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AE Tools & PresetsAE Tools & Presets

AE Tools & Presets

Some of my free tools, presets, and templates. More coming soon!

ae-templates-assets

After Effects Expression LibraryAfter Effects Expression Library

After Effects Expression Library

Searchable, curated library of useful After Effects expressions

ae-expressions

Ordinary Folk - PlayOrdinary Folk - Play

Ordinary Folk - Play

Free project files and experiments from the absolute best of the best - JRCanest and team share freely so you can learn!

ae-templates-assets

School of Motion PodcastSchool of Motion Podcast

School of Motion Podcast

Interviews with pros. Great end of year podcasts talking about big picture of the industry.

podcasts

AE Pro NewsletterAE Pro Newsletter

AE Pro Newsletter

After Effects pro tips & tricks to your inbox

blogs-newsletters

AE ScriptsAE Scripts

AE Scripts

The biggest marketplace for After Effects scripts and tools

ae-scripts-plugins

software-tools

Adobe After EffectsAdobe After Effects

Adobe After Effects

...I mean, obviously

software-tools

Adobe AnimateAdobe Animate

Adobe Animate

Software for 2D cel animation.

software-tools

Adobe ColorAdobe Color

Adobe Color

Color schemes and pallete builder

software-tools

After Effects Command IDsAfter Effects Command IDs

After Effects Command IDs

Searchable library of Command IDs for each version of After Effects, curated by Hyperbrew

ae-development

After Effects Expression DocsAfter Effects Expression Docs

After Effects Expression Docs

The most comprehensive After Effects Expression documentation I know. Updated regularly and easily searchable.

ae-expressions

After Effects Extendscript TrainingAfter Effects Extendscript Training

After Effects Extendscript Training

A free video training series by David Torno on scripting for After Effects

ae-development

After Effects Scripting GuideAfter Effects Scripting Guide

After Effects Scripting Guide

The searchable documentation for extendscript scripting for After Effects

ae-development

AnimalatorsAnimalators

Animalators

Zac Dixon interviews industry pros - no longer active, but still worth a listen!

podcasts

Animator's Survival KitAnimator's Survival Kit

Animator's Survival Kit

The bible of animation - learn the principles and basics from one of the all-time greats.

books

Art of the TitleArt of the Title

Art of the Title

Curated title design for movies and tv shows

inspiration

Battle Axe ToolsBattle Axe Tools

Battle Axe Tools

I use these tools every day. THE best After Effects tools

ae-scripts-plugins

software-tools

BehanceBehance

Behance

Massive source of motion and other art inspiration

inspiration

Ben Marriott-YoutubeBen Marriott-Youtube

Ben Marriott-Youtube

After Effects tutorials for motion designers. Great tutorials on different styles and animation techniques.

youtube-channels

Blend FestBlend Fest

Blend Fest

Conference hosted by Wine After Coffee - usually in Vancouver.

conferences-meetups

Blender 3DBlender 3D

Blender 3D

Free, powerful 3D software. Highly recommend!

software-tools

Bolt CEP - AE Extension BoilerplateBolt CEP - AE Extension Boilerplate

Bolt CEP - AE Extension Boilerplate

A lightning-fast boilerplate for Adobe CEP Extensions in React or Vue built on Vite + TypeScript + Sass

ae-development

ae-scripts-plugins

Boords - Storyboarding SoftwareBoords - Storyboarding Software

Boords - Storyboarding Software

Free online storyboard & animatic creator. Built for real client animation work.

software-tools

Camp MographCamp Mograph

Camp Mograph

Annual retreat for mograph folks to get away from the computer for a few days.

conferences-meetups

Cartoon AnimationCartoon Animation

Cartoon Animation

The principles of making fun animation

books

CavalryCavalry

Cavalry

Powerful, modern 2D animation software. Everything is procedural.

