After Effects Tutorials and Template for Motion Designer & Video Editors

Whether you are a newbie or an expert in motion graphics you will find on MotionIsland a series After Effects templates and tutorials to improve your animation skills. If you get a chance check our most viewed blog posts such as text animation presets, transitions presets , After Effects expressions. Thanks for stopping by!

How to Work with the Expression Controls Presets in After Effects

If you ever wanted to make your life easier on After Effects or improve your workflow I would consider using the expression controls effects. Whether you need to access and quickly edit one or multiple property of a layer/effect, or setup your project so someone else can edit without digging in thousand of layers, the expression controls should be your friend. In this post I will show how to use each expression controls effects [...]

Top 10 After Effects Shadows Effects You Must Know

Shadows in After Effects are keys to show depth and dimension your layers, text and videos. Hopefully you have used already the common drop shadow effect but you might not be aware all the shadow style  you can create in After Effects. My objective in this tutorial is show multiple ways on how to create shadows directly into After Effects with simple steps. I will also provide free After Effects project source files so [...]

Preview the After Effects Simulation Effects & Presets Quickly

Have you ever wonder what you could do with the simulation effects in Adobe After Effects?  Well today I have created on MotionIsland a preview gallery that will help you see how cool those simulation effects presets looks. So before you buy any after effects plug-in to make particle effects I strongly suggest to see what you can do with the default simulation effects. The main question is what can you do with the [...]

Top After Effects Keyboard Shortcuts Motion Designers Must Know

There are multiple ways to speed up your workflow in Adobe After Effects, one of the way professional motion graphic designers get there work done faster is to use keyboard shortcuts. Yes believe it or not a few seconds here and there will save you a bunch of time when you have repeating tasks and need to deliver your animation fast. As a experienced motion designer myself my objective here is to share with [...]

Preview the After Effects Image Effects

Adobe After Effects has a lot of awesome image effects and tools from creative effects to special effects. It is often hard to remember how the heck each one look like or does; some effects are easy to figure out but other you have to tried them out to see if it is the image effects fit your project design brand and style. The purpose of this tutorial is to effectively preview the After [...]

Top 15 After Effects Plugins every Motion Designer Must Know

Adobe After Effects in of itself is a great software, but there comes a point when you might wonder how you can improve your workflow, bump up your creativity and learn new skills. That's where awesome After Effects plugins come into play. From particle effects, character rigging, color correction, glitch effects, lens effects and more... Plug-ins open a whole new dimension for video editors and motion designers. The nice thing about plug-ins is that [...]

Learn How After Effects Shapes Work

Shapes layers some of the key features you can't miss from After Effects it allows you to modified and animate vector art form. In this tutorial I will show how useful After Effects Shapes can be, and what you can do with them. Below the different subjects I will go over. What are After Effects shapes? Multiple ways to create a shape layer in After Effects? After Effects shapes properties Preview the add shape [...]

Learn How Keyframe work in After Effects

After Effects keyframes are the most important features you need to know about when you are animating layers, there are so many keyframe variation and types that it might be a bit confusing when you start learning how to animate. I believe that mastering the After Effects keyframes in combination with graph editor is what define a professional motion designer artist vs amateur animator. After going through this article you should able to understand [...]

After Effects Sound & Audio Effects Preview

In case you haven't noticed yet Adobe After Effects come with a set of commonly used sound effects and audio effects, yes there is not a lot to choose from but it is still very handy when  you don't have time to research or switch to an audio editor to add an audio effects. In this article I am going to show what each sound and audio effects do with a preview sample. After [...]

Multiple Ways To Create Glitch in After Effects

If had to choose the one effect that is the most used nowadays in video I would pick the glitch effect, here I will cover the fundamental on what, how to create glitch effects in your art or videos project, whether you are a newbie or a professional you should be able to learn with the provided free digital distortion After Effects project template and use them for your own need. To make it [...]

The Top Wiggle Expressions In After Effects

If you have worked with After Effects for a while you'll notice that creating random animation movements with key frames can be a real pain and a challenging task, luckily there is a better solution thanks to the wiggle expressions you can achieve random movement fairly quickly without spending hours tweaking key frames right and left. In this blog post I'll show multiple examples and methods of wiggle expressions from wiggle text to camera shake, [...]

After Effects Templates – The Things You Should Know

As video footage becomes increasingly popular, it would not surprise me if one day websites such as YouTube surpass Google in regards to searching for information. Anyone working with video footage constantly needs new visual material such as After Effects, Premiere templates, animation and footage to speed up their process and improve their video quality. Nowadays, there are so many After Effects templates online -some expensive, some less, some even free. But inside this [...]

After Effects Blur Effects and Presets Overview

Have you noticed how many blurs effects and presets options are available After Effects and Premiere 🙂 intimidating right ?  You might be wondering what blur you should be using for your motion graphic project and what each after effects blur does... My objectives on this blog is to show and explain in easy term what are the difference between all the After Effects blurs effects and presets. Of course you can visit the [...]

