VarietyAnimate variable fonts
- Download the aescripts ZXP Installer
- Open or drag the
Variety.zxpfile in the ZXP installer
- Restart After Effects
- Navigate to
Window > Extensions > Variety
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.
Google’s primer on variable 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.
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.
Copyright 2020 The Anybody Project Authors
Copyright 2012-2019 Eduardo Tunni
Copyright 2019 Jack Fahnestock
Copyright 2020 The Trispace Project Authors
Copyright 2021 The Sixtyfour Project Authors
A pseudo-effect will be added to the generated layer to control alignment, spacing and font-size.
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.
.otf are supported.
- You can’t edit multiple Variety layers at once
- Variety will overwrite the layer comment to store its data
- Some fonts (mainly script fonts) give unexpected results, because they require the font’s interpolation
- Changing the order of the shape groups leads to unexpected results
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
- Initial Release