Animated Typography: Motion Design for Dynamic Compositions

A course by Christophe Zidler
Freelance Motion Designer. París, France.
Joined May 2015
, Freelance Motion Designer

Create engaging animated typography compositions with Cinema 4D, Photoshop, and After Effects

  • 100% positive reviews (43)
  • 957 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Create engaging animated typography compositions with Cinema 4D, Photoshop, and After Effects

  • 100% positive reviews (43)
  • 957 students
  • 19 lessons (3h 50m)
  • 15 additional resources (6 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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By combining illustration with animation, motion design opens a new world of possibilities for creatives of all disciplines. Freelance motion designer Christophe Zidler uses it to bring dynamic typographic compositions to life for clients including Microsoft, Glamour, Vogue, and Toyota.

In this course, he shows you how to create engaging loop video animations in which the typeface is the protagonist. Use Photoshop, After Effects, and Cinema 4D to spark your ideas and create playful loops. Are you ready to get the most out of your imagination?

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Finding Inspiration and Designing
  • U3
    U3. Animating in After Effects and Cinema 4D
  • U4
    U4. Final Touches and 3D
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin by getting to know motion designer Christophe Zidler. He takes you through his journey to becoming a freelancer and shares the artists and influences that have inspired his career.

Discover how to define a brief for your project and where to find inspiration for a mood board. Then begin designing in Photoshop and laying the foundations for your poster, experimenting with things like colors and shapes. Once your 2D design is finalized, learn how to transfer it into a 3D composition in Cinema 4D.

Christophe guides you through setting up your project in After Effects. Begin animating your design, starting with the simple elements before moving on to the more complex parts of your artwork, combining masks, position, stretch, and timing. Then, focus on shapes and learn to rotate spheres in Cinema 4D.

Make the finishing touches to your animation from movement to color correction, then learn how to export it in different formats. To finish the course, Christophe shares his tips for posting your work on social media and building your portfolio as a creative.

What is this course's project?

Design and animate a typographic poster and transpose it into a 3D animated composition.

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in graphic design, motion design, or typography who wants to improve their composition skills.

Requirements and materials

Previous knowledge of Photoshop and After Effects is required for this course, and experience with Cinema 4D is recommended.

You will need a computer with access to Photoshop, After Effects, Cinema 4D, and the Octane plugin for rendering.

New to Adobe After Effects? In that case, we recommend taking Domestika Basics courses to learn how to use the software: Introduction to After Effects.


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Christophe Zidler

A course by Christophe Zidler

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Freelance Motion Designer

Christophe Zidler is a freelance motion designer from France. He studied at multiple multimedia schools including GOBELINS, and interned at a number of graphic design agencies in Paris. He also worked as a graphic and motion designer for the web design agency Ultranoir, which gave him the opportunity to really hone his animation skills.

Christophe then moved to Budapest, where he kick-started his career as a freelancer. Since then, he has worked with clients including Renault, Sisley, Glamour, Vogue, Toyota, and Microsoft as well as creative agencies and start-ups. He also shares his work with almost 10K followers on Instagram.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Finding Inspiration and Designing

    • Coming Up With Your Idea and Defining a Brief
    • Finding Inspiration and Creating a Mood Board
    • 2D Design Photoshop 1
    • 2D Design Photoshop 2
    • 3D Design Cinema 4D 1
    • 3D Design Cinema 4D 2
  • U3

    Animating in After Effects and Cinema 4D

    • Creating the Project in After Effects
    • Starting With Simple Animations 1
    • Starting With Simple Animations 2
    • Moving Into Intermediate Animations 1
    • Moving Into Intermediate Animations 2
    • Combining Everything
    • Animating Shapes 1
    • Animating Shapes 2
  • U4

    Final Touches and 3D

    • Making Everything 3D
    • Adding Movement and Rendering
    • Adjusting Colour and Exporting in Different Formats
  • FP

    Final project

    • Animation for Typographic Composition

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Animated Typography: Motion Design for Dynamic Compositions. 3D, Animation, Calligraphy, and Typography course by Christophe Zidler

Animated Typography: Motion Design for Dynamic Compositions

A course by Christophe Zidler
Freelance Motion Designer. París, France.
Joined May 2015
  • 100% positive reviews (43)
  • 957 students