Adobe After Effects
- Adobe After Effects is the industry standard for animation and motion graphics, and is considered by many to be the best animation software for 2D. After Effects is integrated with Illustrator and Photoshop, so users may import designs from both those software directly into After Effects. After Effects offers a whole suite of tools for animation and to create motion graphics. It's intuitive interface allows users to easily create animations such as logo reveals, titles, intros, infographics, slideshows, text animations and much more.
Typically, a professional animator's workflow includes developing assets (or designs!) in Illustrator or Photoshop, then importing them into After Effects to combine them into one comprehensive project. After Effects also allows users to add things like visual effects and pop-in animations to help enhance their compositions, making it the comprehensive motion graphics software.
Finally, After Effects also allows for a number of third-party plugins, such as Mocha AE, Boris FX, Plexus, Cineblur and much more, giving users a ton of versatility in how they use the platform, as well as a professional and polished end product. While many professionals combine After Effects with Adobe's video editing software, Premiere Pro, to help compile lengthier projects, beginners may use After Effects to get started with animation and motion graphics. To learn more about how to use one of the top animation software on the market, check out some of MDS' After Effects courses here