Adobe After Effects CC 2021 review

After Effects 2021 continues to prove a powerful and popular video tool for designers.

Pattern in After Effects
(Image: © Future)

Our Verdict

After Effects remains the leading light for creating modern animations and motion graphics, boasting a vast array of tools for beginners and pros alike.

For

  • Extensive toolset for all abilities
  • Huge community
  • Intuitive interface for CC users
  • Content-Aware Fill

Against

  • Steep learning curve
  • Rendering still slow on average computers
  • Limited options in the in-app Render Queue
  • 3D capability is limited

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Anyone with an interest in video editing has probably heard of After Effects. At its simplest, After Effects is a compositing and motion graphics app for video, but over the years it has become the go to software for all kinds of visual effects – creating titles, animating text, characters, 3D and even 360 degree VR footage.

After Effects (AE) is powerful and versatile, used by beginners, hobbyists and is still the industry standard for professionals. You could spend years using it and still only have scratched the surface. The only limit is your imagination (and the power of your GPU – see our best computers for video editing page if you need an upgrade).

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The Verdict
4.5

out of 10

Adobe After Effects

After Effects remains the leading light for creating modern animations and motion graphics, boasting a vast array of tools for beginners and pros alike.

Matt Smith
Designer and Video Producer

Matt has worked for various publishing houses and design agencies, covering studio photography, video production, editorial design, branding, illustration and motion graphics. He currently works for Future PLC with brands such as T3, Woman&Home, Marie Claire, Music Week, TechRadar, Golden Joysticks, Cycling Weekly, Brand Impact Awards, Horse&Hound and Tech&Learning. In the past he has designed titles including Mac|Life, IQ, Bow International, Drummer, iDrum, Acoustic, Clay Shooting, Sea Fishing and GunTradeNews. He has experience across the full Adobe Suite and is currently spending a lot of time creating projects in Blender and After Effects.