Intermediate: utilising After Effects tools
Learn how the Refine Edge tool improves the underlying Roto Brush effect, in this tutorial by Chris Meyer.
Learn how to use the Refine Edge tool after the Roto Brush tool to erase an edge refinement.
There are two ways to export compositions from After Effects: the Render Queue and Adobe Media Encoder. Each method has its benefits, Maria Corte explains how to use both.
This tutorial by Chris Meyer explains how to apply the Pixel Motion Blur effect to avoid visual strobing when playing back some footage and 3D renders at normal speed.
Intermediate: working with other software
In this tutorial by Gregory Baldwin and Ian Robinson, you'll learn how to import files from Photoshop or Illustrator, and even audio clips, into After Effects.
When Adobe Illustrator files are passed across for animation that not ready for After Effects, it causes a lot of confusion and friction between the illustrator and animator. Follow this checklist from Jeff Hurd to ensure your designs are ready for animation.
From a web perspective, After Effects is very well suited to tweaking and trying out motion before committing it to code. Ditch heavy GIFs and try animation tool Bodymovin.
Cinema 4D Lite is the 3D creation and animation software included with After Effects that makes it easy to integrate 3D elements directly inside your compositions. Here, Timo Kuilder and Thanassis Pozantzis Learn explain how to use it.
Intermediate: creating effects in After Effects
Get to know the basics of motion graphics and video compositing techniques using After Effects CC in this series of tutorials. You’ll become familiar with the workspace and how to import footage and other assets, and learn to combine elements in the scene using layers and nondestructive blend modes.
In this tutorial by Ian Robinson and Jing Wei, you'll find out how to use shapes and effects in your After Effects compositions and get tips on how these elements enhance a project.
Charles Yeager explains how to stylise your 360/VR footage in Adobe After Effects CC by applying or generating seamless effects – formatted specifically for equirectangular footage – without incurring any unwanted artefacts.
In this tutorial by Brian Maffitt you'll learn how to limit an effect to a specific area using a mask on the layer without additional adjustment layers or track matte layers, and then change properties on a per-mask basis and save masks and effects as animation presets.
Next page: advanced After Effects projects