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Van Gogh Effect

Van Gogh Effect

The Van Gogh Effect for After Effects allows you to instantly turn your 4K footage into a realistic, animated painting - in a style that imitates master painter Vincent Van Gogh.

The Van Gogh Effect works equally well for both footage and images, and is completely customizable using convenient controls. Easily achieve the trademark swirls of the famous "Starry Night", or the wavy brush strokes of Van Gogh's self portraits. With authentic brush textures, custom paint strokes, and an unmistakable Van Gogh style, this efect will turn your ordinary footage into a post-impressionist masterpiece!

    • Compatible with Adobe After Effects, versions CS5 and all later versions (including Creative Cloud). Works on both Mac and PC. No plugins required. (CS5 and CS6 users will notice a label on all customization controls that says "Missing". This does not affect functionality, and the controls will work as intended).
    • This template has been universalized, so it will work for users running After Effects in other languages, as long as they're using CS6 and up. The template may partially work in foreign languages in CS5, but with some errors.
    • 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.
    • The template includes both HD (1920x1080) and 4K (4096x2160) comps. 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 two Van Gogh Effect comps in this template are 10 and 15 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 their frame rates 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 Van Gogh Effect comp into that one.
    • Render/preview times may be significant. Follow the suggestions on the Render Tips Page to optimize the speed of this template, and allow yourself plenty of time to render your final animation.
    • Frame images, animated mattes, and alternate paint and canvas textures are included.
    • Music and footage placeholders in demo video are not included.


    The Van Gogh Effect template is not a plugin. 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 CS5 as well as all later versions of After Effects.

    Because the Van Gogh Effect 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.

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

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