Creation Art Effects is an After Effects template and all-in-one art studio. It's jam-packed with effects for turning your video footage into living, moving works of art - in almost any medium you can think of!
Just drop in your footage, animation, image, or text, and you'll be ready to export 50 realistic, customizable, animated art effects – from pencil sketches to Van Gogh paintings, claymation to chalkboard, watercolors to graffiti, ink blots, legos, comic book, pastels, and much more!
These custom effects are much more than typical video filters. They use "Dynamic Textures" to bring your art effect to life, making them the most authentic-looking art effects out there. Dynamic Textures blend multiple high-resolution photo textures to make various paper, pencil strokes, paint splatters, and many other textures which are constantly changing - so no two frames are the same. There are over 500 photo textures included in the template.
The following example images showcase the 40 main art effects in alphabetical order.
Additional presets exist within some art effects, offering even more unique looks.
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Any footage, image, animation, or text will work. For best results, use footage that is properly exposed, with good dynamic range (white whites and black blacks). Footage with less detail looks best with most mediums.
8-Bit Animation refers to the pixelated graphics seen in early video games and arcade games from the 80s and 90s, but there's a lot more going on here than just pixelation. Several custom effects were borrowed from the Creation VHS Effects template to create the look of an old CRT monitor. You can choose to keep the monitor effect, or go with the "clean" version (image 3).
You may know them as LEGO's, but the generic term is "building bricks" or "building blocks". This effect imitates the stacking of different-colored bricks to form the image from your footage. It has over 20 customization controls, including brick size and color controls.
Chalk on Chalkboard
This unique Chalk on Chalkboard effect draws your footage in chalk and puts it on a continuously-changing chalkboard texture. Easily invert it from coloring in dark areas to coloring in light areas. Over 20 controls allow you to customize features like the shading and outline. Use the custom matte to control where the image appears on the chalkboard.
This Charcoal effect converts your footage to a soft charcoal pencil drawing. With over 20 customization controls and over 20 paper textures, you can create a beautiful custom drawing tailored to your footage. This charcoal effect is also included in the Pencil Sketch Effect template.
This Charcoal effect presents a second option for using the dark, texture-rich charcoal medium. It works differently and looks different from the Charcoal 1 effect, but features the same customization options for the shading and outline. Pencil stroke textures can be customized as well. This charcoal effect is also included in the Pencil Sketch Effect template.
You probably wouldn't think of 2D-animation when you think of clay animation... perhaps because this is the first time it's been done! This Claymation effect simulates thin layers of different-colored clay, either stacked or arranged together to form the image from your footage. You can use the colors from your footage, or assign your own colors to the six clay texture layers. Customize features like texture, detail amount, and shadows using the 27 customization controls. This Claymation Effect is also sold separately.
Any pencil-drawn effect in this template can be converted to a colored pencil effect if you add the "Use Colors From Footage" effect that's included in the template. But this Colored Pencil effect was built with colored pencil in mind, and the medium translates beautifully to moving video footage. There are 27 customization controls for adjusting both the outline and fill. This colored pencil effect is also included in the Pencil Sketch Effect template.
Let's face it - crayon gets no respect. But for the right project, the Crayon effect could be the perfect medium. This effect includes 28 customization controls and optional stray crayon marks - like a child's messy drawing.
Flip Book Effects
The Flip-Book Effect is included here as a bonus! The effect is a separately-sold template, but it was just so relevant here! So when you finish your art effect, put it in one of the four flipbook presets, which will show your effect as a series of stills on the fast-turning pages of the flip book. Visit the 3D Flip Book Effect page to learn more about what this effect can do.
The Graffiti effect gives your footage the look of being spray painted, and then puts it on a different wall in each frame. In addition, a constantly changing graffiti texture is overlaid over the surrounding areas of the frame. Of course, you can opt to stick with a single wall image as your canvas - there are 80 to choose from! The Graffiti Effect is also sold separately.
The Halftone CMYK effect resembles a retro, low-quality print, such as those found in an old newspaper or comic book. As shown in the scaled-up, the halftone CMYK effect breaks down the image into a grid of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black dots of differing size. When seen from a distance, these dots create the illusion of continous colors and gradients. You can customize the effect with 16 slider controls. This Halftone CMYK effect is also included in the Halftone Effects template.
The Halftone Dots effect imitates the halftone printing process common in old publications, in which images are composed of monochrome dots of differing size. The effect is very flexible, with 18 controls to customize the optional outline, as well as the dot size, quantity, and shape. This Halftone Dots effect is also included in the Halftone Effects template.
Similar to Halftone Dots, the Halftone Patterns effect adds stripes, solid black, and white to the mix. Turn up the color control and the result is similar to retro comic book art. This Halftone Patterns effect is also included in the Halftone Effects template.
Ink Bleeds & Blots
Like the Flip Book Effect, the Ink Bleeds & Blots template was created before the Creation Art Effects template, and is included here as a bonus because of it's relevence. This is an amazing little effect that allows you to make custom watercolor and ink bleeds, ink drops in water, and inkblot designs (Rorschach Tests). It is also sold separately, so to learn more about this effect, visit the Ink Bleeds & Blots page.
