Working in After Effects can be tricky, but this effect is easy for anyone to accomplish! Trim paths are a simple way to add motion to your designs. Depending on how you do it, the result will be a custom animation of your shape appearing or disappearing!

Trim Path Animation | Adobe After Effects Tutorial

Step 1: Create Elements

In a new After Effects composition, make the shape you want to apply the animation to. This can be type, a preset shape, or a custom shape drawn with the pen tool. Whatever you choose, make sure it has no fill, only a stroke.

Step 2: Outlining Text

(Skip if you’re not using text.)

Set your type to the typeface you want to use, because you won’t be able to change it later. Select the type and go to the “Create” tab in the “Layer” drop-down menu, choose “Create Shapes from Text.” Now you can treat the text just like a regular shape, just make sure it is only a stroke and has no fill.

Step 3: Add Trim Path

Under the shape layer, add content by clicking the “Add” arrow to the right of the “Contents” tab. Select “Trim Path” from the list. It will bring up Trim Path options in the shape layer.

Step 4: Animation Speed

Click the start keyframe at the time point you want the animation to start. Then, drag your time to when you want the animation to end, and pull the “Start” percentage to 100%. A shorter duration will be a faster animation, so move the keyframes if you need to edit the timing.

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