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Yes, You Are a Designer
Are you intimidated by design? It's a foundational element of our industry, and one of the most important pieces in creating strong, evocative art. We sat down with Greg Gunn from Three Legged Legs to discuss his journey into Motion Design, and how you can find your rhythm as a designer.
The Ultimate Guide to Cutting Out Images in Photoshop
There are many tools you can use to cut out images in Photoshop. We've compiled the ultimate guide for quick selections, detailed masks, and Sensei-powered tricks to take your Photoshop game to the next level.
The Year in MoGraph - 2021
It has been an incredible year for designers and animators, but what's coming next? Joey, EJ, and Ryan sit down for a marathon podcast covering everything and anything in the industry from the past year.
The Alumni Holiday Card 2021
Another year, another incredible holiday card from the School of Motion alumni! Check out this collaborative video featuring 50 artists from all around the world.
A Look Ahead to 2022 — Industry Trends Report
We surveyed over two thousand artists, designers, and animators from around the world to find out where our industry is headed. What software is most used, what should you be learning, and what kinds of work can you expect to find in 2022?
Solving the Producer Problem with RevThink
The motion graphics industry is in a talent crunch, and the problem seems to be a lack of talented producers. We sat down with RevThink, veteran industry consultants and advisors, to show you how you can solve your own in-house issues and thrive as an artist.
Living In The Future with Jim Geduldick
How can you future-proof yourself as an artist? What is the future of motion graphics? How can you train your third eye and ensure a successful career? Jim Geduldick, director of Dimension Studio, is here to share his insights and experience.
How 3D Artists Can Use Procreate
Are you a 3D artist looking to take your work on the go? Jump into Procreate with EJ Hassenfratz to paint and polish your 3D objects from anywhere. We'll show you how to prepare your custom asset for export, create a node-based texture, and get started with 3D in Procreate.
Title Design Tips - After Effects Tips for Video Editors
Video editors need these simple design tips to create better edits and stronger title sequences. Kyle Hamrick is here with the final part of our series on After Effects Tips for Video Editors.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2021 Deals for Motion Designers
Get out your wishlist. We've gathered our favorite Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for motion graphics artists!
How Video Editors Can Gain Superpowers - Premiere Gal Kelsey Brannan
Elevate your editing with After Effects. Premiere Gal's Kelsey Brannan is here to show you a few secret weapons.
Clean Up Footage - After Effects Tips for Video Editors
Looking for some tips on title design? Kyle Hamrick has part 2 of this in-depth exploration of why video editors NEED After Effects.
Nature Made by Already Been Chewed
What if you advertised a sneaker based on a completely different footprint? Check out this amazing marketing campaign by Already Been Chewed, and learn how they were able to bring nature to life.
Craft Better Titles - After Effects Tips for Video Editors
Are you a video editor in need of some After Effects support? We've got a few key design tips to get you covered.
How to Skip School and Find Success as a Director - Reece Parker
Do you need a fancy degree to become a solid artist? We're sitting down with Reece Parker, freelance director, and learning about his journey toward success.
After Effects to the Max
It's time to unleash the power of multiframe rendering in After Effects. Join Ryan Summers and explore some of the fantastic new abilities in Adobe After Effects.
Adobe Max 2021 Guide
Adobe MAX is back, but where should you begin? We've got your guide to the 2021 sessions!
Quadriplegia Can’t Stop David Jeffers
Overcoming adversity is just second nature when you make the decision to be unstoppable. Freelance sound designer David Jeffers shares his story, his personal path to MoGraph, and how he maintains his creative spark.
It's a Charade with Doctor Dave
Suffering from Imposter Syndrome? You're not alone. Dr. Dave Landers might have the answers you need.
Exploring the Menus of Adobe Premiere Pro - Window
Climb in through the window, because we're on our last menu for Adobe Premiere Pro.
Exploring the Menus of Adobe Premiere Pro - Window
Climb in through the window, because we're on our last menu for Adobe Premiere Pro.
Exploring the Menus of Adobe Premiere Pro - View
Need to change your playback or adjust your guides? Sounds like you need the View menu.
Do the Hustle with Nick Greenawalt
Do you have a side hustle? Do you need one? Nick Greenawalt talks about the gig mindset and making it as a freelancer.
Exploring the Menus of Adobe Premiere Pro - Graphics
Need to add fonts, or replace them, in your Premiere Pro projects? Let's take a look at the Graphics menu!
What's New in Cinema 4D R25?
Maxon just launched Cinema 4D R25, and we can't wait to talk about all the amazing updates.
Exploring the Menus of Adobe Premiere Pro - Markers
Improve your Premiere Pro workflow by learning the INs and OUTs of the Markers menu.
Accelerating the Future of After Effects
Are you ready for a render revolution? Adobe After Effects has a few updates that will stomp down the accelerator.
