watch another letter from beginning
Workflow Tips
Finalizing and polishing the project
Section 4: Conclusion

In this lesson I want to teach you how to make gif animations out of After Effects compositions by rendering a video and preparing the GIF in Photoshop, and to show you how to share the work for swag or feedback within the class :)


Thank you very much for taking part in my After Effects liquid text reveal course. It was a pleasure to teach you all the techniques, effects and shortcuts to prepare such animations and I hope I was able to get you a bit into After Effects. If you'd like I would really apprecaite a review for the class. See you in other courses!


In this bonus lesson I want to share coupon codes for all my After Effects & Powerpoint courses in case you are interested to continue learning with me! Just click the links, preview the course and if you feel that this is the right content for you jump in :)

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Instructor Biography

Andrzej Pach, Engaged and Passionate PowerPoint & After Effects instructor

Hi! My name is Andrzej Pach, more known as "Nigel" and I spend my time with graphic design, motion & animaiton, typography, video editing and online teaching on a daily basis. The majority of my work is done in Adobe After Effects & Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 / 2016 - naturally this is the software I want to teach about and share my experience with you. I have completed well over 3000 graphic projects (On Fiverr alone more than 2500 reviews) for clients, mostly including video animations like intros, outros and transitions for various Youtube channels & marketers. I would like to share the knowledge I was able to "stack up" during the process. I am always willing to help people out by enhancing their brand and Internet media.

Who am I ?

I am a 27 y.o (born 1989) and a University Graduate (July 2014). A few years back after shifting from one hobby to another after getting hired to prepare a website and business card for a local business in my area I finally "felt it". Since then (2011) I was expanding my skillset in this area completing various graphic related projects. Places like the WarriorForum, freelancing websites or graphic contests across the web caught me in its own snare and never let me go.

What is the next step?

After having several years of experience as a freelancer with a keen focus on creativity handling various projects ranging as work for very small businesses to websites and Youtube channels with over 300k subscribers I am looking forward to share my knowledge wrapped up in exciting courses easy to follow and most important - USEFUL for you! I am looking to work with forward-thinking people who wish to create something original, that will reinforce their brand and follow their vibe. I am always committed to provide value while giving away random tips to make your workflow easier.

Did you really create something?

How far would bring me lying and any sort of scam? Nowhere. I do believe in making the Web Business and Internet Marketing world a better place, because my actions will affect my fellowers, friends, family and future children. Since I live in a small village where people work in agriculture or do physical labor work I set the goal for me to be a sort of pioneer in the web-based business field growing myself as a designer every single day.

You can always contact me as I don't mind talking to anyone and sharing how could I help your business or what course I might record if you like my teaching style!

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