Best Free After Effects Courses

Find the best online Free After Effects Courses for you. The courses are sorted based on popularity and user ratings. We do not allow paid placements in any of our rankings.

How to Animate Logos for Companies & Brands

Practical Animation that Brings Logos to Life In 1 Hour or Less

Created by Michael McGreal - Motiongrapher/ Entrepreneuer = Motion-preneur.

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Students: 63514, Price: Free

Ever wanted to make cool animations but don't think you are creative enough?  Or ever wanted to learn "how to make money online" but not interested in mumbo jumbo sales pages? Learn a real skill that provides real value to businesses-- no creativity needed.  Our course will introduce you to the basic elements of motion graphics and teach you how to apply these simple motion recipes to lucrative logo animations.

There are many different ways to make money with motion graphics.  In my eyes, the top three are: 1. Explainer Videos (advanced); 2. MicroVideos for social media (moderate); and 3. Living Logos (beginner).  Most people begin their After Effects career attempting to create a difficult long form explainer video- which almost always leads to frustration and burnout.  Instead, it's better to begin with simple projects and build slowly from there.  Which is why we recommend starting with Living logos. 

Living logos are the easiest (and most immediately profitable) form of motion graphics to begin.  Unlike explainer videos which require in depth knowledge of the entire After Effects Application, Living Logos only require you to master a few simple workflows.  So instead of overloading you with unnecessary information, this course instead focuses on the bare bones.  The basic building blocks of animation that you can immediately apply to paying Living Logo projects.

Extras:

  • Content will always be up to date.

  • Access simple looping GIFs that explain common After Effects obstacles

Basic Animation In After Effects

Learn basic animation, motion graphics and how to add special effects to video in After Effects.

Created by Dara Harper - Digital Arts Educator

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Students: 44632, Price: Free

In this Adobe After Effects CC course, you will learn the basics of animation, motion graphics, and how to apply special effects to videos. This course includes several practice files so that you can follow along with the instructor.

Whether you want to learn how to animate a cartoon character or change colors in a video, "Basic Animation In After Effects" is the ideal online class. Other topics include how to turn a video into a cartoon and tips for applying preset animations and special effects to any video. You will also learn how to render an After Effects project for mobile devices (including the iPad and Android), the web, and Blu-ray disc.

If you're interested in learning After Effects to start your career in motion graphics or if you want to create a unique video to promote your business or if you want to spice up your YouTube page, this class can help you realize your creative goals.

Adobe After Effects Templates for Beginners

Improve your videos with pre-made After Effects templates. No previous skill required to spice up your videos today!

Created by Phil Ebiner - Top-Rated Instructor, 2 Million+ Students

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Students: 40632, Price: Free

Have you ever wanted to make cool motion graphics or add professional titles and lower thirds to your videos? The truth is that you can do this with no experience. Many sites sell inexpensive After Effects templates that can really spice up your videos.

I've been professionally creating motion graphics for years. But sometimes, it's easier to just use a template that someone else has created. Why spend hours re-creating something that is already out there? Yet editing these templates can be daunting if you've never opened After Effects before. This course is for you.

What will you be able to do after taking this course?

  • Open an After Effects project and navigate the program
  • Edit and customize templates with your own text, photos, video, and graphics
  • Export the template to use in other video projects or for immediate online sharing

This course includes:

  • A step-by-step video guide to working with After Effects templates
  • A free video titles template to use in this course and for your own projects
  • Bonus tutorials that show how to edit a variety of templates including slideshows
  • A teacher that is always available to help! Just send me a message!

If you're ready to improve your videos, enroll now! You will be editing After Effects templates in under an hour!

FREE After Effects Basics -2D Flat Shadows in After Effects

Intro to After Effects - Learn After Effects Animation with this basic free course

Created by Andrew Pach - Engaged and Passionate PowerPoint & After Effects instructor

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Students: 34607, Price: Free

Learn 3 different techniques to create 2D long flat shadows and add them to your motion graphic compositions. We will take a look and create those popular long shadows which are very popular amongst the designers creating on the current flat design trend. You don't even need to have a project to work on - I have created a few sample animations which you can work on by downloading the attached project file.

The shadows will be dynamic, which means they will react to any movement that will be going on in your composition. I will show you how to save them as a preset for future use, how to link the shadow itself to a null object and much more handy quick tips like that.

