Mastery Through Tutorials

Tutorials are a valuable tool in the quest to master motion graphics. Here on Motionworks we offer a range of step-by-step and walkthrough After Effects and Cinema 4D tutorials, recorded by some of the top presenters from around the world. You’ll also find project breakdowns that present the key areas of design and production for individual projects.

Remember that tutorials will only take you part of the way and to truly master motion graphics you must develop your own unique style. Spend time working on your own projects and perhaps join us in the regular experiments here on Motionworks, where we explore the software without guides or rules. Have fun and be creative!

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Motion Design with Cinema 4D Lite

Learn how After Effects was used together with Cineware and Cinema 4D Lite to create a look for my recent Adobe ...

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Cineware 2.0

A quick overview of the new features and enhancements in Cineware 2.0, included in the upcoming After Effects CC ...


Sci-Fi Ident Breakdown

As part of the recent rebrand for Foxtel On Demand I created some genre-specific indents that play before the ...

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With a great conversational style, designer Carey Smith discusses composition in design – what it is and why it’s ...

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Channel Splitter

QHQ Channel Splitter is an After Effects script and Photoshop action for automatic splitting of the image/footage ...


Introduction to Nodes 2

Eran Stern gives introduction to the brilliant Nodes 2 plug-in for After Effects.

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Working With Texture Tags

Learn techniques and workarounds for toggling Cinema 4D texture tags on and off.

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Mask Tracking & Colour Grading in Ae

Director Stu Maschwitz demonstrates Creative cloud 2014's mask tracking tools in a colour grade workflow with ...

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Formatting text for dynamically generated numbers in After Effects just got a whole lot easier thanks to QubaHQ.

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Background Design With Primitive Shapes

Harry Frank shows how to use very simple shapes in Cinema 4D to create an awesome looking background. Then ...


Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

This look was created using After Effects CC and MovieType For Element 3D, Optical Flares, Magic Bullet Mojo, BCC ...


BCC Grunge

Learn the basics of the Boris Continuum Complete 9 Grunge effect, and see how I used it and other BCC effects to ...

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Ripped Paper

Learn how to use standard After Effects tools, including Turbulent Noise and Turbulent Displace, to create a ...

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New Features in AE CC 2014

After Effects CC 2014 has been released, with some terrific new features and enhancements.

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Frosty Window

Learn how to combine stock footage with default Adobe After Effects tools to create a realistic frosty window.

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Split Screen Looks

For this project I explored split screen looks in After Effects. It can be a tricky look to use and not look retro.

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Warm Bodies

Learn how Adobe Illustrator, After Effects and Cinema 4D were used to create a promo for Warm Bodies.

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Olympus Has Fallen

Learn how I used Cinema 4D, After Effects, Photoshop and Illustrator in this Olympus Has Fallen promo breakdown.

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New Features in AE 12.1

After Effects 12.1 is loaded with handy features and in this tutorial I demonstrate some of the main features and ...

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Hidden Gems in AE 12.0

In this tutorial I demonstrate some of the less obvious, but still super useful new features in After Effect CC (12.0).

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The Talking Dead

Brett Morris discusses The Talking Dead and how he used Cinema 4D and MovieType to create the spot.

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Realistic Human Iris

I’ve always wanted to attempt a realistic human iris in After Effects and last week I got my chance.

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Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters

This look, inspired by the opening titles for Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters, was created using Cinema 4D, ...

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Woodblock Print Style

This short Photoshop walkthrough demonstrates how I used Photoshop Oil Paint and Filters to create a woodblock ...

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Cineware & Cinema 4D Lite

In this overview I demonstrate the new Cineware effect and discuss the benefits of this exciting workflow.

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Flipping Objects

In this short tutorial, learn some of the different methods for flipping an object in After Effects.

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Oscar Month

Learn how I used Cinema 4D and After Effects with some help from Greyscale Gorilla, to create a glamorous Oscar look.

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Model a Mask

In this sample lesson from Making It Look Great 10, host Rob Redman demonstrates how to subpolygon model a mask.

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The Courier

Learn how I used Cinema 4D and After Effects with help from Greyscale Gorilla in this Courier promo breakdown.

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Total Recall

Learn how I used Cinema 4D and After Effects, with help from Greyscale Gorilla and Motion Designer’s Toolkit in ...

