It’s easier than you think to create timeless type animation that will immediately up the value of your video — and help increase your view count in no time.

By using the animate functions within type layers in After Effects, you can copy and paste your animation to any other titles you wish. Let’s get started. 

Step 1:

Open an After Effects composition. You’ll find the type tool in the top left corner in between the pen and brush tool. 

Step 2:

Type out the title you’d like to animate.

Step 3:

Go to Animate > Position.

Step 4:

Once the animator appears, click on it. It will reveal the Range Selector and Position.  Change your Position value so the word is completely off the screen (down or up, dealers choice). 

To stay organized, rename your animator “Position.”

Step 5:

Now, animate the Range Selector. With the Range Selector, notice that Start is at 100 and End is at 0. When you toggle these, the letter will fly onto the screen one by one.

We want the first letter to come first, so with End turned up to 100 and Start on 0, set a key frame. Track forward about 1 second and set another key frame, with Start turned up to 100. When you play it back now, each letter should fly into place one by one.

If we stop here, your animation will look good. But let’s make it great.

Step 6:

Drop down the Advanced setting in your range selector. Under Shape set it to Ramp Up. This will make your animation look odd for a second and require us to fix the Offset. Turn on a key frame at the start with the Offset at 0 and then a new key frame at one second turned up to 100. Now it should animate more smoothly, with the letters flowing together, rather than one by one. 

Step 7:

Now, drop down your Animate column and add Opacity. The Start Animator will automatically change your type’s opacity from 0 to 100 so your letters smoothly animate on.

Step 8:

Last but not least, under Advanced, turn the value of Ease Low up to 100. Now you have smooth letters animating up onto the screen.

Bonus: If you’re already an After Effects pro, you can go into the speed graph to get the timing just right. Make sure to go through and fiddle with all of the different options in the Animate drop down — chances are you’ll stumble upon something awesome.

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