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Watercolor Painting Effect - After Effects (Painterly Looks for Footage)
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What is it?

The Watercolor Painting Effect lets you turn normal footage or photos into an animated watercolor painting in Adobe After Effects. The effect uses real paint textures to produce very authentic results.

With a variety of animated paper textures, watery distortion effects, and custom ink bleeds, this template offers plenty of opportunity to be creative and make striking animations and watercolor reveals. Best of all, it's completely customizable with easy-to-use controls, so you can tweak the effect to perfectly suit your footage.

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Turn your footage into an animated watercolor painting!

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Mountain lake with a watercolor painting look made in After Effects with the "Watercolor Painting Effect"
Countryside landscape with a watercolor paint effect. Turn your own footage in an animated watercolor painting in After Effects.
Learn how to give footage a watercolor painting look in After Effects with the "Watercolor Painting Effect" tutorial

Even After Effects beginners will be able to turn their footage into a stop-motion, watercolor painting animation.

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

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A beautiful woman's eyes converted to a watercolor painting, using the "Watercolor Painting Effect" for After Effects
  • 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 watercolor 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 watercolor painting effect comp into that one.

  • Music and footage in demo video are not included.

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

The Watercolor Painting 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.

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Lens flare design made in Adobe After Effects
A baby photo turned into a beautiful watercolor painting in black and white, easily done in After Effects with the "Watercolor Painting Effect"
Two girls with a grunge watercolor animation effect

Watercolor Painting 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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