2018 has been another awesome year for After Effects and Cinema 4D tutorials.

Creators from all around the world were featured on our site, and we've narrowed down our list to the 20 best (and as always free) After Effects and C4D tutorials from this year. Notable tutorial instructors for the year are Cinecom.net, who helped us create that amazing 13 Reasons Why Effect, as well as Tutorials by NPS 3D™, who helped us create some amazing effects with Element 3D from scratch. The most trending tutorial used the Transfusion plugin, which was super popular this year. We've got a steady stream of C4D tutorials and Sean Dove and Daniel Danielsson have been our most watched C4D Instructors. This is the second year we are compiling this list, and we plan on continuing to do so in the future. Did you miss 2017? You can check out the full list here. Be sure to subscribe and support the instructors, they are helping us build knowledge to help our mograph careers. Enjoy and Happy New Year!
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Create This Powerful Super Saiyan Aura Effect

Tutorial By: RobotUnderdog2 This one is intense! RobotUnderdog brings us a fantastic tutorial, breaking down this epic forcefield aura effect, like the one seen in Dragon Ball Z! We’ve all seen it, and now we have a free tutorial on how to do it ourselves! Be sure to check out some of...

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Learn How To Animate A Dog Walk Cycle

Tutorial by: Pregardt This is a great tutorial if you’re trying to learn a bit more about character animation and walk cycles. There are tons of tutorials on human walk cycles, but Pregardt does an amazing job breaking this dog walk cycle into a few simple parts. Not to mention the designs...

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Learn How To Create Fun Doodles On Any Footage

Tutorial By: ArmaganVideos If you’ve seen any of the viral videos on youtube, then you know everything is better with doodles! Armagan Videos shows us how to create and add doodles to any footage! From the Instructor: In this tutorial we are bringing real life objects to life by animating...

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Learn How To Re-Create The Black Panther End Title Sequence

Tutorial by: Red Giant Now this is one worth watching! Red Giant has released another amazing tutorial, this time breaking down the end credits of Black Panther! If you have yet to see the film’s end credits, you can watch it in its entirety below. The tutorial is quite long so we’ve...

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Learn Advanced Face Tracking Techniques

Tutorial by: nipanartofmedia Watch out because this one is intense! Nipan Studio shows us how to create this realistic face tracking effect using textures and motion tracking! This effect can be used to track scars, face morphs or anything you can imagine. Be sure to check out his channel and show...

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Create Dynamic Dots and Lines Using The Network Plugin

Tutorial by: Creation Effects We were blown away by the amazing things that can be done with the ‘Network’ plugin. It costs $15 dollars, but the amount of control and detail you can create with it is astounding. Check out the tutorial above. You can purchase ‘Network’ with...

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Learn How To Create This Dripping Gold Text Effect In Cinema 4D

Tutorial by:  Sean Dove Check out this amazing tutorial showing us how to create these dripping gold animations in C4D! If you are new to motion graphics, these are the types of tutorials that will help you increase your knowledge and keep you up to date on the newest mograph styles. Thanks Sean...

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Create Realistic 3D Frost In Cinema 4D

Tutorial by: Daniel Danielsson Daniel Danielsson does it again in this amazing ( but very advanced) tutorial! This time he shows us how to create this realistic growing frost on top of some 3D text. This is an advanced C4D tutorial using X-Particles and the Arnold render. Thank you Daniel for...

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Create Glossy Animated 3D Text Using Element 3D

Tutorial by: NPS 3D™ There’s a ton of Element 3D Tutorials out there, but not many that show you how to add animation into 3D elements in order to create unique glossy reflections. Well, look no further than this tutorial from NPS, who breaks down using fractal noise to animate elements...

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Learn How To Track Polaroids In 3D Space Like 13 Reasons Why

Tutorial by: Cinecom.net Yet another incredible tutorial from the guys over at Cinecom.net – these guys are really setting the bar for the best free After Effects tutorials. This time, they break down how to create this beautiful animation seen below from the 13 reasons why trailer.  The...

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Create These Fun Character Walk Cycle Animations

Tutorial by: Tony Babel Wow! This tutorial is really going to take your character game up a level. Tony Babel breaks down the whole process from creating the character, to showing us how to animate multiple walk cycles! You can see all of the other videos below. Tony has also been so gracious to...

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Create This Detailed Circuit Board Using Element 3D

Tutorial by: NPS 3D™ NPS shows us how to create this amazing Circuit Board Effect using After Effects and Element 3D! This is an advanced tutorial and is pretty long, so stretch out and be sure to click “Watch Later” if you need to split the time! From the instructor: In this video I...

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Create This Beautiful Particle Wave Using Trapcode Particular

Tutorial by:  Vfx-Studio.Natasha Be sure to give VFX-Studio Natasha some love in this amazing tutorial! Here we will learn how to create this mezmorizing animation using Trapcode Particular in After Effects! From The Instructor: Hello everyone, this is Natasha here. Welcome to my youtube channel...

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Learn How To Create Digital Makeup – Face Tracking

Tutorial by: flomotion Wow! 😯 😮  This tutorial is as thorough as it gets. Flomotion breaks down how to put on make up digitally using motion tracking! From the instructor: In this digital make up paint tutorial by flomotion you will learn how to track separate parts of a face, including chin...

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