Motion Typography from Scratch

Learn how to use After Effects to create text based animations for music videos, film credits, advertisements and more.
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  • Lectures 59
  • Length 7 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2014 English

Course Description

If you're wanting to venture into the world of motion typography and motion graphics and you're ready for your technical skill to catch up to your creative vision, then this is the course for you.

See words come to life in this extensive motion typography (also called kinetic typography) course that will get you creating incredible text animations.

In this course you will:

  • Learn the fundamentals and advanced basics of motion typography
  • Learn how to navigate the popular visual effects software called Adobe After Effects
  • Get access to project files for almost all 58 course lectures so you can easily follow along
  • Access to over $50 worth of bonus assets like presents, templates, and sound effects

Excited to see you all master the art of motion typography and produce incredible pieces of art!

What are the requirements?

  • Adobe Creative Cloud or Creative Suite
  • After Effects CS6 and above are required for project files and presets, but if you have an older version, you will be able to apply the knowledge, just not have access to all of the course material

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of the course you will have all the necessary skills and knowledge to create stunning motion typography videos.

What is the target audience?

  • The intended audience is for anybody who already has a basic understanding of After Effects, but if you are just getting started, you should be able to still follow along.

What you get with this course?

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

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

02:54
Just a general orientation on the course.
Section 1: Getting Started with After Effects (for the beginners)
02:49

Explains how using After Effects for motion typography is a good choice as compared with other software choices. Also, if you have not upgraded to Creative Cloud yet, I think you should, its a great option. more info here. goo.gl/dXciWe

