Although static graphics is obviously much easier to scan and therefore can be easily perceived, motion graphics brings dynamics and life into otherwise static content. Animation can help designers to convey a deeper meaning with the use of various video-techniques. It can also provide a better data visualization than the static graphics. How and where you use it in real-life situations is totally up to your talent and your abilities to express yourself.
Motion graphics are not only created using digital techniques; also traditional animation and special effects techniques are used. However, digital techniques help to minimize production costs and achieve nice results with less effort. For example, the Juno opening sequence was a hand-made motion graphics which took painstakingly long time to finish.
A couple of weeks ago we presented Best Tutorials For Cinematic Visual Effects. In this post we present a collection of useful Tutorials for motion graphics – created with the use of digital techniques. These tutorials focus on the designing skills of a motion designer and not on the modeling or the animation. You can use these techniques to create stunning motion graphics or improve upon these ideas and come up with your own creative ideas that will be truly remarkable. Most of the tutorials are from similar sources, because of its quality and usefulness.
Useful Tutorials for Motion Graphics
Stormy and Electric Type Reveal
This Adobe After Effects tutorial uses a form plug-in to create a mysterious and electric type reveal.
Old Paper Look
Create an Old Paper texture to add old look to the title animation using the Fractal Noise Effect in Adobe After Effects.
Dunk Your Logo in a Wave World
This Adobe After Effects tutorial uses Wave World plug-in to achieve this effect.
Sound Reacting 3D Waveform
Create a sound reacting 3D waveform animation in Adobe After Effect using built-in plug-ins.
Stunning Website Demo Presentation
This tutorial shows how to create a clean and elegant solution to show off your website.
Give a forging fire effect to title in Adobe After Effects.
In this After Effects tutorial you will learn to create colourful dynamic particles by controlling their motion using Trapcode particular.
Elegantly Handwritten Text Reveal
This Adobe After Effects tutorial will teach you how to animate a handwritten text sequence with ink bleeding through the paper to create an elegant old-world style title reveal.
Awesome 80’s Inspired Title Animation
Design an Awesome 80’s Inspired Title Animation in Adobe After Effects.
Ethereal Morphing Letter Canvas
This tutorial shows how to use the built-in radio waves plug-in to create an incredibly beautiful and ethereal animation of morphing letters.
Beautifully Animated Faux 3D Flower Scene
In this tutorial you will learn how to create and animate a beautiful 3D flower that can be a design element of any motion graphics piece.
Learn how to virtually create Chromatic Aberration – The failure of a lens to focus light rays to the same point. Images obtained from the lens having chromatic aberration are always colourful.
Create iPod ad in Cinema 4D using tracer tool and later composite the final video in Adobe After Effects.
Dreamy Logo in the Clouds
This tutorial shows how to use a particle generator to create 3D clouds and use them as a transitional device to reveal a logo.
Cinematic Opening Title Redux
This 2 part tutorial uses freely available scripts and expressions to create stunning Hollywood movie style opening. This is deep skill based tutorial which will show some techniques to harness a large amount of text and quickly format and animate it in a cinematic style and use scripts to split up and animate a logo into hundreds of pieces. Part 1 and Part 2
Cinematic Opening Title
Another Adobe After Effects tutorial to learn how to create a beautiful cinematic opening title using Trapcode Form.
Mac OS X Leopard-style Aura Effect
In this After Effects tutorial you learn how to create beautiful Mac OS X Leopard-style aura effect.
Radio Detection and Ranging
This tutorial will teach you to create 3 types of animated radar displays using expressions rather than keyframes which will help you to save time.
This Adobe After Effects tutorial demonstrates how to use expressions to generate multiple custom particles in Particular to create an animation of bouncing and floating Ping Pong balls.
Create a heart monitor display using Adobe After Effects.
Create a Volume Meter that is reactive to change in sound. It uses expressions in Adobe After Effects to achieve this sound reacting motion graphics.
This tutorial will show you how to create automated odometer in After Effects using expressions.
