Video Production and Editing – Envato Design & creative inspiration Wed, 14 Mar 2018 05:04:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Video Production and Editing – Envato 32 32 Best Design Items to Appeal to the Millennial Generation Wed, 28 Feb 2018 05:54:05 +0000 Designing for a millennial audience is a tricky affair. As a companion piece to our guide to designing for millennials, we've put together this list of new items that work well for the demographic that was virtually born on the internet. Take a look.

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Designing for a millennial audience is a tricky affair. As I discussed in a previous post, their a temperamental audience that has no time for experiences the load slowly, want to know exactly what they should be focusing on, and want to feel special. As a companion piece to our guide to designing for millennials, we’ve put together this list of new items that work well for the demographic that was virtually born on the internet. Take a look.

Graphic Design

This retro Photoshop Action will take you back to the graphic design style associated with old video games. The color options are bright, with the purple, blue, and orange version being very on trend right now. But it’s tastefully executed and not overwhelming. It should have no trouble catching the eye.

Web Design

Select-Themes have a whole portfolio of options when it comes to millennial friendly designs. But one that really caught my eye was this one called Mixtape. Built for music artists, it offers a number of variations of the theme, and they’re all bright, with a strong focus on high resolution images, and exciting patterns. Most interactions are accompanied by animations, it makes the experience very engaging.

Elated-Themes is another fantastic creator of millennial focused themes. Mane is a great example of one. With a beautiful bold design, a mix of pastel pinks and complimentary, darker greens against a mostly white canvas make it look fresh. That, plus the way the graphics are layered and animated make it extremely engaging. Check out the demos. 


Purpose built for social media, this templates pack includes three post sizes, making it easily adjustable to Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram’s preferred resolutions and dimensions, including square videos. It’s also ready for Snapchat and Instagram Stories, with vertical video templates. Its color palette is bright and playful. It’s got everything you need to engage an audience whether they’re scrolling through their newsfeed or skipping through video stories on their phone.

This template pack is purpose built for YouTube. It’s modern, and offers a large suite of templates and animations for almost anything you want to create. It includes templates for titles, openers, transitions, lower thirds, logo reveals, social media promos and pretty much anything else you can think of. It’s one of the most comprehensive YouTube packs out there.

Aimed at a young, social savvy audience, this template pack is purpose built for the Snapchat generation. It includes colorful video openers, lower thirds, even YouTube thumbnails, all purpose built for millennials. With playful animations, and icons you can add that resemble Snapchat stickers, you’ve got a lot to work with with this pack. 

This pack is purpose built for Instagram and Snapchat Stories. Featuring 10 multipurpose templates, it gives you everything you need to created compelling content to be shared on a mobile screen vertically, as well as templates that can be used for advertising too. The templates are fresh, playful and well suited to the platforms most popular with millennials.

Minimal and functional, this template offers a few options including titles, lower-thirds, descriptions, news cards and more. The boxes cleverly resize themselves to match how much text you’ve added, and a few different animation styles are offered. It’s perfect for videos you want viewers to be able to watch without sound.

With a slick design and fluid animations, this template set packs a punch. It comes with titles, lower-thirds, logo, and quote templates, all featuring an elegant minimal design. It’s built to impress.

This pack by therealist brings a simplicity to lower-thirds that’s hard to beat. The minimal design and clean animation will made the information you’re sharing through them the star of the show. If lower-thirds are all you need, this one will get the job done well for a generation where functionality is valued first and foremost. 

This pack offers everything you’d need to run a YouTube channel, or even a broadcast channel, as the title suggests. It includes a full kit of titles, openers, transitions, lower thirds, logo IDs, even social media templates. And with its use of gradients, and bright colors, along with stylish animations and playful layouts, it’s a wonderful choice if you’re trying to appeal to millennials.

A few words animated effectively can make for a really engaging video. Typography templates have grown popular in the world of autoplaying video because of their dual ability to communicate a video’s content without the sound being on, but also to capture the attention of users scrolling through a newsfeed. This template will make your words eye catching. 

