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The Elephants template for After Effects allows you to quickly and easily create custom elephant animations. Included are four 2D puppets (adult and baby Asian and African elephants). You can animate one elephant, or create an entire herd, and insert it into your motion graphics or 3D scenes.

With the easy-to-use controls, you can “program” your elephants to do almost anything (keeping a profile-view). Assign a “primary action” such as stand, walk, or run, and combine with a variety of “secondary actions”, such as automatic trunk, ear, and tail movements. For more control, you can manually animate the head, trunk, feet, mouth, ears, tail, eyes, breathing and more.

    • This template uses After Effects’ new Advanced Puppet Pin tool, and is only compatible with Adobe After Effects versions CC 2019 and up. Works on both Mac or PC. No plugins required.
    • This template includes an adult and baby African elephant, and an adult and baby Asian elephant. Elephants can be customized to look more male or female by adjusting body size, tusk size, and ear size.
    • Each elephant has 4 primary actions: Stand, Walk, Slow Step, & Run.
    • The elephants are created from 2D images. You can place the elephants in your 3D scenes, but the elephants are 2D (flat) and can only be seen from a profile (side view).
    • At 100% scale, elephants are approximately 4000 pixels wide when standing.
    • You can edit the original images to change the look of an elephant, as long as your edits stay within the edges of the original elephant shape. For example, you could overlay a circus paint texture over an elephant, but you could not add a saddle to an elephant, since the saddle would be higher than the elephant’s back, extending beyond the boundaries of the original shape. (Something like a saddle could be composited onto the final moving elephant effect, but it would need to be animated independently).
    • This template only includes the elephants and a few bonus scene elements (grass and trees). Music and 3D scenes from the demo video are not included.


    The Elephants template is not a plugin. Rather, 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 CC 2019 as well as any later version of After Effects.

    Because the Elephants 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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