52 amazing After Effects tutorials

Whether you're a beginner, intermediate or expert, you'll find something useful in our collection of After Effects tutorials.

Want to know how to do something in After Effects? The web is brimming with tutorials for people wanting to learn about Adobe Creative Cloud's 3D, motion graphics and animation software. But sometimes it can be an uphill struggle finding the tutorial that's right for you.

So here we've collected together the best After Effects tutorials on the web for you. You should be able to find what you're looking for here whether you're using an older version of Ae or are signed up to the Creative Cloud – if not, let us know what topics we're missing in the comments below!

Beginner level

Beginner's guide to After Effects

These After Effects tutorials from Digital Tutors take an introductory look into the software and compositing in general.

Introduction to After Effects

This easy-to-follow video tutorial from the Greayscalegorilla team explains the basics of animating and pre-comping in After Effects.

Learn some basic effects in After Effects

If you're fairly new to After Effects, you might want to take a look at some of Video CoPilot's basic training tutorials. In this project, Andrew Kramer shows you how to use some simple effects for some great results.

Starting with After Effects

Pascal Verstegen, aka Enkera from Noa Studios, shows you how you can get started with Adobe After Effects with only a basic knowledge of programmes such as Photoshop. The result is a simple but effective animation.

Start animating with Adobe After Effects

Andrew Kramer is at hand to show you how to use animation techniques in Adobe After Effects. An extremely useful tutorial that will introduce you to the basics of animation in After Effects.

Developing your technique

Creating and using masks in After Effects

Adobe After Effects: Learn how to mask objects efficiently

Andrew Devis explains how to mask in an efficient way using After Effects. In this After Effects tutorial, Andrew demonstrates the tools needed for masking along with some handy keyboard short cuts.

How to track motion in Adobe After Effects CS3+

Once you've got the basics down, it's time to delve into the world of motion tracking. Here, you'll learn the ins-and-outs of track motion, which can also be used to stabilise existing footage.

The naked truth about 3D rotations

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between rotation and orientation? This After Effects tutorial explains the way rotations in 3D space work. Once you understand the concept – it will be easier for you to tame rotations in After Effects and beyond.

Create easy 3D reflections

Want to create easy 3D reflections with no plug-ins in After Effects? This video tutorial will show you, as well as how to simulate reflective falloff and blurry reflections.

Camera Solving For Moving Objects in Mocha 3

Product manager Martin Brennand takes you through how to use the camera solver to get the 3D data of a moving planar object. You'll also learn how to export 3D to After Effects and attach 3D particles from Trapcode Particular.

How to replace a sky in your composition

Tom Skelton is the king of After Effects tutorials. Here, he shows how to add in a backdrop behind moving objects and blend each element together seamlessly.

Put together a realistic composite

Adobe After Effects: Superimpose a District 9 style space ship

Adding outside elements into a scene can be a tedious task that most of us find frustrating. Take a look at this tutorial, where Youssef Sarhan shows you some composition techniques to superimpose a District 9 style space ship.

How to create and rig a realistic puppet overview

This is a quick overview of Aetuts+'s 'How To Create And Rig A Realistic Puppet' series. It's a great way to get a feel for all 17 tutorials (yep 17!) only using Adobe After Effects. Genius!

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