After Effects Behavior Presets Resource and Preview Gallery

For many years I have over looked the After Effects Behaviors Presets, mostly because I was busy and didn't have time to figure out what each presets was doing, If I knew how useful the behaviors presets were I would have use them much earlier! 🙂 So you don't fall in the same trap I have created a little reference here that will help you know how each behaviors presets animate and look like. [...]

25 Free After Effects Transitions

After Effects transitions are one of the feature that are used the most in video editing and motion graphic animation, as you may know already it allows to jump from one scene to the next flawlessly by using an animation to reveal a scene. In my opinion the hardest part is to figure out how to transitioned from a scene to the next without disrupting the viewer attention and match your video style, it could [...]

4 Ways to Reverse a video clip in After Effects

There are multiple ways to reverse videos clip in After Effects, in order to choose best method that work for your project, I have created here 4 tutorials techniques that motion designers use to play backward their videos,layers or compositions in After Effects. Expand below to read each tutorial The fastest and easiest way to reverse a video clip or a composition in After Effects is to use Time -Reverse layer tool. Follow the [...]

4 Ways to Create an After Effects Audio Spectrum Visualizer

In a lot of motion graphics projects at some point you will need to know  how create and animate the beat of a sound and more specifically how to create an audio spectrum in After Effects for your music, dialogue, sound effects... In this After Effects tutorial post I'll demonstrate a couple of methods on how to make an audio spectrum in After Effects with different waveform style, I will  share with you the After [...]

How to change the marker label color in After Effects ?

After effects 2018 has some cool new feature that adobe just shared, you can now change your marker colors.Here is how you can change them- Once you have your markers place on your composition - On your AE timeline panel Doubleclick on the marker to open the marker properties window - Find the label drop down and choose the color of your markerAlso see the demo below

How to center your anchor point and layer in an after effects composition

Adobe just shared a quick tips how to quickly center your content in a composition. Here are the steps - Create a shape layer anywhere in your composition - Click the layer menu - Select transform - Click on Center Anchor Point In Layer Content The steps above will center the anchor point to your layer Now to center the layer on the center of your composition - Click the layer menu - Select [...]

How to show specific properties in After Effects

Adobe is sharing awesome tips and tricks on facebook, I just wanted to share it on this blog so it can be useful to the community. Layers in After Effects can have a huge amounts of properties, instead of scrolling down and find the properties you need, adobe gave a us a shortcut tips that can improve considerably your workflow. Here are the steps to show specific properties / isolate the properties you need [...]

By |March 16th, 2018|Categories: Motion Graphics|0 Comments

How to make an After Effects Transparent background

In any projects at some point you will need to create a simple video clip or a motion graphics animation with a transparent background so I figured it would be useful to share with a tutorial my best tips on how to make an After Effects transparent background with an alpha channel. First in order to make a transparent background on your After Effects project or any video you need to have an alpha [...]

How to Edit Video in After Effects

By landing on this After Effects tutorial page you are probably wondering how video editing works in After Effects, well on this article I'll demonstrate the essential methods to edit a video in after effects such as, cut video clip, trim a video, split video and more... Honestly video editing with after Effects is not as simple as Adobe Premiere but the good news is that you can pretty much do everything Premiere does [...]

Learn how to mask an image layer in After Effects

At some point in any motion graphic project, you will need to use one or multiple After Effects mask on your composition and I have to say even after 10 years of motion graphic experience I am still learning new tips and tricks to work with masks. I'll show on this blog the basic to the advance techniques to use After Effects mask, so by the end of this article you will know how [...]

After Effects Snapshot vs Screenshot

After Effects snapshot was very confusing to me at first, I thought a simple click on the camera button  would make a screen grab/ screenshot that I could paste and use in Photoshop but nope, Adobe made it work a different way. On this After Effects tutorial I will show exactly what a snapshot does, how to use it and also how to make a "real" screenshot from your AE composition. So what is [...]

Make a After Effects typewriter effect with blinking cursor

At some point in any video and motion graphic project, you will probably need to figure out how to make a text type writing animation with cursor. And it may surprise you to know that it is not as easy as it seems. For that reason, I have decided to write this blog so no one has to spend hours making a typing text animation in After Effects. In this post, I will show [...]

10 Free After Effects text animation presets

The After Effects Text Animation presets are super handy and quick to use when the time is limited. But sometime none of the text animation presets are working for your project or you'd like to have something unique and different, during my spare time I have built on After Effects CC 2017, 10 After Effects Text Animation Presets which you can download for free at the end of this article. Super easy, follow these steps [...]

Multiple ways to export a GIF Animation

Gif Animations have been around for a long time now (probably since the beginning of the web as we know it, from what I can remember!) Animated gifs are getting even more popular now that everybody is on social media and we are getting use to funny animated content. But how do you make an animated gif? Well, there are multiple ways to make a gif! I will show the professional way, for those [...]

After Effects Distort Effects Preview Gallery

For a while I have been wanting to do an After Effects Distort Effects gallery. The question that comes every time in my head is "what does this distort effect do again?" I kind of get lazy to try the effects I don't remember and often just use the one I am used to. This time, I figured it is not only helping me, but most likely will help newbies or even seasoned motion designers to know [...]

