Creating a sliding text reveal paragraph in After Effects

Pretty much every motion designer who creates explainer videos will have had to animate a sliding text reveal like this in After Effects:

sliding text reveal effect After Effects

The problem is, the entire process can be quite labour intensive and take far too much time. Especially if you have more than one paragraph to animate.

Creating a sliding paragraph text reveal manually:

The usual process for creating a sliding text reveal effect would be as follows:

  • Create the paragraph text layer
  • Add a new text animator
  • Animate the position of the text animator

Then to create the reveal effect, you would need to:

  • Duplicate the text layer for each line of text
  • For each duplication, the text from the other lines needs to be removed.
  • Reposition each line to match with the original paragraph spacing
  • Create a new shape layer & draw a rectangle to match the size of the text on line 1
  • Set the track matte of line 1 to the shape layer
  • Repeat the above two steps for each line of your paragraph

Creating a sliding paragraph text reveal THE EASY WAY:

The easy way to create a sliding paragraph text reveal involves two Loop products that have been specifically designed for the job:

Note: both of the above products are available as part of the After Effects Text Animation bundle, so you can save a bit of money too!

With the above tools, all you need to do to create an animated sliding text reveal in After Effects is:

  • Create the paragraph text layer
  • Apply the Bounce Up And Settle Preset to your paragraph text layer from the Staple preset pack.
  • Select your layer and use the Telegram Script - this will automatically split your paragraph into lines and create a perfectly sized matte for each line.

Take a look at just how quick and easy it is to create a sliding text reveal using the Loop tools:

Using the Telegram script and the Staple presets is a real time saver when it comes to animating a sliding text reveal in After Effects. It automates the most boring aspects of the process and means you can then focus on perfecting other more interesting parts of your animation.

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