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9 FREE After Effects Templates

Michael Maher

These free After Effects templates include over 100 free elements and options for you to use in any project. Combine these projects for even more options!

One of the best ways to learn After Effects is by taking apart templates and seeing how other people are creating projects. That’s one of the reasons we continue to find and create free After Effects templates for you to use in your own projects.

We previously compiled lists like 10 Free After Effects Templates and the aptly named 10 More Free After Effects Templates. After that, we put together 10 Free After Effects Assets and 10 Free After Effects Templates for Typography! What could possibly come next? Well, how about 9 FREE After Effects Templates for you to use and learn from.


1. 16 Free Transitions

These transitions are a great for adding a pop of color to any project. You can easily change the colors and export them as alpha channels to use in any NLE. Check out the link for more information on using these transitions.

Here’s a quick demo of the free After Effects transitions in action.

Download 16 Free After Effects Transitions


2. 12 Circle Bursts

These 12 circle bursts come in three different speeds, which can easily be modified to fit your project. These are great for drawing attention to important information you are trying to showcase. See them in action in this awesome video.

Download 12 Free Circle Bursts for After Effects


3. Animated Font

With over 43 unique compositions, this animated font After Effects template can make any information much more invigorating.  You’ll need to have Helvetica Neue installed on your machine to use this free After Effects template.

Download Free Animated Fonts for After Effects


4. 9 Digital Distortions

The digital distortions template allows you to simply drag and drop your footage into the composition. Then all you have to do is tweak the sliders to get Noise, Color Boxes, Flicker, Tuning, Turbulence, Pixel Blending, Rolling Bars, Chromatic Aberration, and Color TV Pixels.

These are great for any screen replacement you may be doing in your film, especially televisions and security monitors.

Download 9 Free Digital Distortions for After Effects


5. VHS Distortion

Just like the digital distortions pack, this free After Effects template allows you to recreate the look of an old VHS tape. Once again, all you have to do is drag and drop your footage. You can even customize the text. This template does require you to download a free font as well. You can find a link to the font on the VHS download page. 

FREE After Effects Templates: VHS

Download Free VHS Distortion for After Effects


6. Split Layers

If you aren’t the best with motion graphics, this free After Effects template instantly creates split layers to splice up your images or video. You just drop your footage into the project and select which of the nine types of layers you want.

Download Free Split Layers for After Effects


7. Realistic Fire Effect

Fire is one of the most difficult elements to pull off digitally. This free After Effects preset uses native plugins so you can create realistic fire without expensive VFX software.

FREE After Effects Templates: Fire!

Download Free Realistic Fire Effect for After Effects


8. Dynamic Car Gauges

Now that so many car commercials have gone digital, every video editor needs digital assets for commercial work and promos. With these 16 free After Effects car gauges, you can easily create a custom gauge for your car work. The download also includes 9 free sound effects.

Download Free Dynamic Car Gauges for After Effects


9. 20 Free Color Grading Presets

If you aren’t a color grading expert, but want to add a great custom look to your footage, these 20 free AE color grading presets are fantastic. Each color grade adds a unique style and tone to your films and commercials.  Check out all 20 presets in this video.

Download Free After Effects Color Grades


As long as you guys love these lists, we’ll keep putting them together. You can also sign up for a monthly freebie over at RocketStock. Every month they give away free production elements, ranging from templates to sound effects.