This list of the best After Effects templates for YouTube will help you meet the expectations of your audience and deliver world-class YouTube content.
While it's increasingly difficult to breakthrough in the online video market, people's appetite for video content continues to grow. And countless studies show that when it comes to metrics like audience engagement, shareability, and memorability, video eats text-based content for breakfast. The numbers speak for themselves: 72% of people would prefer to learn a product or service by watching a video rather than by reading about it. While marketers who use video grow revenue 49% faster and enjoy 41% more web traffic than companies that don’t? We could go on.
Audiences are watching more video content than ever, but they also have higher expectations than ever before. They expect professional-quality content from the word go. That’s why, from the opening notes of your intro sting to the fade-to-black of your end screen, your YouTube content needs to look and sound every bit the part.
Luckily, we have a nifty solution that lets us sidestep some of these potential pitfalls. It’s time to work smarter, not harder. It’s time to talk about After Effects templates for YouTube.
After Effects templates consist of video elements produced by VFX professionals. The goal? To get you creating gorgeous YouTube content with the minimum amount of time and fuss.
Well, here’s one way of thinking about video templates: if you’ve seen it in a YouTube video, an After Effects template exists to make it work for you in your videos.
YouTube intros, end screens, 3D effects, 4D effects, animations, text overlays, music, sound effects, video backgrounds, you name it. If there’s a video trend or fashion that’s setting the YouTube community on fire, you can bet your bottom bitcoin that there’s a corresponding After Effects template out there to help you implement it in your video content, making sure you’re always one step ahead of the competition.
The benefits of using After Effects templates go beyond saving you time, money, and stress. Video templates are also a great way to create a consistent brand identity across all your video output.
After Effects templates are essentially a constantly updating palette of professional quality, fully customizable audiovisual elements and samples for use and reuse across your entire YouTube channel. If you can build recognizability, you can create loyalty, and if you can do that then you’re well on your way to attracting the kind of enthusiastic, engaged following that every YouTuber dreams of having.
It is this combination of impact, customizability, and accessibility that makes After Effects templates such a powerful tool for creators looking for new and better ways to create gorgeous, compelling video content. Sound like something you might be interested in? Then let’s get going with our list of the top 10 best After Effects templates for YouTube in 2021. Enjoy!
A citrus fresh, hypermodern intro template that sparkles with energy and style. Perfect for fashion, perfume, and beauty influencers.
Looking to take your audience on an adventure? This exhilarating introduction to your YouTube channel is laser-focused on getting your viewers to hit that subscribe button.
Extend the amount of time viewers spend watching your channel or direct them to your social channels with this delightfully infectious end screen.
Give your viewer a panoramic impression of your entire channel with this versatile opener. As slick as it gets.
Introduce yourself and your channel with this futuristic lower third template. All digital quadrilaterals and neon pulses. This one leaves an impression like an electric handshake.
Looking to add a dash of professionalism to your YouTube end card? This 4K option is as sharp and minimal as it is easy to customize. And with video tutorials included for every customizable element, that’s very easy indeed.
With over 300 colorful animated elements to choose from, including abstract shapes, motion graphics, and social media icons, you’ll never be at a loss for eye candy with this template.
A classy, minimal, and easy-to-edit product promo template that makes intelligent use of a depth-of-field effect to keep audiences guessing as to what comes next.
These animated subscribe buttons emit tiny pixels when clicked. Like a digital piñata. Very charming. This one won’t fail to get your audience liking and subscribing.
This intro sting is here to inject some energy and motivation into the proceedings and, boy, does it overachieve in this regard. Perfect for fashion, sport, or video game channels that stand to benefit from the adrenaline this intro template provides in high doses.
Made explicitly for YouTube creators, this kit by Pixrate is superb. It includes templates for titles and openers, as well as transitions, lower thirds, logo reveals social media promos and everything in between. There are a number of different, very on-trend, design styles to choose from. It's definitely one of the most comprehensive YouTube packs I've seen.
Fit for a broadcast network, this pack will give you everything you need to run a YouTube channel or even a TV channel. It includes stylish openers, transitions, lower thirds, titles, logo IDs, and social media templates. It features gradients, and a lot of color, but not in a jarring way, it's quite soft. All animations are smooth and playful. It's a great choice for a young brand.
Typography templates are very on-trend at the moment, and this opener pack shows how versatile the concept can be. No matter what you choose, this template will make your words eye-catching, and the star of the show. Great for a quick reveal of your brand, then straight into your video.
This super quick intro makes an impression, fast. Moving swiftly between some lines of text, and images, it lands on the logo and sets the mood in almost no time.
A simple, fresh-looking opener that syncs well with an upbeat track, this one is versatile. Minimal enough to look modern, and basic enough to fit almost any brand, insert your text, match it with the music, and you're off.
This template features a whole grab basket of stunning templates in which to insert your text and have it be the star of your video. With vivid pinks, royal blues, and a great variety of modern design options, this pack should have at least one thing you can use, if not more.
If you're looking for a template pack that will appeal to the Snapchat, and Instagram generation, I think you've found it. EasyEdit.pro's Beauty Youtube Design Pack is great for channels focused on fashion, or beauty, but could also work for almost anything aiming at a young, social savvy audience. It features templates for everything from video openers to lower thirds, and even for YouTube thumbnails. Its color scheme is bright and irreverent. And, it includes playful animations of its elements, as well as a bunch of icons that resemble the stickers you'd find in Instagram Stories, and Snapchat.
