How To Add Background In Adobe After Effects

Greetings and welcome to our tutorial! In today’s session, we will explore the process of adding a background in Adobe After Effects. This skill is fundamental for anyone utilizing After Effects and it’s simpler than you may expect. Let’s begin!

Step 1: Starting Your Project

First, you need to open Adobe After Effects and start a new composition. Go to the menu and select File > New > New Project.

Step 2: Creating a Composition

Next, you need to create a new composition where your video will be. Navigate to Composition > New Composition and set your desired settings.

Step 3: Importing the Background

Now, it’s time to import the background you want to use. You can do this by going to File > Import > File, then choosing your file. The imported file will appear in the Project panel.

Step 4: Adding the Background to the Composition

To add the imported background to your composition, simply drag it from the Project panel to the Timeline panel at the bottom of the screen.

Step 5: Resizing and Positioning the Background

To resize and position the background, you can use the Selection tool in the Tools panel. With the Selection tool, click on the background layer in the Composition panel and drag it around to position it. To resize it, simply drag the handles on the corners.

Step 6: Finalizing the Background

Once you’re happy with the positioning and size of the background, it’s time to finalize it. You can do this by clicking on the layer in the Timeline panel and selecting Layer > Pre-compose. Give the pre-composition a name, and make sure “Move all attributes into the new composition” is selected, then hit OK.


And there you have it! You’ve successfully added a background in Adobe After Effects. This simple but powerful skill opens up a world of creative possibilities for your videos. Happy editing!