A Beginner’s Guide to Creating After Effects Templates: 5 Key Factors for Profitable AE Designs

By Ryan Nau Adobe After Effects (AE) is a top program in today’s video and animation production industry. It does take some technical depth to learn how to use the program, which is why royalty-free AE templates have burst on the scene with such high demand. However, AE has tons of built-in features that allow you to create studio-quality work right out of the box, as this beginner’s guide to creating best-selling After Effects templates explains. Let’s face it—people are busy, and if they can save days of animating, sequencing, color … Read more about A Beginner’s Guide to Creating After Effects Templates: 5 Key Factors for Profitable AE Designs

How to Color Grade in After Effects: 10 Pro Tutorials for Color Correction

Adobe After Effects is a powerful tool used for animations, title sequences, slideshows, and yes, even color grading. If your previous experience with the program is limited to changing settings in royalty-free After Effects templates, here is a great way to learn a few new tips and tricks. From recreating iconic cinematic styles to adding a vintage color palette, these are some of the best tutorials for color grading with AE.   The Cinematic Look Since the rise of digital video cameras, indie filmmakers have long sought ways to … Read more about How to Color Grade in After Effects: 10 Pro Tutorials for Color Correction

A Quick Start Guide to Adobe After Effects: 10 Tutorials for Beginners

From beginners to early-career editors, every filmmaker needs to learn a few basic After Effects quick tips to take advantage of this powerful (but complicated) software. With practically endless creative possibilities, Adobe After Effects can truly enhance the production value of video projects. Unfortunately, the program’s interface can appear quite intimidating at first glance—even if you’re using royalty-free After Effects templates—which is why we’ve curated 10 tutorials into this useful and easy-to-understand After Effects quick start … Read more about A Quick Start Guide to Adobe After Effects: 10 Tutorials for Beginners

The Ultimate Guide to Adobe After Effects Shortcuts

It’s okay to take shortcuts when it comes to post-production, like using royalty-free After Effects templates. In After Effects, keyboard shortcuts are also your best friend—allowing you to maximize efficiency and hit tight project deadlines. Sure, there’s some memorization involved, but this visual guide to every After Effects shortcut you’ll ever need will have you zipping through special effects projects in no time. This downloadable infographic (created by Jamie Spencer over at SetUpABlogToday) can be printed out and taped to your desk … Read more about The Ultimate Guide to Adobe After Effects Shortcuts

Make Great Videos Without After Effects: 5 Tips for Using Animoto

Good news for those new to video editing—you don’t need After Effects to complete a great movie project. Contrary to common misconceptions, creating custom videos does not require years of training and advanced software. Programs like Animoto make it easy to produce professional business promos, wedding videos, and much more without the learning curve.   If you’re inspired to use our footage but intimidated by editing software, Animoto is a fun and cost-effective platform for filmmaking—and it works on both computers and mobile devices. You … Read more about Make Great Videos Without After Effects: 5 Tips for Using Animoto

How to Make After Effects Text Transitions with a Card Wipe Effect

The animation plug-ins offered by Adobe After Effects make it easy to create eye-catching text transitions like the Card Wipe effect. While there are plenty of royalty-free After Effects transitions templates out there, you may want to design your own dynamic typography to meet the specific needs of your video project. This quick tutorial will show you how to bring text layers to life using one of the many AE animation tools available. When transitioning between still images and footage, the Card Wipe effect helps create a cohesive … Read more about How to Make After Effects Text Transitions with a Card Wipe Effect

These Are the (Star Wars Inspired) After Effects Templates You’re Looking For

Find the lack of faithful Star Wars templates disturbing? We’re bringing balance to stock footage with five new After Effects templates inspired by the visual effects of Star Wars—available exclusively through VideoBlocks. Now witness the power of unlimited downloads: get these templates plus access to $10 million in stock footage—all for just $99 year when you join VideoBlocks.   Effect I: Hologram Effects, You’re My Only Hope Download hologram effects AE template   Effect II: Luminous Title Crawls Are We Download … Read more about These Are the (Star Wars Inspired) After Effects Templates You’re Looking For

Intro to Title Animation in After Effects: Making a Dynamic Title Intro in AE

First impressions are always the most important, especially in video projects and presentations. Title animation intros created in After Effects can help you make an impact, and while there are many high-quality and royalty-free After Effects templates available for download, sometimes you may want to tailor a title sequence to your project’s needs. Even if you’re new to the program, this streamlined and easy-to-follow tutorial breaks down the basic steps to creating dynamic, animated text that will be sure to wow. Whether you’re working on … Read more about Intro to Title Animation in After Effects: Making a Dynamic Title Intro in AE