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  • Kinetic Typography Tutorial

    Table of Contents

    I. Basic Editing

    II. Timing Words with Voiceover

    III. Animations

    a. Position

    b. 3D Rotation

    Check out this YouTube Tutorial for more in-depth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kr36RNQVFLg

    (Optional step, but will allow you to be more creative with your design, such as adding textures and

    distortions to the text that Adobe After Effects can’t do.) Design kinetic typography in Adobe Photoshop

    or Adobe Illustrator.

    When designing in Photoshop/ Illustrator, organize different slides of animation into different

    artboards. Example of how I organize my design into artboards in Photoshop:

    If designed in Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop, the design file must be imported to Adobe

    After Effects. Watch this video to learn how:


    I. Basic Editing

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kr36RNQVFLg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJ-P1kdKFL0

  • 1) In Adobe After Effects, open up a New Project. Next, go to Composition->New Composition:

    2) A Composition Settings dialog box will pop up. Fill in the name of the video in the “Composition

    Name” box. The background color of the video changed by clicking on the colored rectangle

    clock next to “Background Color.” The following picture shows the settings I used. The Duration

    can be adjusted to fit with the length of the video. Choose a longer time to allow more work

    space. It can be changed later.

    3) Open the up the “Character” panel. Go to Window->Character on the top menu bar to make

    sure it is open. The panel should appear on the far right. This is the most important panel

    because it will allow you to control the text size, color, font, font style, leading, kerning, and

  • tracking of the text.

    4) Now we will start applying text to the composition. Click on the Text tool (tool with the letter

    “T”) on horizontal menu bar at the top.

    5) Next, click on the Composition area and a thin vertical line will appear on the composition. Begin

    typing the first word of the kinetic typography.

    6) Once done, click on the “Selection Tool” (the first tool starting from the left, or black arrow) on

    the horizontal menu bar at the top. You will notice that the word will be surrounded by 8 small

    red squares. Click and drag on one of the 4 red outermost corners and then hold Shift to control

    the size of the text. Holding Shift, will constrain the size of the text and stop text distortion. The

    size of the text can also be controlled on the left-hand panel that says “Character.” To control

    the size of the text in the Character panel, increase/decrease the pixels (px), but make sure the

  • text is selected first. Click and drag the text from the middle to move the text around.

    7) At the bottom of the screen you will notice 2 different panels. To the left is the “Layers” panel.

    Since you created your first word on the composition, a new layer will appear in this panel

    labeled after the word itself. In my case, I have a layer called “THIS.”

    8) To the right of the Layers panel is the “Timeline” panel. Each layer will have a long rectangular

    block associated with it in the Timeline panel. The length of the rectangular block represents the

    length of time the layer appears in the video. The length of time is labeled in seconds at the top

    of the Layers panel. As of now, my “THIS” layer will show up throughout the entire video. To

    adjust the layer’s time, hover over one of ends of the layer until a line with two arrowheads

    pointing to the left and right appear (). Next, click and drag inwards/outwards. This will

    change the time duration of the layer. In my example, the “THIS” layer is adjusted to appear at 3

    seconds into the video (refer to picture below).

    Tip: To get the layer to line up at exactly 3 seconds, click on the time indicator located on the top

    left of the Layers panel and adjust it to 3 seconds like the picture below. The timeline scrubber

    (blue arrow with long vertical line running through it) will line up to exactly 3 seconds. Just adjust

    the length of the layer to line up with the blue line. See picture below.

    II. Timing Words with Voiceover

  • 9) Continue doing this for the rest of the kinetic typography. Each word should have its own layer.

    This will make it easier to adjust each word to match an overlaid voice recording. In the picture

    below, I added several more layers to the composition.

    10) Find the voice recording on your computer and click and drag it onto your Layers panel.

    11) The voice recording file should have its own layer in the Layer panel. To the left of the name of

    the voice recording is a little white arrow. Click on it and to expand the properties of the layer.

    For the voice recording layer, there should be a property called “Waveform.” Click on the white

    arrow next to that and a visual of the waveform should appear in the “Timeline” panel.

    12) Press the spacebar to preview the video. Look at the waveform while listening to the audio. The

    timeline scrubber (blue arrow with long vertical line running through it) will move with along the

    timeline as it plays the video. To pause the video, tap on the spacebar again. Click on the blue

    arrow of the timeline scrubber and drag it to play the video at different parts.

    13) Now it’s time to line up the audio with the voiceover. On the bottom left corner of the Layers

    panel there is a Zoom In/Zoom Out slider. Zooming in will allow you to get more detailed an

    precise with your editing. Click and drag the grey slider arrow, to the right to zoom in. You will

  • notice that the audio waveform will expand.

    14) By zooming in, you will notice peaks and dips in the waveform. Make sure your audio is on when

    you preview the video, click on Window->Preview on the top navigation bar. The preview panel

    will appear on the right-hand side. In the Preview Panel under “Include,” make sure the speaker

    icon is highlighted blue. If not, click on it and it should turn blue.

    15) Now we will focus on the Layers and Timeline panel. To line up the first word of the kinetic

    typography, press the spacebar and listen to the audio while looking at the waveform. The time

    scrubber line will move across the timeline as the audio plays. When the first word occurs in the

    audio, find out where on the timeline it is. A good clue is to the see where the waveform rises.

    Next, click and drag the timeline scrubber line to that exact point in the timeline. Then, resize

    the rectangular block starting from the beginning of the block and line it up with the line of the

  • timeline scrubber. In the picture below, I lined up the word “THIS” against the timeline scrubber.

    16) Use the waveform and timeline scrubber line to line up the rest of the words to the appropriate

    place in the timeline like so:

    III. Animations

    17) Once your words are timed accordingly, animations can be added in. There are 4 basic

    animations that can be controlled through the text’s layer: Rotation, Scale, Position, and

    Opacity. Expand the layer that contains the first word of the kinetic typography by clicking on

    the white arrow to the left of the layer name. You will see 2 properties: Text and Transform.

    Click on the arrow next to Transform. You should see the following options:

  • 18) Before we start animating, you will need to understand the concept of key frames. Key frames

    define the starting and ending points of any smooth transition of an animation. In order to make

    an animation, you will need to apply at least two key frames. The first key frame should define

    the moment right before an animation and the second key frame will define the moment at the

    end of the of the animation.

    Position Animation

    19) Let’s start with the Position animation. To the right of the Position property are two sets of

    numbers, which represent coordinates. The first set is the x-coordinates and the second set is y-

    coordinates. To change the first set, hover over one of the coordinates and a hand with a double

    sided arrow will appear. Click and drag to the left or right to increase or decrease the number.

    You will notice that the word in the composition will move as well.

    20) For the Position animation, I will make the word “THIS” fly in from the top. Expand the

    properties of a word layer of your choice until you see the Transform properties. Next, position

    the timeline scrubber line to the beginning of where the layer starts in the timeline like so:

  • 21) Decrease the y-coordinates until you can’t see the word in your composition.

    22) Click on the stopwatch next to Position in the Layers panel to make your first key frame. The

    stopwatch will turn blue and a grey diamond will appear in the timeline where your timeline

    scrubber line is.

  • 23) Move the timeline scrubber slightly over to the right. Then, move the y-coordinates back to the