How To Package Adobe After Effects Project

Adobe After Effects is a highly popular software for designing stunning motion graphics and visual effects. Nevertheless, difficulties may arise when attempting to transfer your project from one computer to another. This blog entry will provide you with step-by-step instructions for packaging your Adobe After Effects project.

Understanding the Need for Packaging

Adobe After Effects does not create a single file that contains all the resources it uses. Instead, it references files on your hard drive. If those files are moved, renamed, or deleted, After Effects will not be able to find them, causing issues with your project. This is why you’ll need to package your project – to ensure all files are kept together and can be easily transferred.

Steps to Package your Adobe After Effects Project

Step 1: Collect Files

Adobe After Effects has a built-in feature for this purpose, called ‘Collect Files’. This feature will create a folder containing a copy of your project file along with all the external files it uses.

Follow these steps to use the ‘Collect Files’ feature:

  1. Open your project in After Effects.
  2. Go to the menu bar and select File > Dependencies > Collect Files…
  3. In the ‘Collect Files’ dialog box that appears, select All under ‘Collect Source Files’. This will ensure that all the external files used by your project are included.
  4. Click on Collect… button and then choose a location to save your packaged project. It’s a good idea to create a new folder for this purpose.

Once the collecting process is done, a new folder containing the project file and all the external files it uses will be created in your chosen location.

Step 2: Archive the Packaged Folder

Now that you have all the files in one place, the next step is to archive the folder. This will create a single file that’s easier to transfer and less likely to become corrupted.

Here’s how you can create an archive in both Windows and Mac.

For Windows Users:

1. Right-click on the folder you want to archive.
2. From the pop-up menu, select ‘Send to > Compressed (zipped) folder’.
3. A new zipped folder will be created in the same location.

For Mac Users:

1. Ctrl-click (or right-click) on the folder you want to archive.
2. From the pop-up menu, select ‘Compress ‘.
3. A new .zip file will be created in the same location.

And voila! Now you have a single file containing your entire After Effects project, ready to be transferred to any computer. Remember to install all the necessary plugins and fonts on the new computer before opening your project, otherwise, you might encounter errors.


Packaging your Adobe After Effects project is an essential skill, especially if you’re working in a team or switching computers. Always make sure that you are organized and keeping track of each file used in your project to avoid any mishaps. We hope this guide was helpful in understanding the packaging process. Happy editing!