60 Awesome After Effects Tutorials

We have collected numerous Photoshop Tutorials and we felt the need to showcase some tutorials on After Effects Tutorials as well. As you must know, Adobe After Effects is a digital motion graphics and composting software, used for post-production of films and videos.

It organizes 2D and 2.5D animation, visual effects composting and finishing (image adjustment, color correction etc.). After Effects can also be used as a basic non-linear editor and a media transcoder. The next generation, representing two decades of excellence. This application contains everything you need to create blockbuster visual effects and high-end motion graphics. For those artists whose work demands more than the basic application, There is a Adobe After Effects out of few available tools to satisfy their every needs that utilizes digital motion graphics. After Effects integrates with other Adobe software titles such as Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Encore, and Flash.

After Effects Tutorials are high in demand because the over the years, demand for After Effects professionals have increased multi-fold and thus designers want to leave no stone unturned to master after effects. This article has a worthy collection of Adobe After Effects Tutorials to create ravishing visual effects and that too with lesser effort.

 

This article is divided in 5 Sections:

  1. After Effects Beginner Tutorials
  2. After Effects Text Tutorials
  3. After Effects Flash Tutorials
  4. After Effects Video Tutorials
  5. After Effects Photoshop Tutorials

After Effects Beginner Tutorials

If your basics are not clear, chances are higher that you will chances of becoming an After Effects Expert is quite less. Thus mastering basics, fundalmentals, tips and tricks is certainly important. Brush your basics with following tutorials.

Introduction to After Effects

Get an Introduction to After Effects

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Creating Pseudo Effects for After Effects

In this podcast, author shows the advantages to using Pseudo Effects, will walk through creating one from scratch in an .XML file, and assist you in making your own presets more organized and professional looking.

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Adobe After Effects Quick Tip – Importing Image Sequences

Importing is a way of life for After Effects users, but sometimes we end up taking the long road without even realizing it. In this Quick Tip, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how to handle image sequences, so they are easier to work with in your AE projects.

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Quick Tip – After Effects – Auto-Creating Compositions

When working in Adobe’s After Effects, you can get footage from just about anywhere, and in most cases, you don’t have the time to figure out what the client gave you, as in most cases, they don’t even know. This quick tip will show you how to match your composition to a clip in your project to get you animating in no time flat.

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5 Basic Ways To Populate Mass Groups Within After Effects – AE Basix

In this tutorial we look at 5 individual ways of duplicating crowds. These methods are: Simple Masking (garbage matting), Rotoscoping, Difference Matting, Chroma Keying and Camera Technique

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Endlessly Zoom Into Your Own Droste Effect

In this Basix tutorial, we’ll learn how to create the Droste Effect in Adobe After Effects. We’ll be be parenting our footage to precomps and scaling to give the illusion of an infinite zoom.

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Rotobrush Tool in After Effects CS5

The Rotobrush tool in After Effects CS5 automates the tedious task of selecting an object over the duration of a video clip. In this tutorial, Tom Green shows how easy it is to select the subject from one clip and drag it onto a new background clip.

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Intro To Combustion For The After Effects User

This tutorial is basically for those who love After Effects and want to learn a different compositing software.

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Color Control in After Effects CS5

Franklin McMahon discusses 3 features in After Effects CS5 to help improve the color in your video clip: 1) Levels, 2) Vibrance, and 3) the Color Finesse 3 plugin.

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Sketching with After Effects

Author shows how to use After Effects to create the effect of sketching images onto the screen. Created from your video or other images, the sketch can then animate as rolling footage. This is a fun and versatile effect that requires no 3rd party plug-ins.

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Understanding Interpolation Animation in After Effects CS5

One of the most powerful animation features of CS5, learn how to control your animations in different ways using spatial interpolation and temporal interpolation techniques.

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Animating Text Along A Path In After Effects

In this tutorial we are going to learn how to create a sequence that involves text animating along a custom path using the first margin text property. A custom path is a vector path that is drawn freehand using the pen tool in After Effects.

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Create an After Effects Tornado

Author demonstrates how to create a tornado in After Effects and control all aspects of its appearance and movement. It’s all done with Particle World so there are no 3rd party plug-ins required.

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Alignment Tools in After Effects CS5

Aligning visual elements inside a project is very important. Franklin McMahon goes over some of the alignment options in After Effects, including the new Align Layers to Composition feature in CS5.

