5 Essential Free Beginner Adobe After Effects Tutorials

5 Free Adobe After Effects Tutorials

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Do you want to learn Adobe After Effects?

Crave free, epic and step by step tutorials?

From graphic designers, illustrators, all the way through to fine artists, learning a new tool and piece of software is always beneficial, and can turn your static images into animated videos!

However, Adobe After Effects might be the last piece of software for you to learn and master, it might seem daunting, something that you’ve never learnt before, and something which is totally new to you!

So within this blog post, you’ll discover our top 5 essential and free beginner Adobe After Effects tutorials, that can help you pick up the software, learn all the tools and parts of this application, that can eventually turn you into a pro!

These Adobe After Effects tutorials have been sourced and picked through researching throughout the internet, as we wanted to create a blog post which is full of high quality tutorials for you to learn, so you don’t have to struggle!

Adobe After Effects Overview

If you’re not sure what on earth After Effects even is, then this brief summary of the software will give you a good indiction of what After Effects is all about, why it’s great for your animation projects, and give you some indication of the layout, dashboard and scope of the software.

If you’re a bit of a Adobe Photoshop expert, or know your way around Adobe Illustrator, then you’ll be able to configure yourself to After Effects, as it has a very similar layout and feel.

Learn about Adobe’s After Effects within this short overview.

After Effects Basic Training

Created by Andrew Kramer, these free and epic Adobe After Effects tutorials are great if you’re new to After Effects, and don’t know where to begin.

Describing everything from giving you a clear introduction to After Effects, transparency tips, to motion tracking tutorials, this website is fantastic, and completely free to help you become a After Effects pro!

I’ve used these tutorials when I was first starting out with Adobe After Effects, so don’t miss out on these free tutorials!

Find the tutorial here: Video Copilot Adobe After Effects Tutorial

After Effects Tutorial – Basic Typography & Motion Graphics

Typography and motion graphics often comes in hand in hand, and this popular After Effects tutorial will help you create animated type within Adobe After Effects, which is always important within animation.

Viewed by over a million people on Youtube, you can learn everything from the layers panel, arranging and formatting typography, and the all important time frames, which are the fundamental element of the software.

Not only will you be able to learn a lot from the tutorial, you’ll also be able to create your very own typographic animation at the end of it, which is really neat!

Learn basic typography and motion graphics: Here

Creating Clock Hand Animations In After Effects

This is a fantastic beginner After Effects animation, which teaches you how to create a simple but highly effective clock animation, and you can watch your clock ticking away, which is a good achievement!

This tutorial also shares the step by step process of how they created their Adobe Photoshop file before transporting this into After Effects, so you can follow from the very start, and continue until the very end!

If you want a tutorial that you’ll be able to follow from the start (Adobe Photoshop file), then this beginner and free tutorial is for you!

Create Clock Hand Animations in Adobe After Effects.

Animated Swirls In Adobe After Effects

Everyone likes swirls, and this tutorial gives you a clear and simple way to create animated swirls within Adobe After Effects, which will leave all your friends jealous!

The tutorial doesn’t just leave you with a pretty animation, but teaches you a lot about the fundamentals of creating animations within Adobe After Effects, so don’t miss out on this tutorial!

Learn how to create Animated Swirls in Adobe After Effects.

Become An Adobe After Effects Pro!

These Adobe After Effects have been sourced and picked for you to learn, pick up the software, and for you to eventually become a After Effects master!

From creating animated swirls, creating typography within the software, to basic Adobe After Effects training, these tutorials are always here if you need some help in the future.

If you liked our tutorial collection today, be sure to check out our other Adobe tutorials on our blog, like our popular and sought after Epic Adobe InDesign Beginner Tutorials, or our Epic Adobe Photoshop Beginner Tutorials, you’ll be crazy to miss out on!

But we’ll love to know….

How have these tutorials helped you?

Which Adobe After Effects tutorial did you enjoy the most?

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About the author - HKJS


I'm an Illustrator, Designer & Animator from Hampshire, United Kingdom, and have been illustrating for a number of years. I have a wealth of experience within editorial, maps, posters and book covers. Having a firm interest in the creative industry and everything that revolves around it, I want to share what I've learnt to you. From this, I have a keen passion for t-shirt design and how illustration can become a part of something you wear.

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