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Where can i start to learn Motion graphics by myself?


I’ve worked with a lot of Motion Graphics Designers who learned a lot through Animation Bootcamp from the School of Motion. It is an investment, but they all said their skills have significantly improved. Jin Mee Leal

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clem’s Answer

Hi Kelly, the best place to start, and you probably know this, is YouTube.
It very much depends what sort of motion graphics you want to learn. You'll need access to software and the industry standard for a lot of motion and print graphics is Adobe's suite of tools (Adobe Creative Cloud), they're a good starting point if you're a beginner (and with a big student discount) and relatively easy to learn, plus they have a fairly standardised interface so once you learn one piece of software you'll find similar controls, layering and compositing tools in the others. You can also easily integrate between software so you can build backgrounds and textures in Photoshop then import them into After Efects with there layers and animate them. They are however generally for 2D work, if you want to work in 3D I'd say Cinema 4D (you can get a months free trial) is a good starting point and again an industry standard and it integrates with Adobe's After Effects so you can combine (composite) 2D and 3D. There's a wide range of other software and a lot of it is down to personal preference but this is as good a starting point as any, particularly if you want to make motion graphics for film, TV and video games.
There are a huge range of tutorials on YouTube for both After Effects and Cinema 4D so check them out and if that's the kind of work you want to do then it's a great place to start learning for yourself, in your own time and at your own pace. Good luck and enjoy!

clem recommends the following next steps:

Check out YouTube tutorials
Get the sofware on free trials or discounted and see what works for you
If you see a piece of animation or design you like ask the creator what software they used to make it and how they learnt to use it

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Karen’s Answer

I agree. YouTube videos. Internet searches on local organizations that specializes in motion graphics that you can volunteer with to get hands on learning.

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Nicole’s Answer

Hi Kelly,

I agree with everyone's answers about online resources that are free or you can easily access.

I highly recommend LinkedIn Learning (previously known as Lynda.com) is a rich resource full of many courses dedicated to motion graphics authored by experts in the field. Check your school or local public library as they may provide free access to Lynda.com.

Other great online learning resources to explore are Skillshare, Udemy, Coursera (among many others).

Lastly, the best way to start is to practice on your own and strengthen your skills day by day.

Wishing you the best of luck in your learning journey!
Nicole

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Luis R’s Answer

You can check out videos in Vimeo for inspiration and learn in youtube checking out tutorials depending the software you have or are more comfortable with.

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Shubham’s Answer

I agree. YouTube videos is the best way to start and you can take up course on udemy as well.

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