Marker on Whiteboard
The Marker on Whiteboard effect has many possible applications for video presentations. Like with all art effects in this template, a simple image of text can be transformed into animated, hand-drawn letters. With 27 customization controls, you can change the detail level, stroke length, colors, and more. Use the colors from your footage, or assign 5 custom colors, such as those in a standard marker box.
The Mixed Media effect features elements resembling oil paint, watercolor, and crayon – creating a beautiful, dream-like, abstract painting. This mixed media effect is also included in the Grunge Effects template.
Oil Paint - Claude Monet
This Claude Monet effect imitates Monet's impressionist style. With 33 customization controls, you have plenty of options to create a multitude of other painting styles as well. Easily customize elements like the brush strokes, color variation, and paint stroke texture. You can even assign small brush strokes to detailed areas like your subject, while using large brush strokes on the background.
Oil Paint - Impressionism
The Oil Paint Impressionism effect is similar to the Claude Monet effect, but is constructed differently and therefore offers a somewhat different look, and different customization options. There are 14 painting style presets in this effect - easily attained simply by typing a number from 1 through 14 in the slider control value.
Oil Paint - Vincent Van Gogh 1
There are two Oil Paint Van Gogh effects that look quite different from each other, but both attempt to imitate the swirly "turbulence" of Van Gogh's famous post-impressionist style. This effect uses a real paint brush texture to add depth and realism to the painting. It offers customization options for separate areas of the painting - allowing you to imitate a common tendency of painters, which is to use shorter, smaller brush stokes on your subject and larger strokes on areas requiring less detail. With 40 customization controls, you can explore endless other styles and modifications. The Van Gogh Effect is also sold separately.
Oil Paint - Vincent Van Gogh 2
This second Oil Paint Van Gogh effect does a great job of imitating Van Gogh's swirly turbulent style. A unique feature in this effect is the "Swirl Animation Speed". When the Stop Motion Effect is off, this allows you to make the swirls evolve and flow. The customization controls allow for many other painting styles to be created. The Van Gogh Effect is also sold separately.
The Paper Cutout effect stacks or arranges layers of cut-out pieces of paper to form the image from your footage. You can use the standard construction paper colors, or use the colors from your footage. Inspired by the animation style of South Park, this effect can appear even more crude or homemade (that's a good thing!) using the Jagged Edge Controls to make the paper look like it was quickly cut out by hand. All together, there are 35 customization controls for changing the paper texture, detail level, outline, shadows, and more.
Chalk Pastels are a beautiful medium. It can also be quite messy. You can keep the messy, stroke-texture look, or crank up the Smudge Shading control and get smooth fill shading. 20 controls allows you to customize both the outline and shading.
The Pen Drawing effect offers a completely realistic and beautiful pen-sketched version of your footage. Switch on the Use Colored Ink control to incorporate the colors from your footage. Customize the pen strokes, outline and more with 24 customization controls.
Pen Scribble 1
The Pen Scribble 1 effect can have amazing results when applied to the right footage. It uses After Effects' Scribble effect, making it one of the only art effects that doesn't use a dynamic texture for the medium. Using a procedural effect means that there are numerous customization options for changing the shape and path of the scribble.
Pen Scribble 2
The third and messiest of the pen drawing effects is Pen Scribble 2 – an abstract, grunge-style effect which composites multiple layers of colored pen scribbles to form the image from your footage. This pen scribble effect is also included in the Grunge Effects template.
Pencil Drawing 1
Since pencil is such a common medium, it is also the most in-demand art effect for video, which is why there are plenty of pencil shading and outline effects to choose from in this template. This Pencil Drawing 1 effect combines a main outline, multiple lighter sketch lines, and parallel pencil strokes for shading. This pencil drawing effect is also included in the Pencil Sketch Effect template.
Pencil Drawing 2
This Pencil Drawing 2 effect takes the realism up a notch with a smaller, more even-toned pencil texture. 25 controls offer plenty of customization options. This pencil drawing effect is also included in the Pencil Sketch Effect template.
Pencil Drawing 3
The Pencil Drawing 3 effect has perhaps the highest degree of realism and detail of all the pencil effects. It comes with 26 controls for customizing the outline and shading. This pencil drawing effect is also included in the Pencil Sketch Effect template.
Pencil Drawing 4
The Pencil Drawing 4 effect has a quick, rough sketch feel to it, using both shading and a sketchy outline. This pencil drawing effect is also included in the Pencil Sketch Effect template.
Pencil Loose Doodle
The Pencil Loose Doodle effect doesn't look like much at first glance, but when you see it in motion you'll realize it's an interesting effect with unique applications. It uses multiple "loose" outlines, the paper is crinkled, and popping up over the outer areas of the frame are random doodles from an artist's sketchpad. All of these elements contribute to the feel of a spontaneous sketch or doodle. If it's too abstract for your taste, you can use the customization controls to increase the detail. This doodle effect is also included in the Pencil Sketch Effect template.
