After Effects Online Tutorials

There are so many great After Effects tutorials online that its a real challenge to edit them down to just a short list. The following are just a few of my favourites.

Video Copilot

The grand-daddy of motion graphics and visual effects tutorials, Video Copilot has written the book on how do things with After Effects.
Their beginner tutorial series is a great place to start.

Envato Tuts+

For the novice to intermediate After Effects user. These guys have been around for a long time. High quality video instruction makes these tutorials easy to follow.

Mt. Mograph

Mt. Mograph is a Youtube channel that covers some big concepts. It is also the source of one of the best AE plugins, Motion2. Here is a tutorial about how to use the Motion2.


This Youtube channel includes a 4 part series that shows how to use easing to create dynamic and expressive kinetic typography.


Skillshare has many After Effects tutorials series that go into some detail about how to achieve many different effects. This is a paid site, however I think it’s worth every penny.

Okay Samurai

This is Adobe’s Character Animator tutorial Youtube channel.

I will be adding to this list. As well please send me your suggestions for great tutorials.


After Effects Kinetic Typography Tutorials

In this series of tutorials we’ll go through the entire process of creating a kinetic typography video in After Effects. We’ll start by creating a storyboard in Photoshop and then creating graphic assets in Illustrator. We’ll then look at the best way to import those assets into After Effects. From there we’ll complete the animation in AE, where we’ll discuss workflow and important concepts like syncing audio and nesting animations. Download the source files and follow along.

There a many tutorials online as well. Here is just one of the better ones.

Visual Metaphor – GD101 ’17

The students in GD101 Design Fundamentals were asked to create a visual metaphor combining two disparate ideas into a visual synthesis. You can read the original brief here.

Editorial Portrait – IDES 237 ’17

The students in IDES 237 Digital Illustration were asked to create an editorial illustration of a person of their choice. They had to use the painting tools in Photoshop. You can read the original brief here.

Illustrated Icon Set – GD216 ’17

The students in GD216 Illustration I were asked to create an illustrated icons set that was both stylistically and conceptually unified. You can read the original brief here.

Everyday Monster – GD216 ’17

The students in GD216 Illustration I were asked to create a character design of a common negative experience. The only stipulation was they had to use Adobe Illustrator.

Editorial Portrait – GD216 ’17

The students in GD216 Illustration I were asked to create a portrait of a famous person. You can read the original brief here.