Clean Lower Thirds in After Effects - No Plugins



Here’s an after effects tutorial on how to create a clean ‘Lower Third Animation’ in After Effects without using any plugins.


This tutorial is really simple and if you are a beginner in After Effects, this tutorial is going to be your ideal fit for exploring the software.


Like always this after effects tutorial is available on YouTube with free access, detailed, simple and easy to follow up guidance.



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The downloadable free project file of this motion graphics tutorial can be accessed using the link below.


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Q. What is an ‘Overlay Animation’?


The animations that are used as an overlay on a video to show some kind of information on simply something to appeal is known as overlay animation.

The examples of overlay animation are Lower Thirds, Gradient Overlays, Scribbling Overlays, Shape Overlays etc.


You can check out more After Effects Tutorials on Logo Reveal Animation on our YouTube Channel.



Q. What is ‘Lower Thirds’?


A graphic overlay when placed in the lowest section of a video and inside the title-safe area it is recognised as Lower Thirds. For advanced graphics to simple text, any graphical overlay can be used as a lower-third.


For instance, graphically active animated titles and/or introductory subtexts are used as lower-thirds and sometimes captions in the form of simple texts are also displayed.



Q. What are ‘Shape Layers’ in After Effects?


Shape layers contain vector graphics objects called shapes. By default, a shape consists of a path, a stroke, and a fill. Shape layers are not based on footage items. Layers that are not based on footage items are sometimes called synthetic layers. Text layers are also synthetic layers and are also composed of vector graphics objects, so many of the rules and guidelines that apply to text layers also apply to shape layers.

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