The Lettering Animation Course by Austin Saylor
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The Lettering Animation Course

Learn the After Effects skills you need to become an amazing lettering animator so that you can stand out in the crowd of designers.
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Imagine bringing your lettering to life with animation

Going through this course will give you the foundation and the step-by-step process to make amazing lettering animations.

Each week you'll learn a new lettering animation technique and participate in a challenge to put what you've learned into action.

Over the last few years I've developed a process to not only help myself create great animations over and over, but also to help you get amazing results.

Learn to make work like this...

Inspired by the popular 36 Days of Type, I decided to create my Animated Alphabet project. I had no idea it would launch my career.

Whoa ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Lettering Animation is a big hit!

People really seemed to enjoy this animated alphabet series and I got a lot of questions about how I made them. I was helping people via one-on-one emails, writing blog posts and creating tutorials. 

Then I started to see a pattern... when people followed short tutorials, their work was ok, but something was missing ๐Ÿค”

It hit me!

One-off tutorials don't get you the results you expect because there are a series of fundamentals you need in order to make amazing animations over and over again.

That's when I decided to put this course together and teach everything I've learned. I wanted to take the guessing and hoping out of the animation process.

7 Fundamentals to amazing lettering animation

When you use one or all of these fundamentals, your work will be expressive, smooth, and feel natural.

Watch this video to see examples of the fundamentals at work. 
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Join The Lettering Animation Course today and not only will you get all of the lessons, but you also get the unsung hero... the community and live calls.

โœ“ An awesome private community just for this session so you can...
โœ“ Stay motivated with support from myself and peers
โœ“ Anytime you get stuck, you have chat and live video to get help
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Look what students have made ๐Ÿ‘€

The proof is in the pudding... check out the awesome work students have made going through The Lettering Animation Course! 
I'm so proud ๐Ÿ˜

๐ŸŽ“ Student Testimonials ๐Ÿ’ฌ

I tried to learn After Effects on my own, but never really understood what I was doing or if I was doing it right. Austin broke everything down so it was really easy to understand, and working on the projects and seeing my lettering come to life was so exciting!
Emily Rasmussen
Austin, thank you (again) for being such a dedicated teacher! I swear I've never experienced this from an online class!
Dawn Steinbock
I really hope you make more courses in the future. You made The Lettering Animation Course simple to follow and easy to learn. After Effects can be really intense and you struck the balance of being in depth but without being overwhelming :)
Taaryn Brench
Iโ€™m a lettering illustrator, so I was thrilled to discover that this class coupled what I already do with a new skill. I appreciated getting real time feedback and trouble shooting during our weekly video chats and Facebook support group. Everything Austin explained was easy to follow, which was great for someone like me who had never used After Effects before. Not only did he offer guidance on using the software, but he was always willing to share other freelancing and creativity advice with us. I highly recommend this awesome courseโ€ฆ Austin is a phenomenal teacher!
Sarah Barton
I was blown away by the hands-on instruction, live feedback, and mentorship. He didnโ€™t just gloss over the submitted student projects. He critiqued them and live edited. A big plus to seeing him live edit was learning his keyboard shortcuts, seeing his mental process, and seeing his โ€œmistakesโ€. This behind-the-scenes, over-the-shoulder experience is rarely included in classes of this kind. 

This isnโ€™t a course for people that just want to watch a video, poke around a little, and thatโ€™s it. Itโ€™s hands-on, itโ€™s in the weeds getting dirty, and itโ€™s going to test your brain and your patience. While itโ€™s true youโ€™ll get as much out of the course as you put in, Austin is definitely doing his part to meet you more than halfway.
Laneen Wells

You don't need more free tutorials, you need a guide to show you the way

There are so many cool things to learn out there! But with so many options and tutorials and blog posts, you end up bouncing from one to the next without focus... and another month and another year goes by and you don't feel like you've gotten as far as you wanted.

I know what that's like. When I decided that motion design/animation was going to be my thing, I had a difficult time putting the pieces together. I watched tutorial after tutorial, but there was something missing. Sometimes they were way over my head. Sometimes they were too basic. The missing piece was a guide.

Tutorials show you how to mimic someone's work.

A guide shows you the way to forge your own path.

I want to be that guide for you.

โญ Bonuses ($800 value)

Bonus #1

Intro to After Effects
$200 value

  • For those completely new to After Effects 
  • Easy to reference intro to After Effects lessons
  • Everything you need to hit the ground running

Bonus #2

Private Community
$100 value

  • Never go a day without getting your questions answered 
  • Meet other students in the course 
  • Show off your work from the class

Bonus #3

8 Live Critique Calls
$400 value

  • Voted student favorite bonus every time 
  • Live video chat (always recorded so you can rewatch) 
  • Critique of student work 
  • Ask questions and get real time answers

Bonus #4

Vectored Lettering Files
$100 value

  • Ready to go vectored lettering files for each project
  • In case you aren't a strong lettering artist 
  • Save time & focus on animation 

Super Bonus: ๐Ÿ’ฐ "Getting Paid to Animate Logos" Pilot Program

The Lettering Animation Course will teach you how to animate logos... but... the purpose of this pilot program is to land you logo animation gigs that will completely pay for your Lettering Animation Course tuition!!!

I have a beta group going through this pilot program right now and I'm inviting all students from this Fall 2019 session to join the pilot program for free as well.

Call me crazy... but I want to Get. You. Results. And what better result than helping you land a gig that pays you back every penny... and sets you up to make more money with this awesome new skill.