software-tools

Chris Zachary - YoutubeChris Zachary - Youtube

Chris Zachary - Youtube

Fast, straight to the point tutorials & breakdowns for motion designers. More coming soon :)

youtube-channels

Chris Zwar's ArticlesChris Zwar's Articles

Chris Zwar's Articles

Detailed technical articles for mastering After Effects, including chroma-keying and optimizing performance

blogs-newsletters

Cinema 4DCinema 4D

Cinema 4D

Industry standard 3D software

software-tools

Dan Ebberts' AE Expressions (MotionScript)Dan Ebberts' AE Expressions (MotionScript)

Dan Ebberts' AE Expressions (MotionScript)

Expression examples and breakdowns from the godfather of expressions.

ae-expressions

Dash BashDash Bash

Dash Bash

New conference for motion designers, hosted by Dash Studio.

conferences-meetups

Deep Work - Cal NewportDeep Work - Cal Newport

Deep Work - Cal Newport

Book about making time to do real, deep, focused work. A must-read for creatives

books

DesignspirationDesignspiration

Designspiration

A great resource for a variety of design/art inspiration

inspiration

DribbbleDribbble

Dribbble

Designers posting designs and stuff

inspiration

Element Supply CoElement Supply Co

Element Supply Co

Tools & Presets for motion designers

ae-templates-assets

ae-scripts-plugins

software-tools

Evan Abrams - YoutubeEvan Abrams - Youtube

Evan Abrams - Youtube

Evan has a TON of After Effects tutorials and other content from beginner to advanced

youtube-channels

GYST by Justin McClureGYST by Justin McClure

GYST by Justin McClure

Folder Structures, Naming Conventions, After Effects Folder Organization and more from Industry pros and leaders

business-workflow

Good Boy NinjaGood Boy Ninja

Good Boy Ninja

Expression cheat sheet, useful scripts/tools

ae-expressions

ae-scripts-plugins

Greg Gunn's TLDRGreg Gunn's TLDR

Greg Gunn's TLDR

Weekly newsletter with inspiration, resources, & creative thoughts from Greg Gunn

blogs-newsletters

HoldframeHoldframe

Holdframe

Highly curated workshops that are more like walk alongs and deep dives.

courses-schools

Interface in GameInterface in Game

Interface in Game

Interface design & animation from video games

inspiration

Jake In Motion - YoutubeJake In Motion - Youtube

Jake In Motion - Youtube

Thorough, engaging After Effects tutorials

youtube-channels

Javascript Tools GuideJavascript Tools Guide

Javascript Tools Guide

The platform-agnostic guide for javascript/extendscript language for Adobe applications

ae-development

Kyle Martinez - After Effects ScriptsKyle Martinez - After Effects Scripts

Kyle Martinez - After Effects Scripts

A collection of helpful scripts for After Effects that run natively or with a 3rd party script launcher.

ae-scripts-plugins

LesterbanksLesterbanks

Lesterbanks

A motion graphics blog sharing tons of tutorials

blogs-newsletters

Made By LoopMade By Loop

Made By Loop

Scripts, templates, and business resources for motion designers! Plus a YT channel with tutorials and useful videos.

ae-scripts-plugins

Mograph MentorMograph Mentor

Mograph Mentor

Courses & tutorials for motion designers from industry pros. The new all-access plan has amazing bang for your buck!

courses-schools

Motion Design Artist - SlackMotion Design Artist - Slack

Motion Design Artist - Slack

A large slack community for practicing motion designers.

conferences-meetups

Motion Design SchoolMotion Design School

Motion Design School

Courses for motion designers.

courses-schools

Motion DeveloperMotion Developer

Motion Developer

Articles, Resources, and nerdy stuff for expressions in After Effects. Code + Motion.

ae-expressions

blogs-newsletters

ae-development

Motion HatchMotion Hatch

Motion Hatch

Resources and community for the business side of motion design

business-workflow

Motion Hatch PodcastMotion Hatch Podcast

Motion Hatch Podcast

Podcast about the business side of motion design

podcasts

Motion UX - YoutubeMotion UX - Youtube

Motion UX - Youtube

Tutorials breaking down Motion UX workflows for designers in real world production environments.

