Oh, learning After Effects – where to start? The software just about every video editor needs outside of their NLE. No matter your skill level, whether an absolute beginner or mograph expert, there’s always something new to learn in After Effects. However, finding helpful guides and tutorials can be difficult. That’s about to change for you. This article will introduce you to 7 awesome resources for improving your AE chops. Let’s get started!


1. School of Motion

School of Motion is one of the class acts in the After Effects online education game. They have a huge selection of free and premium tutorials. Free content ranges from working with expressions to creating better glow effects to everything in between. Premium content includes 12+ courses such as After Effects Kickstart, Design Bootcamp, and Rigging Academy. They also have a podcast.


2. Workbench

To date, Workbench has 146 tutorials around After Effects and Cinema 4D. That’s a lot of render time you can spend beefing up your AE skills. Workbench features tutorials by two guys, Joe and Severo. They like to say that they provide the why to go along with the how. Besides tutorials they also have some cool freebies.


3. Chris & Trish Meyer from Lynda.com

If you’re just getting started learning After Effects, Chris & Trish Meyer’s After Effects Apprentice courses are a must-do. They take you from the very beginning of AE all the way through tracking and expressions. Their pace is great for a beginner.

Besides Chris & Trish, there are a ton of great courses on Lynda.com by other authors such as Mark Christiansen and Eran Stern. Lynda.com is not free however there are many local libraries in the US that offer access for free. All you need is a library card!


4. Motionworks

Motionworks is a site by John Dickerson dedicated to motion graphics mastery. John’s site covers After Effects tutorials, experiments, and breakdowns of how to make popular motion graphics such as the titling sequence for The Talking Dead. Motionworks also has a ton of tutorials for Cinema 4D.


5. ProVideo Coalition & Chris Zwar

ProVideo Coalition has always been known for their thorough articles on post-production industry topics. Chris Zwar is one of PVC’s authors and his beat focuses mainly around After Effects. Every 3-4 weeks Chris comes out with a detailed article that is guaranteed to teach you something new. If watching video tutorials isn’t your jam or you just need a change of pace and want to read, check out what Chris is doing on PVC.


6. Andrew Kramer & Video Co-Pilot

Andrew Kramer is one of the OG’s of AE tutorials and he’s still cranking out hits today. This is your place if you want resources for how to composite and create visual effects in AE. Besides tutorials, Andrew offers premium and free plugins for After Effects like his new 3D Orb plugin.


7. YouTube

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In fact, YouTube is a great place for learning After Effects. There are tons of amazing YouTubers doing After Effects tutorials. This list is far from complete but here are a few to get started following right now:


Evan Abrams

Learning After Effects with Evan expect him to come out with a new, in-depth AE tutorial just about every two weeks. They are always useful and very high-quality. 259,000+ subscribers mean he’s doing something right.


After Effects w/ Mikey

Mikey Borup creates practice After Effects tutorials. He makes tutorials on logo animations, expressions, vector shapes and more. To date, there are over 350 videos which are primarily AE tutorials on Mikey’s channel.


Peter McKinnon

Peter is a YouTuber mainly known for still and video shooting tutorials and tips. He also has many tutorials on using Lightroom, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro. He recently started venturing into the world of After Effects tutorials. Even if he never makes another AE tutorial he’s still a great follow in general for anyone doing creative video work.

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