After Effects Tutorial: 60+ Kick Ass Effects

In the last few months I have written a couple of posts about motion graphics. Although I have only dabbled in After Effects, it is still one of the things that intrigues me most. After Effects is a really cool software that allows you create vibrant motions graphics just like the movies. So if you are thinking of making a meteor hitting the earth with a smoke trail or just graffiti writing on a wall in 3D, this post is a must see. So what are you waiting for…why not try one out?

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Create A Realistic Glass Reflection

Create A Realistic Glass Reflection
Create A Realistic Glass Reflection

Reverse Shatter Tutorial

Reverse Shatter Tutorial
Reverse Shatter Tutorial

Energy – Create a complex energy scene with CC particle world

Energy - Create a complex energy scene with CC particle world
Energy – Create a complex energy scene with CC particle world

Leap Into Hancock-Style Super Jump Effect

Leap Into Hancock-Style Super Jump Effect
Leap Into Hancock-Style Super Jump Effect

Animate An Underground Map Without Keyframes In Motion 4

Animate An Underground Map Without Keyframes In Motion 4
Animate An Underground Map Without Keyframes In Motion 4

After Effects: Holomatrix

After Effects: Holomatrix
After Effects: Holomatrix

Create a Jelly-like Text Animation in Cinema 4D and After Effects

Create a Jelly-like Text Animation in Cinema 4D and After Effects
Create a Jelly-like Text Animation in Cinema 4D and After Effects

Skin Displacement – Simulate the look of bugs crawling under the skin

Skin Displacement - Simulate the look of bugs crawling under the skin
Skin Displacement – Simulate the look of bugs crawling under the skin

Fracture Design – Fracture layers and manipulate in 3D space with ease

Fracture Design - Fracture layers and manipulate in 3D space with ease
Fracture Design – Fracture layers and manipulate in 3D space with ease

Disintegration – Build a furious procedural Disintegration effect in AE

Disintegration - Build a furious procedural Disintegration effect in AE
Disintegration – Build a furious procedural Disintegration effect in AE

Give Your Video A Pencil Sketched Look

Give Your Video A Pencil Sketched Look
Give Your Video A Pencil Sketched Look

Heart Rate Monitor – Create heart rate monitor in After Effects with particular

Heart Rate Monitor - Create heart rate monitor in After Effects with particular
Heart Rate Monitor – Create heart rate monitor in After Effects with particular

Get Blown Away With An Explosive Corridor Blast

Get Blown Away With An Explosive Corridor Blast
Get Blown Away With An Explosive Corridor Blast

Smoke Trails – Create realistic smoke trails with Particular particles

Smoke Trails - Create realistic smoke trails with Particular particles
Smoke Trails – Create realistic smoke trails with Particular particles

Shatterize – Create a progressive shatter effect in After Effects

Shatterize - Create a progressive shatter effect in After Effects
Shatterize – Create a progressive shatter effect in After Effects

3d Multi Sub Object – A simple yet very powerful method of multi sub object in 3ds max

3d Multi Sub Object - A simple yet very powerful method of multi sub object in 3ds max
3d Multi Sub Object – A simple yet very powerful method of multi sub object in 3ds max

Coin Stack – Create 3d coins in After Effects

Coin Stack - Create 3d coins in After Effects
Coin Stack – Create 3d coins in After Effects

Graffiti Writing – Simulate graffiti writing on a wall in 3D

Graffiti Writing - Simulate graffiti writing on a wall in 3D
Graffiti Writing – Simulate graffiti writing on a wall in 3D

Earth Zoom – Create a cosmic Earth zoom in AE

Earth Zoom - Create a cosmic Earth zoom in AE
Earth Zoom – Create a cosmic Earth zoom in AE

After Effects: The Dark Knight

After Effects: The Dark Knight
After Effects: The Dark Knight

Discover How To Recreate the Sherlock Holmes End Credits Effect

Discover How To Recreate the Sherlock Holmes End Credits Effect
Discover How To Recreate the Sherlock Holmes End Credits Effect

3D City – Create a stylistic 3D city with 2D images in AE

3D City - Create a stylistic 3D city with 2D images in AE
3D City – Create a stylistic 3D city with 2D images in AE