youtube-channels

MotionographerMotionographer

Motionographer

Curated motion design work and interviews

inspiration

NT Productions - YoutubeNT Productions - Youtube

NT Productions - Youtube

Videos & tutorials about writing scripts & extensions for Adobe products.

ae-development

youtube-channels

ae-scripts-plugins

NotionNotion

Notion

Flexible workspace for notes, databases, etc. Airtable meets evernote

business-workflow

software-tools

PinterestPinterest

Pinterest

Browse, collect, and organize inspiration

inspiration

software-tools

Project200k NewsletterProject200k Newsletter

Project200k Newsletter

Austin Saylor's newsletter about making money as a freelance motion designer.

blogs-newsletters

Sander van DijkSander van Dijk

Sander van Dijk

Excellent quality AE tools, courses, and resources for motion designers from Sander van Dijk.

ae-scripts-plugins

blogs-newsletters

software-tools

courses-schools

School of MotionSchool of Motion

School of Motion

A full online school for motion design - from beginner to advanced courses.

courses-schools

School of Motion - YoutubeSchool of Motion - Youtube

School of Motion - Youtube

Tutorials, live streams, and more for motion designers

youtube-channels

ScriptUI Interface BuilderScriptUI Interface Builder

ScriptUI Interface Builder

An incredible tool for building ScriptUI interfaces visually

ae-development

ScriptUI for DummiesScriptUI for Dummies

ScriptUI for Dummies

The guide to working with ScriptUI for building extendscript user interfaces.

ae-development

SkillshareSkillshare

Skillshare

Large library of courses for animation, design, and more

courses-schools

So Good They Can't Ignore You - Cal NewportSo Good They Can't Ignore You - Cal Newport

So Good They Can't Ignore You - Cal Newport

A fascinating look into skills vs passion in your creative career

books

Spectacle.isSpectacle.is

Spectacle.is

Library of example commercial videos from all types of brands

inspiration

The Effects of After Effects - Youtube SeriesThe Effects of After Effects - Youtube Series

The Effects of After Effects - Youtube Series

YouTube tutorial series going through EVERY SINGLE effect in After Effects by Jake Bartlett (Jake in Motion)

youtube-channels

The Freelance ManifestoThe Freelance Manifesto

The Freelance Manifesto

Joey Korenman from School of motion reveals all the tricks of how to be a freelance in the motion design business.

books

The FuturThe Futur

The Futur

Business education for designers. People love to hate on this, but the content is very helpful

business-workflow

youtube-channels

The Futur PodcastThe Futur Podcast

The Futur Podcast

Podcast on the business side of creative services.

podcasts

business-workflow

The Personal MBAThe Personal MBA

The Personal MBA

Everything you need to know about business in 1 book

books

business-workflow

The War of ArtThe War of Art

The War of Art

A book about defeating the inner critic and getting your work done.

books

Ukramedia - YoutubeUkramedia - Youtube

Ukramedia - Youtube

After Effects tutorials and tips for nearly everything you can do in AE. Great technical content as well.

youtube-channels

Video Copilot - TutorialsVideo Copilot - Tutorials

Video Copilot - Tutorials

The OG After Effects tutorials & tools. Geared towards vfx, but a great resource for motion designers

blogs-newsletters

Visual JournalVisual Journal

Visual Journal

Curated branding and graphic design projects blog

inspiration

Wine After CoffeeWine After Coffee

Wine After Coffee

A hand-curated channel of amazing motion and animation videos.

inspiration

Workbench - YoutubeWorkbench - Youtube

Workbench - Youtube

Advanced motion design tutorials for After Effects, Cinema 4D, and more

youtube-channels

World of ExpressionsWorld of Expressions

World of Expressions

A free in-depth beginner-friendly video course introduction to expressions

ae-expressions

courses-schools

Zack Lovatt's ScriptletsZack Lovatt's Scriptlets

Zack Lovatt's Scriptlets

A bunch of free small scripts to make AE more powerful

ae-scripts-plugins

ae-development