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hi I'm Ben Marriott I make weekly motion design and animation tutorials and in
this video I'm going to show you my process for creating stretch type
animations let's begin
now I've been seeing this type of stretched text
animation all over the place so here's how you do it I've got this background
with a bunch of these out of focus sort of bokeh hair light league images
that you get from I've got those just shifting position
slightly and I've also got some shape layers moving around and rotating for no
particular reason then it makes the animation look busy and a lot of the
time I see the stretched type effects paired with arbitrary shape movements
and I've got some color correction over the whole thing this project file is
available for download down in the description so you can explore and dig
around a little deeper now to the type I've got this type centered and I'm
using the typeface Accumin Pro it's part of type kit so if you've got an Adobe
Creative Cloud account you'll have access to it I chose it because it has a
nice bold weight and the lobe of the pier has a nice straight horizontal thingy
which looks cool when it's stretched first we need to outline our text so with
our layer selected we select our type tool on the top left and we right-click
and select to create shapes from text which will create a new shape layer
called type outline and inside the content for this shape layer we'll find
a new shape for each single letter this works exactly like outlining type in
Illustrator and we can also see that it's labeled each shape with a letter it
contains now we can also add a stroke by holding alt and clicking on the
properties up here until we get what we want let's create a stroke that's white
perfect let's get rid of this type layer that we don't need anymore
Our textures gonna slide in from the right so this is going to be the final state
of the animation so let's keyframe all the letters in this position now instead
of opening down and flipping through the menus down here we can simply type path
into our search bar and then click on the stopwatch to keyframe all that path
properties you'll notice that P has two paths inside that's because the second
one is the inside of the counter which is the donut hole for the P let's rest
u on our keyboard to minimize this just to our essential keyframes and let's
drag these over a little bit later in the animation
now with that pen tool selected up here I can simply double click on each shape
which will select all its points in its path and then just drag it off to the right
and that will create this animation now I'm going to use hold keyframes for
this animation so that we have more control over the shape of each letter in
each frame turn these into hold keyframes simply select all of our
keyframes down here in our timeline right-click and select toggle hold
keyframes you could also hold ctrl and alt on your keyboard and simply click to toggle
between hold keyframes and regular keyframes hold keyframes work by instead of
tweening between each keyframe it will hold the shape or value until the very
next keyframe so it goes from a position on the right to our position on the left
there's nothing in between so let's animate one letter at a time two frames
in from our initial position we want our t to enter the screen so let's select
our pen tool double click on the T and drag it over on screen we want the
letters to move fast at the start and then ease into their final position and
because this is when the letter will be moving the fastest in this animation I
want it to be really stretched out here so let's select our pen tool and I'm
gonna click on this point on the right hold shift and then select the other
three points on the right and just simply drag them over there we are in
another two frames let's again double-click our T drag it over bit
further and now we want it to start slowing down a bit so let's make the
stretching a little less severe another method for selecting multiple points on
a shape layer it's with your pen tool selected click on one of the points and
then if you change your selection tool which is the arrow tool by pressing V and then
holding shift if you click and drag all the points that you cover up in your
selection will now be selected and now if we hold shift and press the arrow
keys we can nudge that shape into place and that's just a quicker way of
selecting more points rather than just clicking on all of them on the next
frame we want our T to touch its final position on the left side so let's copy
this keyframe of its end position from over here paste it two frames later now
let's select these points on the right and
nudge them over just a touch and now let's drag the keyframe for its final position
over here let's watch that back there we are that's looking pretty good now
let's repeat that process for all the other layers now here's what it looks
like when we apply that same process for each letter you certainly don't need to
use hold keyframes I really like to because I wanted it to have more
staggered sort of glitchy effect and for these sort of middle positions to be a
little more designed so that each frame is striking on its own it takes a bit
more time but I think the effect is best used sparingly anyway and once you're in
a groove you can move through it pretty quickly for this animation I've
keyframed just two positions for each letter and giving it a nice strong ease to
blend together nicely no keyframes here at all and here it
works great it all depends on the circumstances and what effect you're
after I've made a short play list of related after effects transition
tutorials that dive a little bit deeper I'll see you in the next video and
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Subtitle: Zoe J Marriott