How To Add Motion Blur In Adobe After Effects

By incorporating a motion blur effect into your Adobe After Effects project, you can enhance the authenticity of your production and make your animations more immersive and convincing. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps, empowering you to elevate your proficiency in Adobe After Effects.

Getting Started

To get started, you’ll need to have Adobe After Effects installed on your machine. If you don’t have it installed, you can begin a free trial period or purchase the software.

Adding Motion Blur in Adobe After Effects

Once you have Adobe After Effects running, you can follow these steps to add motion blur:

Step 1: Enable Motion Blur

Firstly, to add motion blur to your entire project, you’ll need to enable the motion blur feature. To do this, click on the “Enable Motion Blur” button located at the top of the Timeline panel. The button looks like three circles in a triangle formation.

Step 2: Apply Motion Blur to a Layer

Next, you’ll apply motion blur to a specific layer. Select the layer where you wish to apply the motion blur and then click the “Toggle Switches/Modes” button at the bottom of the screen. This will reveal the “Motion Blur” switch for each layer. Click on the “Motion Blur” switch for your selected layer to activate it.

Step 3: Adjust the Motion Blur Settings

Lastly, adjust the motion blur’s settings to fit your needs. To do this, navigate to “Composition Settings” and then select the “Advanced” tab. Here, you can tweak the Shutter Angle and Shutter Phase to control the length and timing of the motion blur effect.

<strong>Composition Settings &gt; Advanced &gt; Shutter Angle / Shutter Phase</strong>

Adjust the ‘Shutter Angle’ to control the length of the motion blur. A higher value increases the blur. The ‘Shutter Phase’ adjusts the timing. A negative value makes the blur occur just before the layer’s movement, while a positive value causes the blur to happen just after the movement.


And there you have it! You now know how to add a motion blur effect in Adobe After Effects. Practice these steps with different layers and settings to fully grasp the power of motion blur and its ability to bring your animations to life. Remember, the key to mastering any new skill is practice, so don’t be afraid to experiment and make mistakes along the way.