After Effects Handwriting Tutorial
CreativeCOW presents After Effects Handwriting Tutorial -- Adobe After Effects Tutorial
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This tutorial will show you how to create an animation of a marker writing out a logo or a few words, followed by a slick reveal to an actual logo.

I began by tracing a print out of the logo I wanted to apply the effect to. I then scanned that traced logo and adjusted the levels in Photoshop in order to make the black of the marker stand out in high contrast to the white paper.

In After Effects, I lined up the scanned logo with the original logo. Then I traced the logo with the pen tool creating a mask that matched the logo. I applied the stroke effect and animated it. I added the marker graphic and matched its movement to that of the stroke effect. Finally, I added in the hand!

Have a look at the tutorial and give it a try!


Ari Grunzeweig
Meet Ari Grunzeweig
New York, New York, USA

Hey Cow readers and watchers! Thanks for checking out my tutorials. I hope they help you.

I founded Imagination Creations in 2006 in Montreal, Canada. After operating there for 8 years, my wife and I moved to New York City where we currently live and I continue to operate my business.

Imagination Creations is a small video production company that handles projects ranging from small non profit animations, to larger corporate videos, as well and filming and editing projects for social action missions.

Imagination Creations has developed a niche in producing graphic animations. These range from kinetic text animation, to whiteboard style videos as well as many other forms. While a number of different software platforms go into these projects, Adobe After Effects would be the head honcho of them all.

The reason that I love using After Effects, and have for many years, is that it never gets old. I am always finding new ways to do things, ways to be more efficient with my time, ways to improve my workflow, all leading to providing my clients with a better product at the end of the day. I consider myself a very experienced After Effects user, yet I have only scratched the surface when it comes to expressions and scripting.

In addition to the corporate side of my business, I take great pride in the non-profit work I do. I have had the great fortune of filming abroad in Israel, Poland, South Africa and Thailand to document people who are devoting their time, money and energy to improve the quality of the world!

Best of luck to you all in your future projects, and don't hesitate to send me an email. I'll be happy to help.