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 some of the best Adobe After Effects motion graphics templates for your YouTube channel from Envato Elements and Envato Market, plus free options from Mixkit. In our tutorial, you'll learn how to make a quick and useful logo animation video for your channel.
Top YouTube Templates From Envato Elements
The basic graphics for most YouTube channels are intros to focus the viewer's attention, social buttons to help your viewers jump to your accounts, lower thirds overlays to add captions or commentary, and outros at the end of a video to give a call-to-action, such as asking your viewer to subscribe with an interactive button.
Envato Elements is the all-you-can-download service for creatives, and it includes thousands of pre-built After Effects graphics packs from talented motion graphics artists. Because all of the downloads are included with a subscription, you can try as many templates as you like often as you want until you find the ones that fit your channel.
Elements offers many YouTube templates for After Effects designed specifically to help you grow your YouTube channel, from intro sequences to subscribe buttons to promo templates. Here are a few of our favorites:
Are you looking for the newest After Effects motion graphics templates? This YouTube graphics pack is for you. The YouTube promo template features a modern and simple design. You'll get all the motion YouTube channel elements you need!
Finish videos with modern and cool end screens; this YouTube subscribe animation template has five After Effects templates for YouTube end screens. These YouTube subscribe graphics are easy to use and customize.
This YouTube intro template is perfect if you're after a modern look for your channel elements.
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 the text, and 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 below. 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. It's 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.
13. YouTube Pack v3
Packs are a great way to get everything you need with one purchase. The third version of this popular series of packs includes 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. It includes handy templates for cross-promoting other videos on your channel.
The strengths of this pack are 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. This is a great YouTube subscribe graphic template.
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. It's 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.
3 Top Free After Effects Templates From Mixkit
What if you're looking for free After Effects templates? We've got you covered and we can help you get started. Mixkit, also from Envato, has high-quality free assets for your next video project. Here are some free After Effects motion graphics templates for your YouTube videos:
This is a simple drop and slide animation for channel branding. It works fine if you're looking for free After Effects templates.
This is a clean YouTube subscribe animation template featuring a button with an animated notification bell icon.
Try this bold heading and slide-in effect containing two video placeholders and a subscribe button. It's an effective YouTube subscribe animation template.
How to Use Motion Graphics for YouTube Video
The four basic graphic elements for most YouTube channels are:
- Intros, to focus the viewer's attention with a memorable animated introduction, which can be as simple and pared-back as a logo animation.
- Social buttons, with logos for services like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, to 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 the 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:
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The YouTube promo packs and other YouTube templates for After Effects that 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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Editorial Note: This post has been updated with contributions from Maria Villanueva. Maria is a staff writer with Envato Tuts+.