After Effects Tutorial – Basic Typography & Motion Graphics

hey what's up guys the effects bro here and welcome to intro to motion graphics in After Effects now things I'm gonna be teaching you are available in most versions of After Effects however I am going to be using After Effects cs6 and we're gonna be running over the process what it's like to make a lyric video I've been able to make several different lyric videos for Disney Hollywood Records and different bands over the last couple of years and so I'm super excited to show you guys how I do them and by doing this we're gonna be able to learn a lot of the basics in After Effects when it comes to motion graphics so let's go ahead and get started out here we're gonna create a new composition some of the things I'm going to be teaching you I may be expecting you to already understand through After Effects basic training things like what a project is what a composition is if you aren't familiar with those there's a lot of tutorials online or you can check out my After Effects basic training on VFX bro calm so we're going ahead and create a new composition here and we're going to make it 1280 by 720 pixels we're make the frame rate 24 frames per second and we're gonna keep the duration at 2 minutes and so we have this new composition here and when I start off my most basic lyric videos I use text so I bring in the text first right here we have our text button so for this particular lyric video we're going to use a cover of the song we are young by fun and I'm gonna drag that in it's a music video layer that I have here but I'm gonna just turn it off because all we need is the audio and we can scroll down here and take a look at the waveform now often when doing motion graphics you are lining up footage with audio so it's important to understand where the audio is to help you sync things up quick key here is that we can actually play through the audio right away but it in control and the period button we're gonna go ahead and skip straight to the chorus which says tonight we are young so I can kind of tell from looking at here that that's where it was gonna start and so we know that the lyrics are tonight we are young so we're gonna start off by typing in tonight you're gonna click on the text here and double click it's a little bit small and we're gonna want the text to be something let's try a century gothic it's one of my favorite fonts and we're going to size that up and again we just hit the S button here for scale you're gonna want to learn all of the short keys when doing motion graphics clean that's really gonna speed you along if we were to look here in our text we can go to our transform and we have anchor point our position scale rotation and opacity our anchor point is this little guy right here and we can actually adjust it by either clicking up here on the pan behind tool or we can just hit Y and that's going to allow us to move this around and what our anchor point does it incurs down our text here so if we were to rotate it by clicking on this rotation tool right here or heading R it's gonna rotate around that point that's gonna be our center so the anchor point basically tells us where the center of our layer is and if we were to move it up here and rotate around we would see that now our anchor point as we move to that position and it's rotating there so usually I like to have the anchor point at the very bottom of my text layer now when I scale it down it's going to do so appropriately and we have the words tonight out and I want actually make it bold I want to bring it closer together right around there so we have the text tonight and I often like to use the title safe really quickly let's go over the short keys we have here asses for scale it's gonna bring down if we hit s again it's gonna hide it r is for rotation if we push it again it's gonna hide it we've got P for position we've got a four anchor point and if we look at the other ones are for rotation opacity is not Oh actually it's T so T is going to give us the short command for opacity okay so command D is going to duplicate that layer and now we can move it down we're talking just two we so now it says tonight.we and we're going to duplicate that again and type in R and then one more time and we can double click on it and type in young so now we have the text that says tonight we are now what I like to do most of the time is stretch this out so that it all fits within kind of a box so we've got that I like to size up smaller words and put that there again have it reaching the end of the box because our anchor point is over here when we size it up it's going to be sizing it up from that point not ideal but it will work for now and then I'm gonna make young a little a small little guy here it's gonna fit right in there and I can actually take the anchor point and bring it here so it's going to scale it up from that position and to the end of that box there so now it says tonight we are young and I'm going to show you how to do a very basic animation here and even create your own preset so we want it to come out from the top to the bottom so we have all these layers selected and we're going to hold down shift just like them all we're gonna hit alt right bracket so that it cuts them off prior to that point so we can see now they all turn on at that point and we're not exactly sure how long they're gonna laughs but probably not more than 5 6 seconds so we're going to hold down alt right bracket and now we've cut them to that length so we can see that it stops after the come out and it starts right at this position right here right at 49 seconds we can see here that we have our time indicator right there and so we've got it coming on turning off and if we were to move these around we could kind of space them out so that says young are we eatin ight we can move it around like this tonight we are young and if we want them to all to stay on we can select all of them if we drag them all out it's gonna extend the length of all of them rather than having than having to select each of them separately we can just simply hit all the right bracket it's gonna cut them all to that length we can see that we actually accidentally cut the length of our audio layer here so we're gonna hit control Z we're just gonna undo that and we're gonna hit command to unselect this layer and now all right bracket so now you can see that they all come on one at a time but they all turn off at the same time what we want to have happen actually as they come on is we want to add an animation preset so they bounce up from underneath and that's gonna be a little bit difficult to understand at this point but if we click here we can see that we have this animate little button here and that's going to be applied to our text and our text has a lot of have a lot of different options here a lot of different things we're not going to go over all of them but we can see here that we have a path and path option basically allows us to animate things over the path that we create so if we were to create a path with this pen tool there's a path now we have our mask path there and now we can see that it's being animated along that we can reverse it so that's on top and we can move it along that path so that's a little bit more advanced we won't get into that too much just know that we do have that path option there when you see it we're gonna get rid of our mask we added and we have our anchor grouping we're going to group by word because we want each word to pop up on its own as a forward so we're going to animate we're gonna do scale so what scale is gonna allow us to do is scale is the size of it so we have that and now if we were to click here we can take our scale and we're gonna bring it down to zero so we're just gonna click here on zero and now if we hit start we can see that they're scaling up to their original position one letter at a time so we have our start this is this tells us how far from left to right are we currently and scaling all the characters up to their original size and the end is saying how far along are we from the end so from right to left and the offset does exactly what you would think it is it offsets where our end and start positions are so we're gonna leave our offset at zero and we're going to have our start at zero we're gonna have our end there and what's going to our advance settings here now we want it to be on a percentage that's fine we want this to be based on words however so that the entire word will pop up and we're not gonna get into all of this here but we can see that we have a lot of other settings using high using low randomize order we're not gonna need any of those for now so we have our start now we can see this just popping it from the bottom so that's exactly what we want we want to just pop up right there and what we could even do is unlink our scale and this this percentage right here represents the X scale meaning from left to right or heart horizontal and then this is our Y scale meaning our vertical scale we want let's say that we want it to leave our X scale the same the whole time so we're gonna bring we're gonna unlink this and we're gonna bring our X to 100 and we're gonna bring our Y scale to zero and we don't need this keyframe here and now we can see this just popping up from the very bottom and the length of it is staying the same which is cool because that's probably what we want for this anyways so it's