Blog posts filed under After Effects

A collection of tips, tricks, scripts and general comments on working with Adobe After Effects.

  • How much does an animation cost?

    I'd love to be able to give a single figure answer to the this question, but the truth is; costs vary from project to project depending on client needs and style considerations.

    As a very rough ballpark figure, projects tend to start from around £3000. This sort of budget allows... Read more →

  • Creating a number counter in After Effects just got a lot easier

    The first version of the Numero script was designed to take a lot of the legwork out of creating a sliding number counter in After Effects: you could select the number of columns you needed, hit go, and the script would take... Read more →

  • Comparing your work to others

    On the last day of my week long takeover of the Motion Hatch podcast Instagram account, I had an idea to post my latest motion design reel alongside the first ever reel/promo I did… all the way back from 2010!

    For those of you that weren’t following here... Read more →

  • Animating paragraph text in After Effects

    Throughout my motion design work I’ve animated a fair few paragraphs for explainer and social media videos - much like the example you see here for trivago:

    motion design for trivago

    Although simple on the surface, the technique to... Read more →

  • Creating a sliding number counter in After Effects

    UPDATE: The script has now been updated to make it easier than ever to create a sliding number counter in After Effects

    My latest project for Loop is a brand new script for creating odometers or sliding number counters in After Effects like the one below:

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          <h3><a href="/blog/motion-design-reel/">Motion Design Reel</a></h3>
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            <p>Yep, it's that time again! I've managed to put together a brand new motion design showreel for 2018, featuring projects from the past year and beyond.</p> <p>Take a look:</p> <iframe src=

    I really enjoyed putting this reel together, it really made me stop and... Read more →

  • Freelance Motion Design Update

    2017 was a great year, I've been lucky enough to work on some wonderful projects with some ace clients and agencies, if 2018 is as good then I'll be a happy motion designer!

    As it was a busy one, I've only now had the chance to update my portfolio with... Read more →

  • Creating Chronos - a futuristic interface kit for After Effects

    I’ve always loved sci-fi, it’s my favourite genre by far. The world building, the rules, the foresight, just the wonderful creativity involved in creating something out of this world is what fascinates me the most.

    As a motion designer, I've always wanted to have a go at creating a futuristic... Read more →

  • Glitch effect presets for After Effects

    Fragment is the latest project I've made for Loop - a set of 15 glitchy transitions and presets for After Effects.

    Had a lot of fun making the promo for this one too:

    Making the... Read more →

  • Skylights Pro - Vintage filters for After Effects

    Following on from the ever popular Instagram style Skylights filters I made a while back, I decided to make a pro version - 30 brand new filters, plus an additional 15 noise and grain overlays to... Read more →

  • Handicons icon pack

    Throughout a lot of my motion design work I find myself needing different hand icons; perhaps a hand pointing to something, or swiping on a phone screen.

    That's why I've made Handicons! A set of 30 different hand icons, perfect for all sorts of projects.

    Here's a quick look at... Read more →

  • Motion design at The Guardian

    Over the past couple of weeks I swapped Manchester for a freelance motion design contract at The Guardian in London.

    I had a great time working there, as you can imagine the projects are pretty varied. In the first week I worked on this from the 99 seconds series:

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  • More motion design for The Guardian

    Over the past couple of weeks I've been down in London working freelance on some more motion design projects at The Guardian.

    This time I worked on a couple of different projects, the first of which was a video detailing what the Ebola virus is, how it's transferred, and what... Read more →

  • Keep vectors sharp in After Effects

    Over the past few weeks I've been working on a new motion graphics promotional video for my own website (something similar to my old motion graphics promo).

    In this new promo I've used plenty of shape layers, halfway through animating I ran into a slight problem though: I'd... Read more →

  • Creating a 3D blueprint in Cinema 4D

    Ever since Adobe added Cinema 4D to After Effects I've been trying to use it more and more in my motion graphics work. Every now and then I'll discover something cool & I just can't help experimenting with it!

