Thirty years ago, futurists dreamed of a world of jetpacks and robot cleaners. Maybe technology has given us voice-controlled light bulbs and smart speakers instead, but it's fun to look back and see the future through the eyes of the past.
In this round-up, you'll see Adobe After Effects templates that capture the retro-futurist style beautifully. These templates make it easy to add your details like text, logos, and brand colors and keep a retro-futurist style. Let's see the best templates in action.
10 Top Retro-Futurist Design Templates for Adobe After Effects
The templates in this round-up are all from Envato Elements, the all-you-can-download service for creatives. As part of the all-encompassing license, you unlock all of the assets in the Elements library.
Adobe After Effects is a professional-grade tool, but it's challenging to learn and work with. If you don't have time to master the app but want to build a your visual style, these templates are a great way to speed up your design workflow.
For a beginner's guide to Adobe After Effects, make sure to check out the introductory lessons below:
- Welcome to After Effects: a Quick Tour of the Interface for BeginnersEnvato Elements22 Jul 2019
- How to Use the Project, Composition and Timeline Panels in After EffectsEnvato Elements25 Jul 2019
OK, let's check out ten of the best retro-future templates for Adobe After Effects in this round-up!
1. Retro Futurism & Glitch Hologram (2 in 1)
Shouldn't we all be wearing hologram visors by now? This template imagines a world exactly like that with a glitchy perspective. Add your stock imagery and watch it transformed back in time and straight to the future.
2. Retro Logo
Want to use a retro-future style for a logo intro? This project has you covered. It's easy to drop your logo image into the composition and watch it animate to life. Instantly, your logo image will take on the vaporwave style.
3. 1980's Rush Template
Not only does this template embody the retro-future style of the 1980's, it also has the scratchy VHS grain that you remember from the time. It's perfect to drop your footage into the canvas and watch it animate through the futuristic tunnel view.
4. 4K 1980s 10 Logo Text Intro Pack
With resolution all the way up to 4K, this video project combines the vision of the future, the style of the past, and the technology of today. The logo styles strike that beautiful balance of what futuristic design seemed back in time across ten styles.
5. Retro Title
Here's another excellent retro-future After Effects template that fits perfectly in this round-up. It's another template that blends glitchiness, analog grain, and retro styles for a blast from the past.
6. Rock Concert
The best concert productions have a way of capturing the future, and the style does just that. Bright neon colors are easy to combine with your footage and text to promote your music.
7. Retro Rider
This template pays homage to the popular arcade racing games set in the future. It won't be right for every purpose, but it is ideal for a gaming-themed video.
8. Retro Music Opener
With glitch effects and a bit of grain, this is perfect for creating mysterious hype for your next event. Use it with your logo asset to set the stage for a retro-futurustic music video production.
9. Retro Logo Reveal Pack (Pack of 3)
This is the perfect example of a retro-futuristic style, easily customizable in Adobe After Effects. There are several different styles, each of which capture the spirit of the future as once predicted. Just add your logo and you'll see it brought to life through the lens of the retro-future style.
10. Glitch Game logo
Rounding out our selections, this glitchy logo is perfect for gaming purposes. It has the exact retro feel that is perfect for your next vintage but futuristic project.
More Fun After Effects Projects
There is truly an After Effects template for every aesthetic. This selection focused on retro fashionable templates that are a flashback to the future. Try them out and customize them for easy, beautiful video projects in Adobe After Effects.
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