A few benefits of this class:

  • Get started with After Effects the right way, learn essential tools & a proper workflow
  • I will touch on topics like precomposing, growing bounds, effects, simple expressions and more
  • We will use the repeater, work on shape layers, create shapes, duplicate layers etc.
  • We will be using only build-in effects
  • You will learn 3 different techniques to use
  • We will save animation presets for future use
  • Modernize your compositions - use it for any project
  • Learn to have fun inside of After Effects with a new technique

...What are you waiting for? Enroll now and let us start applying modern flat shadows to our animations!

Basic Animation in Adobe After Effects

You too can make cartoons!

Created by Vadim Daschinsky - General-Animation Studio - Animation for everyone

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Students: 30317, Price: Free

   I want to clarify some details right away: This course was created for the training unit of the General-Animation studio. Every new candidate who wants to become a member of our studio, we send to this course so that he can quickly and efficiently become familiar with our methods of work.

   Many members of our community live in developing countries and have access only to the simplest computers. Taking into account the needs of such students, during training we use the Adobe After Effects of 7.0 version, which does not require high-performance hardware, but at the same time allows to master the basic principles of working with the program.

   The main advantage of our animation technique is that we always try to work as efficiently as possible, to get the maximum result at the lowest possible cost. So if you want to quickly and without special material costs learn the basic methods of creating animation in the Adobe After Effects - then welcome to our course! We will be happy to share our knowledge with you, and you may even want to become a member of our team in order to enjoy some nice bonuses and create cartoons of a charitable and educational nature with us.

    Yes - animation is too high an art to spend it on trifles, so we do not make stupid cartoons to collect views on Youtube. We are engaged in serious things that can really change this world - make it a better place to live. As I understand, these things are first of all the online education and promotion of scientific achievements, advanced information technology, clean energy sources and, in general, new progressive technologies and the brotherhood of all the peoples of the Earth. And our projects are dedicated to this mission.   

   Our main goal is to enable the people of developing countries to join modern computer technologies in order to help them escape from the shackles of poverty and illiteracy. Therefore, in our lessons, we do not use the most modern software requiring a high-performance computer, so that students from developing countries, often having only outdated computers, can also work with us. To such students, we even pay small incentive bonuses to stimulate their interest in computer technology.

   So welcome to our unique experimental course in which information is presented in an entertaining and easy understandable form, as lessons with animated characters who tell you about how make cartoons in Adobe After Effects. If you are looking for a simple and effective technology to create cartoons - this course is exactly for you.

 Basic Animation in Adobe After Effects is something more then just a training course - it's a whole philosophy and lifestyle. It consists in the fact that the main purpose of man in this world is to be a creator and artist. And animation as one of the most popular and affordable kinds of art should help you to fully discover your creative abilities. 

   After Effect allows make animation quickly and efficiently, releasing our creative energy for new achievements in the broadest areas of human activity. Therefore, study After Effects with us, offer your ideas and projects, and we will make cartoons together!

  If you do not already have Adobe After Effects, you can find the studens version of the program in the downloads of our website General-Animation com

After Effects CC for Beginners – The Basics of After Effects

Learn the basics of After Effects in this complete beginner's course! Learn After Effects in under 1 Hour!

Created by Jordan Dueck - Media Creator At Motion Array - Filmmaker and Video Editor

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Students: 20923, Price: Free

This course is designed to teach you the basics of After Effects quickly and easily.  We're going to go through everything you need to to create an amazing video including:

- Learning the Software Interface

- Working With Layers

- Adding Basic Effects And Adjustments

- Manipulating Your Footage

- Adding Titles And Graphics

- Masking

- Parenting and Animation

- How To Review And Export Your Finished Work

- How to use Adobe Dynamic Link to work on footage between Premiere Pro and After Effects

By the end of this course, you should be comfortable to create an entire video on your own inside of After Effects!  We hope you enjoy taking this course with us!  

- Motion Array Team

Motion Array .com 

VFX Basics: Moving from After Effects to Nuke

Step-by-step guide to transitioning your visual effects compositing skills from After Effects to Nuke.

Created by Vicki Lau - Multi-Hyphenate Artist, VFX Pro, TEDx Speaker, Author

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Students: 14925, Price: Free

If you want to learn how to use industry-standard software, Nuke, to create fancy visual effects (VFX) shots, but you don't even know how to bring in your files - then you're looking at the right course. This beginner course will help you get a head start with Nuke's interface or even help you transition your compositing skills from After Effects - either way, you are introduced to the intimate details of Nuke.

Learn that Other Compositing Tool to Grow as a VFX Artist.

Learn by working through a revamped version of our very own Filmtorial® where we work on a commissioned piece of art for David from Prometheus (2012).

Why This Course?

