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101 Free Templates for Adobe After Effects (and How to Make Your Own)

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Templates for Adobe After Effects are an awesome way to automate your workflow and to add creativity to your skillset. Check out more than 100 of the web's best After Effects templates below.

As After Effect's popularity has increased, so too has the usage of templates to modify and enhance video projects. Because After Affects is a non-destructive video editor and animation suite, you can easily try out all types of templates without damaging the original project files. This makes it easier than ever to experiment with applying effects and animation sequences in your videos.

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If you’re looking for commercial quality results, and you’re in a hurry to get a professional solution, then choose from one of the hundred’s of affordable Adobe After Effects Templates available for purchase on VideoHive. Here are a few favourites:

1. Minimal Titles

30 animated titles and lower thirds that will give your project a streamlined aesthetic.

 

2. Flat Graphics Event Opener

A bold, modern opener for conferences and meetings, this sophisticated template with on-trend flat graphics adds sleek credibility to your event.

 

3. Classic Frame Opener

Simple frame animation, subtle light leaks and slide graphics give your project clean, soothing visuals.

 

4. Glitch Distortion Titles

Glitch effects are in. A modern take on glitch for a subtle distortion effects will add digital drama to your project.

 

5. Geometric Distortion Opener

Add impact with this beautiful geometric-inspired opener sequence; bringing glitch distortion, bold animated graphics and a black and white aesthetic.

 

6. Urban Grit Showreel

Vibrant but edgy, this versatile pack gets you there. Harness the energy of the urban environment with glitch effects, lens dirt and modern aesthetics.

 

7. Two-In-One Logo Reveal

Two openers in one! Build suspense with a comic book style, or capture a fun, upbeat vibe with the ‘love’ opener.

 

8. Golden Burnish Intro

This particle effects treatment adds glimmer and texture to your logo, animation or title sequence.

 

9. Kaleidoscope Effects

Kaleidoscope effects and adjustable glass settings like blur, chromatic aberration and pollution create fun, trendy visuals.

 

10. Upbeat Transitions Pack

Clean graphics with bold geometric wipes create crisp visual effect in this transitions pack. Transition sounds are included for added impact.

 

11. Parallax Opener

Create drama with parallax effects. Lens dirt, light leaks and film scratches add natural depth to your project.

 

12. Bright and Beautiful Logo Reveal

This beautiful logo reveal with dancing graphics and stylized light flares is the perfect tool to build your brand.

 

13. Modern Opener With a Softer Touch

With frosted glass, light leak effects and a serene feel, this opener is perfect for any project requiring a gentle touch.

 

Free Templates for Adobe After Affects

This list was compiled from free resources from Logan Kenesis (AEBuster), Hamo Studio, dehannb, Motion Stacks, Sven Van Lathem (Motion & Design), Ruanak Chhabra (Editing Corp), and RocketStock. Note, the files linked-to here are hosted by their respective authors and for this reason may not be available at all times. Also, some of these free templates require Trapcode Particular (by Red Giant) or other plug-ins to function fully.

  1. Bourne Identity
  2. Data Signals
  3. Halloween Ghost: "This one is geared toward the halloween / scary themed videos.This template is really easy to use and all our pretty much a have to do is insert your video/image. If you're interested in buying the full version of this project check it out on VideoHive.
  4. DVD Case: "This project is simply a DVD case that you can add your own artwork to that spins around in a loop so that you can show off your DVD product. If your interested in buying the full version of this project check it out on VideoHive."
  5. Pimp My iPhone
  6. Animated Helvetica Neue: "Give your videos a little life with this free animated 'Helvetica Neue' font template for After Effects!"
  7. Alphaballs
  8. VHS Look: "Create a retro-realistic distorted VHS look using this free After Effects template."
  9. Distortion Kit: "A fully featured distortion effects kit that's simple to use and packed with customizable settings. Turn up the noise on your next video project!"
  10. Type-O-Matic: "TYPE-O-MATIC is an After Effects CS5 type animation tool for designers and motiongraphers developed by Hamo Studio. The Controller, Masked and Unfold. Three different ways for creating easy, quick and customizable type animation."

