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Schools lets users create realistic schools of fish and underwater scenes in Adobe After Effects. Just drop in a fish image and it instantly converts to a school, with each fish swimming and oscillating in three dimensions. A total of 40 species of fish and marine mammals are included. Control where the fish school swims, and customize their swim behavior using convenient slider controls.

Copy and paste your fish schools into one of the seven pre-designed scenes, as seen in the demo video. Or, create your own rich, underwater scenes with the custom water effects and a 74-image library of coral, plants, and other ocean elements. With Schools, even After Effects novices can create high-quality 3D animations of life under the sea!

    • Compatible with Adobe After Effects, versions CS5 and all later versions. Works on both PCs and Macs. No plug-ins required.
    • The fish in this template are 2D images that oscillate in 3D, which gives them the appearance of having depth, but they are not true 3D models. Thin fish species will look the most natural. Wider fish, like sharks, will look less natural when turning toward the camera. The marine mammals (dolphins, killer whales, humpback whales, and seals) work a little differently, and do not oscillate in 3D. It’s recommended that the mammals are kept at a profile view (swimming across the frame).
    • All fish are 1000 pixels long at 100% scale.
    • All comps are HD, 1920x1080. You can change the comp size to 4K or any other resolution and the effect will work the same.
    • This template has been "universalized", so it will work in After Effects running in any language.
    • Detailed instructions are found throughout the template, as well as in the video tutorial.
    • Follow the suggestions on the Render Tips Page to optimize the speed of this template.
    • All images and design elements shown in the demo video are included in the template (footage of man with briefcase not included). Music in demo video not included.<
    • Last update: Sep 20, 2019.


    The Schools template is not a plugin. It's an 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. (See compatibility warning above for versions older than CC 2017).

    The animations you create with this product are 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. All fish and ocean elements included in this template are taken from images released into the public domain, with no known copyright restrictions. Images were taken from,,, or Wikimedia Commons.

    Positive and/or negative feedback is appreciated. Use the contact page to send me a message.

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