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Butterflies flying over tall grass and flowers, made in Adobe After Effects
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Go to "Swarms" and create butterfly and insect animations in After Effects
This effect has been improved and upgraded in the "Swarms" template, which includes these butterflies and 11 other species of insects!
Butterfly Effect - After Effects (Make Custom Butterfly Animations)
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What is it?

The Butterflies template for Adobe After Effects includes seven 3D butterflies. Each butterfly is pre-programmed to fly and behave like a real butterfly - all you need to do is tell it where to go or land!


This realistic, custom butterfly effect is perfect for enhancing your motion graphics and 3D scenes. By simply adding two position keyframes to your butterfly, it will randomly glide, twist, dip, climb, and flap its wings as it follows the 2D or 3D motion path. Customize the flight behavior using convenient slider controls. Then, when you're ready to land your butterfly, you can turn off the automatic wing flapping and give it slower, controlled wing flutters.

Add 3D butterflies to your video, and customize their flight!

Various butterfly species in flight, made with the "Butterflies" template for After Effects.
Monarch butterflies flying over a pond, created with the "Butterflies" template for After Effects, from Creation Effects.

Learn how to create a flight path for your butterfly and make it land, in Adobe After Effects.

Need to Know

  • This template is compatible with Adobe After Effects, versions CS5 and all later versions. Works on both PCs and Macs. No plugins required.

  • Comps are HD, 1920x1080. The butterflies will work just as well in 4K. Each butterfly wing image is 1080 pixels tall at 100% scale.

  • The butterflies can be oriented and positioned in three dimensions. Detailed instructions for using the template are found in the template. Basic knowledge of keyframing is recommended.

  • This template includes 7 species of butterfly - A Monarch, Bredow's Sister, Duskywing, Melissa Blue, Orange Sulphur, Sagebrush White, and Swallowtail.

  • You can swap out the images to create your own butterflies, but it will be easier to do that in the Swarms template, which has each image in its own precomp.

  • This template has been "universalized", so it will work in After Effects running in any language.

  • Music in preview video not included.

The Butterflies template is not a plugin, so there is nothing to install. Rather, it's an Adobe After Effects project file, commonly known as a "template" because most of the work is already done and the user needs only to make their own customizations. This template is compatible with version CS5 as well as all later versions of After Effects.

Butterflies contains copyrighted intellectual property. The animations you create with this product are 100% yours and can be used for commercial purposes, but 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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Swallowtail butterfly made in After Effects. Make you own buttefly animations with the "Butterflies" AE template.
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