Learning a new program is quite amazing, but it can be boring as well. Here is the new learning approach. You can purchase After Effects template projects and learn from them by reverse engineering them. Nearly every template project is built around some interesting technique that author came up with. What this means for you? Instead of just learning to build another project that looks exactly like everyone’s else project who followed the same tutorial – now you can learn the techniques behind the original projects. The bad thing is – great authors usually don’t have enough time to create tutorials to pas on their skills. No doubt we could learn a lot from them, but since they’re not creating tutorials – we can suck out their knowledge from their projects.
To start off you need some basic training to understand how things work in After Effects. You’re good to go as soon as you’ve learned the simple things like: - How to open comps - How to see what effects are applied to each layer - How to reveal keyframes and expressions - How to turn of the shy layer which often times hide the real treasures
What to look for when you dive in and scout for great templates to learn from? Most importantly – search for templates that amaze and inspire you. Find the ones that you like and have fun discovering how they’re built. Avoid all kind or pre-renders. Pre-renders generally are useless for learning as they are elements, hard coded into video files and you can’t find out neither what effects are used nor how they’re animated.
Here I hand-picked some of the greatest projects to learn from.