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The Ultimate Motion Graphics Tutorials Round-Up

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.

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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 sequence4 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 Effects5. 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 Link

Stormy and Electric Type Reveal6
This Adobe After Effects tutorial uses a form plug-in to create a mysterious and electric type reveal.


Text Explosion
Create text explosion with the help of 3DS Max and Adobe After Effects software. Part 1 and Part 2

Old Paper Look8
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 World10
This Adobe After Effects tutorial uses Wave World plug-in to achieve this effect.


Sound Reacting 3D Waveform12
Create a sound reacting 3D waveform animation in Adobe After Effect using built-in plug-ins.


Stunning Website Demo Presentation14
This tutorial shows how to create a clean and elegant solution to show off your website.


Forging Fire16
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 Reveal18
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 Animation20
Design an Awesome 80’s Inspired Title Animation in Adobe After Effects.


Ethereal Morphing Letter Canvas22
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 Scene24
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.


Chromatic Aberration26
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.


iPod Commercial 28
Create iPod ad in Cinema 4D using tracer tool and later composite the final video in Adobe After Effects.


Light-tastic” Logo Reveal30

This 2 part tutorial you will learn to create some beautifully organic light streaks that are used for logo reveal. This tutorial makes use of expressions in After Effects. Part 131 and Part 232


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 Redux34
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 135 and Part 236

The Juno Opening Credit Look37
Adobe After Effects tutorial to create famous handmade juno opening sequence38.


Cinematic Opening Title40
Another Adobe After Effects tutorial to learn how to create a beautiful cinematic opening title using Trapcode Form.


Mac OS X Leopard-style Aura Effect42
In this After Effects tutorial you learn how to create beautiful Mac OS X Leopard-style aura effect.


Radio Detection and Ranging44
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.


Lottery Balls46
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.


Heart Monitor48
Create a heart monitor display using Adobe After Effects.


Volume Meter50
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.


Flying through a tunnel52
Create a flying through tunnel effect in After Effects. Also check the similar tutorial at


Automated Odometer54
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 water58
Create an effect of an object dropping into water, using the Caustics and WaveWorld filters in Adobe After Effects.


Line Chart Diagram60
This tutorial will show you to create diagram which can be animated with use of expressions in Adobe After Effects.


3D City62
Using this tutorial you can create a stylistic 3D city with 2D images in Adobe After Effects.


Card Dance
Create a effect of millions of pictures flying around.

The 007 Intro64
This tutorial shows you how to achieve the classic introduction of James Bond films using only basic After Effects plug-ins.


Earth Zoom66
Create a cosmic Earth zoom in Adobe After Effects.


Welding Sparks
Create welding sparks effect using Trapcode particluar in Adobe After Effects.

Spin Orbs68
Create a spinning orb in Adobe After Effects that self animates with times


Fun with Ink70
This Adobe After Effects tutorial uses Particle World to create ink spatter elements.


Learn to create animated swirls in Adobe After Effects.

Moving 3D Lines73
This tutorial will teach you to create flowing light streams using Adobe After Effects.


The Blue Planet8775
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.


Car Racing Scene77
Create a scene of cars racing down a road towards camera from photographs. Part 178 and Part 279


Medical Zoom81
This 3 Part tutorial will show you how to model a blood cell (3D Max) and use it in After Effects to create the effect, where a camera goes inside a person`s body. Part182, Part2 83and Part384


Dead Planet86
This tutorial is similar to “The Blue Planet8775 ” which will show you to create a dying planet with visible lava and cracks.


Planet Explosion89
This tutorial will teach you to create explosion using shatter effect in After Effects.


Fancy Title Plate91
Create a beautiful fancy 3D Title in Adobe After Effects.


Flaming Chrome Text93
Creates flaming chrome text in Adobe After Effects using the glow and liquefy effects.


Growing 3D Vines95
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 Effect97
This tutorial will teach you to create Smokey Type animation in Adobe After Effects.


Colorful Universe99
This tutorial Uses expression in Adobe After Effect to create a 3D dynamic space world with light streams.


Breathtakingly Awesome Rain Scene101
Adobe After Effects tutorial shows how to create the dramatic slow motion rain drops falling scene. Part 1102 and Part 2103


Organic Mesh105
This tutorial will teach you to create an bloody wet organic mesh using 3DMax.


Spray Paint and Stencil Effect107
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a spray paint effect using After Effects.


Shiny Ring109
This tutorial will teach you to create a silver ring in After Effects with a particle wipe and some expressions.


TV Screens
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.

Graffiti Writing111
This is an awesome After Effect tutorial to simulate graffiti writing on a wall in 3D along with some paint splatter elements.


Ink Bleeding Effect113
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.

Speed Particles115
Create sandy like particles that fly off of text using expressions to drive particles based on speed.


3D Watch Animation117
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 Warehouse118 Plug-in and Adobe After Effects. Part 1119, Part 2120 and Part 3.


