Sometimes to create eye-catching effects in After Effects, you only need to know a few options that the software offers by default. For example, have you ever seen a video that presents the text differently? How about with a "writing-in-real-time" effect?
To learn how to create a write-on effect in After Effects, you need to activate five essential features: a Solid background, the Brush tool, and a couple of panels. But let's go in order. Let's start by arranging the workspace to create your effect.
Before anything else, you must create the Solid Background, as the Brush Tool becomes useless without it. Hit Ctrl + Y or Cmd + Y on Mac. Next, choose the background color and click Ok.
Now that you have created your backdrop go to the layers area and double-click on the one linked to it. This action will enable the Brush tool. Activate it in the toolbar next to the Text tool or by hitting Ctrl + B or Cmd + B.
You should have activated your Brush tool; however, you won't use it. So click Ctrl + 8 or Cmd + 8 to open the Paint panel. You will set the color of your Brush and the Write-on effect. To do this:
As any animation in After Effects shows keyframes on the Timeline, you should know that if you want to modify them to make the stroke faster or slower, or start at another point on the Timeline, open the Brush 1 properties in the layers area.
When you do so, deploy Stroke Options and change the values of its features to see the possibilities available when generating the Write-On effect.