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Adobe After Effects Quick Tip – Cleaning up messy projects

Nothing is worse than trying to work in an After Effects project that’s an absolute mess. In this Quick Tip, you will see how simple it is to clean up a project to make it easier to work in, or archive.

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After Effects Text Tutorials

Typography is an important part of still and motion graphics. Learn how to create beautiful text effects in After effects with these After Effects Text Tutorials.

3D Motion and Position of Text Characters with After Effects

Typography is one of the qualities upon which we base most of our design work, and the type animation engine in After Effects offers a gamut of ways to express typographic flair.

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Particle World Transitions: Part 2

Author develops the techniques demonstrated in Part 1 of this tutorial. He applies the Particle World Text to Sand effect to 3D text created using the Shatter Effect, and composites that onto a background. He then reverses the effect, changing sand into an onscreen character who finally, blows away as dust in the wind.

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Out of the Rabbit Hole – Text Transitions

Learn tips about working in 3D, using cameras, expressions, and the graph editor – all while making a unique Carroll-esque motion graphic title sequence.

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3D Text in After Effects

There are a number of approaches for creating 3D and faux 3D text (and shapes) in After Effects with native and 3rd party tools. It’s rather easier to list them than to demonstrate them, especially since there are a number insightful options for solving deficiencies in the popular, inexpensive approaches (duplicate layers and the Shatter effect).

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3D Text Animation in After Effects

This 3D Text Animation project gives viewers a chance to learn about the new per-character-3d animation option in After Effects CS5.

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Shatter-Mation in After Effects

Author introduces “Shatter-Mation”, the use of AE’s Shatter Effect to animate text, logos and other shapes. Rob demonstrates how the Shatter Effect’s Force and Physics parameters can be adjusted to precisely control objects in 3D space for a wide variety of effects and transitions.

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Text Particles

Author uses the text tool in After Effects, along with several text animators to create rings of particles, making for a magical transition for any footage you choose.

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Wrapping Text Around a Circle in After Effects

There’s another intro tutorial on the “newer” way to do path text, that shows how to use per-character 3D text animation to animate text along a path in the shape of a 3D tornado.

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Flaming Chrome Text in After Effects

In this tutorial J Schuh creates some flaming chrome text in After Effects using the glow and liquefy effects.

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Accessing “Right To Left” Languages Within After Effects

In this Quick Tip we will learn to enable languages and manipulate “RTL” text right within After Effects.

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Mystery Text in Adobe After Effects

Learn how to create this mystery text effect by animating layer styles on a text layer in After Effects.

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From Text to a Cool Extruded-3D with After Effects

As cool as 3D is in After Effects, there’s no doubt that an extrude tool is something we all wish for. While there are a few plug-ins that handle such a task (Zaxwerks Invigorator PRO being one of my favorites), there’s a cool way to achieve a true 3D look (more or less) using the 3D effects in Illustrator.

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3D Sci-Fi Metallic Typography

Create a cool 3D sci-fi textured type look in Adobe After Effects, using the Fractal Noise, Texturize and Roughen Edges effects along with Expressions, Luma Mattes, Motion Blur and pseudo 3D Camera techniques.

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Energetic Titles

Use Sure Target preset to achieve advanced 3d moves. Learn advanced tips and create “3d-looking” titles

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Green Smoke

Create a cloudy smoke title with real footage. Combine video elements with a particle system

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After Effects Flash Tutorials

Flash and after effects go hand in hand. Mastering both is an added advantage for motion graphic people as it saves your lots of time and energy. Check out how with these After Effects Flash Tutorials.

The motion graphics dream team-After Effects Flash CS4

Author helps us discover techniques and shortcuts that can be used to create genre-busting work with After Effects CS4 and Flash CS4 Professional.

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Bending Flash Video in After Effects

Match your video to the geometry of an object by using a warp effect in After Effects.

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Exporting from After Effects to Flash

Export from After Effects in a format that can be used in Flash, with many kinds of layers and keyframes intact and editable.

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Exporting XFL Format from After Effects to Flash

Tom Green shows how to easily take an effect created in After Effects and bring it over Flash using the XML format.

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Flash Essentials for After Effects Users

Flash baffles After Effects users as often as it makes them feel comfortable.

