Whether you're a beginner, intermediate or expert, you're sure to find what you're looking for in our great collection of After Effects tutorials from around the web.
Want to know how to do something in After Effects? The web is brimming with tutorials for people wanting to learn about Adobe'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 – if not, let us know what topics we're missing in the comments below!
These After Effects tutorials from Digital Tutors take an introductory look into the software and compositing in general.
This easy-to-follow video tutorial from the Greayscalegorilla team explains the basics of animating and pre-comping 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Mix stop motion with 3D
This After Effects tutorial will teach you how to capture footage with Dragon Stop Motion, experiment with basic keying in After Effects and show you how to manipulate 3D layers.
Vivian Kim shows you how experimenting in After Effects with the Trapcode Form plug-in can create some beautiful results.
Tom Skelton presents a versatile technique for light wrapping, a common visual effects task.
Inventing new worlds
Rob Mize shows you how to create a whole new world with this 3D space tutorial. You'll be able to build realistic, sophisticated environments, where actors can actually interact with your creation.
In this tutorial, you'll be creating a futuristic 3D terrain scanner. You'll also be discovering the difference between the old version of FreeForm (the DigiEffects version, bundled with AE CS5) and the new FreeForm v2.
Here, the team at Video Copilot explain exactly how to simulate a frozen world around one person.
After Effects tutorials expert Tom Skelton shows you how to use Trapcode Particular and CC Particle World to make a whirlwind effect entirely in post production.
Want that realistic, Cloverfield-style handheld camera style on your footage? Learn how to fake a camera shake in this quickie After Effects tutorial.
In this video tutorial from Video Copilot, Andrew Kramer explains how to create an illuminated skin effect, inspired by Iron Man 3.
It's important in After Effects to get things looking realistic; especially when it comes to give-aways such as reflection. Get it right with this handy tutorial which includes use of a free plugin.
In this 21-minute After Effects tutorial, you'll learn how to create realistic looking smoke trails as well as the ability to randomise cloud texture with 3D turbulence. Could be used for Superheros or space ships!
Want to know how to how to fly a camera around in After Effects and land on full frame video? This tutorial will show you how, helping keep your camera moves and transitions accurate and ready for a perfect edit.
Late last year, this 'UFO sighting' video was uploaded to YouTube and raked up over 10,000 views. It was also 'verified' by several 'UFO authorities' and featured in magazines and UFO sighting websites around the world. It was made in After Effects. Have a go yourself!
The team at Maxafter bring you an easy to follow After Effects tutorial; showing you how to create those car light effects we often see in the dark. Once you get them moving, they look great!
This video tutorial from Video Copilot explains exactly how to create 3D light rays and add light beams to 3D camera tracked footage within After Effects.
Blowing stuff up
Go out with a bang with this awesome tutorial from the wonderful Andrew Kramer. In this video guide, he'll show you how to use slow motion and explosive techniques to get a realistic grenade throw.
In this beginner to advanced After Effects tutorial, you'll learn how to blow things up! Surely there can't be a better use for After Effects? With these moves you'll be on your way to After Effects stardom in no time.
Impress with this great tutorial from the team at Video Co-pilot. You'll learn how to use 3DS Max to create a shattering slow motion glass ball effect whilst compositing the passes in After Effects.
This explosive training features three video tutorials, totally over two hours of training on how to create and composite a train crashing inside After Effects and 3ds Max.
Improve your animation skills
In this After Effects tutorial, Andy Davenport shows how to generate a flowing animated sequence based on one object.
Have you ever seen a commercial where an animated character is painted onto a real background and wondered how it was done? This tutorial provides the answer and delve into the nuts and bolts of blending modes and Track Matte functionality.
In this After Effects tutorial, you'll learn how to create a cool looking puzzle animation with the simplest of techniques. A tutorial that's fun and versatile enough to come in handy at a later date.
May the force be with you
Who wouldn't want to create a real life Light Saber?! Once again, Andrew Kramer impresses with his After Effects expertise and shows you how to custom preset to generate instant Light Sabers and how to change color, size and setting.
Part two of this awesome After Effecfts tutorial, Andrew now shows you how preset your Light Saber with enhanced motion blur. You'll also learn how to obscure the Light Saber when behind objects.
Using After Effects CS6
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.
For those lucky enough to get their hands on the new CS6 package, take a look at this tutorial from Kevin P. McAuliffe. He'll show you how to use the new 'Create Shapes from Vector Layers' command in After Effects CS6 that'll save you plenty of time!
Now that Adobe has launched CS6, it's time to move your plugins from CS5.5 (or previous) to the new install. You may think there'll be a lot of uninstalling and re-installing but here, Connor Cosby shows you an easier route.
Working with text
This Digital Tutors series will teach you everything you need to know about creating, controlling, and using text in After Effects.
In this step-by-step tutorial, Steve Holmes explains the process of creating a smokey effect to your type designs in After Effects.
Andy Davenport shows how to create the animated effect of a shape being cut out from a hard surface.
In this After Effects tutorial you'll be using ShapeShifter AE, whilst combining shape layers and layer masks, to model and animate Spidey's symbol.
The Video Copilot team explain how create this cool logo using vintage typewriter keys in Element 3D. Using the particle order mode, you can create any word you choose.
Out of this world effects
You know the parts in Superhero movies when the evil guy drops down to Earth with a surge of energy? Well, now you can make that scene yourself! Cool, huh? You'll even be able to animate the particles in 3D with multiple instances.
Andy Davenport shows how to generate a moving sky backdrop within After Effects.
Andy Davenport's video explains how to create a swirling tunnel effect inspired by the Doctor Who title sequence.
This tutorial is a great exercise for intermediate After Effects users. It has some awesome new techniques to try out as well as showing you how to use a Difference Matte to roto out an actor and then composite various HD elements in front and behind an actor.
In just a few simple clicks, Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to take a 2D image of clouds and use it to create realistic 3D cloud motion.
The first in a two-parter tutorial, you'll learn how to composite a Tornado and unique point of view using only still pictures. You'll be able to add effects like cloud twirling and distant lighting.
The final part in the storm chaser tutorial, you'll be concentrating on the puppet tool as well as the camera focus options. Best of all, there are no external plugins required!
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