Release Notes | After Effects

Release Notes on the After Effects release, including update process, system requirements, installation, licensing, known issues, and links to online resources and customer support.

After Effects is the industry standard for motion graphics and visual effects, used by animators, designers and compositors to create sophisticated graphics and compelling video.

Latest version

The latest/most current version of Adobe After Effects is the August 2021 release (version 18.4.1). It offers security fixes and bug fixes.

For more information, see:

Upgrade to latest version of After Effects

Upgrading to the latest version of After Effects automatically uninstalls previous versions of After Effects. However, Preferences and settings from previous versions are migrated when updating to the latest version of After Effects.

You can choose to retain older versions of After Effects. To do so, follow the steps below:

  1. In Creative Cloud desktop application, click Update next to After Effects. 
  2. On the You're updating to After Effects (version) dialog, select Advanced Options
  3. Disable Remove Old Versions setting.

Download the latest version of After Effects

System Requirements 

For the latest system requirements visit System Requirements.

Known issues

Please refer to the List of known issues in After Effects for a list of known issues in the current release.

Fixed issues

Please refer to the list of bug fixes in After Effects for the list of bug fixes in the current release.

Online Resources

Customer Support

For Adobe Customer Care visit which provides assistance with product information, sales, registration, and other issues.

For product help plus community-based instruction, inspiration, and support visit

Trial software 

Creative Cloud trials are "try and buy", allowing you to evaluate individual products or editions and then convert the installed trial to a full version. You can convert from a trial to a full version at any time by signing up for a subscription. If you purchase a subscription you are required to be online and to log-in with an Adobe ID to start using your full version.

Font installation

Adobe Product installers install fonts into a default system font directory. If the installer finds older versions of these fonts in the default system font directory, it will uninstall the older versions, and save them to a new directory. Learn more at

To find out how to install additional fonts, visit the installation page at

License agreement

You must accept the license agreement and warranty terms to use this product. Visit for details.


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