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Integrating Flash CS4 with After Effects CS4

One of the strengths of Flash is its ability to create vector animations. The Timeline in Flash makes it possible to add motion to vector objects, resulting in animation with crisp, clean lines and motion that would be difficult and time-consuming to create in After Effects.

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Flash to Video

This tutorial starts with a code-driven animation, takes it from Flash, and turns it into a video file that can used with an application like After Effects.

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Falling Snow in Flash CS3

Use CS3 integration to create falling snow over an image of cedar trees. Use After Effects to create the falling snow, then export the effect as a Flash video and drop it on top of the image. Experiment with blending modes to get some creative results

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Add Some Flash to After Effects

Flash has easy animation tools, vector morphing, almost-instant rendering, and a sophisticated scripting language called ActionScript. For many, ActionScript is the key benefit of Flash. True, After Effects has Expressions (written in another scripting language), but they aren’t as powerful or versatile as ActionScript programs.

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After Effects Video Tutorials

After Effects Video Tutorials will explain you visually, in a step by stop process, to master after effects.

Guru Lesson 2

In this guru lesson you learn how to apply effects to layers. We create an amazing lightning effect but the concepts you learn appy to any other effects, too. You also learn the basic concept of keyframes that allows to animate any property in After Effects over time.

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How To Blow The Face Off A Zombie Pirate

This tutorial will show you how to create a zombie headshot. We’ll start by first rotoscoping out the head using his makeup line as a guide

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Procedural Crumble

Create a procedural crumbling effect using Shatter Effect. Composite dust elements and add realistic motion blur

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2D/3D with Photoshop CS3 Extended and After Effects

Create a procedural crumbling effect using Shatter Effect. Composite dust elements and add realistic motion blur

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How To Create A Timewarped Logo Reveal

In this tutorial we will only use built in AE plug-ins to achieve the final effect. We will learn how to divide a layer into numerous parts and then how to control the geometric aspects of those parts using the advanced features of Card Dance along with the Ease and Wizz script.

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Bring Your Letters to Life

In this After Effects quick tip we do some typo animation using the puppet tool. We use KeyTweak to make animating the puppet pins much easier.

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Trim Compose Script

Trim Compose helps you manage large VFX project. Discuss workflows for creating a video with many VFX

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How To Obtain Organic Object Morphing Transitions

In this tutorial author will show you how to achieve an organic morphing blob to transition from one element to another. Then we’ll look at dropping in textures for a more attractive end result.

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The CopyMask2Layer Tool

When you copy a mask in After Effects from one layer to another one, it very often does not stay where it has been before. In this quick tip tutorial you learn how to avoid this nasty problem using the nifty little tool CopyMask2Layer.

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Create A Generative Identity Using Plexus

In this tutorial author will walk through how to create a generative style text reveal using Plexus in After Effects.

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Cyborg Arm

In this tutorial you learn how to use After Effects to turn you arm into a cyborg arm. We use MochaAE (which is included in After Effects) to track the motion and perspective distortion of the arm and then do the compositing in After Effects.

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After Effects Photoshop Tutorials

Like Flash, Photoshop is also an important part of After Effects. Learn how you can use 2D images and make a video in After Effects with these After Effects Photoshop Tutorials

Virtual 3D Photos

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Adjusting Depth of Field

In this tutorial author shows how to modify the depth of field blurring inside of a clip. He uses Photoshop to create a luma matte and After Effects to apply the Lens Blur Filter.

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Fun with Ink

Create ink spatter elements and composite in 3D. Use Particle World to generate fake ink

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Ink Bleeding Effect in After Effects

In this tutorial author will recreate a similar look from an older Gnarls Barkley video. The principles author will cover are foundational and can be used for some incredible animations other than simply imitating a great music video.

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Elegant Slideshows

Automatically resize images in Photoshop batch. Sequence layers quickly in After Effects

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Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 4: Repousse

In this final tutorial on extruding 3D text & shapes in After Effects, author has a look at using Repousse from Photoshop as a way of creating quite detailed 3D text.

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Photoshop and Illustrator for After Effects

This Adobe E-seminar covers some basic techniques, some little-known techniques and plenty of handy workflow tips for using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator with Adobe After Effects.

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Set Extensions

Extend a live action set with custom matte painting. Link several motion trackers into one null object

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3D Vanishing Point

Use Vanishing Point to generate 3D from still. Import in to AE and use as a 3D scene from PS

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