Animate variable fonts
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Variety lets you animate variable fonts. It reads the paths from the font file and turns them into shape layer paths. It will set an initial keyframe and lets you add additional keyframes based on the configuration of the font’s axes. The interpolation between the keyframes is handled by After Effects.

Note that regular fonts are not supported because they don’t contain any axes.


There’s a whole bunch of variable fonts resources out there. Here’s a selection to get you going.





Adding Fonts

Simply drag and drop your variable fonts onto the panel and they’ll be added to the list. See the supported filetypes. The added variable fonts are only available in the list during the session. In a new session Variety will try to automatically load the font from the layer generated by Variety.

Adobe Fonts

The variable fonts installed through Adobe Fonts are tucked away on the file system. Find them in the following directory. You might have to show hidden files to access these folders.



Mac OS

~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CoreSync/plugins/livetype/.r

Default Fonts

Variety comes with a selection of open source fonts that are licensed under the SIL Open Font License. You are free to distribute and use these fonts in commercial projects. Please read the license for further details.


A pseudo-effect will be added to the generated layer to control alignment, spacing and font-size.

Auto Refresh

The panel is updated automatically whenever you select a Variety layer—which is a shape layer with a Variety effect applied to it. It reads the layer comment to determine the word(s) and font that was used.

Supported Filetypes

Both .ttf and .otf are supported.

Known Issues

License Agreement

Please read the End User License Agreement (EULA) before you download Variety.

By purchasing and using a copy of Variety you agree without reservation to be bound by the terms of the EULA. If you do not agree with the terms of the EULA, please do not download or use a copy of Variety.


Contact support if anything is unclear or you’re running into issues.


1.0.0 – 2023-03-14