The best After Effects templates

Best After Effects Templates
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The best After Effect templates can be a great help to anyone working in video, in two vital ways. Firstly they can provide a quick and easy way to implement impressive effects, transitions, elements and more with just a few simple clicks; perfect if you're in a hurry or need to apply an element that's outside of your usual skillset.

Secondly, though, they're a brilliant way to expand your After Effects abilities. After Effects is a vast, powerful and versatile video package, but if you're new to it then the learning curve can be extremely steep, and often the best way to figure out how to get the best out of it is to learn from ready made examples. With some great templates to hand – not to mention some top After Effects plugins – you can take a look at how they're built and what they're doing, and quickly learn how to do it all yourself. (Also check out our best After Effects tutorials for some extra tips.)

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Jim McCauley

Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.