just popping up from the very bottom so we can do here is set keyframe a keyframe is what allows us to achieve animation within After Effects so if we click on this little stopwatch right here that's gonna set a keyframe for that position meaning that the value at this position which is one second we can actually change us to sorry this is one minute and one second and seven frames we can change this by hitting command to see that the frame number that this is in our composition so now we have four this is that the value at 1471 frame is zero percent and we can change that around but we want to keep it at zero now we can move forward several frames and make that a hundred and now if we zoom in we can see that it's animating up to that position and if we hit n here that's going to close off our preview region and if we hit B here it's gonna close it off from the beginning so now they can watch in real time that's really slow we want it to be a lot faster another thing here that we want to know for animating in After Effects is to allow us to do ease our keyframes and now what this is doing here is it's going directly from 0% to 100% with no change in acceleration or deceleration we can see here that every time we move a frame forward its moving about 11% this is 11 and then we got 22 33 44 until it gets to a hundred percent really simple what we can do here that however is right-click on this and if we hit easy ease in it's going to as this graph shows us it's going to start off at this pace which is 50% and then it's going to slow down as it gets closer to that number and we can change this so that it gets even slower as it gets closer so now it's going to go really fast and then slow down if we were to click on this keyframe right here again this number represents the keyframe that we had made there previously if we were to click on that now we could add an easy ease to this one as well we can easy ease it out and now it's gonna add this little tool right here we can also achieve that same effect by clicking on this guy right here easy ease out easy ease in or easy ease which is gonna add these little eases to both sides and so we can allow it to be really slow up first and then go up but we only need it for the last keyframe here so I'm just going to remove that by clicking on it right here if I hit command while clicking it's gonna return it to its original keyframe State we can see that it's going fast and then it's slowing down as it gets to be big so now if we go through this we can see they're just popping up there that's a pretty good speed I like that so what I can do now you can zoom out here I like this animation here so with that animator selected I can click on animate save animation animation preset and I'm just gonna call this scale now that I've saved that animation preset I can click on this guy I'm going to go to the beginning this is the word are right here and I'm going to click recent animation preset apply scale-up and now that I have applied it there it's also going to do it for that and I can click on this we right here and also apply the recent animation reset scale-up go to the beginning of this layer tonight fly animation preset scale-up now these layers are way too far apart they've got to happen a lot sooner so I'm gonna drag them out so that they're showing up closer together and now we can see them popping up you can see that we are the young comes a little bit late and we can tell where it starts by hitting you you is the short key that allows us to see all the keyframes that have been applied to a specific layer so in this layer we have this keyframe that has been applied here and let's go ahead and alt right brackets so that we can cut it there and we can see where it starts and now one thing that I do on almost every lyric video is add motion blur almost every motion graphics project and so motion blur will see here is we enable this right here and then we click on all these with all these selected this is going to add motion blur so now if we scroll through this we can see here that the motion blur has been added there's this blurring going on here because of the speed that the text is scaling up and super settle here we're gonna see it in a more obvious way later on so here's as tonight we are young we're going to add a null object and this no objects gonna be here we're going to select all of these text layers and put them on our NOLA object we can actually take this null object move everything around we want our words to always be in the center the words that are appearing so here we have tonight showing up there which is great but when we shows up we want it to move up into that position as well so we're gonna hold down P for position and select that and then by the time that we pops up we want it to be moved up so we're going to now hold down shift and drag this up and now it's been moved into that position as we pops up if we wanted to move it up for the young to to appear up there we could do that as well we can see here that right before the Young starts we would set another keyframe for our position and then as young pops up we would drag this up to the very top and then again we can select all these keyframes and ease them so that's pretty cool there we have a very simple animation let me move on to the look of what a lyric video would consist of what I like to do here is I'm gonna hit command Y and we're gonna make the background this purple color so we have our purple background we're gonna turn off a motion blur for now just to make things run faster what we can do is to command Y again and we're gonna make this a completely white layer and we can actually take our text here which you can't see because underneath there we go and hit command shift C we're gonna pre compose this text we're gonna call it text and with that text be composed we're going to make it into its own 3d layer by clicking on this button right here we made into a 3d layer and now can be rotated around in 3d space pretty cool pretty cool and we have our white layer here we're also going to make this a 3d layer we're going to rotate it 90 degrees so that's laying flat and then we're going to drag it down to right around here and now we're going to extend it so that it takes up a large portion of the screen and we've scaled it up so it's huge make a new light we only get a point light we're gonna make this a point light and leave all these settings the same hundred-percent we've got casting shadows we've got our shadow diffuse so we've got our light here and now we can see that it's affecting all of this and now let's take our text layer let's bring it down right before it crosses with the ground and right around there solid and now with our text we're gonna go to our material options and we're going to make it cast shadow so now we can see that it's casting a shadow and accepting the lights all this can stay the same now we go into our white and we're going to change this so that it does not accept lights and it's only accepting shadows so we have that there now we can take our light and we're gonna bring this up here and if we go into our to view here we have the number of views that we want to see we go to to view we can see our main composition view here which is our active camera even though we don't have a camera selected it's still called the active camera view and now we can see what it looks like from the top so we can see we have our camera here our light here we can move it around further or closer we probably want it right around there and we can change our height from this view make it a lot taller a little further back so that we see more what's going on now let's go back to our single view we've got this nice shadow being casted and what we're gonna do here is actually diffuse the shadow so we go here into our light options and we're gonna click on shadow diffusion we're gonna diffuse it out just like that right around there's pretty solid we get a boost up the intensity if we wanted to but right around there looks good maybe 150 percent now we can take our white solid and we're going to change the blend mode to multiply and now we have a nice shadow being casted on to our background and next we're going to make a new adjustment layer and we're going to hit Q several times or we could just simply select it there and double click on it and now we have the circle being made we're going to hit Q again until we get a box and we're going to draw a box over half or the bottom half of this and we're going to subtract that now we're going to take the exposure effect our correction and apply it to our adjustment layer and bring up the exposure then we take our masks we hit em twice and we're gonna diffuse them and that's creating a diffusion where we can see that our exposure will had once been added if I were to take off the mask visibility you can see that we have that add it there and if I were to feather this out you can see that's either a very contrasted line or we can feather it so that kind of blends into our background we want it to blend in we have our second mask here I'm gonna turn the visibility back on and bring this down a little bit so there we have it we have the text with a nice shadow and a nice vignette in the background now if we animate through this we've got this text that's popping up from underneath and as it pops up give us a nice shadow and there we have a text popping up with a pretty cool background