3D Ball Dispersion – Create a ball transition effect with CC Ball Action

3D Ball Dispersion - Create a ball transition effect with CC Ball Action
3D Ball Dispersion – Create a ball transition effect with CC Ball Action

Simulate A Glowing Neon Light Sign Of Your Logo

Simulate A Glowing Neon Light Sign Of Your Logo
Simulate A Glowing Neon Light Sign Of Your Logo

Particular Bounce – Emit lots of footballs and make them bounce in After Effects

Particular Bounce - Emit lots of footballs and make them bounce in After Effects
Particular Bounce – Emit lots of footballs and make them bounce in After Effects

Particle Explosion – Build a complex particle system using CC Particle World

Particle Explosion - Build a complex particle system using CC Particle World
Particle Explosion – Build a complex particle system using CC Particle World

The Ring – Build a silver ring in After Effects with a particle wipe

The Ring - Build a silver ring in After Effects with a particle wipe
The Ring – Build a silver ring in After Effects with a particle wipe

Advanced Car Hit – Create a realistic vehicle collision with body damage

Advanced Car Hit - Create a realistic vehicle collision with body damage
Advanced Car Hit – Create a realistic vehicle collision with body damage

Energetic Titles – Use Sure Target preset to achieve advanced 3d moves

Energetic Titles - Use Sure Target preset to achieve advanced 3d moves
Energetic Titles – Use Sure Target preset to achieve advanced 3d moves

Futuristic HUD – Create 3D interface display as seen in Iron Man’s helmet

Futuristic HUD - Create 3D interface display as seen in Iron Man's helmet
Futuristic HUD – Create 3D interface display as seen in Iron Man’s helmet

Water Refraction – Simulate water effect as if its sliding down the glass surface

Water Refraction - Simulate water effect as if its sliding down the glass surface
Water Refraction – Simulate water effect as if its sliding down the glass surface

Use Color To Control Your Textures – Part 2

Use Color To Control Your Textures – Part 2
Use Color To Control Your Textures – Part 2

Create a MoGraph Urban Jungle – Day 1

Create a MoGraph Urban Jungle – Day 1
Create a MoGraph Urban Jungle – Day 1

TEXT FORMATION – A basic technique of postioning text characters with the Animate option of text layer

TEXT FORMATION - A basic technique of postioning text characters with the Animate option of text layer
TEXT FORMATION – A basic technique of postioning text characters with the Animate option of text layer

Lightning Strike – Add Rain & Atmosphere then build a Lightning Bolt

Lightning Strike - Add Rain & Atmosphere then build a Lightning Bolt
Lightning Strike – Add Rain & Atmosphere then build a Lightning Bolt

Lightning Explosion Part 2 – Animate a person exploding from a lightning blast

Lightning Explosion Part 2 - Animate a person exploding from a lightning blast
Lightning Explosion Part 2 – Animate a person exploding from a lightning blast

Presets & More – Sure Target has been updated with several new features

Presets & More - Sure Target has been updated with several new features
Presets & More – Sure Target has been updated with several new features

DVD Authoring – Create a DVD menu and export for DVD authoring

DVD Authoring - Create a DVD menu and export for DVD authoring
DVD Authoring – Create a DVD menu and export for DVD authoring

After Effects: Jumbotron Column

After Effects: Jumbotron Column
After Effects: Jumbotron Column

Light Streaks – Use Trapcode’s Particular to generate light streaks

Light Streaks - Use Trapcode's Particular to generate light streaks
Light Streaks – Use Trapcode’s Particular to generate light streaks

Light Sabers V2 – New Light Saber preset with enhanced motion blur

Light Sabers V2 - New Light Saber preset with enhanced motion blur
Light Sabers V2 – New Light Saber preset with enhanced motion blur

EarthQuake with 32bpc – Create an easy earthquake expression with controller

EarthQuake with 32bpc - Create an easy earthquake expression with controller
EarthQuake with 32bpc – Create an easy earthquake expression with controller

Realistic Gun Blow Back – Simulate a blow back action from a small firearm

Realistic Gun Blow Back - Simulate a blow back action from a small firearm
Realistic Gun Blow Back – Simulate a blow back action from a small firearm