Crafting Attention Getting GIFs
Mill Designer Dom Han explains why he loves GIFs, and what it takes to make them go viral.
Newer Software for 2D Character Animation - Danni Fisher-Shin
What is the future for 2D animation? We asked an expert: Danni Fisher-Shin.
Why You Need GIFs in Your Email Marketing
Want to add some life and motion to your emails? Let's see why GIFs can be your secret marketing weapon.
Exploring the Menus of Adobe Premiere Pro - Sequence
Get those clips in line and ready for showtime by learning about the Sequence menu in Adobe Premiere Pro!
Concepting and Pitching Ideas to Clients
Check out this exclusive sneak peek at our Holdframe Workshop on radical collaboration!
Viewport Zooming and Scaling in After Effects
Welcome to After Effects 101, where we are going to show you some hot tips on Zoom and Scale with your Viewport.
From Zero to Hero: How School of Motion Plans Your Career Growth
Is it possible to go from MoGraph newbie to Render Rockstar? We think so, and we've got the path to get you there.
Exploring the Menus of Adobe Premiere Pro - Clip
Mastering your clips has never been easier with Adobe Premiere Pro. Check out our look at the Clip menu.
Designing the UI of Tomorrow - Stephen Lawes of Cantina Creative
What is it like designing the User Interface...for Iron Man?
Simple 3D Modeling Tips in Cinema 4D
When modeling in Cinema 4D, it's better to work smarter and not harder. Check out this sneak peek at our Holdframe Workshop!
Exploring the Menus of Adobe Premiere Pro - Edit
You're using Adobe Premiere Pro for editing already, but how much do you reallyy know about its Edit menu?
Creating 3D Space in a 2D World
Working in a 2D style with 3D assets? Johan Eriksson has a few tips to maintain the right look!
How a Motion Designer Went from Mac to PC
How hard is it to switch from Mac to PC as a motion designer?
How to Design Show-Stopping Sports MoGraph
When you're working in sports broadcasting, your design needs to be game ready!
Why Motion Graphics are Better for Storytelling
Want a more effective way to tell a story? Try adding a little motion!
Exploring the Menus of Adobe Premiere Pro - File
Want to be a better editor? Then you have to learn more about the menus in Adobe Premiere Pro!
Stylized Movement in Mixed Media Animation
Are you animated characters in need of a style update? Check out this sneak peek at our Holdframe Workshop!
Being the Smarterest Artist - Peter Quinn
Can putting your best work on social media lead to a game-changing gig? Peter Quinn thinks so.
Seamless Transitions - Going Viral on Instagram and TikTok
Can your motion design skills help your videos go viral? Peter Quinn has a few tips for you.
Understanding the Adobe Illustrator Menus - Window
In our last look at the Illustrator Menus, we're popping open a new Window!
Ride the Future Together - Mill Design Studio's Trippy New Animation
How do you show off futuristic tech without losing your own artistic style?
How to Get Amazing Nature Renders in Redshift
Looking to add life to your nature scenes? Check out this sneak peek from Sekani Solomon's Holdframe Workshop.
3 Ways to Spice Up Your Content with Motion Graphics
Looking to add a little punch to your content? Sounds like you need to add motion graphics, STAT!
Understanding the Adobe Illustrator Menus - View
Generate outlines, smart guides, and more with the View Menu in Adobe Illustrator.
The Ultimate Cinema 4D Machine
EJ needed to build a powerful new rig for Cinema 4D, so he teamed up with the genies at Puget Systems.
How to Start a New Studio with Mack Garrison of Dash Studios
Ever wanted to start your own studio? We brought in Mack Garrison of Dash Studios to talk about making it in the industry.
Sculpting the Animation Process
A new Holdframe Workshop is coming, and we snatched a sneak preview just for you.
Understanding the Adobe Illustrator Menus - Effect
It's time to distort and transform as we explore the Effects Menu in Adobe Illustrator.
Tricks for Overcoming Creative Block
Having trouble coming up with your next great idea? We've got a system to help you out.
Digital Puppet Show - Adobe Character Animator
Want to animate characters with just your face? Welcome to Adobe Character Animator.
Understanding the Adobe Illustrator Menus - Select
Pick up a few tips and tricks for the Adobe Illustrator Select Menu.
Join Us in Our New Clubhouse
School of Motion is joining Clubhouse, and we think you should climb the tree and come on in.
Don't Burn Bridges - Staying Hireable with Amanda Russell
Is your attitude putting your business in jeopardy? We talk about landmines that can blow up your freelance career.
How to Build a Stable Freelance Business
If you want to build you motion design business, take a lesson from a parent: ask for help.
Understanding the Adobe Illustrator Menus - Type
Create outlines and master typography with the Type Menu in Adobe Illustrator.
