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2D claymation effect on footage, made with the "Claymation Effect" template for After Effects.
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Claymation Effect – After Effects (Turn Footage to Clay Animation)
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What is it?

The Claymation Effect is a one-of-a-kind tool for turning ordinary footage into a stop-motion clay animation in Adobe After Effects. What would normally take weeks to create can now be made in minutes, simply by dropping in your video footage, photo, cartoon, graphics, or logo. Convenient controls allow you to customize the colors, detail level, frame rate, and more.


Whether it's for a music video, logo animation, title graphics, or animated short film... the Claymation Effect is fun, realistic, and easy to use!

Modeling clay divider line element
Pile of small lumps of colorful clay
Lump of colored play-doh.
Claymation design element

Turn your footage into a

A snowman illustration with a claymation effect, made in After Effects. The Claymation Effect turns footage and images into stacks of clay.
Before and after image with a clay effect, made with the "Claymation Effect" template for Adobe After Effects, from Creation Effects.
Close-up of a colored clay texture
Claymation Effect tutorial - Give your footage a claymation look in After Effects

Even After Effects beginners will have no problem creating a claymation cartoon from footage by following this tutorial.

Art textures and art supplies collage, background for "Creation Art Effects" After Effects template.

The "Claymation Effect" and over 40 other unique art effects are included in the "Creation Art Effects" template.

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Clay Splotch made in After Effects, with the "Claymation Effect" from Creation Effects.
"I worked at Will Vinton Studios for 11 years, the creator that popularized the claymation process that most people know, and I have to say this is a very convincing effect to what is normally a very time-consuming process." 
- Jamie Haggerty
Lens flare element for Claymation FX

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.

  • This template was updated in 2018. The video tutorial was made prior to the update and some elements may look or work a little differently. Be sure to read the updated written instructions in the template.

  • Two versions of the template are included: HD (1920x1080) and 4K (4096x2160). The effects work great on photos, text, and graphics with transparent backgrounds, but it is not designed for exporting images at a higher resolution than 4096x2160.

  • The claymation effect comps in this template are 10 frames per second, giving them the choppy stop-motion look seen in the demo video. The reduced frame rate also speeds up render times considerably. You can change the frame rate in the "Composition Settings" panel, or if you like the look of a reduced frame rate, but need to export at a higher rate like 29.97fps or 25fps, create a new comp with the higher frame rate, and place the claymation effect comp into the new comp.

  • You can use the colors from your footage, or assign unique colors to each "clay layer".

  • Footage and music in demo video not included. 

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

The Claymation Effect 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.

Claymation Effect 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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Before and after of cartoon bear, turn into clay using the "Claymation Effect" in Adobe After Effects.
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