43 amazing 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. These are the sections we've divided them into:

  1. Getting started with After Effects (this page)
  2. Compositing
  3. Working with motion
  4. Working in 3D
  5. Manipulating text
  6. Special effects

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!

Getting started with After Effects

01. Adding special effects to a video

Let's start off with some cool special effects

Even if you're only just getting started with After Effects, it's only natural to want to create some impressive effects straight away, and so this tutorial from Adobe is just the ticket. Aimed at After Effects CC, it explains the basics of motion graphics and video compositing, and teaches you how to use layers, blend modes and effects, as well as some basic animation and even a handheld camera shake effect.

02. Beginner's guide to After Effects

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

03. 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.

04. 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.

05. 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.

06. After Effects CS6 in 6 minutes

If you're eager to get started in CS6 but don't have a lot of time on your hands, take a look at the video below.

Next page: Compositing