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A Step-by-Step Guide to Animate Your Own Signature

 
 
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Write it

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  1. Get a pen and some paper

  2. Write your signature

  3. Take a photo of your signature (or scan it into your computer)

  4. Get your photo on your computer however you like


Trace it

1. Open After Effects

2. File > Import > navigate to your photo and hit "Open"

3. Composition > New Composition (match settings that you see settings below)

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4. Click and drag the image of your signature into the timeline (you may need to scale and center it)

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5. Select the Pen tool (G)

6. Trace the signature (Tip: click off the shape layer before starting to draw a new stroke whenever you picked up the pen)


Animate it

1. Toggle down the layer and add trim paths

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2. With the playhead at 0 seconds, click the stopwatch on End to add a keyframe

3. Set End to 0%

4. With the playhead at 3 seconds, change the End value to 100%

5. Copy/Paste Trim Paths to each layer

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6. Space out the layers in the timeline, lining the the first and last keyframes (Tip: Spread out the keyframes on layers with more letters)

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Export it

UPDATE: You can export GIFs out of Adobe Media Encoder now 🎉

In After Effects…

1. File > Export > Add to Adobe Media Encoder Render Queue

2. Format > Animated GIF

3. Click green play button to render

Or you can create GIFs the old way:

1. File > Export > Add to Adobe Media Encoder Render Queue

2. Format > H.264

3. Preset > Match Source - High bitrate

4. Click green play button to render

To make it a GIF...

5. Open Photoshop

6. Import the video you exported

7. File > Export > Save for Web (legacy)

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Hi 👋 I'm Austin Saylor

Hi 👋 I'm Austin Saylor