How To Write Text In Adobe After Effects

Adobe After Effects is a robust program that assists in producing stunning visual effects and motion graphics. One essential task that you may need to complete is text composition. While it may seem uncomplicated, comprehending the steps can elevate the quality of your projects. In this blog post, we will examine how to incorporate and alter text in Adobe After Effects.

Adding Text to Your Project

To add text to your project in Adobe After Effects, you need to use the “Text Tool”, which is represented by the “T” icon. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Select the Text Tool from the toolbar at the top of the screen.
  2. Click anywhere on the composition where you want your text to appear. This will create a new text layer.
  3. Start typing your text. Once you’re done, click anywhere outside the text box to finish.

It’s as simple as that! Your text should now appear on your composition.

Modifying Text Properties

Once you’ve added text to your composition, you may want to modify its properties. You can do this using the Character and Paragraph panels.

To access these panels, simply go to the "Window" menu at the top of the screen, and make sure both "Character" and "Paragraph" are checked. 

In the Character panel, you can change properties like the font, size, and color of your text. The Paragraph panel allows you to adjust alignment and justification.

Animating Your Text

Adobe After Effects allows you to animate your text, which can make your project more engaging. There are many ways you can animate text, but one of the simplest methods is using Text Animators.

  1. Select your text layer in the timeline.
  2. Go to the Animation menu at the top of the screen, select Text, and then choose an animation preset.

This will automatically apply the animation to your text. You can then adjust the properties of the animation in the timeline to suit your needs.


Text is a crucial part of many After Effects projects, and understanding how to add and manipulate it is essential. With the steps outlined in this post, you should now be able to add, modify, and animate text in your compositions with ease. Happy editing!