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Our Favorite After Effects Tutorials of 2017

Jourdan Aldredge

Looking to improve your After Effects game? Check out these AE tutorials to level up your skills.

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Let’s face it. Adobe’s After Effects has cemented itself as an industry mainstay for motion graphics and visual effects. With its focus on animation and creative compositing features, After Effects is shaping up for another kick-butt year in terms of cross-platform integration and user satisfaction.

If you’re looking to up your game and learn some more skills and tricks, we have a great collection of tutorials to share with you. Let’s check some out.

How to Crop in After Effects

Let’s start with something simple. Caleb Ward over at RocketStock, offers a quick and simple lesson (or a reminder for some) in this tutorial on how to crop in After Effects. You can read more about the three easy steps in his blog post.

If you’re looking to touch up your skills, getting a glimpse of another editor’s workflow can be a great warm up — especially before we dive into some heavier tutorials below.

Colorful Text and Logo Reveal

In this tutorial from SonduckFilm, we learn how to make a colorful logo animation reveal. The tutorial is great if you’re looking to spruce up your next project with a little more life. Sonduck explains the technique quite simply, which you can also use for outros. Here’s the full post at SonduckFilm.

Create Animated Icons

In this video tutorial by PremiumBeat’s own Josh Noel, we take a look into the world of iconography and how to create animated icons in After Effects. The tutorial also includes free project files along with links for assets and music to fill out your next video. You can read the full write-up here.

Elegant Slideshow

Feel like your photo slideshow projects are lacking flash and style? Check out this tutorial from GFXfarm to give your photos a full array of motion and substance. The tricks are great for customizing your slideshows with unique effects. You can check out the full post here.

Power Rangers Zordon Effect

Whether you’re a fan of the classic kids’ show or excited about the new blockbuster reboot, any creative visual effects fan would love the opportunity to explore the effects in the new feature. In this video, also from RocketStock, Caleb Ward breaks down how to work with masks, 3D cameras, and point lights to create the effect. For the full project files and a look behind-the-scenes, check out the post here.

Gambit Card Throw

Adrian at ProductionCrate gives you inspiration and tips on how to create your very own X-Men-inspired Gambit card-throw trick, which we all know and love. All you need is a camera, a friend to rack focus, and a short video of yourself pantomiming the throw before you dive into the edit.

“Split” Inspired Movie Titles

In a tutorial by one of our own here at PremiumBeat, Joshua Noel takes inspiration from M. Night Shyamalan’s latest indie-blockbuster hit Split to show you how to create your very own replicable title sequence. You can check the full write-up for the tutorial here.


What’s your favorite After Effects tutorial of 2017? Let us know in the comments.