Looking to make an impact in a short amount of time? YouTube Opener by Afterdarkness75 uses jolty movements of animated elements to catch the eye and command attention. The different styles of the template make it versatile enough to fit anything from a fashion to sports, and a lot more in between.
Stick to the look and feel of YouTube with this template. It opens with the YouTube logo, then transitions to your Avatar. It then offers you the ability to create a montage out of a selection of your videos. This would make for a great, if not lengthy, opener, closer or even just a promo for your channel.
A really fresh concept, this template uses animated brushstrokes to catch the viewer's eye, allowing you to add words you associate with your channel, and finishing on your logo. It's fast, fresh, and very snappy.
This slick opener looks modern, and offers a suite of different ways to layout and animate your text. The animation style is smooth, and all the elements that make up the template feel clean, but maintain a softness that's inviting.
"Stomp" intros are very popular these days. Pairing a fast-moving template with text that animates to the beat, on top of images that change just as fast, has become the favored style of many a video content creator recently. And, this template gives you the option to do that, and work in the YouTube logo, as well as your avatar.
A similar style to the "stomp" item above, this template, as its title suggests, makes the typography the focus, and is an exercise in treating the visuals, and music track as one. It's fast-moving, animating the text and background image as a unique partnership. It also gives you options for glitch animations for the text, and to animate text as entire sentences, words or letters.
This stomp style opener is clean and fresh. It alternates between smooth, and jolty animation, with typography as the centerpiece. And, although the demo shows a full trailer length example of what you can use it to make, it has all the tools to help you create a fast, effective intro.
This pack offers you beautiful, minimal templates for a simple opener featuring your avatar, channel name, lower thirds, subscribe buttons, and more. With a mostly white color scheme, featuring sparing, intentional use of color, and very smooth animations, this will be a great investment for a broad range of genres of the channel. It's timeless.
This template, which employs kinetic animation of typography, is fast-paced and delivers a lot of information at once. You can use this template to show off imagery that fits with your channel, mix it with words about you or your channel, and set it against an engaging track. You'll definitely command the attention of the viewer.
This template pack is so smooth, it's hypnotic. A combination of footage, and copy, will fill this one up. It's best suited to travel genres of video, or styles that really have nice cinematography to showcase. But, hey, you be the judge.
This opener by efline is great for showing off loads of clips, and images in a fresh, edgy way, overlaid with text. I can see this working for music brands, channels about streetwear, and more.
Make your copy the star of the show with this typography-based opener. The template allows you to animate your text in a mixture of arrangements on top of your chosen footage. It's stylish, snappy, and very on-trend right now.
Part of the kinetic typography trend that continues to sweep video platforms everywhere, this stomp template is one of the cleanest I've seen. By overlaying your text on some high-quality imagery, you'll make a big impression in a short amount of time, on your audience.
Typography by rgba_design is striking. Cutting back and forth between the footage, images and text placeholders, it's a rapid, yet smooth way to hook your viewer into your video. Refine your copy, break it up word by word, and make an impression.
Doing a YouTube series on travel? Then take a look at this template. It's a bright, fun, animated cartoon template, made up of illustrated buildings, bridges, planes and even hot dogs. A lovely way to start your video.
Are you a gaming channel? This might be a good opener for you. Featuring high-quality 3D animation, your logo will explode onto the screen with this template by flasheasy.
This promo template pack would make a great opener for a modern, fashion, or culture-based YouTube channel. It features eccentric transitions, mixed with stylishly sparse titles placed within an elegant box. It's extremely trendy.
From the same folks, Clean Corporate is exactly what it sounds like. The template pack includes a royal blue color scheme, with a professional blue and purple gradient variant. The font choice is tidy and modern. It's great for quick openers, on-screen captions, and showing off websites.
From the same author, this colorful, slick opener is very on-trend. Featuring gradients that aren't overpowering, and beautiful layouts that focus the eyes on the right elements, this template will be great for showing off your channel name, and avatar quickly, and creatively. It can also be used for opening credits to a bigger project.
More suited to a sport or action brand, this quick, neat opener template will allow you to display some stylized footage, overlaid with animated text, ending on your logo. It's a simple, fully realized concept with a lot of energy.
Simple, and elegant, this motion titles pack gives you a large bunch of animated templates to choose from, and overlay on whatever footage or imagery you want. It's a great fit if you want something modern, and it looks timeless.
This one's mostly a promo pack, designed to be made into a broadcast-ready commercial, but it has all the elements of a great video opener. It's stylish, colorful, with eye-catching transitions, and effective use of typography. It's definitely an easy way to make an impression right at the beginning of your video.
Finally, this fresh template features beautiful typography, clean, and creative wipes, and zoom video effects. It works best with beautifully shot footage and photos. It's elegant, minimal, and quick. A wonderful way to welcome people to your video.
YouTube audiences are a demanding bunch. But if you can create high-quality content at a regular pace, they’ll more than make it worth your while. Get creative with the After Effects templates featured in our rundown, and you can start to surpass their expectations (and your engagement targets) with every YouTube video you upload.
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