Give your videos a little life with this free animated ‘Helvetica Neue’ font template for After Effects!

Animated fonts are a fantastic way to make your videos seem more engaging. The only problem? They can take a lot of time to create by hand. To help you add more lively fonts to your next video, we’ve created a free After Effects template that you can use to add animated text to your next project. Scroll down to download!

What is an Animated Font?

Free After Effects Template: Animated Font 'Helvetica Neue' - RocketStock Animated

An animated font is simply a font that has been customized to animate into a scene in a unique way. Typically you will want to use an animated font anytime you want to give your video a more customized feeling. An animated font is different from an animated text preset. An animated font is typically created using a series of masks, shapes, and effects, whereas an animated text preset is usually just a blanket transform effect applied to text characters.

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Downloading the Template

To download, click the download button below. Unzip the file and you will see a copy of the template with a Terms of Use document. You’re free to use the animated font in any way you like (with the exception of selling or distributing the template…sorry!)

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In order to use the template you’ll need to have Helvetica Neue Bold downloaded onto your computer. This shouldn’t be a problem for Mac users, as Helvetica Neue is on Macs by default. Windows users will probably have to download the font online. MyFonts is a great place to look first. Of course, there are plenty of other options as well.

Using the Animated Font Template

Our animated font template is an After Effects template with 43 unique compositions representing every letter, number, and most major punctuation marks. Simply make a master composition and drag and drop each respective composition into your timeline.

Each animation is timed out to last 10 seconds, but if you want it to stay up longer you can use the time remapping feature in After Effects to freeze the animation for as long as you need it.

Stylizing the Template

By default, the characters in the template will animate in with three shades of blue, with the final character as solid white. You can easily change the color if you want by simply adding a quick hue/saturation effect and rotating the wheel until you get your desired color.

Changing the Hue

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