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In this guru lesson you are doing your first steps in After Effects. We start the tutorial with importing the required footage and creating a composition. Then you learn how to work with layers in After Effects and use blending modes to create the amazing fire effect. Finally you learn how to export the final video using either AE's build-in render queue or the Adobe Media Encoder.


  1. Importing clips into After Effects and creating a composition (1:41-10:54)
  2. Working with layers (10:55-19:18)
  3. Using Blending modes to create the fire effect (19:19-25:24)
  4. Exporting the clip using AE's render queue or the Adobe Media Encoder (25:24-31:48)

The Guru Lessons are a free AE tutorial series for beginners. Step by step the videos teaches you all the basics you need to get started. The guru lessons make learning the basics fun. Already in the first tutorials you create amazing effects. You can also download the After Effects project for each lesson.

Additional Material

In addition to the project file (download in the box on the right) you need to download the fire clip which you find at detonationfilms.com. To get it, open http://www.detonationfilms.com/UnitK-2.html, go to the section DV RIPPERS! and click on the "Free sample! Click to preview and download!" link in this section.

Used tools: 

no mamoworld tools required

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