Hey friends! I've been learning After Effects and Cinema4D and I wanted to share a few snippets I've been working on.
I've found that working on short gif every couple of days is very impactful for getting comfortable with After Effects. Even in a tutorial for something simple, I feel like I learn a bunch of unexpected new things, like a keyboard shortcut, effect, expression, or way to manipulate compositions.
For this DNA strand, I used this tutorial from YouTube.
I've also been working my way through 3D For Designers.
I'll be honest. Sometimes this whole "learning something new" thing is very uncomfortable and frustrating for me. Even for a simple tutorial, I find I must devote 100% focus and often have to rewatch the same 15 seconds at least three times to get what the instructor is trying to get across. As someone who has been primarily using Illustrator, Photoshop, and Sketch, learning a new set of keyboard shortcuts are also frustrating.
On the other hand, seeing a finished result is SO rewarding. And I think I'm finally starting to get the hang of After Effects. It gets a little bit easier every day, and it's less intimidating to take on more challenging and complex ideas.