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How to Make an Intro in After Effects

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First impressions count, and making an eye-catching intro for your video can help you grab your viewers' attention from the start. But a good, professional-looking After Effects intro is not an easy thing to create from scratch.

Fortunately, you can take a huge shortcut by watching this video, in which Dave Bode explains how to take an Adobe After Effects intro template and customise it to create the effect you want.

Even if you're new to the software, this After Effects intro tutorial will help you create a stunning opener to give your video the impact it deserves. So watch the video to discover how to make an intro in After Effects that will truly wow your target audience.

After Effects intro tutorial

Popular After Effects Intro Templates

With the skills you've just learned, you can customise all kinds of Adobe After Effects intro templates. There are thousands to choose from, offering you many different styles of intro to work with.

Just apply the techniques you learned in the video, and create your own unique version of these fabulous effects. Here are some stunning After Effects intro templates to give your next video the perfect start.

1. Circles Original Photo Opener

How do you make a set of photos into a compelling video intro? With this stunning template, which makes the images dynamically appear inside stylish circle animations. Give it a try!

Circles Original Photo Opener
Circles Original Photo Opener

2. Memory Sketch

Or, for a project that requires a more nostalgic feel, try Memory Sketch. This easy-to-use After Effects intro template lets you present your images as either colour or black-and-white sketches, with text captions and smooth transitions to give the whole thing a professional look.

Memory Sketch
Memory Sketch

3. Instagram Toolkit

These days, Instagram is a huge platform for video. And with such short attention spans and so many videos competing for space on social media, a compelling intro is more important than ever. So try this intro template to make your next video stand out from the crowd.

Instagram Toolkit
Instagram Toolkit

4. Corporate Opener

If you're working on a corporate video, however, you may be looking for something a bit more professional. This template delivers that with its smooth, elegant, and subtle animations. It's very easy to customise with your own text and images.

Corporate Opener
Corporate Opener

5. Neon Music Event

And now for something very non-corporate. This last template would be perfect for promoting a nightclub event, party, or music festival. The dark background and neon lights evoke the spirit of a trendy dance club, while the animations are subtly reminiscent of pulsing sound waves.

Neon Music Event
Neon Music Event

Learn After Effects in Detail

Now that you know how to make an intro in After Effects, it's a good time to expand your After Effects skills even further. And there's no better way of doing that than by watching Adobe After Effects for Beginners, a comprehensive video course in which Dave Bode takes you through every aspect of the software and shows you how to make some stunning motion graphics.

You'll start by learning the After Effects interface, and then you'll learn each tool in detail. Master keyframing, comps and precomping, shapes, masks, and much more!

 

The whole six-hour course is free for subscribers to Envato Elements. For one low monthly fee, you get access to unlimited courses like this one, plus unlimited downloads of professional video templates, stock footage, motion graphics, and more than a million other design assets. Sign up today!

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