Improve animated write-on type in After Effects

A typeface with a dramatic stroke variation needs a little TLC when it comes to animating it. In this short tutorial, our designer Nikki shows you how to improve the “write-on type stroke effect” in After Effects when the thick-thin variation is significant. We used this technique in our showreel Past Modern.

If you’re not familiar with this stroke effect used to create the write-on, check out one these helpful tutorials: Animated Handwriting in Layers magazine or Video Copilot’s Writing on the Wall (a.k.a. graffiti).

Alejandro Paul’s Courtesy Script available from