How to make text sparkle in after effects

Written by alan donahue
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A simple text animation like a sparkle can make your text look professional, 3D and add depth to any project. Whether you want to use it for an introduction logo, subtitles or a novelty effect like a fairy wand, the process is simple. After learning the basic instructions, you can expand on the animation and customise it to your personal preferences including colour, animation styles and multiple lines of sparkles.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Right-click in the composition window and select "New," "Layer" and "Text Layer." Fill in the text that you want to sparkle.

  2. 2

    Right-click on the "Text" layer, select "Animate" and select "Opacity." A new opacity menu will appear expanded under the "Text" object in the "Composition" window.

  3. 3

    Set the start point to "0%" and the end to "100%." Click on the key frame icon next to the "Start" section. Set the Timeline navigator to the start of the video to create a keyframe.

  4. 4

    Move the timeline navigator to the 5 second mark. Set the "Start" to "100%" and another key frame point will appear. Move the timeline navigator back to the start of the project.

  5. 5

    Right-click in the "Composition" window, select "New" and click "Solid." Choose any colour solid and click "OK." This solid will appear over the text in the "Monitor" window.

  6. 6

    Click on "Effects" and select "Trapcode Particular." In the "Effect Control" tab, click on the "Preset Animation" menu and select "Weldgold."

  7. 7

    Expand the "Emitter" menu and select the start position at the start of the text box. Once set, click on the key frame icon to activate the animation. Move the timeline navigator to the end of the text. Set the "Position" to the end of the text. A new key frame point will appear.

  8. 8

    Click on the key frame icon for the Effect's "Opacity." Set the opacity to "0%." Move the timeline navigator back one second. Set the "Opacity" to "100%" and another key frame point will be added.

  9. 9

    Press enter to preview the animation. The text will sparkle and emit them as it appears across the screen.

Tips and warnings

  • Add the Trapcode effect "Shine" to the text to make it look gold like the sparkles look.
  • Use the colour change tool in the "Effect Controls" to adjust the colour of the sparkle.

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