  11. Kinetic Typography
  12. Circle Bursts: "Make your motion graphics more dynamic with circle bursts."
  13. Hiro: "Unleash the beast and power up to your final form with this anime-inspired logo reveal for After Effects."
  14. Prize Ribbon
  15. Sports Center: "Many of you sports fans have heard of Sports Center and have seen their graphic intros."
  16. Chain Reaction: "As the camera moves through the chains you can put in your intro text and boom you have yourself a nice intro for your movie or short film."
  17. Movie Titles
  18. Fire
  19. Dog Tag
  20. Google Search Bar
  21. Unity Lite: "Give your wedding projects the elegant look they deserve."
  22. Spotlight: "Five smooth icon animations designed to drive the world to your social accounts!"
  23. Messenger: "We've made it easier than ever to show chat and texting in your videos! Messenger is a free After Effects template that includes five unique visual styles. Customize the look to fit your project."
  24. Countdown Clock: "Next time you need to rig a clock, save yourself some time with Countdown, a free After Effects template."
  25. Split Layers: "Create custom split layer style effects with this free After Effects template."
  26. Christmas Toolkit: "These video editing assets are perfect for video editors working on Christmas projects."
  27. Flying Screens Intro
  28. Clean Template Intro
  29. Quick Sketch Intro: "It’s so cool to incorporate your own drawings and animate them inside After Effects."
  30. Weddings Rings
  31. Mech Boxes
  32. News Lower Third
  33. Fire Waves
  34. Basketball Template: "This one is a basketball hoop: you can customize what appears on the background with a video or image. Also, you can customize the text that appears on the ball. The full version is Basketball NBA Template over on VideoHive."
  35. Newspaper Burn
  36. Cool Glass Intro, Short Version. Purchase the 40-second version via VideoHive.
  37. Christmas Slideshow
  38. Fairy Dust: "A particle system that creates a nice line of particles that your can write anything you want with."
  39. Worship Waves: "A nice intro piece for worship videos. Customizing this is just a simple matter of adjusting the setting to the particle system and moving the camera in and out."
  40. Rage Waves
  41. Ring of Fire
  42. Aura Trails
  43. Underwater Sparkles
  44. Heaven
  45. CVI Logo Reveal
  46. Particular Sphere
  47. Space Logo Reveal
  48. Abstract Dream
  49. Fire Storm
  50. Grunge Film: This project is a simple one, but gives a really nice effect for a old movie projector effect. This is only composed of two composites, which is one to move the film up and down and a second for the camera shake and dirt of the film look. Adjusting this is just a simple matter of swapping out your own footage into the composite called 'Insert Footage HERE.' Simple enough right?"
  51. DVD Menu: "Here is a nice DVD menu style template for intro piece/opening menu area. However you can adjust this to become much more than what it is like a chapter list, or DVD extras. This is more fitted for futuristic style videos."
  52. Mug Shot: "This template is great for if your doing a prank video of someone going to jail. All you have to do is add a photograph and insert the any name on the text."
  53. Galaxy
  54. CD Case: "This project is great for all of you struggling music artist out that that want to be seen and heard and give your product a professional touch. In this project all that you have to do is take your CD cover graphics and just insert them into this project and boom, your good to go. If you're interested in buying the full version of this project check it out on VideoHive."
  55. News
  56. Dynamic Slides
  57. Stinger Intro
  58. Smoke Intro
  59. Simple Slideshow
  60. Projector Opener
  61. Engaged: "Start your (render) engines! This free After Effects template comes with multiple automotive HUD elements, icons and sound effects—everything you need to supercharge your next project."
  62. VishiMorphic40: This "After Effects project that replicates the look and feel of the Anamorphic process. If you drop your footage into the timeline you will have access to three options that help you achieve the magical look without resorting to additional adaptors or lenses."
  63. Three Logo Reveals: "These logo reveals work best for contemporary businesses and clients who want a slick professional product."
  64. 16 Transitions: "Designed to help video editors create engaging and fun videos, these 16 free transitions for After Effects are a clean and fun way to breath life into a boring project."
