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How to Create Broadcast Graphics in After Effects

Joshua Noel

Learn how to design and create broadcast graphics and bumpers for TV shows in Adobe After Effects.

In any creative field, there are usually many different ways to create a piece of work. This could not be more true for broadcast graphics — even the term itself has an extremely broad meaning.

There are many graphics to create when designing a TV show’s motion graphics: lower thirds, bumpers, transitions, intros, schedule screens, and so much more. On top of all these, you have to decide on the style of the design and animation. It can be a lot of fun branding a full motion graphics pack for a show, but it is a huge responsibility.

Let’s take a look.

How to Create Broadcast Graphics

This After Effects tutorial will show demonstrate how to create a small portion of a broadcast graphics pack. However, you will learn essential techniques that you need to design a full-screen graphic with a bumper. In the tutorial, we talk about branding consistency across all of the elements of a graphics package and how to direct your audience’s eyes.


What you’ll take away from this After Effects tutorial:

  • Design the layout for a full-screen graphic
  • Animate each shape and text layer element
  • How to easily replace text for future use
  • Edit together the show bumper with your full-screen graphic

After watching the tutorial, you’ll understand how to use animation and clever text positioning to draw attention to specific text elements. Another pivotal point that you will be able to apply in your own unique work is understanding consistency through animation and layer design.

Great Broadcast Graphic AE Templates

Pressed for time to create a broadcast package for your show? Here are a couple of great broadcast graphics packs from RocketStock.com.


Neon is a full-show graphics pack that comes with an intro, bumper title, full-screen schedule graphics, a lower third, and more!


Primetime is another full graphics package that has everything you need to brand a TV show.

What is your approach to creating broadcast graphics? Share your tips in the comments.

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