Pencil Outline (Cartoon)
There are three Pencil Outline effects, which each employ different techniques to achieve the effect, making each one look somewhat different. This Pencil Outline (Cartoon) effect uses a main outline as well as multiple loose sketch lines. Easily hide some or all of the sketch lines to "tighten up" your drawing. Use the customization controls to adjust the main outline, sketch lines, and line texture. This pencil outline effect is also included in the Pencil Sketch Effect template.
Pencil Outline (Find Edges)
There are three Pencil Outline effects, which each employ different techniques to achieve the effect, making each one look somewhat different. The Pencil Outline (Find Edges) effect uses a main outline as well as multiple loose sketch lines. Easily hide some or all of the sketch lines to "tighten up" your drawing. Use the customization controls to adjust the main outline, sketch lines, and line texture. This pencil outline effect is also included in the Pencil Sketch Effect template.
Pencil Outline (Smart Blur)
There are three Pencil Outline effects, which each employ different techniques to achieve the effect, making each one look somewhat different. The Pencil Outline (Smart Blur) effect can yield very realistic results. As with the other pencil outline effects, you can customize the line texture to convert it to a different medium like chalk, charcoal, or pen. This pencil outline effect is also included in the Pencil Sketch Effect template.
The Pop Art effect draws its inspiration from the art movement of the 1950s, often characterized by collages of bright-colored patterns and artwork taken from pop culture. The patterns used here are mostly decorative paper and fabric textures, and you can swap them out with any texture of you own - just like with all dynamic textures in this template. This pop art effect is also included in the Grunge Effects template.
Typographic Art (ASCII ART)
The Typographic Art effect reads the brightness value of your footage and translates it into text of varying size, opacity, and rotation amount, creating a look similar to what's known as ASCII Art. The end result is an array of letters, colored or monochrome, that form an image and adapt with your moving footage. Use the customization controls to change the size and number of letters displayed. You can also edit the font and what the text says.
Typographic Art Grunge
The Typographic Art Grunge uses a collage-texture of old, public domain typography designs to create a grunge-style effect – perfect for sports footage, music videos, or any energetic footage. Optional paint splatters are added to dirty it up even further. Edit the effect with the 26 customization controls. This Typographic Art effect is also included in the Grunge Effects template.
Vector Blur Paintings 1-5
The Vector Blur Paintings effect has 5 presets which take advantage of the multiple looks that can be achieved using the Vector Blur effect in After Effects. It's fun to play with the customization controls to see what painting style you can create!
Vector illustrations are created in computer software and use mathematically-governed paths to create crisp, clean, scalable graphics. This Vector Illustration effect imitates that look and offers customization controls for the fill and outline.
The Watercolor Grunge effect uses paint splatters and watercolor paint textures to form a dirty grunge-style painting or collage. This watercolor effect is also included in the Grunge Effects template and the Watercolor Painting Effect template.
The Watercolor Painting effect creates a beautiful and realistic, custom watercolor paint effect for your footage. An additional preset, Watercolor Painting Reveal, uses a continuous flow of ink bleeds to reveal the watercolor painting (see Image 2 and Image 3). This watercolor effect is also included in the Watercolor Painting Effect template.
- Compatible with Adobe After Effects, versions CS5 and all later versions (including Creative Cloud). Works on both Mac and PC. No plugins required.
- Follow the suggestions on the Render Tips Page to significantly improve the speed of this template. Because of the complexity of the effects, many of them can take a significant amount of time to render and are not intended for long videos. It depends on your system and which effect you use, but an hour of render time per minute of footage is typical.
- Comps are HD, 1920x1080. The effects work great on photos, but it is not designed for exporting images at a higher resolution than 1920x1080. It's certainly possible, but you would need to change the resolution of the main comp and it's pre-comps, as well as the layer dimensions in those comps. Further customization of the dynamic textures may be required (all possible without leaving After Effects).
- Music and footage placeholders in preview video are not included.
- "50 Art Effects" does not mean 50 mediums. View the above section to see what mediums and styles are included. In addition to 40 main art effects, there are additional unique presets for certain art effects, as well as custom animated borders and mattes, high-resolution frame images, and several "Copy and Paste Effects" (Adjustment Layers).
- The video tutorial and written instructions offer valuable notes and directions for using the template. You can find written instructions on separate "Instructions" layers, on layer marker notes in each Art Effect comp, and in the Creation Art Effects Help page.
- The Creation Art Effects template has been universalized, so it will work for users running After Effects in other languages.
- The effects in the demo videos have a reduced frame rate (choppy look) because of the Stop Motion Effect settings for each effect. The Stop Motion Effect is optional, and completely customizable.
- File Size: 524 MB. Please allow yourself plenty of time when downloading.
The Creation Art Effects template is not a plugin. It's an Adobe After Effects project file, commonly known as a "template" because the work is already done and the user needs only to make their own adjustments. This template is compatible with version CS5 as well as all later versions of After Effects.
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