  65. Realistic Fire: "Got a burning desire to add a fire effect to your next After Effects project?"
  66. Clean Modern Title 05
  67. Clean Modern Title 04
  68. Clean Modern Title 03
  69. Clean Modern Title 02
  70. Clean Modern Title 01
  71. Clean Infographic—Percentage 05
  72. Clean Infographic—Percentage 04
  73. Clean Infographic—Percentage 03
  74. Clean Infographic—Percentage 02
  75. Clean Infographic—Percentage 01
  76. Pokeball Element 3D Model
  77. Circle Burst: "Template for Adobe After Effects with customization and animation controls."
  78. 4K Parallax Slideshow: "4k slideshow template for Adobe After Effects with Parallax movement effects."
  79. Animated Test Tube Icon: "Free Animated test tube icon for Adobe After Effects."
  80. Retro Title 05
  81. Retro Title 04
  82. Retro Title 03
  83. Retro Title 02
  84. Retro Title 01
  85. Liquid Element 01-64: "Liquid animated motion graphics elements."
  86. Kinetic Title 13
  87. Animated Suitcase Icon
  88. Generic Title: "This is a very simple and easy generic video title that anyone can use as an intro for their project. The project file is created in Adobe After Effects CS6 and is built only with native plugins. There are no external assets. The project is only 310kb in size."
  89. Blood Splat Titles: "create spooky and horror titles for your haunted film. This template is compatible with various versions of After Effects."
  90. 2D Logo Introduction
  91. Another 2D Logo Introduction: "This free AE template is a bit of the same genre as the previous one but another style. It’s a trendy colorful 2D logo introduction."
  92. 2D Earth Animation: "a small ‘trendy 2D’ earth animation from a project i’m working on. You can use it for different purposes, for example as background for your titles or part of a longer 2D animation."
  93. Trendy 2D Animation Pack: "This is a pack of more than 20 different 2D animations! All done in After Effects with the built-in shapes. Very trendy these days, you find these animations in many different presentations. They can be used for logo animations, infographics or background decoration. Since these are After Effects shapes, they are very easy to tweak to your likings. You can change the color, the animations durations and/or combine them together to create something really cool and unique."
  94. Starter v1.0: "a free After Effects Template that you can download and use to create Logo Reveal Slide for your brand, business, YouTube channel, etc. The template is entirely based on Shape Layers and colors of the animation are expression driven. That means you can change the colors very easily from the effects panel instead of going deep into the Shape Layer properties."
  95. Starter v2.0: "Though it sounds like an updated version of the previous logo reveal, but this new and Free After Effects template is completely different. Starter 2.0 is powered by cool animated shape layers and expression driven color controls."
  96. Promotional and Business Video Template: "This template can be used to create amazing videos for your brand, product, business or event promotion."
  97. 3D Text: "If you want to save yourself some time and efforts, download this free After Effects Project file. In this project, I have pre-created all the layers and effects that together converts a 2D text layer into 3D."
  98. Heatwave: "Heatwave is our new free After Effects Template that can be used to create intro titles for your project."
  99. Impurity: "Impurity After Effects Template is easy to understand, easy to modify and well organised. Impurity requires stock images and video’s which are available in the template package. There is one single Text Layer which you need to change to modify the text."
  100. The Streak: "The Streak uses multiple layers of solid containing the advance lightning effect. Project file is well organised and easy to understand. You can modify the text by changing the text layer according to your project title. You can also change the alignment of streak layers to change the look of the titles according to your taste."
  101. The Cube: "Create Sci-Fi titles for your project."

How to Make Your Own Adobe After Effects Templates

In this four-part video series Andre Navarre walks you through the process and workflow of creating an organized After Effects template that can easily be customized by anyone. You'll learn how to design a template from scratch using placeholders, make buttons with custom settings, and implement your own visual editor.


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