  • Taught by a real professional in the visual effects and film industry who worked on actual Hollywood blockbusters
  • Step-by-step guide with a practical and hands-on mini project to work on
  • In-depth exploration into the differences and similarities across the two software
  • Networking and open collaboration opportunities with instructor and students
  • Participate in a new e-learning movement and style of learning by being a part of a story as student characters

Empower yourself by picking up the tool used by 80% of the Visual Effects Industry.

You will Learn How:

  • To use the Nuke interface from scratch
  • To use and apply basic nodes and effects from After Effects in Nuke
  • To comfortably prepare work files, composite and render your work in Nuke

The best part of it all - this course is utterly and ridiculously FREE.

Create Your Own Transitions For Premiere Pro

Do you want to learn how to create custom/tailor-made video transitions using different programs ? Here you are

Created by Alan Kuna - Video editing enthusiast with more than 5 years experience

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Students: 14025, Price: Free

Why should I enroll this course & what is this course about ?

Learning video-editing is very important in these days. Even if you are not interested in becoming a professional  filmmaker, it allows you to create short videos from holiday, slideshows or even edit your own music videos using professional, but easy to learn programs. Moreover, I will show you my own custom method of creating unlimited types of video transitions, the same as you can see in professional music videos or youtube productions. This course will enable your improvement of  workflow, skills and design of impressive transitions. You will see how to use the power of Photoshop to create animated effects or videos. Do not forget that each week I add something new to the course. 

What are the requirements?

Having three or at least one of these programs (free as trial version)

- Adobe Premiere Pro

-Adobe Photoshop

-Adobe After Effects

What is the target audience?

If you're familiar with basic video-editing techniques in Premiere Pro this course is adequate for you. If you are a complete beginner first learn the basics from other courses, or video tutorials, than go back and continue your journey with my course. If you prefer using Photoshop or After effects you will find my course very interesting. 

See you inside !

Design and Animate a Vintage Badge in After Effects

A Project-Based walk thru on creating and animating a vintage badge, finished with snow and sound effects!

Created by Andre Angelo - Life Long Learner

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Students: 13689, Price: Free

Many of the courses and tutorials out there teach you specific effects and techniques, but never put everything into an entire project to show you how they'd actually be used. With this course, I teach concepts you'll use every day and string them together into a final product, being a vintage badge.

Why Learn After Effects and Illustrator?

  • They are the industry standard for Post-Production and Vector-Based illustration, respectively.
  • The versatility of the software extends far past logo animation, covering every aspect of multimedia you could think of.

Overview

Starting off with a simple drawing that I provide for you, using Adobe Illustrator, we will design this Vintage badge from scratch. From there, we bring it into Adobe After Effects, learning many different techniques ranging from parenting to particles. After that, we finish up by adding Sound Effects in Adobe Premiere.

Clean video reveal project in After Effects

Create a real-life After Effects project and use it for your videos! Learn After Effects basics along the way!

Created by Andrew Pach - Engaged and Passionate PowerPoint & After Effects instructor

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Students: 12757, Price: Free

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LEARN A COMPLETE MOTION GRAPHIC PROJECT - FROM START TO FINISH

TEST OUT IF YOU WANT TO LEARN AFTER EFFECTS FOR REAL!

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I prepared this short course to show you a complete Adobe After Effects workflow, from selecting the footage (or having a video prepared) to completing your video transition reveal. You will learn a few basics about the software and definately have fun creating the project itself.

This is why I prepared this, project based course - to both teach you the tools & software and let you create real-life after effects projects right away together with me. It doesn't require any prior deep knowledge of After Effects at all - but it will be helpful if you know a little about Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects in general.

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NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE IN AFTER EFFECTS NEEDED!

MAKE A BEAUTIFUL VIDEO TRANSITION AND ENJOY IT :)

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Don't get me wrong, learning After effects cc or even the newest after effects cc 2017 version from scratch, tool by tool, handle by handle, element by element is an amazing journey and I also have recorded a comprehensive After Effects course in that fashion, but some of you who are already a bit familiar with video editing, animation or motion graphics (fade in, fade out, trimming, keyframes) would like to start right away. 

This course is perfect for students, who want to start learning a little bit about After Effects right away, from the animation / motion graphics side to include it in your videos. This course will  be optimal for people who just want to get a basic grasp of the video editing possibilities After Effects provides!

What are the biggest benefits of this after effects course?

  • You learn on a real-life example
  • You get additional design tips & tricks on motion graphics
  • Your instructor is an experienced after effects designer & user
  • You will know if you are interested in After Effects after completing the project

Don't wait any longer... Enroll Now!

