Vfx, Motion Graphics and 3D Animation changed the entire cinema industry as Film Maker’s can now create scenes which are impossible to shoot practically.
Earlier the technique’s of Visual Effects was limited to a number of people who were so called Professional’s.
As technology evolved, Visual Effects Software came in handy and software developing companies like Adobe and Autodesk came up with After Effects and 3ds Max.
These software gave the power of visual effects and motion graphics to individuals like us.
Any person with very little knowledge of After Effects and 3DS MAX can easily produce motion graphics and visual effects on a home computer.
The most common question which I get from aspiring artists is: ‘
Online Resources To Learn Motion Graphics, Animation & Visual Effects
There are a number of resources to learn anything but finding the most useful one is the key to success.
Of course, you can opt-in for a carrier course in a motion design school.
But before that, take a look at few resources which can help you get better at motion graphics, animation and visual effects.
YouTube is the number one video sharing website and also the best place to learn almost anything.
Artist around the world are constantly sharing their work and creating useful tutorials for others.
When it comes to motion graphics and animation, there are tons of great basic and advance videos to follow.
For a beginner, After Effects, Photoshop and 3ds max tutorials are great to begin with.
Simply use the search form and use keywords like:
- After Effects tutorials and training
- After Effects cs6 tutorials (or any other version of After Effects)
- Photoshop tutorials
And you will get plenty of tutorials to learn from.
For 3ds Max tutorials, simple search for 3ds Max tutorial or if you are interested in a specific topic like lighting, modelling or Texturing, use the appropriate keywords.
Video Copilot is a useful resource to learn visual effects.
They provide in-depth training in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics.
You can find a number of After Effects and 3ds max tutorials on their website.
They even provide project downloads associated with a particular tutorial for free.
Video Copilot also provides plugins and presets which you can purchase from Toolfarm.
They also created a 3D software known as Element 3D which is quite similar to 3ds max, but works natively inside of After Effects and is very easy to use.
You can use Video Copilot After Effects In-Depth training to learn the basic and advance techniques of Visual Effects and Motion Graphics.
3. Creative Cow
Creative Cow is the largest Visual Effects artists community where artists around the world contribute editorial content and video tutorials.
You can get a broad scope of tutorials on After Effects, 3D modelling, Motion Tracking, Rendering etc.
The Creative Cow forum can be used to link to other members of the community.
You can post your queries and let the experts handle it for you.
Lynda.com is a major learning website and more than 4 million people use it to learn something new every day.
Though, they offer a wide range of topics such as programming, photography, Web, Business etc. but our main focus is 3d Animation.
Unlike Video Copilot and Creative Cow, where you can get free tutorials, Lynda.com is a paid learning website and one needs to spend few dollars to access the tutorials.
The quality of the tutorials is good and you can learn in a well planned manner, i.e. from basic to intermediate and then the advance vfx techniques.
Digital Tutors is a website dedicated to Visual Effects and 3d Animation tutorials.
You can learn a number of software’s on Digitaltutors.com.
Such as 3ds max, After Effects, Maya, all sorts of Motion Tracking software and much more.
Like Lynda.com, the tutorials on Digital Tutors are also paid and you need to sign up for a premium membership to access the tutorials.
You can either sign up for a monthly membership or go for yearly plan which will save you a few dollars.
I recommend getting a monthly membership first and if you are satisfied with the quality of the tutorials, grab a yearly membership afterwards.
6. Software Developer Website
Most of the software developer’s like Adobe and Autodesk create video tutorials for their software which can be viewed directly on their website.
These tutorials are absolutely free and are produced by professionals.
So, you get very high quality and detailed explanation on various features of the software.
I personally use the Mocha official website to learn the software and other Motion Capture or Motion Tracking techniques.
7. Software Manuals
Your software comes with a manual which teaches you how to use it.
These manuals contains a detailed overview of the software as well as its features.
You can find the manual by going into the help tab of your software or get it from the developer’s website.