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Model a Net

In this sample lesson from Making It Look Great 10, host Rob Redman demonstrates how to model a dynamic net.

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Shadows, Swords & Snow

This set of quick-turnaround graphics all have a similar look and feel and were created using Cinema 4D, After ...

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Repositioning Motion Paths

How do you reposition a keyframed motion path in After Effects? Guest host James Zwadlo demonstrates some techniques.


OSX Workspaces

Learn how to use Mac OSX Mission Control and Workspaces to save time and streamline your workflow.

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Hulk Walkthrough

In this webinar for Boris FX, I breakdown the Hulk animation created using After Effects and Boris Continuum Complete 8.

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Symmetry Object

Guest host Michael Szabo from Big Mike Design demonstrates the Cinema 4D Symmetry Object.

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Removing Dust From Video

Guest host Angie Taylor demonstrates the smart way to approach dust removal across multiple frames of video.

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Render Setting Presets

Guest host Craig Whitaker explains Cinema 4D render setting presets and how he uses them to save time.

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Time Travellers

Here's a stills breakdown of the Time Travellers title graphic, created using After Effects with Element 3D.

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Word Spacing

Guest host Eran Stern demonstrates how to adjust word spacing in both Photoshop and After Effects.


Difference Matte

Learn tricks for creating a clean plate using Photoshop's Smart Object settings, then use that plate with ...

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Moneyball Jumbtron

Learn how I used After Effects with GenArts Sapphire and Noise Industries FX Factory Pro to create a Moneyball ...

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CC Page Turn

Guest host Adam Everett Miller demonstrates the basics of CC Page Turn. Check out Adam's full length tutorial on AeTuts.

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The Brainstorm Tool

Rediscover the power of brainstorming and how you can use it to accelerate experimentation in After Effects.

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Quick Vignette

Learn how to create a quick and flexible vignette using Curves, Circle and CC Composite.

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Alien Meteor Storm

Learn how I used After Effects with Trapcode Particular to create an alien meteor storm reminiscent of the film The ...

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CS6 3D Template

This free After Effects project will give you some ideas when working with 3D ray traced scenes in After Effects CS6.

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New 3D Features in After Effects CS6

After Effects CS6 includes a new ray-traced 3D renderer, 3D text and shape layer extrusion, environment layers, ...

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The Collision Deformer

Guest host Michael Szabo demonstrates how to use the Collision Deformer to create an effect where bullets bounce ...

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Exporting to Cinema 4D

Learn how to export an existing After Effects project to Cinema 4D to add a 3D logo.

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Channel Combiner

After Effects wizard Maltaannon is back, this time demystifying the Channel Combiner effect and how to use it on ...

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CC Flo Motion

Guest host Florian Fueger gives at revealing look at the After Effects CC Flo Motion effect.

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Captain America Shield

Learn techniques and workflow used to create a battle-scarred Captain America Shield using Cinema 4D, Photoshop and ...

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Channel Blur

Guest host Jerzy Drozda Jr is back with another After Effects tutorial, this time explaining the basics of the ...

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Maintaining Velocity

Have you ever created an animation you were happy with only to realise you needed to extend the length?

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Chemistry by Pierre Magnol

Motion graphic artist Pierre Magnol's Chemistry comprises beautifully shot imagery with fine graphics. I asked ...

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Explosive TV Graphics 2

Guest host Brett Morris discusses the After Effects workflow he used to create impactful Fast and Furious-style titles.


Advanced Type Fade

After Effects has a very powerful type engine for creating all kinds of dynamic type animations, but what if you ...

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Grungy Makeover

Learn how to use one of the Digital Juice Toxic Type After Effect templates as a starting point for a grungy promo.

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Change Color

After Effects Change Color and Change to Color effects are handy tools for isolating and changing colors in ...

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Pinball Bumper

Learn how to set up a pinball bumper in Cinema 4D with dynamic sound, bump action and lighting effects.

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Cell Pattern

Cell Pattern is handy for background creation and with a little experimentation you'll be surprised what you can create!

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Guest host Eran Stern explains Caustics, the water surface simulation effect created by After Effects pioneer Brian ...

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Experimenting in After Effects

The importance of experimentation to a motion designer can't be over emphasised. Experimentation stretches your ...

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The Warriors Way

Learn how MovieType for Cinema 4D, After Effects, Sapphire, Key Correct and Optical Flares were used for sweeping ...

