How To Adobe After Effects

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Adobe After Effects is widely used by professionals all over the globe as a robust post-production software for creating impressive visual effects and motion graphics. Whether you are new to the tool or an experienced user, mastering it can greatly improve your video editing abilities. In this blog post, we will cover the fundamentals of using Adobe After Effects.

Getting Started

First, you will need to download and install Adobe After Effects from the official Adobe website. You can make use of the seven-day free trial before deciding to purchase the full version.

Understanding the Interface

After launching Adobe After Effects, you’ll see the main interface divided into several panels:

  • Project panel: This is where all your files are located.
  • Composition panel: This is your main workspace where you create and edit animations.
  • Timeline panel: Here, you can manage layers and their respective keyframes.
  • Preview panel: Lets you preview your work before rendering.
  • Effects & Presets panel: Contains a variety of effects and presets you can apply to your layers.

Creating a New Project

To create a new project, go to File > New > New Project. To create a new composition, click the “New Composition” button in the Project panel or go to Composition > New Composition.

Importing Files

To import files, simply drag and drop them into the Project panel or go to File > Import > File.

Creating Animations

Adobe After Effects uses a layer-based system. To create an animation, you need to add keyframes to layers. Keyframes represent specific points in time where changes are made to a layer’s properties.

To add a keyframe, select a layer in the Timeline panel, then click the stopwatch icon next to the property you want to animate. This will automatically create a keyframe. Move the playhead to a different point in time, then change the property value to create a second keyframe. Adobe After Effects will automatically create an animation between these two keyframes.

Rendering Your Work

Once you’re satisfied with your animation, it’s time to render it. Go to Composition > Add to Render Queue.

In the Render Queue panel, you can change the settings for output module and output to, depending on your requirements. Once you’re ready, click “Render” to start the rendering process.


Adobe After Effects is a vast and powerful tool that is fundamental in the world of video editing and animation. While this guide only scratches the surface of what the software can do, it should give you a good starting point. Practice is key in mastering Adobe After Effects, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different tools and techniques.