If you're a YouTube video creator looking for viewers, graphics and overlays can help your videos stand out and communicate your style. In this article we cover ten top Adobe After Effects motion graphics templates for your YouTube channel, and you'll learn how to make a quick and useful logo animation video.
Motion Graphics for YouTube
Four basic graphic elements are useful for most YouTube channels:
- Intros focus the viewer's attention with a memorable animated introduction, which can be as simple and paired-back as a logo animation.
- Social buttons, with logos for services like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, help your viewers jump to your social media accounts.
- Lower thirds are overlays on top of a video to add captions or commentary.
- Outros at the end of a video give a call-to-action, such as asking your viewer to subscribe with an interactive button.
All of the templates featured here include these essential motion graphics.
How to Use a YouTube Template
In the screencast below, learn how to get started with a YouTube promo pack shared in this article by adding your own logo and graphics. Here's how to make a simple logo animation from an After Effects template:
3 Top YouTube Templates From Envato Elements
Envato Elements is the all-you-can-download service for creatives: Instead of learning animation and motion graphics yourself, you can use pre-built graphics packs and YouTube templates from talented artists. Because all of the downloads are included with a subscription, you can change up templates as often as you want until you find one that fits your channel.
There are many templates on Elements designed specifically to help you grow your YouTube channel, from intro sequences to subscribe buttons to promo templates. Here are three of our favorites:
1. YouTube Kit
Adding well-designed assets like an opener, subscribe button, and titles can be just enough to catch a potential subscriber's eye. YouTube Kit contains everything you need.
Use this cool YouTube promo pack to promote yourself and your channel in a professional way. It's fully customizable in After Effects, so you can easily add text and all the elements you need.
This YouTube pack is a classic promo that will give your videos a polished look. It's really easy to customize in After Effects; just drag and drop your footage and change text, then impress your audience.
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The YouTube Promotion Pack is perfect to use if you're getting started with a new channel: You can animate your logo, create an opener, and even create a listing of other videos.
The strongest element of this pack is the outro animation, shown in the screenshot above. An attractive outro can help you attract subscribers or send them to your social media. However, there's plenty more included with this pack for general YouTube graphics.
This promo kit is another general set of channel elements, but I particularly love the logo animations and transitions. If you have a great looking logo, I can't recommend this pack enough to animate it into your video.
The Elite Promo Kit is yet another pack that includes everything a channel owner would need. Logo animations, lower thirds, typography, and more—this pack is a great way to get started with channel graphics. A one stop-shop for everything a YouTube channel needs to stand out.
For channel owners who are just getting started with graphic overlays on YouTube, here's a great pack with a combination of video holders, openers, social icons, and more. This pack includes modern styles for the icons and typefaces.
This set of intros and overlays is professional and minimalist, with simple type styles, perfect for channels with clean and minimalistic graphics.
Packs are a great way to get everything you need with one purchase. The 3rd version of this popular series of packs has social icons, fancy transitions, and more.
This pack helps you create impressive and stylized animations using your standard video clips. You can animate clips flying into and off the screen, creating an engaging motion graphic using your own footage.
The elements in this pack remind me of more traditional broadcast elements, with overlays and shapes that split the screen. Included handy templates for cross-promoting other videos on your channel.
The strength of this pack is the high-quality typography and animated text overlays. Solid title animations, too. Drop in your own channel name and logo and this pack is powerful.
A subscribe button animation comes on screen to encourage followers to start following your channel. Many YouTubers add annotations over the animation to make the subscribe button clickable.
Like many of these promo packs, Promotion Pack 2 is an all-in-one collection with a sampler of openers, video holders, titles, logos, and more. Good for a channel owner just getting started on YouTube, who needs the basic graphics to improve their production quality.
This is another good general pack with a variety of elements like intro animations, lower thirds, and subscribe buttons. A good selection for the budget-conscious, with a wide variety of elements.
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Envato Elements offers millions of stock items: photos, music, video clips, fonts, graphics templates of all sorts, video project templates for After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and Motion, and creative courses from Envato Tuts+, all with a single subscription.
The YouTube promo packs I've shown you are your shortcut to a professional channel. Instead of spending countless hours learning animation and teaching yourself an entirely new app, you can purchase a pack and drop in your own graphics.
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