Happy Tuesday! In this week’s tutorial, I share my method for creating a sparkling lettering animation in Procreate – which, if you love a little sparkle, is perfect for pretty much any occasion 😉 Pick up the free color palette here or in the Resource Library.

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Sparkling Lettering Animation in Procreate

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Here’s a written overview of how to draw a sparkling lettering animation in Procreate:
  • Write out your lettering phrase in the center of your canvas, putting each word on a separate layer.
  • To create a 3D letter, tap on the layer, hit select, create a new layer below it, and fill the layer with a dark color. Hit motion blur and drag it out, hit select and fill layer three times. Grab the selection tool and drag the shadow to the side.
  • Add an inline on top of your lettering.
  • Group everything together and turn on animation assist. Reduce the onion skin opacity to 30% and the frames per second down to 10. Select ping pong.
  • Choose the lightpen default brush and add in some little sparkles and dots throughout the lettering.
  • Create a new layer above it and continue drawing extra sparkles in different places. Repeat this one more time with additional sparkle details.
  • Label one sparkle layer “decrease” and start it at 100 opacity. Turn the next sparkle layer at 50% opacity, and change the final sparkle layer to 20% opacity and label it “increase.”
  • Duplicate all three layers. Go to each layer, and adjust opacity on each by 10%. Repeat these steps and continue until the decrease layer is all the way down to 20%.
  • Preview the animation and reduce the frames per second if needed.
  • Export the animation as an animated mp4 to Instagram.
  • Done!

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