I had never heard of Adobe After Effects before, but a quick Google search informed me of what my life was missing before this. After Effects is the “industry standard tool for motion graphics and visual effects,” according to the Adobe website. The way I see this, this program is a way for designers to combine video and graphics into one seamless application. You can animate a logo, add graphics to a video, or build an entire virtual world. Not only can you apply both video and graphics together, you can also edit and add effects to videos. Some examples of what After Effects can add to videos are stylizations and breakdowns of footage. You can also isolate backgrounds, or completely remove objects from a video scene. On the flip side, you can also add objects to a video scene. My personal favorite freebie that comes with After Effects is Adobe Character Animator. This program can bring to life artistic creations designed in Adobe Illustrator or InDesign. You can use the camera on your laptop or desktop computer to record how the animation moves. If that’s not your style, you can also use your fingers to animate how an object moves (if your computer is touchscreen enabled, of course).