The long shadow effect can bring a bit of drama and on-trend style to the creative visuals in your video. With logos and graphics especially, applying a sizable shadow can really set off the look.
In this tutorial, I share 15 long shadow templates that you can purchase on Envato Market to use in your own Adobe After Effects projects. Instead of learning an animation app from start to finish, use these pre-built assets instead—with your own text and logos. Even if you've never used video editing software, these templates make it easy to get started.
15 Favorite Long Shadow Video Projects for Adobe After Effects on Envato Market
Now, let's take a look at 15 of my favorite picks for creating this look in Adobe After Effects:
Ideal for: stylized text effects with a dramatic drop shadow.
Ideal for: focusing on a typography video.
Ideal for: a text-centric video that needs a bit of flash to catch the viewer's eye.
Ideal for: creating a photo slideshow, complemented by the long shadow effect with overlays.
Ideal for: building a graphical video without the budget of hiring an animator.
Ideal for: animating a logo with a long shadow effect.
Ideal for: creating another affordable, typographic video montage.
Ideal for: showing off statistics using the long shadow effect.
Ideal for: a unique explainer video that features animated graphics.
Ideal for: adding your logo with a shadow effect.
Ideal for: creating an attractive video for your next big trivia night!
Ideal for: an inexpensive and minimalist approach to the long shadow effect.
Ideal for: illustrating your data with a flat effect in After Effects.
Ideal for: a highly stylized text animation that grabs the viewer's attention right away.
Ideal for: a television quality broadcast package featuring the long shadow effect.
How to Use These Files
Here's how to these files to create your own long shadow video in After Effects:
1) Use the Instructions
One of the best things about projects from VideoHive is that the files usually include high-quality instructions. The template I'm using in this example, Broadcast Long Shadow Package, includes a short screencast that shows how to use the project file.
2) Open in After Effects
You'll need Adobe After Effects to use the projects in this tutorial. Basically, the files below are pre-built projects that you can use with your own assets. You use these files as a starting point to skip learning the entire app.
Once you've purchased an After Effects project, double click to open it up. These projects will work in After Effects on Mac or Windows.
3) Customize the File
For each of these files, the project is just a starting point. After you open it, you have the ability to customize most elements of it for your own purposes.
For the example above, I simply double clicked on the text in the screenshot to change it. After Effects opened up the layer that includes the text in the screenshot above. Then, I can simply type over the placeholder text and replace it with my own.
Continue to make changes to the file until you've customized it to your liking. Remember, each After Effects project will be different and it's worth checking the instructions to find the specifics for how to customize it.
4) Export the Finished File
Once you've customized the project with your own assets, you can export from After Effects. Go to the File > Export menu and choose one of the options to send your finished video to another editor.
Recap & Keep Learning
In this roundup, you've seen some of my favorite VideoHive assets to create a shadowed effect. If you want to learn more about using pre-built assets to do animation, check out the roundups below:
- Video15 Top Corporate After Effects Templates for Your InspirationAndrew Childress
- Adobe After Effects15 Top Logo Sting Projects for Adobe After Effects, for Your InspirationAndrew Childress
- Video15 Top Title Templates for Adobe After Effects, for Your InspirationEnvato Market
Any questions about how to use these files? Let me know in the comments section below.