After Effects 18.2 is now available for download from the Creative Cloud desktop application. This release of After Effects includes support for DirectX12 on Windows. DirectX12 now replaces OpenGL as the default display rendering technology for After Effects and Premiere Pro on Windows, providing a more modern codebase with improved stability and performance. In addition to that, many bugs have been fixed as well.
- Fixed an issue that caused using the custom keyboard shortcuts from After Effects 18.0 in After Effects 18.1 to break the “V” hotkey for the Selection tool.
- Fixed an issue with Real-Time 3D Draft Preview that caused compositions to render incorrectly when multiple compositions were opened in individual viewers with Draft 3D enabled.
- Fixed an issue that caused panning using the Spacebar shortcut to not work in the Render Queue.
- Fixed an issue with Real-Time 3D Draft Preview that caused the state to not be preserved when opening a saved project.
- Fixed an issue that caused After Effects 2021 to create and utilize the “After Effects 2020” folder for User Presets, User Libraries, and User Videos.
To check out bug fixes for earlier versions, visit the Fixed Issues page.
How to update After Effects to version 18.2?
Open the Creative Cloud desktop application and click the Updates tab on the top-left. Find After Effects in the list and click Update.
I don't see the update in my Creative Cloud desktop application. What should I do?
Click Help > Check for Updates from the Creative Cloud desktop application to refresh it.
While rendering your After Effects project via Adobe Media Encoder, sometimes you might run into an issue where Adobe Media Encoder opens but the composition isn't added to the queue. Follow the troubleshooting steps given in this article to solve the problem: https://adobe.ly/2VenHZr
If the steps given in the article don't help you, we need to collect dynamic link logs from your computer and share them with the After Effects team. Please follow these steps on your computer and share the log files with any Adobe staffer in the community.
- In After Effects, choose Help > Enable Logging
- Restart After Effects and open your project that exhibits the problem
- Send your composition to Adobe Media Encoder
- After you have successfully replicated the problem, choose Help > Reveal Logging File in After Effects. A bunch of folders will open revealing different kinds of After Effects logs
- Look for the file named "LiveLink Log.txt"
- Upload the "LiveLink Log.txt" file to Adobe Creative Cloud and share the URL with us. Instructions here: https://helpx.adobe.com/in/creative-cloud/help/share.html. Feel free to use any other file-sharing service if you want.
NOTE: Sharing the logs with the After Effects team doesn't assure an immediate fix. In some cases, you may get an immediate resolution while in others, it will help the After Effects team to get to the root of the problem and drive product enhancements.
The After Effects team identified a bug in After Effects 18.0 where the application would crash when closing the Timeline panel. This happens when After Effects is running on an external monitor with multiple timeline windows open. Please note that this bug affects Windows 10 users only.
An immediate patch, After Effects 18.0.1, has been released to address this issue.
I have created a monthly roundup of the top 5 best After Effects tutorials for that month. Below you will see Januarys and Februarys. I'd love to hear your thoughts and if you find them useful.
Top 5 AFTER EFFECTS Tutorials in January 2021
Top 5 AFTER EFFECTS Tutorials in February 2021
It's important to learn After Effects in a structured course before attempting to create things. I liken this to playing the piano. You have to learn the scales and what the notes are before you can learn to play a song.
Here's a great starting point for anyone using After Effects in their work. You should be comfortable with everything in this book before attempting to use it in your work. It's enormously helpful to help you understand the fundamentals of After Effects.
In order to make it easier for our community to work at home, we're taking several measures to minimize disruptions and make connecting with colleagues and clients easier during this time. We're very pleased to announce that all Creative Cloud Individual members can enjoy the benefits of our Team Projects service for Premiere Pro and After Effects at no additional cost.
How does Team Projects benefit me?
Team Projects allows motion graphics artists and editors to collaborate on the same Premiere Pro and After Effects projects while working from home. For detailed information and FAQ, read this blog post: https://theblog.adobe.com/adobe-offers-team-projects-to-premiere-pro-and-after-effects-users-with-a-creative-cloud-individual-license/
This work at home period also provides us with an opportunity to upskill ourselves. We can utilize this time to learn After Effects and other tools. For new and existing users, this can be a very productive time to go through the After Effects user guide and video tutorials.
After Effects user guide: https://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/user-guide.html
After Effects video tutorials: https://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/tutorials.html
More resources for collaboration and security:
If you know other tools or resources for motion graphics artists that have been made available at a discounted price or for free, share them in the comments below.