Use After Effects tools
Get to know your way around After Effects toolset, and unlock the special features that can help you become more productive and creative.
Learn how the Refine Edge tool improves the underlying Roto Brush effect in this tutorial by Chris Meyer.
Following on from the above, 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.
Work with other software
One of the big advantages of After Effects being part of the Adobe Creative Suite is that it plays nice with other creative tools. These tutorials will help you make the best of this interoperability.
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.
After Effects isn't just for making edits. Follow these top tutorials and learn how to add spectacular and professional looking effects to your videos.
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.
Charles Yeager explains how to stylise your 360/VR footage in Adobe After Effects CC by applying or generating seamless effects – formatted specifically for equi-rectangular 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.
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