• How to Animate Photos in After Effects

  • by Aaron Nace
    August 3, 2023
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Ready to take your Photoshop creations to a whole new level with some After Effects magic? In this tutorial, we’ll show you step by step how to export layers from your Photoshop masterpiece, bring them into After Effects, and create a dynamic animation.

Note: This is a basic course in After Effects using an image created in another course. If you want to see how the original fantasy landscape was created, check out Conceptual Compositing: Creating and Animating an Underwater Dreamworld.


Bring your Images to Life.

Take a Dive into After Effects

Combine Photoshop and After Effects to create stunning moving scenes. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to export assets from a Photoshop project, bring them into After Effects, and then create silky-smooth motion and parallax effects.

If you are a Photoshop expert who is new to After Effects, this course is for you! We’ll teach you the basics of After Effects, including how to organize projects, and work with a wide variety of images and assets.

Hands-On Learning

Get ready for an awesome learning experience! We’ve got everything you need to dive into the world of animation. Included in your downloads you’ll find both 18 PNG images needed and the After Effects Project File.

Import & Organize

With so many images and assets, organization is critical to a smooth and easy workflow. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to import and organize all of the pieces you’ll need to create all three animations.

Export Assets from Photoshop

This isn’t just an After Effects tutorial. We kick things off in Photoshop, showing you how to export multiple Layers and elements of a complex composite as PNGs. This allows you to work with multiple pieces in After Effects, creating depth, motion, and variety.

Adobe Creative Cloud

If you use Photoshop, you probably have an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. This gives you access to a whole range of creative tools, including After Effects. There’s no better time than now to explore Creative Cloud and learn new software and skills.

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