Create a stylized sun using expressions in Adobe After Effects.
Dropping into water
Create an effect of an object dropping into water, using the Caustics and WaveWorld filters in Adobe After Effects.
Line Chart Diagram
This tutorial will show you to create diagram which can be animated with use of expressions in Adobe After Effects.
Using this tutorial you can create a stylistic 3D city with 2D images in Adobe After Effects.
Create a effect of millions of pictures flying around.
The 007 Intro
This tutorial shows you how to achieve the classic introduction of James Bond films using only basic After Effects plug-ins.
Create a cosmic Earth zoom in Adobe After Effects.
Create welding sparks effect using Trapcode particluar in Adobe After Effects.
Create a spinning orb in Adobe After Effects that self animates with times
Fun with Ink
This Adobe After Effects tutorial uses Particle World to create ink spatter elements.
Learn to create animated swirls in Adobe After Effects.
Moving 3D Lines
This tutorial will teach you to create flowing light streams using Adobe After Effects.
The Blue Planet
This tutorial will teach you to create an earth in After Effects with atmosphere, rotation, solar eclipse and lighting. This tutorial uses CC sphere plug-in to convert flat map to 3d earth.
This tutorial will teach you to create explosion using shatter effect in After Effects.
Fancy Title Plate
Create a beautiful fancy 3D Title in Adobe After Effects.
Flaming Chrome Text
Creates flaming chrome text in Adobe After Effects using the glow and liquefy effects.
Growing 3D Vines
This tutorial will teach you to create growing 3D vines over a water floor in 3D Max and later composite it in After Effects.
Smokey Type Effect
This tutorial will teach you to create Smokey Type animation in Adobe After Effects.
This tutorial Uses expression in Adobe After Effect to create a 3D dynamic space world with light streams.
This tutorial will teach you to create an bloody wet organic mesh using 3DMax.
Spray Paint and Stencil Effect
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a spray paint effect using After Effects.
This tutorial will teach you to create a silver ring in After Effects with a particle wipe and some expressions.
This Adobe After Effects tutorial will teach you to create many TV screens placed in a grid. Also some optical effects are added to make it look interesting.
DVD Motion Menu Design
Major difference between this tutorial and the other DVD menu design tutorial is that it shows you create interactive menus from pen-and-paper sketches.
This is an awesome After Effect tutorial to simulate graffiti writing on a wall in 3D along with some paint splatter elements.
Ink Bleeding Effect
Create an ink bleeding effect. This tutorial makes use of Photoshop, Illustrator and Adobe After Effects with Trapcode’s Particular
Cool TV bumper
In this tutorial you will learn to create a cool TV bumper using mattes in Adobe After Effects.
Create sandy like particles that fly off of text using expressions to drive particles based on speed.
3D Watch Animation
This 3 part tutorial will teach you to create a 3D Watch Animation. This tutorial makes use of Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extendend with Google 3D Warehouse Plug-in and Adobe After Effects. Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.
Learn how to create a vintage retro style.
Building and animating a CGSnake
Learn how to create a animated snake in Adobe After Effects based on a “chain rig”.
3D Toon on Paper
Transform your hand drawn sketch from paper to digital animation.
Use expressions and scripts to create a distressed title in Adobe After Effects.
Best Sources for Motion Graphics Tutorials
Website is full of great Adobe After Effects tutorials.
- Video Copilot
High quality After Effects video tutorials for motion graphics and visual effects presented by Andrew Kramer.
- Creative Cow
Support community for digital video, video editing, and media production professionals in broadcasting, motion graphics, special FX and film.
Blog dedicated to Graphic Design.
Adobe After Effects and Production Studio Video Tutorials
Resources for artists and designers.
- Digital Arts
A place for digital artist to find articles, reviews and tutorials.
- Layers Magazine
Everything about Adobe.
Japanese website providing useful Adobe After effects tips and tutorials.
Visual Effects and Motion Graphic Design tutorials.
New website providing visual effects, motion graphic and animation tutorials.