    The most recent thing I've found is the 'Cel Render' effect... Read more →

  • A motion graphics business card

    I had a random idea the other day while I was looking at my current business card design - why not create a business card with a bit of a difference? Something which showcases the motion graphics work I do, something which could act as a little introduction to... Read more →

  • A motion graphics design gif!

    After creating a few different motion design gif experiments, I decided to incorporate one into my site to help advertise what I do.

    This is the result:

    motion graphics design gif

    It's now helping to liven up the services page, I think it works... Read more →

  • Animating a still photograph in After Effects

    I was looking through some of the pictures on my phone from last summer and decided to have a go at creating a short animation from a still photograph. Here's the result:

    Here's the original photograph:

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    I wanted to create an Instagram style filter using the standard tools within After Effects to help liven up some old footage I was working with. After creating a few different styles I ended up... Read more →

  • Motion graphics project: gifs

    I've been working on a motion graphics project recently that involved creating an animated gif version of a client logo in After Effects.

    Before taking on the project, I decided to experiment slightly and put some trial animations together to help get a feel for the gif making process:

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  • Creating different shape masks in After Effects

    I've always loved watching video tutorials on the web, I find having someone talk you through how to do something and being able to watch them do it is far more engaging than simply following a blog post with some screenshots.

    So I've decided to have a go myself! I've... Read more →

  • After Effects motion tracking experiment

    Another short motion graphics test, this time experimenting with motion tracking in After Effects to 'parent' some visuals to the movement of my eye:

    I'm pretty pleased with the results, using motion tracking like this can be a great way... Read more →

  • Shapes - animation

    Another little motion graphics piece I've created, this time to experiment with a couple of different techniques when animating 2D shapes in After Effects.

    The music was again created by Andy Hudson and the full track 'Fear Of' is... Read more →

  • Assassin's creed logo animation

    I wanted to have a go at animating the futuristic Assassin's creed logo in After Effects:

    Whenever I see an animation I like, I'm always curious as to how it's actually done and what techniques have been used to create... Read more →

  • Motion graphics promotional video

    To go along with my website redesign I thought it was time for a brand new promotional video as well. Here's the finished video:

    Once again the music was provided by my good friend Andy - http://andyhudsonmusic.com

    When I... Read more →

  • Motion graphics experiment: 'Annotation'

    As a little experiment into mixing live action footage with motion graphics I created the short sample videos below. The process involved tracking the motion of the video in After Effects and linking the position of the graphics to the tracked keyframes - this basically helps to keep the titles... Read more →

  • Motion graphics: kinetic titles.

    With the phase 1 changes to my site now live, I finally had the chance to work on some motion design work.

    To get back into the swing of using After Effects I created the video below, it showcases some 'kinetic titles' as well as some other cool visuals,... Read more →

  • 5 Second Project: Countdown

    A couple of months ago I came across Greyscale Gorilla - a blog dedicated to all manner of motion graphics and 3D design.

    Whilst traversing the wealth of posts over there I found out about the '5 second projects' - basically they provide you with a theme and... Read more →

  • Visually stunning: Gorey Castle besieged by projection

    Now this is how you attack a castle in the 21st Century!

    The effect was achieved by mapping out the castle and then creating the various animations to fit the map - it was then projected onto the castle using a very high intensity projecter: the Christie 25K projector.

    The... Read more →

Rewilding the planet with animation and motion design

We've only got one planet, and right now it needs all the help it can get. Climate change and biodiversity loss are massive challenges that we need to tackle head on.

That's why, for every animation project over £1000 a donation of 2% of the total budget will be made to the World Land Trust, on your behalf.

The money will go towards WLT's "buy an acre" programme; buying up and protecting vital habitats around the world, and helping fight against climate change.

Any projects under £1000 will have a tree planted on your behalf.

Acres saved so far:

Thanks to my wonderful clients and the animations we've produced, enough money has been donated to save around 12 Acres of vital habitats around the world.