Free After Effects Templates

Who doesn't like free After Effects templates? With an increasing demand for video content, there is a need for motion graphics and visual effects at a lower cost. Time is also a big factor. Sometimes you don't have the luxury of time to create personalized After Effects animations with the time allocated for each project you're working on. So, to facilitate the motion graphic designer's task, I have regrouped a lots of free After Effects templates on [...]

After Effects Counter and Countdown – Free Templates

As a motion designer, there is one thing I am always looking for on the web: an After Effects counter or countdown. Whether is to show a number of likes, counting down until a launch or specific time, or an infographic, counters are very popular.  I can never seem to remember the exact codes by heart, so I always have to go look through my past projects or on the web and find After Effects expression. So instead of wasting time watching [...]

How to Move the Anchor Point in After Effects

The Anchor point in After Effects is a very important feature. Below, I will demonstrate what an anchor point is and different ways to re-position the anchor point in After Effects. Hopefully by the end of the blog,  you'll have a lot more understanding of how the anchor point works. What is an anchor point in After Effects ? An anchor point in After Effects is a one pixel area that determines where an image/layer rotates or scales from (see [...]

Premiere Pro Transitions Presets Preview

Adobe Premiere Pro has a vast range of transitions, in this article I will demonstrate what are Premiere pro transitions and what they do by showing preview of the Premiere transitions and  show how to apply them to your footage. What are Premiere Pro Transitions? My quick definition is that Premiere Pro transitions presets help you to connect two pieces and multiple of footage, images and audio clips in order to have smooth and [...]

Trapcode Form Presets Preview

Just a little background for the newbie Trapcode Form is an awesome plug-in made for After Effects which allows you to create amazing visual effects with particles and 3D objects, in addition to that you get very precise controls to optimize your animation. So now have you ever wanted to see a preview of the Trapcode Form presets you get you have the plug-in installed? Well on my side I haven't found much reliable content online so I have [...]

Trapcode Particular Presets in After Effects

Trapcode Particular is one of the most popular and my favorite plug-in in After Effects, since I am super amazed with redgiant product I wanted to show other how cool it is. For those who don't know what trapcode particular does, it allows motion designer and video editors to make amazing particles animations, the plug in give you tons of options to get different results and most importantly a professional animation  style. I have rendered around 10 seconds of [...]

How to render in After Effects ?

Knowing how to render in after effects is probably one of the most important part of a project, you can have a awesome kick ass animation if the rendering is done incorrectly it can lead poor quality video, glitches and bunch of trouble down the road if it is deliver for broadcast or other media, luckily I have learn throughout the year it is now time for me to share. So in this motion graphic blog [...]

How to loop a composition in After Effects

In the past when I wanted to loop an After effects Composition I always do duplicate the composition multiple times, until this day where I had a this tiny composition to duplicate a hundred time!! After a few research online I wanted to share to simplest way to loop an after effects composition / precomp, so here it is. Shot 1 - Place the composition you would like to loop in the new composition Shot2 [...]

After Effects Transitions Presets Preview Gallery

Adobe After Effects provides multiple amount of beautiful motion graphics transitions, the only concern I have is that you can't preview all of them at once.  So I have decided to make it easier for everyone and create this transition preview gallery to gain quick visual preview of all the default After Effects transitions presets. This transition preview gallery page will come in handy when you're on a deadline and looking for a specific AE [...]

How to make a perfect cube in after effects

3D Cube can be a difficult to build in After Effects if the basic steps are not followed, in the past I tried to create a few 3D cubes in after effects by using different methods, some completely fail because of my approach of creating inaccurate shape size. So I have decided to share what I have learned and show one quick way to build a good looking 3D cube that you can use for your futur ae projects. At the end [...]

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The Best 10 After Effects Expressions

Really quick for those who are new to After Effects so what is an after effects expression ?An After Effect expression is a programming Javascript language code that you insert in any "Time-Vary stop watch" by pressing Alt-Click. See belowOver the years I have learn that after effects expressions can be very handy and powerful to make great motion graphics. It is amazing that with a few programming codes it can help make your animation moving organically. For those who [...]

After Effects Text Animation Presets Preview Gallery

I have always used the Adobe Bridge previewer to check the Adobe after effects text animation presets, however browsing on different motion graphic forums I found out that a lot of people online are having trouble to preview the default After Effects text presets or that the after effects animation presets are not working. Thinking about it for a while I have decided to help and make a thumbnails animation preview gallery of each After Effects text [...]

After Effects Backgrounds Presets Gallery

What is an After Affects background? Generally, an After Effects background is a looping animation that plays behind your text, images or videos. These animated backgrounds allow you to define an ambience or a style for your motion graphics videos. Moreover, these backgrounds can easily be modified with little tweaks to change the appearance of the animation and the settings can be customized to your own liking. Where are the Background Presets in After [...]

Stroke a Composition in After effects

A couple week ago, I was trying to find the best way to try to stroke an animation on a composition, my first guess was to use after effect plug-in which didn't work so well. After a while I found out there is a much simpler way just in front on my eyes. On After Effect CC 2015 - On your After Effect Timeline, Select the composition you would like to stroke - Click on the [...]