Make an amazing retro title in After Effects

Be able to take your game, movie or trailer titles to a new level.
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  • Lectures 12
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

Be able to make your game, movie or trailer titles whole other level. In this course you will learn how. I have packed some of the best tips that I use in my projects, to really improve a title text with a retro theme that can easily be adapted in other themes.

In this step by step course I will go through how I made the lightning effect with a frame by frame animation in Illustrator. How I did the text from scratch and finish up everything in After Effects to put everything togather and some thoughts on how I think around my design choices.

Many have asked why I chose Illustrator for frame by frame animation when Adobe Animation or Adobe Photoshop might be better. I chose Illustrator because I wanted to be able to scale and use the vectors. And I think there is a lot more people that knows Illustrator than Adobe Animation that has the same features.

This course is for the people that want to get to the next level of design and particular around the hard matter of typogrophy in motion.

This is not for the people that haven't got some basic knowledge about After Effects. These tips of frame by frame animation takes time and practice to be good at, take some time and practice the tips I give you.

Enroll today and show me some epic animations!

What are the requirements?

  • You will have to have some knowledge about After Effects and Illustrator. You will have to have a newer verison of After Effects, but not specificly the CC verison.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • You will be able to take your first basic steps into "Frame by frame" animation.
  • Learn some great tips on how to take your design in After Effects to the next level.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for the people that want to take the next step in learning how to apply those details to a project that really sells the piece.
  • This is not for the people that doesn't have the patience to try these techniqes sometimes to be able to make it really good, beacuse it needs some practise.

What you get with this course?

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

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

Intro and thoughts of how to approach this project.

Section 2: First step creating the retro text

Creating a nice and easy retro text in After Effects. Learn how to make small details to the text to give it some depth.

Section 3: First step into frame by frame animation in Illustrator

It's great to plan your animation and look at how it works when animated before making details to it. So in this part I will go through how to plan your rough animation in Illustrator.


Look at the rough that we made and find problems in it and then fix it. Start making the details to the lightning and thoughts around the process.


Continuing adding details to the lightning effect.


Continuing adding details to the lightning effect.


Continuing adding details to the lightning effect.

Section 4: Adding the lightning in After Effects

Putting in the lightning effect we made in illustrator and change colors to it. Learn how to make some fast and easy ways to make it feel like you have worked more on the lightnings.

Section 5: Make your background

Make your own retro grid background.

Section 6: The light warp effect

Make an amazing light speed effect fast and without plugins.

Section 7: Finishing up adding some last effects

Finishing up and tips on how to add some last tweaks to make the title a little extra good. Add some gradeing.

Section 8: Outro & last thoughts

Some last thoughts and whats good to think of.

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Instructor Biography

Mr Marcus Melin, Art Director & Motion Graphics Designer

Hi my name is Marcus Melin, I have worked as a graphic designer and motion graphics designer for quite some time. I have had the privledge to work with some really big clients such as McDonald's, Nike and Hugo Boss to name a few.

I hope you will take some of my courses and build some awesome projects togather.

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