If you just started up After Effects or created a new project, you will see a blank workspace. The first thing we want to do is import some media so we have something to work with
There are 3 ways to import media into After Effects:
1. You can go to the menu bar and click on File -> Import -> File. A browser dialog will pop up where you can select one or more files you want to import.
2. You can double click into any empty space in your Project Tab. This will open the same file browser for you to select the desired files to import.
3. You can simply drag and drop any files you want to import from your standard file explorer window directly into the Project tab in Adobe After Effects.
For our first VFX, I am going to import 2 pieces of footage: a shot where I pretend (pretty badly) to be blow away by an explosion and a stock footage element of an explosion.
You can download the explosion stock footage element for free fromdetonation films
Here is a direct link to the explosion footage I used:Detonation Films - Fireball Against Black
Once both files are imported into our project, you should see them in the Project tab. I have organised them into folders cause I'm a neat freak
To combine them into a cool explosion VFX we now have to create a composition.