If you are sick of the April Fool’s day silliness all over the net, I have some seriously cool stuff for you today. SplatterType is a custom preset I have developed recently that will allow you to create amazing ink and paint splatter animations with just a few clicks.

Updated! Please read the update info underneath the videos and use the preset instead of the project files!

Much like my previous tutorial, SplatterType relies only on After Effects text animators and does not require any additional plugins (3rd or even 1st party). Robust set of controls make it highly customizable, while the expressions work in the background to do all the hard work for you.

Whether you’re after a dark, grungy look or happy-go-lucky colorful design, whether you’re compositing 2D, 3D, mattes, transitions, you name it – this little free preset will let you spend time on creative choices rather than tedious keyframing. Enjoy!

Running time: 35min
Difficulty: Easy
Required tools: After Effects

Preview video:




With some help from Dan Tore Jørgensen I managed to turn SplatterType into an actual preset. You may now download it, install into After Effects and create your own splats directly from the Effects&Presets panel, without the need to import my project file. Snake Plissken provided a French localization.

SplatterType preset may be applied either without any layer selected or onto an empty text layer and is compatible with After Effects CS3 and above.


Download the files associated with this tutorial below:

Other free resources used in this tutorial include:
WC Rhesus A Bta typeface by http://www.wcfonts.com/
Sound sample by Rock Savage, via http://www.freesound.org/

You may also download this tutorial video from its Vimeo page. The preview can also be watched on YouTube.

Two more things
I want to see what will you come up with using SplatterType! Post links in the comments section. Also, just FYI, I am still not done with text animators. More cool stuff to come!

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