Facts about the Animation Software, After Effects
Adobe After Effects is an editing software used by Animation and Film students and professionals.
It’s often a companion software to Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premium Pro, two major film editing
software. While you can use it for editing videos, Adobe After Effects is used for special effects and
As a post-production software, After Effects has many features and uses that’s perfect for any
amateur filmmaker. If you’re wondering why you should have it as part of your filmmaking toolkit,
read the following to find out why.
What Can You Use It For?
If you’re a film student or animator, you probably want great transitions, special effects and stylish
titles and credits. That’s what After Effects is for. The software allows you to polish your film with
neat effects and title sequences and make it look more professional in the eyes of viewers. For
animators, the software allows for the creation of 3D models as well as simple 2D animation.
A major use of After Effects is Compositing. This is where you can arrange your effects into the
position you want. This is done by using the layers (not all that different from Photoshop) where
you manipulate effects to create the visuals you desire. If you have a green screen, you can remove
the background of your footage and layer it accordingly to make it seem like your actors are
interacting with the effects.
Title design is another thing that people love to use After Effects for. You can manipulate your text
and move them in a way that captures the attention of the audience. This can also apply to other text
such as credits both opening and closing and for transitions in presentations.
If you’re looking to create 2D animations easily, After Effects allows you to do just that. Some
amazing television shows have been made using After Effects such as Archer, Rick & Morty and
Bojack Horseman. By timing your frames properly and arranging your effects accordingly in the
layers, you can create some visual stunning animated films.
After Effects can also be used to make incredible presentations. If you’re want to showcase your
company’s achievements to a wide audience either through a website or a D&D event, After Effects
is the tool for you. After all, nobody wants a boring powerpoint presentation in a professional
setting. With After Effects, you will have the presentation of a true artist that would generate
attention to your topic.
What Can You Not Use It For?
1. Video Editing
While we recommend that you use Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premium Pro for your video editing, you
can also edit video footage with After Effects though it’s only limited to cutting and arranging clips.
2. 3D Modelling
Like with Video Editing, using After Effects to create 3D models is very limited. The software does
provide you with tools to create simple 3D models. However, it’s advisable that you use software
like Maya to create incredible models. You can also import 3D models or animation done in other
software into After Effects to add effects and transitions.
The Features of After Effects
1. Simulation Effects
Probably the one thing that people use After Effects for. The software has a large library of different
special effects to give your film some that extra boost that your film needs. The first is the 18 third
party simulation effects. This can range from rain to snow effects. You can simply pick the effect
you desire and simply drop it in the sequence.
When working with objects and film footage to can use simulation effects to give it more character.
For example, you can tweak your lighting effects to have more depth, change colour or even up the
intensity. Another neat effect is giving objects (e.g. 3D models) some depth and character by adding
shading effects or even giving a shiny surface.
Simulation Effects also include camera angles and rotations which could increate incredible
movements and perspectives. Another similar effect is the focal point where you control the rotation
of the effect rather than the object which could create effects such as wind blowing. Other notable
effects include Water Control where you can control the surface of a 3D water surface and Foam
Effects where you can generate and control bubbles to interact with objects and their background.
2. Stylize Effects
While Simulation Effects deals with depth, movements and perspectives, Stylize Effects mostly
focus on the appearance of film footage and images. This includes something like a paintbrush
effect where the image would look like a painting or a cartoon effect where it’ll make your image
look more 2D. Aside from simple aesthetics, Stylize Effects also including distorting effects to
images or even specific parts of that image. These include effects such as glowing, mosaic and
Stylize effects also include colour correction where users can change the hue, gradients and
brightness of the images.
3. Transition Effects
Unlike the other effects, this is pretty straight forward. There’s hardly a need to customize though
you can still tweak to your liking. These effects include simples ones such as wipes and dissolves
and more elaborate ones such as blinds and card wipes.
4. Adobe After Effects Templates
If you’re looking a really cool title sequence but if you’re on a deadline or just want something
stylish for your presentation but couldn’t come up with something, After Effects is the tool that you
need. With a large selection of templates to choose from, you can never worry about putting
together a new title sequence or designs in a short amount of time. You can even tweak them to
your liking and make it your own.
While many consider After Effects as companion software to others such as Final Cut Pro and
Maya, the software is definitely a time saver. You can create effects and visuals that would have
been impossible to create in other software. You’ll have the effects that you so desire and it does not
take too much time as long as you know your way around the software. So if you’re looking to
create great special effects or stunning presentations, After Effects have got you covered.