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Guest host James Zwadlo demonstrates creative ways to use the After Effects Cartoon effect.


CC Bender and Bend It

Guest host Quba Michalski demonstrates the After Effects CC Bender and CC Bend It effects and their differences.

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Card Wipe

Guest host James Zwadlo demonstrates the After Effects Card Wipe effect.

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4-Color Gradient

Guest host Jerzy Drozda Jr makes a welcome return with some tips for using the After Effects 4-Color Gradient effect.

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The Shadow Catcher

Guest host Joren Kandel demonstrates how to use the Shadow Catcher plug-in in Cinema 4D for more realistic ...

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Boole vs Spline Mask

Guest host Joren Kandel demonstrates how to use a Spline Mask instead of a Boole to retain fillet caps on the cut ...

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CC Bubbles

Guest host James Zwadlo returns to the After Effects: Effects A-Z series with some creative uses for After ...

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CC Blobbylize

Eran Stern is back with the After Effects CCBlobbylize effect. So put on your googles and gloves, it's gonna get messy!

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CC Ball Action

Guest host Adam Everett of gives an in-depth breakdown of the After Effects CC Ball Action effect.

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CC Burn Film

James Zwadlo introduces the After Effects CC Burn Film effect and shares some creative uses for water and ...

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Spooky Hallway

Learn how I used Vanishing Point in Photoshop to create a 3D hallway, then animate the After Effects camera up the ...

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Brush Strokes

The After Effects Brush Strokes effect could easily be written off as a cheesy oil painting-style effect.

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Blur Effects Comparison

Learn the key differences between Box Blur, Fast Blur and Gaussian Blur and which one is the better choice

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Block Dissolve

Learn how the After Effects Block Dissolve effect can be used for more than simple transitions.

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Grungy Title Sequence

Learn how to turn a simple After Effects template project into a dynamic and grungy title sequence for an imaginary ...

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Invisible Selections

Learn how to use invisible selections when applying multiple materials to NURBS objects in Cinema 4D.

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Template Extreme Makeover

Learn how I gave an After Effects template an extreme makeover into a moody, sci-fi-style opening sequence.

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Animating Opacity

Learn how the Display tag and Alpha channel can be used to animate the opacity of your Cinema 4D objects.

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Freeze Frame Titles 2

As I mentioned in the previous breakdown, shot selection for this kind of look is very important.

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Fun With Photoshop Layers

In this 2 part After Effects tutorial learn to use a variety of tools in After Effects to bring Photoshop layers to life.


Freeze Frame Titles

The look where a shot is freeze framed and graphics build around a cut-out element isn't new, but surprisingly this ...

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Grungy Mechanical Look

Learn how to take a layered Photoshop file and breath life into it in After Effects, for a grungy mechanical look


Grungy Sports Look

Learn how I recreated the look of Kick Ass, with a sports theme, almost entirely from stock footage.

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Automatic Animation Features

In this 2 part recorded webinar, we explore some of the automatic animation features in After Effects.

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Mini Breakdowns 2

The Hurt Locker is a good example of taking a concept from a tutorial, in this case Andrew Kramer's Animating a Still.

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Using Illustrator with After Effects

Learn a range of must-know techniques, tips and gotchas for using Adobe Illustrator with Adobe After Effects.

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Mini Breakdowns 1

For Law Abiding Citizen I took the opportunity to get down and dirty with textures in Cinema 4D.

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Align, Distribute and Orient

Learn some creatives uses for the After Effects Align and Distribute to Composition and Orient Characters ...

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Dynamic Sci-Fi Look

Learn how I used Cinema 4D and After Effects to create a dynamic sci-fi look.

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Refine Edge

Learn how to you can use Photoshop’s Refine Edge tool to take much of the hard work out of refining intricate selections.

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Follow the Stars

Created in Cinema 4D, this campaign included a competition to win a trip for 2 to Cannes Film Festival.

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Bezier Warp

Learn how you can use Bezier Warp to make subtle adjustments to the position of elements in your scene.

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Easy Scripting

Tim Clapham demonstrates a must-know and surprisingly simple technique for creating custom scripts in Cinema 4D.

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Inglourious Basterds

Learn how I used stock footage and some free grunge textures to recreate the blood splatter style used in the ...

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