Droste Effect122
This tutorial demonstrates the use of new Pixel Bender plug-in123 to obtain “Droste Effect”.


Retro Style125
Learn how to create a vintage retro style.


Building and animating a CGSnake127
Learn how to create a animated snake in Adobe After Effects based on a “chain rig”.


3D Toon on Paper129
Transform your hand drawn sketch from paper to digital animation.


Fracture Design131
Use expressions and scripts to create a distressed title in Adobe After Effects.


Best Sources for Motion Graphics Tutorials Link

  • aetuts+133
    Website is full of great Adobe After Effects tutorials.
  • Video Copilot134
    High quality After Effects video tutorials for motion graphics and visual effects presented by Andrew Kramer.
  • Creative Cow135
    Support community for digital video, video editing, and media production professionals in broadcasting, motion graphics, special FX and film.
    Blog dedicated to Graphic Design.
  • maltaannon.com137
    Adobe After Effects and Production Studio Video Tutorials
  • GomediaZine138
    Resources for artists and designers.
  • Digital Arts139
    A place for digital artist to find articles, reviews and tutorials.
  • Layers Magazine140
    Everything about Adobe.
  • ayato@web141
    Japanese website providing useful Adobe After effects tips and tutorials.
  • Maxafter142
    Visual Effects and Motion Graphic Design tutorials.
  • www.henrythejedi.com143
    New website providing visual effects, motion graphic and animation tutorials.

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Vailancio Rodrigues is a web ninja who bakes semantic muffins. Apart from that he is also interested in Motion Graphics, Visual Effects, Photography and knows little bit of Physics due to his college education . He is from Goa - a beautiful tropical paradise in India.

  1. 1

    Grrreat…although, too much to consume at once…

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    First! Great article!

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    Interesting article. I’ve always been fascinated at how movie studios (Paramount, Universal, Bad Robot, Spyglass) have taken their once-still logos and added life to them with motion.

  4. 4

    Nice Compilation Rodrigues… Thanks for sharing !!

    DKumar M.

  5. 5

    ABSOLUTELY FAB! This is just what i’ve been after for the last few days!! Such a shame it wasnt featured on friday! haha. Thanks guys keep up the great work!

  6. 6

    Nice article

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    Informative article..
    Thanks Smashing.

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    Azrie Muzaffar

    May 26, 2009 1:37 am

    excellent. Love this.

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    Dayanithi .D

    May 26, 2009 2:29 am

    I was expecting for this article.

    thank you SM

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    Thanks For Sharing. Nice Article.

  11. 11

    Another resource:
    1001 Adobe After Effects Tutorials: 1001 Adobe After Effects Tutorials

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  13. 13

    Wow, great roundup… although it heavily relies on Andrew Kramer (which is not so bad)

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    Great! Thank you!

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    I realize “AfterEffects” is sort of the deFacto but I can’t believe there was not one mention/tutorial for “Motion”. Would be nice to add a few of them to the list. ;-)

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    First one doesn’t seem to work.

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    is there something like a flash-video-tutorial?
    similar to these for after-effects?

    • 18

      Flash and After Effects talk to each other. There’s a book about it. Search: Flash AfterEffects Book” I cannot remember the name, sadly.

      • 19

        the correct name is: From After Effects to Flash: Poetry in motion graphics.

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    Pradeep Singh

    May 26, 2009 9:17 am

    Great motion Graphics. I enjoyed most of the pics. Also Really wonderful collection of links for tutorials.

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    nice post smashingmagazine!!

  20. 22

    amazing article, opens a whole new world for me!

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    great feature article.

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    Thanks pretty good tutorials :)

  23. 25

    Huge thumbs up. Andrew Kramer is my new After Effects hero.

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    I am starting learning one by one tutorial I have came across 2-3 now. they are really rocking my design knowledge.

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    Nice collection, thanks.

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    Brilliant, been looking for some quality motion graphics tutorials!

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    awesome, nice collection

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    May 31, 2009 2:20 pm

    When did you start working for Adobe?

  29. 31

    Great tutorials! One thing almost all of these revolve around After Effects any similar tutorials that use Apple’s Motion?

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    Nice collection keep it gng…!!!

  31. 33

    good to see the multiple sources.. I totally forgot the ayato website. He’s been around for years now. Too bad he isn’t that active anymore.. (in writing tutorials.)

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    Balazs Gyorfi

    February 1, 2011 6:54 am

    Ae tuts Tutorials are my fav!

    Thanks for the collection,


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    I would like to share this link with you
    this animation of transformers

    you can watch the video and the tutorial in

    This is an amazing C4D and Vray free tutorials source.

    I hope you like it.

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    khajappa potenavaru

    June 28, 2011 11:24 pm

    I like you

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    Nice Collection of motion graphics tutorial… Have some more Motion Graphics video at
    Thanks For Sharing…!@!

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