Lettering Animation for Beginners
Mini-Course – Part 3


Hey, you can share this with other lettering artists who might want to learn animation :D

red arrow.png

You should watch these in order:

If you haven't seen Part 1, you'll want to watch that first.

Watch Part 1

Watch Part 2


Who is this mini-course for?

  • Lettering artists who want to stand out from the crowd of static designs out there
  • Designers who want to add animation to their client services
  • Anyone who wants to animate but finds After Effects complicated and random tutorials out there just don't cut it



  • Create a bouncy write on animation with the new Alpha Matte technique... and be sure to customize your graph editor curves!! 
  • If it's your first animation, bounce the first and last strokes
  • If you're a little more seasoned, push the boundaries and get creative
  • Use the hashtag #LetteringAnimation and tag me (@ItsAustinSaylor on TwitterInstagram and Dribbble) I'd love to see what you make!



Plugins mentioned

Motion 2

Butt Capper

Explode Shape Layers


Keyboard shortcuts mentioned

Shift + F3 (on Mac, you may need to do Shift + fn + F3)
Open/Close graph editor

Cmd + F
Takes you to the search bar in the timeline

. (period)
Zoom in

, (comma)
Zoom out

Alt + → or ← (when keyframe(s) is selected)
Move keyframe one frame to the right or left

Pan behind tool (to move anchor point)


After Effects File

Download here: lesson 3.0.aep


Don't miss future tutorials and tips!

If you got here from a link someone shared... Welcome 👋

I regularly send tutorials, animation advice, freelance advice and guides to my email list. Sign up below.