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Designing for Motion 101: A Kickstart Guide


Learn the fundamentals of using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to make better Motion Design. These are the foundational design tools every motion designer must use to create their work. This workshop will walk you through the essential tools for creating designs for your motion work.

Photoshop & Illustrator 101

Fundamentals of Ai & PSD for Motion Designers

Course Format: On-Demand Training

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials: Ai & PSD

Duration: ~3 hours

Prerequisites: None

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Created for motion designers

Photoshop and Illustrator are incredibly deep tools. They are used across industries and are capable of a million different uses. This workshop is designed for Motion Designers and the way we use these tools while ultimately ending up in After Effects. 

Project based learning

Follow along with the examples given in this workshop and create your own projects. We learn by doing so this workshop is designed to show you how to use the tools so you can jump in and create your own artwork. 

Design principles & case studies

While it’s important to understand the technical tools, it’s also important to establish design principles. This workshop includes an overview of foundational design principles and looks at project examples to see how those principles apply to modern motion design work.


What you'll learn

If you are interested in using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to make better Motion Design, then this course is for you.

Photoshop is a powerful tool for creating pixel-based artwork. This module will show you the fundamental processes you need to know including; Clipping Masks, Shape Layers & Texturing.  

Adobe Illustrator is the standard in vector-based artwork. This module will cover tools available to you in creating original artwork. This will include a look at vector brushes, the grid tool and using gradients. 

Giving your work dimension and depth is an important part of being a motion designer. This module will cover the process in both photoshop and illustrator. Using perspective grids is a good way to block out shapes that maintain solid perspective.

Adobe Photoshop is powerful, in part, because of the ability to combine photographs, vectors and pixel art into a single scene. This module is an overview of creating a mixed-media style frame. A step by step breakdown to help you create your own artwork.

This step by step tutorial will show you how to create a sense of scale in a 2d scene. We’ll touch on proper perspective and how to block out a scene to show a sense of scale. You’ll learn how to use gradients and shape layers to achieve this. 

This step by step tutorial will show the process of creating a scene in Illustrator and Photoshop. We’ll start by sketching out the concepts, using layers in Illustrator and finishing the scene in Photoshop with some added, subtle textures. 

Course Preview Gallery

This workshop is all about learning how to use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator in a Motion Design context. Artist, Michael Jones walks through his process in a series of training videos, while focusing on the basic tools and processes involved in creating appealing artwork.


Michael Jones

Artist & Animator | CEO - Mograph Mentor

Michael Jones is an animator, designer and VFX artist. He is also the founder of MoGraph Mentor and has a passion for creating clear and detailed, educational materials for motion designers everywhere.

Michael emphasizes the role of core disciplines in the development of every motion designer. Without an understanding of art, design and animation, a modern artist may be relegated to the status of technician. It is an emphasis on fundamental understanding that inspires Michael’s courses, as well as MoGraph Mentor at large.

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Featured Resources

Free animated textures, sound effects & project files

To take separately

Motion Design Toolkit

A volume of free elements, tools and project files to help your projects or help you learn. As a thank you to the motion design community we’ve put together this free resource to help students jumpstart their projects.

This library contains custom paint builds, animated textures, sound effects, project files, storyboard templates and more. If you’re just starting out in Motion Design it can be helpful to have free animated elements that you can practice with or serve clients with.

You are totally free to use any of it in your personal or client work.


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Tons of content

Design project examples
Workflow tips & tricks
Project case studies
Lifetime access

Designing for Motion 101 with Michael Jones

The basics of design in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

  • Photoshop process
  • Illustrator process
  • Mix Media Techniques
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Have questions?

We’ve got you covered. Check out the answers below or visit the help center for anything else.

Why this course?

This course is designed to help guide beginners. We want you to understand the right things to study, such as design and animation, but also want to equip you with enough to get started and practicing. 

What will I know by the end?

How to use these tools to better serve your motion design needs. You’ll understand how to create artwork and techniques using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

When does it start?

Right when you sign up! This is an online course is ready when you are. 

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like – across any and all devices you own.

"Creativity is the last jobs frontier. As manual work gets automated away, creativity, entertainment and culture will create the jobs of the future."

Michael Jones
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