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The Pencil Sketch Effect allows users to effortlessly turn their video footage into an animated pencil drawing in Adobe After Effects. With eleven ready-to-go presets, you can imitate a range of drawing styles like colored pencil, charcoal, line drawings, doodles, rough sketches, photorealism and more. Each preset can be customized with easy-to-use slider controls to get the perfect look for your project.

These effects use real hand-drawn pencil textures to create the most realistic pencil drawing effects out there. It works with still images, footage, motion graphics, and animations - just drop in your media and render!

Turn footage or graphics into an animated pencil drawing!

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  • 11 customizable pencil drawing effects for your video footage - Choose from rough sketches, line drawings, charcoal, colored pencil, and more!
  • Over 30 animated paper textures - Dynamic backgrounds which change on every frame
  • Uses hand-drawn textures for realistic results
  • Easy-to-use slider controls for customizing shading, lines, detail level, and more
  • Optional stop motion effect
  • Optional colorize effect - Converts any of the effects to colored pencil
  • Also works on photos, text, and graphics!
Click to watch the After Effects tutorial for turning footage into a pencil drawing

Watch the Pencil Sketch Effect Tutorial

Even After Effects beginners will be able to create an animated pencil drawing from their footage!

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These pencil sketch effects are included in the Creation Art Effects template, which contains 40 unique art effects.

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The Pencil Sketch Effect 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 insert their footage and make their own adjustments. This template is compatible with version CS5 as well as all later versions of After Effects.

Because the Pencil Sketch Effect template contains copyrighted intellectual property, the sharing or online posting of project files with or for anyone other than a client is prohibited. See the Terms and Conditions for more details.

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"I'm working on a video tour for the Museum of the Mountain West in Montrose, Colorado. Your effects are perfect for the project. And I don't have to get a doctorate in After Effects. Saved so much time and frustration. Within a few hours I was able to create a great intro to the tour with pencil effects."       - John Carls