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Pencil Sketch Effect (Pencil Drawing Looks for Footage) - After Effects
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What is it?

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 wide range of drawing styles like colored pencil, charcoal, line drawings, doodles, rough sketches, photorealism and more. Each preset can be customized with easy controls to get the perfect look for your footage.

These effects use hand-drawn pencil textures to create the most realistic pencil drawing effects out there. It works with HD or 4K footage, photos, motion graphics, and animations - just drop in your media and render!

Pencil scribbles graphic

Turn your footage or graphics into an animated pencil drawing!

Closeup of girl with a colored pencil drawing effect, made with the "Pencil Sketch Effect" template for Adobe After Effects.
A tiger with a charcoal drawing effect. Give footage a pencil drawing look in After Effects with the "Pencil Sketch Effect" template
Skateboard trick with a pencil line drawing effect on paper. Convert footage to pencil drawings with the "Pencil Sketch Effect" for After Effects
Brown, wrinkled sketch drawing paper texture


  • 11 Pencil Drawing Presets – A variety of pencil sketch looks for your footage, including line drawings, rough doodles, charcoal, colored pencil, and sketches with varying looks and degrees of realism.

  • Easy Customization – Easy-to-use controls for customizing shading, lines, detail level, and more.

  • Over 30 animated paper textures Dynamic, customizable backgrounds which change on every frame.

  • Uses hand-drawn textures for realistic results

  • Optional stop motion effect

  • Supports transparent backgrounds

  • "Timewarp" option – Some users find that the textures change too rapidly, creating unwanted flicker or "jitter". The Timewarp option slows down textures for a smoother animation.

  • 4K and HD versions included

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Learn how to give footage a pencil drawing effect with the "Pencil Sketch Effect" template for After Effects

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

Creation Art Effects banner image with paper, pencils, paintbrush, pencil scribbles, and paint splatter

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

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

  • This template was upgraded and 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 written instructions in the template - they are thorough and up-to-date.

  • 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 pencil sketch 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 pencil sketch effect comp into that one.

  • Some of the presets can take a significant amount of time to render (especially the 4K versions) and are not intended for long videos.

  • Footage and music in demo video not included.

  • This template has been "universalized", so it will work in After Effects running in any language (CS6 and up).

The Pencil Sketch 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.

Pencil Sketch 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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Need to Know

Lens flares made in After Effects
Closeup of man's face with a pencil sketch drawing effect
A colored pencil drawing effect on footage of sailboats. Convert video to animated pencil drawings with the "Pencil Sketch Effect" template
A log cabin converted to a charcoal drawing with the "Pencil Sketch Effect" template for After Effects. Give footage the look of an animated pencil drawing.
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