Learning Adobe After Effects cc in egyptian arabic

من الصفر حتى الإحتراف فى برنامج الأفتر إيفكت لتصميم المؤثرات الخاصة فى الأفلام و تصميم فيديوهات دعائية بإحترافية.

Created by Eslam Osama Algwaily - Engineer / Entrepreneur

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Students: 12177, Price: Free

كورس كامل للمبتدئين فى عالم تصميم الفيديو ببرنامج الأفتر إيفكت .. يعتمد على تبسيط المفاهيم و التمثيل الواضح بأمثلة من مشاريع حية .

يهدف الكورس لشرح جميع مفاهيم البرنامج الأساسية و وضعك على أول طريق إحتراف عوالم المؤثرات الخاصة السينيمائية و تصميم فيديوهات حملات دعائية على أعلى مستوى .

على مدى ما يقارب من 6 ساعات .. سيكون بإمكانك تصميم و تعديل الفيديوهات و الأفلام بأفضل برامج المجال .

Puppet Pin Rigging in After Effects

Animate 2D cartoon characters in After Effects!

Created by Chad Troftgruben - Freelance animator and screencaster

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Students: 11528, Price: Free

In this course I will take you through the process of rigging and animating a character using the Puppet Pin Tool in After Effects. Throughout the course we will be importing a PSD file, grouping layers, applying pins, and creating a simple animation. More specifically, main topics for this course include:

  • Overviewing character setup and design

  • Importing multi-Layer assets in After Effects

  • Assembling main body parts into compositions

  • Adjusting Expansion and Density for puppet meshes

  • Creating multiple meshes

  • Creating animation with the pins

  • Polishing animation

  • Exporting animation

After Effects For Beginners

This course has most common fundamantal subjects.

Created by Ahmet SARISAKAL - Motion Graphics Teacher

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Students: 7345, Price: Free

If you don't know how you begin to learn After Effects. This Course just for you.  Let's get started to watch  it don't waste any time. All chapters are for free for you. Not necessary to have any experience at all about AE  to understand what i have explained  during the course

Advanced Motion Graphics with After Effects Expressions

Add various Professional effects | Automate tasks | Speed up your work | Get rid of repetitive keyframes

Created by Harshit Srivastava - SME on Cloud, Bluemix

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Students: 7218, Price: Free

After Effects is widely used to create motion graphics and visual effects. Creative professionals also use this powerful software to create cool animations. It is the Industry standard widely used by both professionals and enthusiasts. But what factors distinguish After Effects Professionals from beginners?

Expressions. Professionals write After Effects expressions to automate their tasks, speed up their work, saving time from things that beginners do a lot- Creating repetitive keyframes. Expressions also let you add various advanced functionalities allowing you more control over properties and attributes such as over time, frequency, amplitude, conditionals and loops, etc.

This course will teach you After Effects expressions right from the fundamentals, where you will learn various methods and ways to write expressions with practical lessons.

In this course you will be learning following variety of After Effects expressions:

  • Simple Wiggle Expression- Add motion to any object in terms of position, rotation, opacity, scale by manipulating its Frequency and Amplitude.

  • Time Expression- Speed up and slow down anything, make any object follow another object with time delay, etc

  • Value at Time method- Fetch coordinates or value of any transformation property of any object and pass it to another object's transformation property based on time.

  • Math round- You can round off value of any property to its decimal value and can display it on the screen.

  • Loop In- Automate your workflow by repeating a set of keyframes (two, three, and more) right from the beginning of the timeline of a layer to the set keyframes. This method can save a lot of time used for setting repetitive keyframes.

  • Loop Out- Similar to Loop In, looping set of keyframes till the end of the timeline of a layer. It doesn't start at the beginning of the time, rather from the time you set the looping keyframes.

  • Random method- You can generate random values within a range provided as parameters in the Random method. The generated values can be used to trigger various effects and change values of various transformation properties.

  • Length- This method can be used to calculate length of any change in values such as distance between two points, etc.

  • If Else- You can implement conditional logic to create advanced motion graphics. You can specify various conditions and actions to perform based on situations. It is one of the core building block of any programming language.

  • Time delay- You can trigger any effect on a object relative to other object's time with and without any delay.

Looping Animations in After Effects for Beginners

Create a simple looping Hamburger in After Effects. Perfect for the beginner motion graphics artist.

Created by Bryan Webb - Animation Instructor

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Students: 5841, Price: Free

If you are interested in becoming an animator or motion graphics designer then this is a great course for you. Looping animations for beginners has been created with the beginner in mind. We’ll cover everything step by step so you can follow along, including.

