Most of my VFX tutorials are aimed at intermediate to advanced users of After Effects. While I also have an ongoing After Effects basic beginner tutorial series, I felt I was missing a tutorial for absolute beginners, for people who are just starting to use After Effects and are trying to create their first own VFX.
If you are totally new to Adobe After Effects, then this tutorial is for you :)
After Effects Basic Beginners Tutorial – How To Create Cool VFX
This blog post is a little longer than usual, but I guarantee that by the end if it you will know how to create VFX with Adobe After Effects or your money back! … yeah, this blog is totally free so there won’t be any money back, but if you do get stuck, I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have – just leave them below :)
The VFX Workflow
Visual effects are created by placing a number of visual elements on top of your footage and compositing all of the layers together into a final result.
In the age of technology and computers, we have software tools called ‘video composition programs’ to help us with this process and Adobe After Effects is on of the main programs currently used in the professional industry.
The basic workflow to create a VFX in Adobe After Effects is
- Import your media. This can be any number of media files including video, images and audio
- Create a ‘composition’ and layer your media items into the composition. You can then move the layers around, mask them, change the way they are rendered and apply all sorts of effects to blend them together nicely
- Export the composition into a final output file which will usually be a video, but could also be a still image
Let’s explore the interface of Adobe After Effects!