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6 Essential Tools of Motion Graphics You Should Know in 2020

Hey!! all animators out there.

Welcome to the world of Motion Graphics and this blog is merely dedicated to those who have their heart set on a motion design career.

Additionally, for those who have just landed up to this fantastic industry and I promise this topic would be more enthusiasm for the newbies, as they all have got to know more about what industry is working on and which tools are more trending these days.

However, you can encounter a lot of software or tools every other day in the market to learn and might be thinking about which tools you should choose for your career prospects.

So to narrow down your hustle. I’ll be helping you on this journey and would be discussing some useful tools that you should know before appearing for your upcoming motion graphic interview. Grow your motion graphics skills with these tools mentioned below.

Essential Tools


An elementary tool for all motion artist as well as for graphic designers out there in the designing industry, it’s an editing software and possesses capabilities far beyond. You can perform the following activities in Photoshop:

  • One can resize the images which are too big.
  • Crop out the images from photographs.
  • By using various filters and advanced tools you can create designs.  


Illustrator is another famous tool for motion designers in the designing industry. It is quite similar to Photoshop yet, a lot of variations in functions in the Illustrator. The major difference is that Photoshop deals with bitmap while Illustrator is entirely vector-based(Vector Image) editing software.

I hope you guys are aware of the term “Vector Image”. If you don’t let me tell you. A vector image is a file that you can scale that file infinitely without pixelating it.

Moreover, Vector Image is a crucial part of the motion graphics workflow in creating logos, shape objects, and vector background. Further, you can import files easily into AE for animation stuff.

After Effects

After Effects is the primary tool for motion designers, if you want to master as a Motion Graphic Artist, then you must learn Adobe After Effects. AE’s flexible and versatile nature makes it favorite among the animators.

AE is a 2.5D animation software which allows you to design, alter, composite and animate in 2D and 3D space. After creating your storyboard and elements in Photoshop and Illustrator, you can put your work together on AE to animate and manipulate it as a motion graphic piece.

AE is not only helped you with 2D animation; it also works with 3D elements. Hundreds of plugins and other third-party plugins such as Effect browser, Timeline, and compositional panel let your imagination turn into the motion art on the screen.

Cinema 4D

Let’s jump into the world of Cinema4D. Motion graphics artist mostly prefer Cinema 4D over other 3D tools (Maya, 3DS Max, Blender, etc) due to it’s convenient, and user-friendly nature makes it famous.

Cinema 4D contains unique features, and its compatibility with a few different GPU accelerated render engine that helps you render out the utmost quality 3D models on your computer screen.

Moreover, Cinema 4D is used extensively in the Motion Graphics world for modeling, animation, and simulation effects. In fact, The “Cinema 4D” is a hot topic, and indeed, you will find Cinema 4D all over Hollywood studios and local studios out there.

Red Giant software

A software introduced by Red Giant company is an amazing application for the motion designers which creates some unusual visuals for the users, even artist was often asked to complete the projects in a tight deadline for that concern red giant software goes well for the same.

The popular plug-ins associated with red giant software helps in crafting outstanding effects for your projects in a less amount of time which acts as an add-on for this favorite tool.

Mocha AE

“A Planar based tracking system,” a perfect tool for the motion graphics artist those are interested in performing screen replacement.

Mocha AE tracks motion beyond simply tracking a cluster of pixels. At the initial stage, it can be tricky, but after using its spline-based workflow, it’ll be easy for you to track virtually any movement with ease.  

This application is very convenient, and you can quickly jump from AE to track a shot in Mocha and reverse back to the AE with the monitored camera data. These features makes Mocha AE best choice among the motion designers.

Further, It is more useful for commercial projects, candidates who are planning to join the commercial industry then you should try this tool and can design some breathtaking motion graphics piece as a portfolio before appearing for your next interview.

Final Words

There is a bunch of tools and motion graphics software available in the market, and you just need to keep yourself updated with the trending and future applications with their latest features in order to keep the ball in your court. So, don’t fret you will find a chunk of resources available across the internet to guide you for the same.

I want to recommend you to follow a few social accounts of motion design on Instagram, Facebook and other social platforms, do subscribe to “motion design” YouTube channels. Furthermore, you can visit official websites and blogs such as Adobe, Maxon, Creative Cow and much more.

Besides, do participate in motion design communities and stay active there in person and online. It’s high time for all lads because competition in the market is not less than anything. Hence, you have to push your limits slightly harder to stay ahead of the curve.

Meghna Biswas

Meghna Biswas

Meghna Biswas is a Social Media Marketer and Content Creator, she helps businesses attain leads through variety of social content across the web. Ms. Biswas is a writer by day or reader by night.

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