41 Replies to “After Effects Tutorial – Basic Typography & Motion Graphics”

  1. Hi! great video, I am wondering where can I download a template that shows kinetic text filling a word with that text filling in the other?

  2. Incredible way to teach. Tough tools because a piece of cake. Keep it up. Thank you by @intructorsalmanagha

  3. I have been trying to understand how to use the rotobrush and how to use after effects since if first came out. I've watched what feels like every tutorial I can find who h is in the thousands, yet still I don't understand any of it. I feel like I need a collage education to use this software. And I'm about to finally just give up which sucks because I love making videos. But I guess it's back to windows XP movie maker. This is depressing.

  4. I wouldn't really go for something like that. I'm at a decent level with AE, but first of all, I always lock in my background that I'm going to use in my lyrics video (I don't remember the reason, I just know that I have to do so, cuz' if you don't, well, you'll move it around and around). Second, I'll go for a picture for my background, I never liked to create my own or to see one like that (I mean, I'd have to be on a god damn good level to create my own background, and I'm not). I didn't quite learn anything new, even though maybe for the beginners it would help, but that's just not a style I'd approach.

  5. All these keyboard shortcuts are fucking useless when you have a different keyboard layout. Point to the tools instead.

  6. NIce tutorial!Thanks a lot. Now I relly want to learn how to do the first animation you showed at the beginning startig by"you've got that smie" . Do you have a tutorial on that as well or can anybody advice anything which look like?

  7. delay = .1;
    myDelay = delay*textIndex;
    t = (time – inPoint) – myDelay;
    if (t >= 0){
    freq =2;
    amplitude = 100;
    decay = 8.0;
    s = amplitude*Math.cos(freq*t*2*Math.PI)/Math.exp(decay*t);

  8. I have a program called "Power Director" does anyone have advice or video on how to do this on that program?

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