Join Owen Lowery for an in-depth discussion in this video Customizing text into shapes, part of Creating a Handmade Look in After Effects: 1 Paper Cutout and Stop Motion.
- Type is easy, right?…Find a font, toss it in;…you're good to go.…Well, no.…Here's the problem with handmade fonts.…Even if a font is designed to look handmade,…every letter character…will be exactly the same, every time.…Every "o" will be the exact same "o",…and every "h" will be the exact same "h".…When you make something by hand,…uniformity, it's pretty much impossible.…So I need to make every letter unique…by customizing and texturing my text layers.…I'm in chapter five, 05_01.…You'll notice the "Crumpled White Paper Texture"…and the "Lined Paper Crumpled Texture" in this filter too,…which we'll get to in just a minute.…
But first, I need to convert this text layer…into a shape layer.…I'm going to right-click on my "o" text…and select "Create Shapes from Text".…First, you'll notice that the eyeball on the "o" text layer…has turned off.…We don't need to worry about this anymore,…but I don't like to get rid of it or delete it…so I'm just going to move it below…my background "BrownBag Texture".…If I twirl open the "o" outlines…
Mograph artist Owen Lowery shows how to build the text and image elements, add texture, and then animate the graphics for a stop-motion look. The lessons demonstrate how versatile Adobe After Effects' tools can be when you stretch them beyond their traditional uses and employ some creative problem solving. Members are encouraged to experiment and adapt the techniques shown to other styles and projects.
- Adjusting composition settings
- Designing shape layers in a cutout style
- Creating a paper-like texture
- Building cutout type
- Animating elements for a stop motion look
- Adding imperfection and randomness with wiggle expressions