Tutorial: How to Create a Scribble Effect in After Effects

In this 3D world of complex visuals and intricate textures, a contradictory trend seems to have made its way to the foreground—and that trend is 2D animation. The simple aesthetic has taken over the world of design and even popular music videos. Take for instance Bruno Mars’s That’s What I Like—it combines 2D lines and animations with some killer dance moves to create something that is both fun and artistic. Lucky for you, the scribble effect is a very simple animation that can be done right inside After Effects or Premiere Pro. … Read more about Tutorial: How to Create a Scribble Effect in After Effects

Top 20 Abstract and Artistic AE Templates

Have you ever seen opening credits that made the hair stand up on your arms? Or a movie trailer that had your heart thumping loudly in your ears? The high-impact visuals of After Effects templates can add incredible intensity to any project—and will take your audience’s breath away. Versatile and colorful, abstract After Effects templates have their perks. Creatives working in the the sci-fi, thriller, drama, or documentary genres already know that abstract templates are key, but the uses for them go far beyond dramatic films. … Read more about Top 20 Abstract and Artistic AE Templates

Sharpen Your After Effects Skills with Our Favorite Tutorials

Adobe After Effects is a program with a host of possibilities for video creators at every skill level. While many associate AE with creating animation and special effects or working with templates, did you know you can also stylize and color correct footage? The opportunities are broad, but it can be very intimidating to get started without a little guidance.   Luckily, whether you’d like to enhance your shots or start animating, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the best tutorials to help you get started in AE.   1: … Read more about Sharpen Your After Effects Skills with Our Favorite Tutorials

Why is Royalty Free Video So Important?

The world of copyright is a confusing one—especially in the stock media industry. Can I use this video clip commercially? If so, how many times? One wrong step and a copyright infringement could turn into a nasty lawsuit. That’s why it’s important to understand the ins and outs of copyright and licensing. Of course, we could write a whole book about the dos and don’ts and whys or why nots—in fact, we have—but let’s keep this sweet and simple by explaining what copyright is and what royalty free means.   What Is a … Read more about Why is Royalty Free Video So Important?

How to Make a Video Tutorial with After Effects Templates

The internet can now teach us how to do everything. From how to operate an iPhone to cooking a 5-star dinner. We expect information to be available as quickly as we can tap a screen, and when we do find what we’re looking for, we expect it to be easy to understand and use. Put this all together and it’s easy to see why tutorial videos are so incredibly popular—all who wants to read when you can watch?   With this in mind, we’ve put together a simple step-by-step guide on how to make a tutorial video from start to finish. Here are the … Read more about How to Make a Video Tutorial with After Effects Templates

Stock Footage of the Week: After Effects Templates for Cinematic Trailers

Summer is defined by warm weather, relaxing vacations, and an endless amount of movie trailers. It seems that every week spawns a new trailer for that highly anticipated blockbuster—which is mostly true. If you think about it, most movies come out with at least a teaser trailer, theatrical trailer, and an internet trailer. But this isn’t just the production company spamming your feeds—it’s effective marketing. If you like a trailer, you’re more likely to watch the movie—or wait for it to come out on DVD. In that case, … Read more about Stock Footage of the Week: After Effects Templates for Cinematic Trailers

How to Hack Your After Effects Workflow Like a Pro

Organization may not be the most glamorous subject in the wonderful world of editing, but it sure is important. You may have all of the After Effects skills in the world, but if your workspace is a mess, then you’ll suffer from inefficient workflow. Files go missing, compositions go unnamed, heads brutally ache—all because of poor organizational skills. Tightening those screws will tighten up your whole project and make you a more valuable editor. Organized workflows don’t help just you. Filmmaking is often a collaborative effort, … Read more about How to Hack Your After Effects Workflow Like a Pro

Top 20 AE Templates for Building Your Portfolio

Did you just get back from an incredible photoshoot? After choosing your favorite shots and processing them, your next goal is to put your art on display for the world to see. After Effects templates can be the perfect way to emphasize the best of your recent photoshoot, highlight the tonal or visual theme of a series you’ve put together, or help you assemble a new collection.   You can also use AE photo templates to enhance your website, giving clients the ultimate way to view your work. Whether you want to show off your portrait work, … Read more about Top 20 AE Templates for Building Your Portfolio