3D Stroke Effect – Animate a thin particle system in 3D space

3D Stroke Effect - Animate a thin particle system in 3D space
3D Stroke Effect – Animate a thin particle system in 3D space

Fly By Titles – Create titles that fly by the camera

Fly By Titles - Create titles that fly by the camera
Fly By Titles – Create titles that fly by the camera

Time Freeze – Simulate a frozen world around one person

Time Freeze - Simulate a frozen world around one person
Time Freeze – Simulate a frozen world around one person

The Blue Planet in 3D – Add 3D control to earth inside After Effects

The Blue Planet in 3D - Add 3D control to earth inside After Effects
The Blue Planet in 3D – Add 3D control to earth inside After Effects

The Healer – Create a healing effect as seen by many super heroes

The Healer - Create a healing effect as seen by many super heroes
The Healer – Create a healing effect as seen by many super heroes

Growing 3D Vines – Use 3D Max to create growing 3D vinesUse

Growing 3D Vines - Use 3D Max to create growing 3D vinesUse
Growing 3D Vines – Use 3D Max to create growing 3D vinesUse

Speed Particles – Use expressions to drive particles based on speed

Speed Particles - Use expressions to drive particles based on speed
Speed Particles – Use expressions to drive particles based on speed

Generate a Dynamic Morphing Background Design with Sinedots

Generate a Dynamic Morphing Background Design with Sinedots
Generate a Dynamic Morphing Background Design with Sinedots

Meteor Crash AE p2 – Composite 3D Debris and create meteor smoke trail

Meteor Crash AE p2 - Composite 3D Debris and create meteor smoke trail
Meteor Crash AE p2 – Composite 3D Debris and create meteor smoke trail

3D Crater p1 – Use Boujou to solve 3d camera movement from footage

3D Crater p1 - Use Boujou to solve 3d camera movement from footage
3D Crater p1 – Use Boujou to solve 3d camera movement from footage

Soul Removal – Create Energy particle system in After Effects

Soul Removal - Create Energy particle system in After Effects
Soul Removal – Create Energy particle system in After Effects

Energy Wipe – Create a fluid energy wipe with built-in particles

Energy Wipe - Create a fluid energy wipe with built-in particles
Energy Wipe – Create a fluid energy wipe with built-in particles

Organic Mesh in 3D Max – Build organic mesh with noise modifiers from a sphere

Organic Mesh in 3D Max - Build organic mesh with noise modifiers from a sphere
Organic Mesh in 3D Max – Build organic mesh with noise modifiers from a sphere

3D Falloff – Control 3D layers so they fade away in the distance

3D Falloff - Control 3D layers so they fade away in the distance
3D Falloff – Control 3D layers so they fade away in the distance

Spin Orbs – Create a spinning orb that self animates with time

Spin Orbs - Create a spinning orb that self animates with time
Spin Orbs – Create a spinning orb that self animates with time

Soft Shadows 3Dmax – Cast soft shadows with a fast-rendering lighting array

Soft Shadows 3Dmax - Cast soft shadows with a fast-rendering lighting array
Soft Shadows 3Dmax – Cast soft shadows with a fast-rendering lighting array

Ancient Titles – Create particles that only appear in the light beams

Ancient Titles - Create particles that only appear in the light beams
Ancient Titles – Create particles that only appear in the light beams

Blueprint Reveal – Create a draw-on blue print title card

Blueprint Reveal - Create a draw-on blue print title card
Blueprint Reveal – Create a draw-on blue print title card

3D Light Casting – Create an energy-ball that re-lights the road surface

3D Light Casting - Create an energy-ball that re-lights the road surface
3D Light Casting – Create an energy-ball that re-lights the road surface

Submerged – Animate a camera through one surface to another below

Submerged - Animate a camera through one surface to another below
Submerged – Animate a camera through one surface to another below

Glass Orbs – Use After Effects to create shiny glass orbs in 3D

Glass Orbs - Use After Effects to create shiny glass orbs in 3D
Glass Orbs – Use After Effects to create shiny glass orbs in 3D

After Effects: Explosive TV promo graphics

After Effects: Explosive TV promo graphics
After Effects: Explosive TV promo graphics

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