14:38
Basic overview of the interface and tools of After Effects to get you started if you're new to the program.
10:55
Some of my favorite hotkeys and shortcuts to make using After Effects faster and more efficient.
03:01
How to render and export finished videos in After Effects. Because it doesn't do you any good to make it, unless you can get your video out of the program and into the world.
Section 1 Quiz
4 questions
Section 2: Introduction to Motion Typography
01:38
Defines and explains motion typography.
11:59
Four great examples of motion typography.
03:06
Some examples of different ways to use motion typography to help spark your creativity.
Section 2 Quiz
3 questions
Section 3: Audio
07:11
After Effects can be tricky for audio. This is an overview of how to work with audio in After Effects.
04:27
Still struggling with it? Some ways to make your audio editing in After Effects easier and more efficient.
04:43
Like I said, After Effects is really not the best program for audio, and if you just can't stand it anymore, here are some other options.
Section 3 Quiz
5 questions
Section 4: Setting up your text
06:13
If you're a lot more comfortable with Photoshop or Illustrator, you can set up your text there and bring it into After Effects. This video shows you how.
01:46
How to set up your text right in After Effects.
01:29
A good compromise between setting up in Illustrator and setting up in After Effects-- this shows you how to copy and paste from Illustrator to After Effects, rather than bring in an exported file.
Section 4 Quiz
4 questions
Section 5: The Text Tool
05:48
There are a lot of fun things you can do with your text in After Effects using this tool. Here's an introduction.
08:04
Some cooler, more complex things that can be done with the text tool to build on the basics you've learned.
04:43
Animating text layers along predetermined paths.
Section 5 Quiz
6 questions
Section 6: Shape layers
10:29
Like text layers, shape layers can get really complex. Here's an overview showing some of the wonderful things you can do with them.
03:36
Shape layers can be manipulated better than text layers. Put your text in a shape layer, and you can do some amazing things.
03:12
A fun example of some things you can do when combining text and shapes.
Section 6 Quiz
6 questions
Section 7: 3D camera
15:15
Whoa! Don't get disoriented. Here are some tips.
03:17
There are many arguments both for and against parenting to a null. This will help you decide for yourself.
03:04
How to create the camera motion paths you want.
Section 7 Quiz
6 questions
Section 8: Motion Typography Animations Techniques
09:42
In this section, we go over several techniques that can be used when creating motion typography. Once you have learned each technique you will be free to mix and match to bring your creative vision to life.
09:31
In this section, we go over several techniques that can be used when creating motion typography. Once you have learned each technique you will be free to mix and match to bring your creative vision to life.
07:45
In this section, we go over several techniques that can be used when creating motion typography. Once you have learned each technique you will be free to mix and match to bring your creative vision to life.
07:08
In this section, we go over several techniques that can be used when creating motion typography. Once you have learned each technique you will be free to mix and match to bring your creative vision to life.
04:25
In this section, we go over several techniques that can be used when creating motion typography. Once you have learned each technique you will be free to mix and match to bring your creative vision to life.
11:04
In this section, we go over several techniques that can be used when creating motion typography. Once you have learned each technique you will be free to mix and match to bring your creative vision to life. This video also shows some mixing and matching in action.
Section 8 Quiz
5 questions
Section 9: Secondary Animations and movements
03:18
Putting in the little details that really make your motion typography look "finished."
05:51
Four different motion techniques to begin or end an animation to make your work a little more exciting.
06:23
Synthesizing real-world physics can make your animation look more professional.
Section 9 Quiz
3 questions
Section 10: Textures
05:34
A way of cutting out layers and applying textures to text.
03:14
Don't be satisfied with plain old, boring, still textures when you can make your own animated ones!
Section 10 Quiz
4 questions
Section 11: Creative Transitions
03:39
This section covers some techniques to transition creatively from one thought or section of your video to another. It's almost like adding punctuation to your motion graphics.
04:10
This section covers some techniques to transition creatively from one thought or section of your video to another. It's almost like adding punctuation to your motion graphics.
03:30
This section covers some techniques to transition creatively from one thought or section of your video to another. It's almost like adding punctuation to your motion graphics.
02:18
This section covers some techniques to transition creatively from one thought or section of your video to another. It's almost like adding punctuation to your motion graphics.
02:52
This section covers some techniques to transition creatively from one thought or section of your video to another. It's almost like adding punctuation to your motion graphics.
03:57
This section covers some techniques to transition creatively from one thought or section of your video to another. It's almost like adding punctuation to your motion graphics.
Section 11 Quiz
3 questions
Section 12: Putting it all together
56:48
An example project- tutorial from start to finish.
Section 12 Quiz
3 questions
Section 13: Post sound design
09:59
A taste of the sound effects pack included with this course, and instruction on how to add sound effects to your finished video.
Section 13 Quiz
4 questions
Section 14: Useful Scripts and Presets
13:23
This section covers some additional resources to help add flair to your motion typography. This video shows the presets that are included with this course.
02:03
This section covers some additional resources to help add flair to your motion typography. Here is a handy script to help separate your text out into layers. (Name your own price.)
02:13
This section covers some additional resources to help add flair to your motion typography. Sure Target, a free plugin, helps you target layers with your 3D camera.
00:51
This section covers some additional resources to help add flair to your motion typography. Name your own price on this script that will help you separate masks into layers.
01:08
This section covers some additional resources to help add flair to your motion typography. The script shown here is a quick way to add mass amounts of text to your composition. (Name your own price.)
02:29
This section covers some additional resources to help add flair to your motion typography. Here is featured a full-on physics engine for After Effects. It's about $250, but can be worth the price.
02:32
This section covers some additional resources to help add flair to your motion typography. The program shown here integrates actual 3D objects into After Effects. At $150, it's super fast, so if you're doing 3D anything it's highly recommended.
Section 15: BONUS SECTION: additional skills to help you out
01:24
A quick introduction to the section.
15:13
Create generic movie titles, and then tweak them to suite your needs. Lots of little tips in this one.
01:47
A quick and simple 1 layer text reflection effect. One layer means you can easily swap out text, or even make a preset out of it.
10:05
Give your text or objects a rubber look. This is done with a cool little effect called time displacement.
12:06
I've had several requests on how to do the inflating balloon text like in the Ae logo at the beginning of my tutorials. Here it is.
09:08
Create a stylized and fully dynamic boxed text look for motion graphics in this After Effects tutorial. You can even create a preset out of it.
10:47
This after effects tutorial is creating random numbers that transition into text (as seen in the new Jack Ryan movie, The Recruit).
13:31
This is kind of a logo text reveal that looks like an 80s movie, kind of electric matrix look. Anyways its pretty cool. and you'll learn some great tips and use of some different filters.
03:03
Time to smash some text with After Effects. Its super easy to do, and makes use of the Shatter effects in After Effects.
11:23

A fun tutorial for After Effects creating an ink bleeding signature. The After Effects camera with its depth of field give this a cool realistic look. All done with CC glue gun of all things.

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Instructor Biography

Mikey Borup, Adobe After Effects Certified Expert

Mikey is an After Effects and Video Production professional, motion graphics artist and all around great guy. Currently he is the creative director for Go Fast Web, a marketing and video company in a small town, but with big reach, Working with clients all over the globe. Mikey is also a founder of cinemaspice, a new site that has resources for video editors and after effects users.

Bragging rights include: After Effects Certified Expert, Emmy award winner, former university teacher (After Effects of course) and happily married with 6 kids.

In addition, Mikey runs the largest After Effects community on Google+ and has a successful YouTube channel dedicated to After Effects tutorials. Mikey is also a contributor to Tuts+ and PremiumBeat

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