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7 Essential Tools for Motion Graphics Designers

Updated: Apr 9

As a seasoned motion graphics artist with 10 years of experience, I have come to rely on certain design tools that have become indispensable to my work. Whether you are new to the field or a seasoned pro, having the right tools can make all the difference in creating compelling motion graphics. In this blog post, I am excited to share my top

recommendations for essential design tools that I personally use and highly recommend.

01. Graphic Tablets and Smartphone Apps: Graphic tablets like those from Wacom are useful for working with precision on your designs and animations. You can also use an iPad with apps like Procreate or Sketchbook.

02. Design Tools: Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop are great tools for creating vector graphics and editing images, textures, and effects that can be used in your animations.

03. Image Processing: Adobe Photoshop is a useful tool for creating and editing images. Plugins like those from Imagenomic for noise cancellation and skin correction can also be helpful.

04. Animation Software: Adobe After Effects is an essential tool for creating motion graphics. It allows you to create dynamic and engaging animations with ease. Additionally, plugins such as those from Red Giant's Trapcode pack and Video Copilot’s Element 3D can greatly enhance your workflow.

05. 3D Modeling Software: Programs like Cinema 4D, Blender, and Autodesk Maya are essential for creating 3D animations.

06. Resource Libraries: Adobe Stock is a library of resources that allows you to access images, videos, and music for use in your animations. Other recommended libraries include Envato and Shutterstock.

07. Video Editing Tools: Adobe Premiere Pro is a popular video editing tool that allows you to edit and compose your animations and videos. Additionally, apps like Camcut can be useful for editing videos on your smartphone.

It's important to note that motion graphics designers should have a strong understanding of graphic design principles before diving into creating animations. Understanding composition, color theory, typography, and other design principles can greatly enhance the visual appeal of your animations.

In conclusion, these tools are essential for any motion graphics designer looking to create engaging and visually stunning animations. By having these tools in your arsenal and a strong understanding of design principles, you'll be well on your way to creating amazing motion graphics.

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