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55 best After Effects tutorials to sharpen your motion skills

Advanced After Effects tutorials

Once you've got a few years' experience under your belt, it's time to start learning some advanced level skills. From working with VR to adding 3D text to your videos, these After Effects tutorials will help you become a true AE ninja.

42. Mock up AR graphics with After Effects

After Effects tutorials: 3D map

After Effects has some powerful tools that we can use to mimic augmented reality. Discover how to use them in this tutorial by Laura Hawk. 

43. Create an explosive transition

AE logo being zapped by a lightning bolt

(Image credit: Motion Array)

Discover how to replicate the lightning bolt transitions seen in the trailer for DC's Shazam with this video tutorial from Motion Array. This walks you through everything from shooting some simple footage to adding the explosive transition in After Effects.

44. Create a seamless repeat animation in After Effects

After Effects tutorials: interface

Motion illustrator Iain Acton presents this After Effects tutorial, which shows you how to work with null layers to create a looping animation of basic shapes; a conga line of shapes moving between two tunnels.

45. Design a branded loading animation in After Effects

After Effects tutorials: pink web icon

In this After Effects tutorial, InVision's Andy Orsow shows you how to make a custom loading animation, and turn it into a lightweight GIF.

46. Create a hoverboard effect

After Effects tutorials: hoverboard illustration

Want to create a hoverboard effect like the one seen in Back to the Future II? Discover how you can use After Effects to apply a track matte to a video captured on the go with Premiere Clip in this tutorial by Brian Maffitt and Will Freeman.

47. Design a Hollywood-style movie title

After Effects tutorials: graphic

Nik Hill of Territory Studio uses Adobe Creative Cloud tools to create UI screen graphics and titles for popular films such as Avengers: Age of Ultron. Here he explains how to create a movie title sequence by manipulating assets from Illustrator using Cinema 4D Lite in After Effects.

48. Rotoscope nature footage

After Effects tutorials: sponge-like creature

See how Centrale Supélec student Hugo Germain uses rotoscoping effects on nature footage in After Effects to reimagine the exotic marine life of Lord Howe Island, Australia, within this untouched environment, then try the tutorial.

49. Add 3D text to video footage

After Effects tutorials: text over photo

Placing 3D titles in a video clip and tracking that text to move realistically with your footage is not as hard as you might think. In this tutorial, Ian Robinson shows you how to apply a track camera in Adobe After Effects and then enable the Cinema 4D Renderer, extrude the 3D text, and link your composition back to your sequence in Adobe Premiere Pro.

50. Animate a puppet with Adobe Character Animator

After Effects tutorials: puppet

Turn a static character you created in Adobe Photoshop CC into a movable, talking puppet using Adobe Character Animator. This tutorial by Jing Wei and Dave Werner walks you through the process.

51. Animate a puppet with your webcam gestures

After Effects tutorials: birds

Dave Werner and Ryan Bubnis teach you how to use behaviors such as Motion Trigger, Cycle Layers, and Head Turner in Adobe Character Animator CC (Beta) to animate a hummingbird.

52. Teach your character to walk

After Effects tutorials: girl with bicycle

Dave Werner explains how to go beyond facial movements for your puppets in Adobe Character Animator CC by creating walk cycles, looped frames that allow your character to walk without requiring you to animate each step. Make adjustments for various leg lengths, avoid foot slippage when looping frames, and fine-tune the walk behavior for each puppet’s performance.

53. Track facial features to apply precise effects

After Effects tutorials: two Swiss guards

Track faces with exceptional accuracy by managing the level of detail you track, and apply effects only to a face or just the pupils, mouth, and nose. This tutorial from Maxim Jago Image walks you through the process.

54. Animate graphics with data

After Effects tutorials: data visualisation

Daniel Walter Scott shows you how to create data-driven animations of charts or graphs in Adobe After Effects CC without coding any graphics yourself. Import JSON data files to create a motion graphic, and then edit the data to update the graphic automatically.

55. Preview in real time as you make adjustments

After Effects tutorials: interface

Preview comps, layers, and footage, and also view design iterations in real time, adjusting composition properties and resizing interface panels without halting playback – Brian Maffitt shows you how.

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