This is your comprehensive guide to creating simple lower thirds in After Effects!
We’ll learn all about creating shapes, animation, easing, masking in after effects, creating a bounce animation, animating multiple strokes, matching colors, and much more in this After Effects tutorial!
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Tutorial Recording Notes:
Disclaimer: these are the actual notes I used to record this video and are written in a language you may or may not understand. Hopefully, you find them useful or cool.
- Bring in a shot of your film to get an idea of the lower third’s look
- Get a screenshot of a film with lower thirds that you like if you can’t get your style and spacing right
- Build simple graphic
- Add and choose text that works well together
- Get the alignment and spacing right
- Test the lower third
- Export for Premiere as a motion template file (show import to Premiere?)
- Open the composition with the video in place
- Turn on the safe margin guides and create a rectangle as the base for the lower third and align it with the bottom of the safe margins
- Type out the name “Jack the Ripper” and set to Antonio Bold at 75px and all caps. Set the text alignment to left.
- Duplicate that text layer and change the text to “Professor Of Humanities Columbia University and change the text to Adobe Garamond Regular, 45px, Leading to 40px, and Small Caps.
- Set the base shape layer the opacity to 25% and animate it to slide from the left onto the screen and bounce into place
- Duplicate this shape twice and play with the duration and bounce on the animations to change up the timing
- Duplicate one of the rectangles and dump the animation keyframes
- Add a 15px Path Offset to this new shape and dump the fill and add a stroke #00CBD6 at a 5px size
- Add a Trim Paths to this as well and animate the End 0-100 and the Start 0-100 and offset them so it flows well. Set the Offset to 1x+65º for this stroke
- Duplicate that stroke layer and set the path offset to 10px and change the stroke color to #FF8100
- Tweak and timing of the animation for the trim path and set the offset of it to 2x+285º
- Duplicate the stroke layer again and set the path offset to 5px and change the stroke color to #FF0015
- Tweak the timing of the trim animation and set the offset to 2x+130º
- Select the shape layers that make up the base of the lower third and change the color to some teals that you sampled off the video
- Create both of the masks that will reveal the text and animate them to slide and reveal the text
- Show how to create the Motion Graphics Template for use in Premiere