How To Add Effects To Adobe After Effects

If you work as a video editor or motion graphic artist, you likely know about Adobe After Effects. This robust program offers many features for creating and improving visual effects, motion graphics, and composites. A key aspect of producing impressive videos is having the ability to incorporate striking effects. This blog post seeks to give you a comprehensive tutorial on adding effects in Adobe After Effects.

Step 1: Import Your Footage

The first step is to import your footage into Adobe After Effects. To do this, navigate to the menu bar and select File > Import > File. Then, locate the footage on your computer and click “Open”. The imported video will appear in the “Project” panel.

Step 2: Create a New Composition

Next, create a new composition. You can do it by clicking on the “New Composition” button at the bottom of the Project panel or by navigating to Composition > New Composition from the menu bar.

Step 3: Add the Footage to the Timeline

Now, drag and drop your footage into the composition timeline. It should appear as a layer in the timeline panel.

Step 4: Open the Effects & Presets Panel

Here comes the fun part – adding effects. To open the Effects & Presets panel, click on Window > Effects & Presets on the menu bar.

Step 5: Browse and Add Effects

In the Effects & Presets panel, you can find a wide array of built-in effects categorized under different sections. Browse through these categories and select the desired effect. To add an effect, simply drag and drop it onto the layer in the timeline panel where you want to apply it.

// Example of adding blur effect
Find the "Blur & Sharpen" category > Select "Gaussian Blur" > Drag and Drop on the layer

Step 6: Adjust Effect Properties

Once the effect is added, you can adjust its properties in the Effect Controls panel. If this panel is not visible, navigate to Window > Effect Controls from the menu bar. Here, you can customize the effect to achieve the desired outcome.


Adding effects in Adobe After Effects can significantly enhance your videos and graphics. While it may seem a little overwhelming at first, with practice, it becomes a smooth process. So, start experimenting with different effects and find out what works best for your project.

Remember, creativity has no limits in the world of Adobe After Effects. So, keep exploring and creating!