How to Get Started in Unreal Engine 5
Are you ready to get started with Unreal Engine 5? Follow Jonathan Winbush as he demonstrates the power of the new engine.
How Many Industries have NFTs Disrupted?
The NFT market is shifting, but every industry still wants in on the game.
Understanding the Adobe Illustrator Menus - Object
Manipulate objects with ease as you learn more about the Adobe Illustrator Object Menu.
Finding Success from East to Kanye West - Emonee LaRussa
Emonee LaRussa built her career around a wide variety of styles, and her drive to succeed is something you need to see to believe.
How to Turn Illustrator Designs into Motion Masterpieces
Want to turn your Adobe Illustrator designs into amazing animations using After Effects? We've got the tips for you.
How Motion Design Empowers the Future of Medicine
How can motion design studios support the future of medicine?
Understanding the Adobe Illustrator Menus - Edit
Learn how to quickly check your work and control your clipboard with the Adobe Illustrator Edit Menu.
A Guide to Writing Stories for Animation
Writing a story can be a real challenge, so we gathered up some of the most important tips to craft a great tale.
Understanding the Adobe Illustrator Menus - File
Learn how to get the most of Adobe Illustrator's top menus, beginning with File.
A Blueprint to Expand Your Career with Remington Markham
If you need a blueprint for taking control of your career, look no further than Remington Markham.
A Quick Guide to Photoshop Menus - Window
Our last look into the Photoshop menus has us peeking out the window.
Why You Should Learn 3D as a Motion Designer
3D animation and design is changing the Motion Design industry, so why is it so important to learn right now?
The Most Popular 3D Software of 2021
With so many 3D programs to choose from, we've put together a list of our favorites for 2021.
A Quick Guide to Photoshop Menus - View
There's more to the View menu than just zooming in and out! Let's dive in this Photoshop menu together.
10 Motion Graphics Tools Video Editors Need to Know
If you're struggling to pull off motion design as an editor, maybe you need to look at a new program. Have you met our friend After Effects?
Ready, Set, Refresh - Newfangled Studios
When is it time to update your brand? We asked Newfangled Studios about their recent refresh, and you gotta hear this!
A Quick Guide to Photoshop Menus - 3D
When the going gets tough, you might just need to create a 3D object in...gasp...Photoshop!
Tricks for Creating a Hand-Drawn Look in After Effects
How can we quickly and efficiently create a hand-drawn look for our animations in After Effects?
A Quick Guide to Photoshop Menus - Filter
Learn how to make the most of Filters in this look at the Filter menu in Photoshop.
Rebranding Yourself Mid-Career with Monique Wray
How hard is it to rebrand yourself mid-career? We talked with Monique Wray about her move from 3D to a new, unique style.
A Quick Guide to Photoshop Menus - Select
Learn how to get the most out of your selection in this look at the Photoshop Select menu.
Mindfulness for Motion Designers
Mental health and well being is a key part of being a well-rounded creator.
How to Use Procreate with Photoshop
Procreate is a powerful tool for designers on the go, and we've got a few tips to improve your process.
A Quick Guide to Photoshop Menus - Type
Find all the ways to affect your type in this deep dive into another Photoshop menu.
Mothers in Motion
This Mothers' Day, we want to celebrate the incredible artists that raise the bar while raising a family.
Why You Should Use Motion Graphics in Your Marketing
Content marketing is here to stay, so how can motion graphics elevate your brand and help you stand out in the crowd?
Working for the Foo Fighters - A Chat with Bomper Studios
What would you do for a chance to work with the Foo Fighters? Bomper Studio took their shot...and it paid off.
Ten Different Takes on Reality - Designing the Titles for TEDxSydney
The title sequence for TEDxSydney 2020 was an absolute show-stopper...so how did they do that?
A Quick Guide to Photoshop Menus - Layer
Learn to better manage your many layers in this exploration of the Photoshop Layer Menu.
Why Motion Design Needs Graphic Designers
The world of motion design needs more Graphic Designers...and we'll tell you why that's a good idea for you.
Find Out Which School of Motion Course is Right for You
Wondering what makes School of Motion unique? Take This Quick Quiz to Determine Which SOM Course is Right for You
Getting Started with Wave and Taper in After Effects
Learn to animate way shapes and growing plants with new tools in After Effects.
A Quick Guide to Photoshop Menus - Image
Learn how to better manipulate your images in Photoshop inside the Image menu.
How to Get Started with Digital Art
Want to get started in digital art but don't know how? Let's take a look together!
From GSG to Rocket Lasso with Chris Schmidt
When you start out at GreyScaleGorilla, it's amazing how far you can go.
A Quick Guide to Photoshop Menus - Edit
Expand your knowledge of Photoshop's Edit menu, and the secret goodies within.