Tip #1119: Free Hand-Painted Animated Fonts

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Tip #1119: Free Hand-Painted Animated Fonts

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Free for personal use, not to be resold.

A sample of these hand-drawn fonts.

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This article, written by Todd Blankenship, first appeared in PremiumBeat.com. These free hand-painted animated fonts were painstakingly painted frame by frame to give your titles and design a fun, energetic feel.

The more real and textural you make your designs, the more tangible and authentic they feel. Making your title slate or other motion graphic feel as if it were hand-painted (when the style fits, of course) will always catch the viewer’s eye a bit more than a standard piece of clean, sharp text.

As a bit of behind-the-scenes, to create this freebie, we printed off large sheets of two different fonts, and painted 7-8 frames of each of them on similarly-sized sheets of poster board, then scanned each frame one by one. Then, inside of After Effects, we cleaned it all up and set them in a sequence, animating each scan in succession once every two frames.

Here’s the link to download these free, hand-painted, animated fonts.

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2 replies
  1. Richard Kaplan
    Richard Kaplan says:

    I downloaded the free hand-painted fonts from Premium Beats. thank you. But I can’t figure out how to access them in FCPX. thanks

    • Larry Jordan
      Larry Jordan says:


      Great question – in fact, I just wrote another tip to explain this.

      You don’t install these. Instead, each letter is a stand-alone movie file.

      • Drag the letters you need into Premiere.
      • Stack them above each other – since they all need to appear on screen at the same time – in the timeline.
      • Using the Position settings in Effect Controls, position the letters so they are readable.

      Each letter has a one-second duration. To make the letters hold on-screen longer, you can either change the speed of the clip (which kinda kills the animation) or add multiple versions of the same letter to the timeline.



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