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The Best After Effects Tutorial Websites

There are thousands of Adobe After Effects tutorials on the web, but often their quality is not great. We present the best AE tutorial websites for beginners and experts, with tons of high quality training. We mostly cover the free tutorial websites but also take a quick look at the paid training solutions.

Free After Effects Tutorials

mamoworld

mamoworld tutorials

Let's start with the obvious. On mamoworld, we do not just create great plugins for After Effects, but also more than 100 tutorials about compositing and motion graphics. Highlights include the Beginner Tutorial Series Guru Lessons, which are the best way for beginners to get started with AE, and the Character Animation Tutorial Series which is a free and comprehensive course for more advanced users.

Video Copilot

Video Copilot tutorials

Video Copilot is definitely the most popular tutorial AE tutorial website. The shown projects are not only high quality - Andrew Kramer's presentation style is also really entertaining. It is hard to pick the best ones, but highlights include fun compositing projects like Demon Face Warp and Procedural Crumble which will turn your next intro animation into a real eye-catcher.

AE with Mikey

Mikey's tutorials

Mikey Borup is the youtube star among the tutorial creators. While many After Effects tutorials on youtube have poor quality, this is definitely not the case for Mikey's training. It is not without reason that he is presenting at the After Effects World Conference already the second time.

Stern FX

Stern FX tutorials

The tutorials at Stern FX are created by Eran Stern, a veteran in the After Effects and Premiere Pro world. His tutorials to not just focus on shiny effects with big Wow effects, but really show you what you need in your every day work in the motion graphics industry. My favorite tutorial by Eran is the Extract Effect.

Motionworks

motionworks tutorials

Motionworks by John Dickinson has lots of free training focusing on After Effects and Cinema 4D. John is Head of Design at Foxtel On Demand. Hence, he really knows how to create high quality teaser and title work efficiently.

Aescripts

Aescripts tutorials

Although it is mostly known for his After Effects scripts and plugins, Aescripts also publishes tutorials from time to time. Although the tutorials come from lots of different authors, the quality is constantly on a high level. Most of the tutorials are short and to the point, which is a very good thing. My personal favorite is the Animade Sketchycles tutorial which does not only teach creative content, but also presents it in a pretty creative way.

Creative Dojo

Creative Dojo tutorials

Like Motionworks, VinhSon who is running Creative Dojo, has lots of tutorials about After Effects and C4D.

Angie Taylor

Angie Taylor tutorials

Angie Taylor did not only write a book about After Effects, she is also presenting for Adobe and Maxon at tradeshows and offers personal software training. Her website now also features a section with free tutorials.

Creative Cow

Creative Cow tutorials

Creative Cow was one of the first websites that started doing After Effects tutorials - at a time when videos where still something pretty unusual in the internet. Even legends like Video Copilot's Andrew Kramer published their first tutorials at the cow. Today the website looks a bit old-fashioned, but still contains a lot of good content.

Tuts+

Tuts+ tutorials Tuts+ has really a lot of After Effects tutorials. But they to put more focus on quantity than quality, so not all content you find there is really great.

Paid Training

Although there is a huge amount of free high quality training available, it sometimes makes sense to use paid training. This is in particular the case, if you are looking for comprehensive training courses that cover a particular topic in depth. While most of the free training consists of isolated tutorials, that focus on one single effect, the paid solutions offer well structured in depth courses which are much more comprehensive. Paid After Effects training is dominated by the big player Lynda.com. As an alternative, there is also Digital Tutors and the After Effects for Video Editors course by Stern FX, which I highly recommend to people who know Premiere Pro and want to now make their first steps in After Effects.

If you are looking for an individual one-to-one training, I highly recommend a stay in the creative cabin by AE book author and trainer Angie Taylor.

Anything missing?

If you think I forgot to mention a particular website - please leave a comment!

Comments

https://mattrunks.com/en He has some pretty cool tuts. Some are free, but most are only a couple bucks.

Great addition, Jason. Thanks!

I got some on my site www.tale2tell.com ... lots of which are also on Creative Cow but some are new

Thanks a lot for sharing, Andrew! I didn't know tale2tell, yet, but it looks like you've built a pretty comprehensive collection of tutorials. :-)

I am also searching for these type of after effect tutorial websites. Now, I have got it. Obviously, this will help me very much about the deep knowledge of after effect. Thank you.

These websites are really very much useful for after effect tutorial. I have visited all of these websites and these are full of great resources like auto lip sync, copymask2 layer, 3D text, Fire tutorial etc. These types of tutorials are very much helpful for the beginners as well as advanced level designers. My friend Sandra suggest me a website to know these types of tutorials. This is http://clippingpathzone.com/blog/ . Would it be perfect for me?

Please, don´t forget Evan Abrams. He´s amazing.

Thank you for mentioning this, Luis. You are right, Evan's tutorials are great!
Here is a link to his tutorials:
http://evanabrams.com/category/tutorials/

I'd like to sneak in fxphd.com and the stuff over at mt mograph http://www.mtmograph.com/summits/

Thank you for mentioning those! https://www.fxphd.com/ has high quality paid training. I also did an After Effects scripting course for them:
https://www.fxphd.com/details/?idCourse=516

I didn't know mt mograph, yet, but it looks really promising.

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