Many motion artists like myself have spent countless hours staring at the glow of their monitors fumbling through After Effects, Cinema 4D or whatever program suits them into the wee hours of the morning. We’re just trying to figure out why that darn doohickey just won’t attach to the flibberty jibbit even though the parameters seem correct!! As an artists you constantly strive to improve your skill set and learn more techniques thereby breaking down any barriers that could inhibit your creativity. All the while making yourself more valuable. Throughout my career as a motion artist I come to rely on the wealth of information that is out there to help me improve, expand and more importantly, look at things from a different perspective.
I have compiled a list of resources that have helped me gain a lot of knowledge and know-how in my perspective field. Now, there are literally thousands of places you can go but these are the ones that gave most helped me.

(After Effects, 3ds Max)
Considered by many to be the godfather of Motion Graphics and Visual FX, Andrew Kramer offers a VERY substantial library of tutorials that include a basic training series. The tutorials vary from mostly visual fx to more design oriented effects. The great thing about them is that all the project files are available for download so you can really get in there and dissect the project which is a valuable tool.

(After Effects, Cinema 4D)
Nick Campbell has a very nice collection of video tutorials. At The Gorilla, Nick has an amazing eye for design as is the focus there. He pushes the envelope on design in motion with After Effects He also dives into Cinema 4D on many occasions as it integrates into After Effects so well.

(After Effects)
Aharon Rabinowitzh started this site many years ago to reach out to the Visual FX and Motion community. There you will find alot of tutorials many of which deal with the TRAPCODE line of products.

(After Effects)
Eran Stern is an Adobe certified expert and instructor who has tutorials that date back to 2008 and they cover a wide range of topics. He always has a creative take on any topic and is easy to follow along with.

(After Effects)
Harry Frank has been working in motion design for over 13 years. He works at Red Giant so most of his tutorials revolve around their software and anybody who’s anybody knows how priceless they really are.

(After Effects)
The information available at AE Tuts is mind-blowing. From tutorials to blog articles they cover an extreme amount of information every motion artist should at least be aware of. Some of their tutorials are only available for “premium” members which can be costly but there is enough information without that you have access to.

(After Effects, Cinema 4D)
John Dickinson is a cutting-edge motion graphics artist. His tutorials stay mostly within the design realm and don’t stray into visual effects much however, the many techniques can easily be translated into any area of motion manipulation.

(Cinema 4D, 3ds Max, Maya, blender)
Now, Turbo Squid isn’t really a place for tutorials but it is an amazing place to gather up 3D models for all major platforms. The great part of it is that most of them are cheap and a good amount are even free!

(After Effects, 3ds Max)
Max After is a site dedicated to After Effects and 3ds Max. Those 2 programs don’t always play well together however, with the tutelage of these guys, the sibling rivalry could end. They have alot of tutorials as well as templates for sale.

(Well, pretty much everything!)
Many of my inquiries begin here. With a VERY deep well of content, Creative Cow has set itself aside from a lot of other resources based on their vast forums and helpful community. They have MANY tutorials but it is one of the best places to go with questions that are unique and hard to find with a Google search.

Here are examples of some of the work we’ve done utilizing techniques and tricks learned from the above resources:

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