In order to make great lettering animations, you first need to develop your taste for animation in general.
But what happens when you've watched animation after animation and they all start blurring together? Your mind feels a bit like mush and you don't feel any closer to understanding what makes them all so cool.
May I suggest slowing things down?
Watch less... and slower… as in slow-motion… Read More
Keyframes are at the heart of animating in After Effects. So if you’re new (or need a refresher), this will show you the main types of keyframes, how they work, and when to use them. Read More
This is part 2... You can read part 1 here. Read More
Why working hard may not be producing your best results… Read More
Personal projects start off fun, turn to drudgery and often die before seeing the light of day. But they don't have to! In this post, you'll find advice, inspiration and mindsets that will help you conquer your personal project and get it out into the world... Read More
Here's a sneak peek at part of a lesson that's in The Lettering Animation Course.
Learn a couple of techniques to make better loops! And of course, there are a few solid tips & tricks thrown into the mix. Read More
Illustrator is where most of us started digital drawing/designing.. but it can be a pain to import into After Effects if you don't know what you're doing. Read this guide to learn the few basics that will get you up to speed (and a couple advanced tips as well)... Read More
This is a video tutorial on how to do the bouncy write on effect in After Effects. Read More
Nulls are a great way to expand the capabilities you have to animate any element. Here's how to create a new null quickly as well as a video showing how to use them. There's more good stuff in here too, so check it out! Read More
2017 will be what you make it. Control what you can. Accept what you cannot. Set yourself up for "getting lucky." Read More
It's so important to learn keyboard shortcuts. You don't need to learn every single one at once, but be intentional about it when you see a good one. And this is a good one. Also, there's a really good Lettering Animation Spotlight. Read More
Learn how to zoom faster with these keyboard shortcuts in After Effects. Plus, see the first two lettering animations for 36 Days of Lettering Animation and this weeks lettering animation spotlight :) Read More
New blog format! After Effects Tips of the Week. Lettering Animation Spotlight. And more :D Read More
Some good changes are coming to this blog. I'll be taking a few weeks off to do some behind the scenes construction and preparing new, more focused content. Read More
Flow state is when you get so lost in your work that you lose track of time. Here are some things I do to get into a flow state and get more important work done. Read More
Conferences are a really fun way to meet people in your industry (network), listen to amazing speakers (inspiration), and potentially see another part of the world (traveling is the best education). Read More
I've been reading through The Animator's Survival Kit the last couples weeks and this one concept was such a huge thing for my brain. We're animating masses, not lines.
Arrow... in my heart.
I've totally been moving lines around the screen without enough care for the mass that belongs to and defines the way the things should move. Read More
Stepping out of your comfort zone is a major way to level up. It's completely undervalued in the creative world. Here are some reasons why you should try it for yourself. Read More
Perfectionism, ironically, is keeping you from making your best work. These two rules will get you closer to perfect without having to worry about being perfect. Read More
I'd be wasting so many hours if I didn't use these tools every day. Read More