Text Me! in After Effects
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Text Me! in After Effects

Animate Realistic Text Message Dialogues in After Effects
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Created by Natasha Collette
Last updated 1/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • Animate a “text message” / SMS dialogue on screen in After Effects.
  • Become more knowledgeable about shapes and animating shapes.
  • Learn one approach to text animation in After Effects.
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  • You should have access to Adobe After Effects. The course is created with Adobe CC 2017, but earlier versions (CS 4, 5, 6) will work. You may download a 30-day free trial of the software if you don’t already own it, visit Adobe’s website for more details. My tutorials are prepared on Mac software, but you will be able to accomplish the same results using a Mac or a PC.

Bring your videos a fresh and fun visual element by adding on-screen text message dialogues!

Contemporary storytelling, as seen in TV shows, movies, or web videos, frequently incorporates characters communicating (as they do in real life!) with text messages sent back and forth.  In this course, we’ll recreate this visual effect in After Effects so that you can add this level of animated graphics into your own video projects.  

In this course, we’ll use After Effects to create on-screen text / SMS dialogues, using the following techniques:

  • Create shapes and shape layers

  • Nest pre-comp’s to organize a project

  • Add and animate text using an animator tool

  • Animate shapes

  • Refine the animation

“Text Me!” is really a continuation of my Creative Split Screens series of tutorials; here we’re focusing on one specific application of a split screen.  In this course, we combine pre-existing video footage with animated motion graphics to create unique, customized text or SMS messages to appear on-screen.  After Effects is a wonderfully versatile tool, in this course we’ll just look at one approach to animating an on-screen text dialogue.   

I teach my online courses in a thoughtful and logical approach, and a complete beginner student could follow along step-by-step to recreate an animation project like the one I use as a demo in the tutorials.  This course is not a comprehensive overview of the software, but an in-depth look at using the specific tools used for this project.  

More advanced students will appreciate the subtle refinements and recommended workflows that I introduce during the tutorials, building your own skill set to apply this knowledge to your other, unique projects.  

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for an After Effects user with some experience, who’d like to add more animated sequences into their projects.
  • We won’t be going into great details about the software itself, you should be familiar with the workspace and the basics of AE.
  • This course is an extension of my Creative Split Screens tutorial series, so reviewing those courses first will give students a great foundation.
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Curriculum For This Course
Welcome to the course
2 Lectures 02:34

Overview of this course

Preview 01:44

You will need access to Adobe After Effects. This course was created using After Effects CC 2017, but earlier versions of the software will work also.

If you don't already own or subscribe to Adobe / After Effects, you can download a free 30-day trial of the software, look for this option on Adobe’s website.

Preview 00:50
Animate a Text Message Dialogue
9 Lectures 29:18

Plan ahead to make your job easier!  Have a script, a rough cut video ready.

Preview 01:44

Setting up the After Effects project by importing video footage.

Preview 01:20

Start the animation with a shape.

Creating a Shape

Add a text layer to the composition.

Preview 02:27

Perform a simple animation effect on text.

Animating the Text

Create a second text message, fine-tune some of the shape settings.

Adding a Reply Message

Adjust the animation effect for longer text reply.

Animating a Longer Reply

Add an emoticon.


Put some finishing touches on the animation.

Refining the Action
2 Lectures 03:54

Let’s do a speed-review of what we’ve just learned!


If you enjoyed doing this project, you’ll love my other material.  

Preview 02:02
About the Instructor
Natasha Collette
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65 Students
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Media Designer

Natasha Collette is a media designer in the Boston area. With a background in music and visual art, she has a completely unique skill set and aesthetic approach to creating media content.

An alumni of Berklee College of Music, she has a degree in Film Scoring. She has also completed a Digital Media Production program at Emerson College, which gave further refinement to her motion graphics work. This technical training has combined music composition, audio editing, video production, expertise with music and video software; and also developed the organizational skills of a proficient project manager. Every successful media project requires an ability to shift from “big picture”, to micro-focus attention to details -- whether it be good file management, setting up a budget and production timeline, or replaying the same one second of footage over and over until the animation movement is exactly right.

Natasha has been working with video for several years, both behind the camera and in the edit room. Final Cut Pro 7 was her first editing software, she now uses Premiere and the other programs included in the Adobe Creative Cloud. Her recent projects have focused more directly on motion graphics, leading to a strong proficiency in After Effects. She’s done work for private freelance clients, institutions, and online education.