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  • hey everybody its premier gal here and I'm going to be showing you today how to

  • create a handwriting effect inside of After Effects the key to doing this is

  • choosing a font that looks like handwriting and that is pretty easy to

  • trace using the pen tool if you use a very fine font that's very curvy it will

  • be pretty hard to trace using the pen tool so I've included some links to some

  • handwriting fonts that I would recommend for producing this effect but let's not

  • waste any more time and let's get started okay so I'm inside of After

  • Effects CC 2017 and the first thing we have to do is create a new composition

  • by clicking on this icon here create a new composition I'm going to leave the

  • background color white and leave my aspect ratio to be a 16 by 9 1920 by

  • 1080 when I hit OK and now you'll see if I fit this to window that we have a 16

  • by 9 canvas and now I just want to add the font text of the word that I'm going

  • to animate which is gal and I'm using the font lekker ly one which I've left

  • as a link to download in the description box below

  • so if you just click on the canvas here and type out the word that you want to

  • produce the handwriting effect with I'm just going to do gal it does take a bit

  • of time to trace this but once you get the hang of it you can start to do it

  • more quickly so that's why I'm going to use a short word because I don't want to

  • hold you guys up so you guys want to do this for yourself so what I'm going to

  • do is just zoom in here a bit zoom in to about 100% and then you can use the hand

  • tool by hitting H to sort of Center it you can get a nice view now we're going

  • to use the pen tool first make sure that the gal is selected down here and then

  • you're going to go up and hit the pen tool you can use G as a shortcut and now

  • we're just going to trace this word as if we're writing it and you'll have to

  • think about what's the natural way that you're going to write this so for the G

  • we're going to start up here so we're going to just going to create one dot

  • click if you click and hold you can make it a curved line and then just continue

  • along the path here try to keep it as centered as

  • possible it takes a while to get used to it but once you start to get the hang of

  • it you know it'll be a lot easier to do as you get more skilled and again see

  • this started a new path we want to make sure that these are connected so instead

  • what we have to do is command Z and click on this last dot in order to make

  • sure that it keeps the same path as you're tracing this all right so let's

  • keep going here if you forget to click and hold you can hit option and click

  • and it creates the curved line again so I'm just going to go along here and

  • trace this entire gal and you can follow along with your own work I'm going to

  • pull this up higher because the a in English we usually start right here and

  • create the a this way so what you want to do is go up and then start the stroke

  • here and then make it curved again much work the center as possible and now you

  • can probably see why I recommended using a font that is not so curvy right

  • and then the L we want to start here for the L so let's go up around and let's

  • start the L stroke here so now that we have a pretty good path happening here

  • we can always make adjustment after we apply a stroke on top of this path to do

  • this first we have to go up to effect and then go to generate and then we're

  • going to click stroke and you will see that there's now this white line that

  • just emerged on top of this path to make it easier to see let's change the color

  • of the stroke to like a hot pink color so now you can more easily see the

  • stroke that was applied so right now we need to make sure that this stroke is

  • completely covering the font beneath it so that means we need to change the

  • brush size to be much larger so let's go ahead and increase the size of the

  • stroke until we begin to see it covering the entire width of the font and now you

  • can see we need to make a few more adjustments here to the path because we

  • still see a little bit of the font here so let's see if we can move this around

  • a bit to get it just right that looks pretty good and now to create the

  • animation of this stroke on top of the Gal font what we're going to do is

  • animate the stroke so let's go ahead and turn this to zero and let's hit the

  • keyframe toggle animation next to end and then let's pull it forward in time

  • to when we want the animation to finish and then we're going to hit 100 so now

  • you can see that over time the stroke is painting on top of the font right but

  • now we want to get rid of this hot pink stroke so we just see the font animating

  • so just go here next to paint style and reveal original image so now we will

  • just see now if we fit to the window here we will just see

  • animation and now you have an animated text as if it's hand-drawn so I hope

  • that you guys found this useful this video was requested by someone just like

  • you by going to my website and I will see you

  • guys next week pa

hey everybody its premier gal here and I'm going to be showing you today how to

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The Handwriting Effect in After Effects CC

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    JinGya Chua posted on 2020/04/18
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