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How easy and simple is it to create a glitch text effect in After Effects?
Greetings, dear friends! Today we will plunge into the world of unique effects and create something completely unique! Namely, the glitch text. This effect will certainly attract attention and add a special charm to your video or project.
Get your computers ready, install After Effects and start our exciting journey into the world of animation!
We are using the After Effects 2020 and higher version.
Step 1. Customize the text and add Animator to the text.
But first, let's run the After Effects program on your computer. After that, we will create a new composition and call it “Glitch Text". Now let's get down to the most interesting thing - creating our effect.
Using the “Type tool” we will create a text layer. Align the text to the center of the composition using the “Align" tab.
Next, open the text layer and click on the “Animate” button to add the “Opacity" effect. After that, we will have the “Animator 1" function.
Open the “Range selector 1” and animate the "Start" parameter.
Now let's pay attention to the timeline, it should be at the beginning. Then set the first animation key to 0 frames (0:00:00:00), let's switch to 1 second and 20 frames (0:00:01:20) and set the second key. Let's change the key value to 100% and set the “Opacity” value to 0%.
Then we open "advanced" and switch to enable in the "randomize order" item. You need to set the value of "random seed" to 12.
Next, open the "Graph Editor" and adjust the animation speed.
After all the settings, we close "animator 1" and at the moment we remove its visibility so as not to interfere with further work and add a new animator to the "position" effect.
The "Position" parameter is set to 64 vertically. We open "range selector 1" and set the "Start" parameter to 31%. Then we open "Advanced" and switch to "enable" in the "Randomize order" item. Next, we set the value of "random seed" to 1 in the same way as we did earlier.
You need to set the timeline to 50 frames (0:00:00:50) and put the first animation key of the "Start" parameter. Then we move forward along the timeline to (0:00:01:50) and set the second animation key. We set the start parameter to one hundred percent.
Next, open the "Graph Editor" and adjust the animation speed as we did earlier.
After setting the animation speed, you need to close this item and add a new "Animator" with the "Position" effect.
Now we need to repeat the previous steps, except for some changes.
This time you need to set the "Position" parameter to -56 vertically, expand "Range Selector 1", set the "Start" parameter to 31%, open "Advanced", enable "Randomize Order" and leave the "Random Seed" value equal to 0. Set the timeline to 50 frames (0:0000:50), set the first animation key of the "Start" parameter, go 1 second ahead (0:00:01:50) and set the second animation key, and set the "Start" parameter to 100%. Open the "Graph Editor" and adjust the animation speed.
OK, now we will add a new "Animator" to the "Scale" effect.
Set the "Scale" parameter to 64.
Then expand "Range Selector 1" and set the "Start" parameter to 38%.
Enable "Randomize Order" and set "Random Seed" to 12.
Set the timeline to 50 frames (0:00:00:50) and set the first animation key. Go 1 second ahead (0:00:01:50) and set the second animation key.
Set the "Start" parameter to 100%. Open the "Graph Editor" and adjust the animation speed.
Now we will add the last "Animator" to the "Tracking" effect.
Set the "Tracking Amount" parameter to 114.
Expand "Range Selector 1" and leave the "Start" parameter equal to 0%. Enable "Randomize Order" and leave the value of "Random Seed" equal to 0.
Set the timeline to 50 frames (0:00:00:50) and set the first animation key. Go 1 second ahead (0:00:01:50) and set the second animation key. Set the "Start" parameter to 100%.
Open the "Graph Editor" and adjust the animation speed.
Now it is already possible to enable the visibility of the "Animator 1" parameter for further work.
Step 2. Add the "Wave Warp" effect to the text dictionary.
Next, the "Wave Warp" effect is added to the text layer.
Parameters that can be set as follows: "Wave type - Noise", "Wave height" - 35, "Wave width" - 56, "Direction" - 180 degrees, "Wave speed" - 0.1.
Now you need to animate the "Wave Height" parameters as follows.
The timeline should be put at the beginning of the composition (0:00:00:00). The first animation key is set without changing the parameter. After 20 frames (0:00:00:20), we will set the second key and change the parameter value to 86. After another 20 frames (0:00:00:40), we will set the third key and change the value to 0. The timeline moves forward by 20 frames (0:00:01:00), the fourth key is set and its value remains unchanged at 0. After 20 frames (0:00:01:20), the fifth key is set and its value changes to 87. The timeline is moved forward again by 20 frames (0:00:01:40) and the last key is set with the parameter value changed to 0.
Step 3. Add color to enhance the glitch effect.
We need to select a text layer and right-click and select "pre-compose".
Rename it to GLITCH Effects and click OK.
Duplicate the resulting composition three times (CTRL D / Command D).
We will move the first layer by 10 frames (0:00:00:10). The second layer is for 5 frames (0:00:00:05), and we will leave the third one unchanged.
You need to find the "Fill" effect in the "Effects & Presets" window.
We drag it to the 2nd layer and leave it unchanged, you can change the color to your liking.
We also drag on the 3rd layer and change the color to any, but I'll choose pinkish-purple.
Great, we've finished making our simple and interesting glitch text effect. You can surprise your audience with this effect.
You can use ready-made projects to save your time and choose the most suitable effects for yourself.