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Tutorial: Create a Cartoon Explosion in After Effects

By Joey Korenman
After Effects

Here's how to create an awesome cartoon explosion in After Effects.

Drawing hand animated effects takes a lot of time, patience, and practice. Being in an industry that can be as fast paced as Motion Graphics we don't always have the luxury of being on a job where we can just stop and learn a brand new skill that can take a lot of time to master. In this tutorial we're going to see how you can use After Effects to make a cartoon style explosion that looks like someone animated it by hand in a program like Adobe Animate. Check out the resources tab for some inspiration and other goodies that go along with this tutorial. 

Download the anime explosion project file for After Effects.

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