Here's what you get with the Getting Paid to Animate Logos Pilot Program:
  • MVP (Minimum Viable Portfolio) and website review
  • Client outreach email templates
  • Pricing advice for your situation
  • 4 Open office hour calls to get unstuck and stay motivated
  • Accountability to make this happen for yourself and get paid to animate logos!

This will happen at the end of the course once you've got animation chops under your belt.

โœจ Get this pilot program for free when you buy The Lettering Animation Course โœจ
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What's included?

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Welcome to The Lettering Animation Course
How to get the most out of this course
4 mins
Facebook Group & Support Email
Call schedule & links to recordings
Evaluation Project... "NOW"
โญ Evaluation Project
Bonus Module โ€“ Intro to After Effects & Animation
Animation Principles
6 mins
After Effects panels
4 mins
Spacing & Timing
5 mins
Understanding Compositions (and when to precomp!)
5 mins
Timeline: Layers, Properties, and Keyframes
15 mins
Setting Keyframes (with โœ๏ธ Practice)
5 mins
Motion Path (with โœ๏ธ Practice)
8 mins
Graph Editor (with โœ๏ธ Practice)
12 mins
Anchor Points
3 mins
Nulls & Parenting (with โœ๏ธ Practice)
6 mins
Effects & Presets (with โœ๏ธ Practice)
10 mins
Trim Paths
7 mins
Illustrator to After Effects
14 mins
Separating Your Letters in Illustrator
4 mins
Exporting - what you need to know to not get tripped up
Collecting Files (for turning in homework)
5 mins
Write on pt. 1 โ€“ Monowidth lettering
๐ŸŽฌ The basics of Trim Paths
19 mins
๐ŸŽฌ Applying Trim Paths to lots of letters quickly
11 mins
๐ŸŽฌ Beyond the simple write on - pushing Trim Paths to be more
12 mins
๐Ÿ”ฅ Creative Boost: Motivation & Inspiration
๐Ÿ’ช Challenge of the week
Write on pt 2 โ€“ Variable width lettering
๐ŸŽฌ Intro to Masks and Matte Layers
8 mins
๐ŸŽฌ Animating Letters with Matte Layers and Trim Paths
16 mins
๐ŸŽฌ Warpy Write Onโ€‹
12 mins
๐Ÿ”ฅ Creative Boost: How to never run out of ideas
๐Ÿ’ช Challenge of the week
Write on pt. 3 โ€“ Bouncy write ons
๐ŸŽฌ Intro to Puppet Pin Tool
4 mins
๐ŸŽฌ Write on effect pt 3: Bouncy
32 mins
Gail Bouncy Technique
8 mins
๐Ÿ”ฅ Creative Boost: Technique stacking
๐Ÿ’ช Challenge of the week
Natural looking bounces
๐ŸŽฌ Ball Bounce
14 mins
๐ŸŽฌ Adding Squash and Stretch
10 mins
๐ŸŽฌ Teetering and tottering - Part 1
6 mins
๐ŸŽฌ Teetering and tottering - Part 2
12 mins
๐Ÿ”ฅ Creative Boost: Dissecting other's animations
๐Ÿ’ช Challenge of the week
๐ŸŽฌ Sleight of Hand Intro
5 mins
๐ŸŽฌ Loop Expression Intro
4 mins
๐ŸŽฌ Deep Dive: Sleight of hand
21 mins
๐ŸŽฌ Deep Dive: Morphing
28 mins
๐Ÿ”ฅ Creative Boost: How to get inspired without copying someone else
๐Ÿ’ช Challenge of the Week
๐ŸŽฌ Lazy Loops
13 mins
๐ŸŽฌ Loop: Write Out & Overlap
13 mins
๐ŸŽฌ Loop Back
10 mins
๐ŸŽฌ Loop: Infinite Zoom
8 mins
๐ŸŽฌ Looping - "E" example
๐Ÿ”ฅ Creative Boost: Observe and act
๐Ÿ’ช Challenge of the week
Logo Animation
โœ๏ธ Logo animation - Part 1
17 mins
โœ๏ธ Logo animation - Part 2
13 mins
Logo Animation Training from Full Harbor Membership
50 mins
๐Ÿ’ช Challenge of the week
Exit Project "Later"
Exit project โ€” LATER
Files, Tips & Tricks
My Animated Alphabet project After Effects files
Keyboard shortcuts
Essential Plugins for Speed and Functionality
14 mins
How to improve your Instagram posts
Free Project Files from around the interwebs
Bonus โ€“ Guest Workshops Series
Lettering Workshop - Vector Edition with Ari Woeste
(2h 15m 45s)
Lettering Workshop - Lettering Process with Scott Biersack - Part 1
36 mins
Lettering Workshop - Lettering Process with Scott Biersack - Part 2
15 mins


When does the course start and finish?

This is an 8 week course that starts Oct 14th and ends Nov 6. However, as soon as you enroll, you get access to the full course and will have forever access!

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are going through the modules and you are not seeing the results you wanted, contact us within 30 days to get a full money back refund.

Do I need to be good at lettering?

Nope! While it's a plus to have experience drawing and designing letters, it's not necessary. You will get a vectored lettering file for each challenge :D

What kind of time commitment will this take?

You should be able to commit between 3-15 hours/week. A minimum 3 hours each week will get you results... but if you REALLY want to see results, the closer you get to 10 or 15 hours per week, the better!

Last chance to enroll in 2019

The Lettering Animation Course only runs twice a year. Give yourself the gift of learning animation, bring your designs to life, and have a new service to offer your clients or to get a new job!
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