After Effects Tutorial: Create Animated Backgrounds

 Animated backgrounds can add a lot of visual interest to your videos and other creative projects. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create animated backgrounds in After Effects using a variety of techniques.

Step 1: Create a new composition

Start by creating a new composition in After Effects by going to File > New > Composition. In the New Composition window, set the desired width and height for your background and click OK.

Step 2: Add a solid layer

Add a solid layer to your composition by going to Layer > New > Solid. In the New Solid dialog box, set the desired color for your background and click OK.

Step 3: Create an animated pattern

Use After Effects’ various tools and effects to create an animated pattern on top of the solid layer. You can use the Shape Tool to draw shapes, the Text Tool to add text, or import pre-made graphics. Apply effects like Wiggle, Turbulent Displacement, or CC Radial Wipe to animate the pattern.

Step 4: Duplicate the pattern layer

Duplicate the animated pattern layer to create additional layers of repeating patterns. Adjust the position, scale, and opacity of each layer to create a dynamic and layered effect.

Step 5: Use blend modes

Experiment with different blend modes to combine the animated pattern layers with the solid background layer, creating interesting visual effects. For instance, use the “Overlay” blend mode to blend the colors of the pattern and background.

Step 6: Add camera movement

Create a camera layer in your composition and animate its position, rotation, or field of view to create a moving background effect. This can add depth and dimension to your background.

Step 7: Add particles

Enhance your background with particle effects. Use the CC Particle World or other particle effect plugins to create a flurry of moving elements, such as dust, sparks, or confetti.

Step 8: Adjust timing and transitions

Use keyframes and expressions to fine-tune the timing and transitions of your animated elements, creating a smooth and visually appealing background.

Step 9: Render the composition

Once you’re satisfied with your animated background, render the composition by going to Composition > Add to Render Queue. Choose the desired output format and render settings and click Render.


Creating animated backgrounds in After Effects is a versatile and creative process. By combining various techniques and effects, you can produce dynamic and visually compelling backgrounds for your videos and other projects. Experiment with different approaches and let your creativity guide you.


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