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how to search for After Effects tutorials, Help, and more

As I said in a post for After Effects CS4, “After Effects Community Help search is better than plain ol’ Google. Really.”

To summarize that post, I’ll say this: Rather than using plain ol’ Google search, I recommend the much more efficient After Effects Community Help search. I assure you that the After Effects Community Help search will find virtually everything worthwhile about After Effects that a regular search on would—and the Community Help search will filter out a tremendous amount of noise/garbage.

The Community Help search is actually a Google custom search engine that we maintain. We enter websites that we’ve vetted as being of high quality and as providing free resources about After Effects, as well as other Adobe software.

If you find something free on the Web that is useful for After Effects users but doesn’t come up in a Community Help search, tell us, and we’ll evaluate it for inclusion. (One of the best ways to tell us about a resource is to add a comment to a relevant page of After Effects Help on the Web, pointing to the resource.)

The After Effects Community Help search is available from the upper-right corner of the After Effects application and from the top of every page of After Effects Help on the Web.

You can also do this search from the main After Effects support center page.

There’s also an After Effects Community Help search plug-in for the most common browsers.

Note that you can just search within the After Effects Help document, too.

If you have any problems with searching After Effects Help, let us know. That includes telling us if you searched for something and couldn’t find it, as well as just not knowing what word to search for.

For more information about resources available for After Effects, see “After Effects community resources (in several languages)”

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