How To Use Effects In Adobe After Effects

Adobe After Effects is a commonly used tool in the video industry for combining visuals, designing motion graphics, and creating animations. In this blog post, we will guide you through the steps of utilizing effects in Adobe After Effects.

Step 1: Create a New Project

Open Adobe After Effects and click “New Composition”. Enter the desired settings for your video. Click “OK” to create your new project.

Step 2: Import Your Footage

To import footage, go to “File” > “Import” > “File”. Navigate to your video file and click “Open”. Your video will appear in the “Project” panel.

Step 3: Apply Effects

Now, let’s start applying effects to your footage. To do this, you need to understand the “Effects & Presets” panel.

The ‘Effects & Presets’ Panel

The “Effects & Presets” panel is where you can browse and apply effects and animation presets. To open this panel, go to “Window” > “Effects & Presets”. Once open, you can apply effects by simply dragging and dropping them onto layers in the “Timeline” or “Composition” panel.

How to Apply an Effect

For instance, let’s say you want to apply the “Gaussian Blur” effect to your footage. Here’s how you do it:

Step 1: In the “Effects & Presets” panel, type “Gaussian Blur” in the search bar.

Step 2: Drag and drop the “Gaussian Blur” effect onto your footage in the “Timeline” or “Composition” panel.

Step 3: Adjust the effect’s settings in the “Effect Controls” panel.

Adjusting Effect Settings

After you’ve applied an effect, you can adjust its settings in the “Effect Controls” panel. For example, with the “Gaussian Blur” effect, you can adjust the “Blurriness” property to control the amount of blurring. You can also animate effect properties over time using keyframes.

Step 4: Preview Your Effects

To preview your effects, press the “space” key. This will play your composition in the “Composition” panel.


Adobe After Effects is a powerful tool that offers a wide array of possibilities for video editing and motion graphics design. With knowledge and practice, you can create stunning visuals for your video projects. Happy editing!