  • Importing

  • Keyframing animations

  • Parenting

  • Easey Ease

  • Colour Correction

  • Applying basic effects

  • Working with shape layers

  • Exporting to .mov and converting to .gif

By the end of this course, you’ll learn new skills and be able to create your very own looping animations in After Effects.

Hi, my name is Bryan and I am a motion graphics designer and animator and college instructor. I have worked on animated tv series and network documentaries and I look forward to passing on some of the tips and tricks I have learnt along my own journey.

Premiere Pro – Export Settings & Presets

Optimizing your videos

Created by John Briggs - Learning Technologist, Lecturer, and CG Artist

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Students: 5747, Price: Free

About the course

When it comes  to turning your raw footage into a professional looking video, Premiere  Pro is the industry-leading video editing software. But with its plethora of settings and presets, one of the questions I'm often asked is "What are the best settings when exporting my final video?".  More often than not when exporting your project to the final video,  you'll probably want the best possible quality video while maintaining  as small a file size as possible so that the video can be streamed  smoothly online. In this FREE Premiere Pro - Export Settings & Presets mini course I'll be showing you exactly how you can do this.

What will I learn?

You will learn which settings and presets to use when it comes to  exporting your project to a final video. You'll learn the basic video  settings and the best formats to render your video, along with some more  advanced features such as frame rate and bit rate. By the end of the  course you'll be able to render your own great quality videos while  ensuring that they are optimised for uploading and smooth playback on  the web.

After the course

After the course you will have a good knowledge of the best export settings to suit your video’s needs.

Level up your VFX! Go from After Effects and Learn Nuke

Learn VFX Compositing in Nuke the easy way. Made for people who have experience in After Effects or Photoshop!

Created by Alexander Hanneman - Professional Digital Compositor

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Students: 4218, Price: Free

This free course is a short training on moving over from After Effects and leveling up to a more powerful and capable and industry standard software, Nuke.

Nuke is capable of more complex compositing through a visual node-based compositing system.

Is this course the right one?:
-If you're serious about getting good at compositing, you need to be learning Nuke

-The instructor is a digital compositor who has worked on numerous Hollywood blockbuster films, at the highest level.

You will learn in this After Effects to Nuke Training:
-The difference between node based, and layer based compositing
-The basics of the Nuke interface

-Editing properties, learning about different node types and effects

-Learning basic color correction

-Learn about the timeline, and how to set keyframes and create basic animations

-The difference between after effects "precomp" system, and Nuke's viewer system

-How to render out of Nuke

There is a small project file associated with this class to follow along with, with a sign up and free download if you want to follow along.

Which Animation Software is Right For You?

A quick overview of Moho, Animate, After Effects and Character Animator

Created by Chad Troftgruben - Freelance animator and screencaster

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Students: 4135, Price: Free

New to animation? Looking for a new workflow? Before you start investing in courses or software, maybe I can help! This course briefly overviews all the animation software I currently teach: Moho, Animate, After Effects and Character Animator. Which software is the easiest to use? Which provides the best bone system? Or what about frame-by-frame? This course covers these questions and offers resources to learn more, if you wish.

Master in Adobe After Effects CC 2015 Basics

In this free course you can learn the basics of adobe after effects

Created by Smart Teacher - Motion Designer

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Students: 4007, Price: Free

After getting many requests about the basics of after effects i decided to make a free course that everyone can access and have the basics knowledge of Adobe After Effects how it works, so finally here is the course enjoy watching and don't forget to give your opinionaft so the others can see

3D Character Animation in After Effects

3D Character Animation Tutorial in After Effects , Using Joystick and Slider Plugin

Created by Muslim Kaisar - Motion graphic designer

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Students: 3514, Price: Free

NOTE .. in motion graphics explainer videos, isn't important to animate the whole body of character as" 3D animation ", you can only animate the head as " 3D animation ", and the rest of body you can animate it as " 2D animation ", its better for you .

" animate head character as 3D animation, its improve your skills and experience on after effects ".

Now, In this course we will learning how we can animate 2D head character in after effects, as " 3D animation ", through using joystick and slider plugin .

- First step, designing the head character .

- Second step, adding joystick to the head character .

- Finally we will adding expression slider to the head character .

- This steps in nutshell, but actually this course is a little bit difficult for beginners,  we definitely building and animate head character together, step by step, but however some students will find this course difficult, as advice, watching all the steps first, to understand the technique of animate character using joystick an slider, later you can make your own design and adding number of expirations you want, to make work easer on you

- This technique of animation character using joystick and slider plugin on after effects, will give you high level of using joystick and slider plugin in after effects .