Adobe After Effects

Adobe After Effects is an advanced tool used for creating and compositing videos, motion graphics design, and animation. This tool gives creators the ability to combine different elements like text, video, music, and sound, then add motion to make new compositions that move in artistic and creative ways.

Quick Facts

  • Price: Adobe Cloud Subscription (There is a small monthly fee for Students using your UMW email address, Free On Computers in the HCC)
  • Platforms: Mac and Windows
  • Recommended For: Advanced Users – Great tool for people with any animation, and/or video editing experience, but maybe overwhelming for beginners. Will also be easier to learn with previous Adobe product experiences, such as Adobe Premiere Pro where similar layouts are used.

Things to Know

Adobe After Effects is an extremely powerful creative tool that can be used to help add motion or visual effects to your next video, graphic design, or animation project. One feature includes the ability to change the position, scale, motion path, anchor point, rotation, and opacity of an object. This allows creators to assign different motions and effects to individual elements (for example letters) so they create some type of animation, like letters flying in to create a word. Another great feature on this platform is the vast libary of effects at your disposal. With effects like mirror, blur, perspective, and time you will be able to create amazing effects and illusions for your projects.

Getting Started Guides:

Adobe After Effects Beginner and Advanced Guides

Additional Resources:

Mixkit Video – Free stock video (Some will need attribution)

Pixabay – Photo/Video – Free stock photos and videos. “All content on Pixabay can be used for free for commercial and noncommercial use across print and digital, except in the cases mentioned in “What is not allowed”. Attribution is not required. Giving credit to the contributor or Pixabay is not necessary but is always appreciated by our community. You can make modifications to content from Pixabay.”

4 Techniques For Custom Logo Animation in After Effects

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