Portfolio, in its basic definition, is an object or plastic case where you insert paper for easy reading. Business, event, or personal portfolios are defined in a similar way. They present information for easy reading and analysis. For a business portfolio, it is a list of the company’s products, services, investments, and other brands. An event portfolio, meanwhile, shows clients the events you have organized or sponsored. A personal portfolio, on the other hand, is similar to a CV format or resume. Portfolios are not limited to the ones mentioned above, but they cover just about everything as long as it involves selling and branding.
Traditional paper portfolios are still being used today to great effect, but in this age where everything is centered on technology, online portfolios should be considered by both individuals and companies. Online portfolios can be enhanced using Adobe After Effects. This software is used and recommended by designers and animators around the globe and allows you to make motion graphics and assists in creating beautiful and striking special effects in your videos.
This After Effects website portfolio shows a very creative design in which multiple abstract images are inserted into giant letters and are moved by dragging the mouse. This portfolio can be used for either formal or casual purpose, although this portfolio is a better fit for retail (i.e. clothes, shoes, bags, accessories, etc.). Having a detailed portfolio website definitely, attracts traffic to your website and, in turn, increases sales. If you’re selling actual material products, images and motion graphics go well together as they are more preferred by customers. Limit your text and let users immersed in a visual experience of your products with just a simple click.
Tools used: After Effects, Illustrator, Photoshop
This After Effects photography portfolio sets the standard for portfolio templates. The stunning photos are complemented by a clean yet bold portfolio design concept. The photographer’s collection is still the central attraction but an added aesthetic in the portfolio template doesn’t hurt the overall product. Photography is in its own category of art as each magnificent photo tells its own story. But integrate photography into motion graphics, then you produce something more beautiful. There is also no limit in how photos can be enhanced using motion graphics, especially when using After Effects.
Tools Used: After Effects, XD, Photoshop
As technology continues to move forward, resumes also need to be updated. The traditional text and paper CVs are still very effective, but diversifying your profile and having your own website where companies are able to see your portfolio at any time gives you a far greater advantage over other applicants. This After Effects resume portfolio may not be appropriate to present to employers due to its cartoon design and bright colored icons, but it gives you an idea of the creativity you can pour into making a portfolio. In this portfolio design, the job applicant’s skills and languages are shown in video game-inspired life bars. The design is already top-notch, but a few tweaks like replacing the yellow and blue with some red and black colors, and adding 3D text effects on the icons makes the portfolio more slick and formal.
Tools used: After Effects, Illustrator, Photoshop.
Architecture is centered on having the best-looking designs. There the main difference between a newly certified architect and an architect who has designed over 20 high-rise buildings lies in who has the better-looking designs. This After Effects architecture portfolio shows beautiful interior office designs as well as towers, houses, and football stadium visualization projects. After Effects lets, you create augmented reality and helps you visualize an architectural design long before the actual structure is finished.
Tools used: After Effects, Premiere Pro, Photoshop
Personal profile portfolios can aid an individual to create a better brand for himself. This is most beneficial for professionals who want to increase their client base. This is also used to increase social media presence in terms of likes and followers. After Effects is a great software product in making an attractive personal portfolio. A highly detailed portfolio with help from SEO can easily attract traffic to your profile and website. The screen caps show the profile of Vietnamese illustrator Xuan Loc Xuan. She makes a creative presentation showing her interests in animation and design, skills, and Vietnamese heritage.
Tools used: After Effects, Photoshop
Benefits of Online Portfolios
- Branding. Online portfolios provide the best avenues to showcase your skills and talents. Most of the time, prospective employers and clients are already checking your work on the web before they decide to meet you in person. So make a great first impression by being creative. Don’t only list down information through text but incorporate videos and images as well. Furthermore, use specific designs depending on your portfolio’s purpose (i.e. kids cartoons and polka dots don’t work for real estate portfolios and the like).
- Increased visibility. Having an online portfolio will make it easier for anyone to search for you on the Internet at any time and any place. And when you have optimized your profile for SEO friendly website, it increases your online visibility tenfold as your name will be one of the top results during searches.
- Flexibility. It doesn’t take a minute to change content in your online portfolio. You can copy pictures and embed videos and music with a simple drag and click. Changing the entire portfolio cover design is also possible depending on how you want to present yourself to clients.
Also, check these easy tools on how to build a portfolio.