Finally, featuring gradients that aren’t overpowering, beautiful layouts focusing the eye on the right elements, and more, this template pack is built for millennials. It’s well suited for channel reveals, featuring a spot to put your channel name and avatar that animates beautifully. It can also be used for opening credits to a bigger project. 

Find out what the generation born on the internet wants from design. Read more about millennials here.


The Rules of Designing UX for Millennials

Millennials are an elusive group to capture the attention of. So, what is it they want from a user experience? How can you get them to try your product, or visit your site? And, are they really that obsessed with avocado on toast? Find out in this article.

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20 Stellar Science Fiction After Effects Templates Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:42:54 +0000 We’ve assembled a collection of sci-fi After Effects templates most likely to induce awe and wonder and tried to pick ones that show a wide range of visual styles.

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2017 was a banner year for science fiction and its popularity is at an all-time high. As a genre, it’s no longer niche and is now entirely mainstream. TV shows like Black Mirror and Electric Dreams play into contemporary culture’s technological issues and fixations. And movies like Blade Runner 2049 and the Last Jedi are like futuristic allegories for our time.

People like science fiction more than ever in part because it hardly seems like fiction anymore as it becomes more real each day when news stories like this and this are published.

The science fiction aesthetic is so diverse and creatives working with the genre have a lot to explore. Some geek out to sci-fi with iridescent aliens, transforming spaceships, glowing technological interfaces, shimmery star fields or dark and dystopian landscapes.

Motion graphic designers working in After Effects, in particular, really know their sci-fi stuff. On Envato, the science fiction inspired templates are entirely epic, and in addition to just being so eye-mazing, they also demonstrate a high level of technical wizardry on the part of their authors.

We’ve assembled a collection of sci-fi After Effects templates most likely to induce awe and wonder and tried to pick ones that show a wide range in visual style too. These templates would work for a variety of project types like movie trailers, presentation introductions, transition sequences, and as clips in music videos.

Now go grab the popcorn (or light saber) and get ready to explore new worlds with this list of Science Fiction After Effects templates.

Dreamland is a cinematic film title sequence that’s like an epic journey through the Milky Way and nebulae. Like a passenger in Tesla’s car, the viewer is propelled through strange new celestial lands. The sequence has nuanced and rich color and the animation is quite smooth. Dreamland is accompanied by a grand score by talented composer Jeffrey Peterson. The project includes a pre-render version and original version and is in both 4K and Full HD.

Can a sci-fi intro be luxury? Epic Galaxy Titles appears so. Filaments of liquid gold rain out on a dark charcoal space backdrop. Epic Galaxy Titles also has a retro vibe and seems a bit 90s. The sequence has some interesting pacing tricks too, with variable time rates and some glitch effects.

The HUD Cinematic Titles take you on a tour of a smartly designed futuristic interface. The interface is nicely colored in bright red and blue and the interface is clean and modern. The HUD cinematic titles don’t overdo the sci-fi aesthetic and would be a good choice for a quality title sequence. The HUD Cinematic Titles are in HD and require no additional plugins.

Cinematic Titles is another choice title sequence by Treedo. The interface in this intro is more minimalist. Glowing light blue bands softly fade in and out alongside elegant widely-spaced type. The interface resembles a DNA sequence a little. Cinematic Titles would work for a film project and also for a science documentary or even a music video.

Titles Macro takes a trip to inner space. Dark, gritty, amorphous and entirely biological landscapes glide through view. If you are looking for an intro that Sigourney Weaver from Alien would love then this might be the perfect choice. Titles Macro would work as a sci-fi film titles sequence and also as a moody intro for a medical, non-profit, science, or tech presentation. Titles Macro includes a version with pre-rendered effects and one with plugins that you can customize yourself.

Cyberpunk Intro is a h-nrg retro 90s intro with lots of visual fx sci-fi fans love like glitch, typing text and floating abstracted interface elements. The project vibes like the sequel to the iconic Seal and Adamski cyberpunk video Killer. Cyberpunk Intro requires no plugins and is designed with a modular structure making it easy to customize.

DNA is the perfect project for biohackers and their ilk. A slowly rotating DNA sequence is layered with masked macro views of chromosomes and genes. The entire intro is colorized in a watery bright blue. DNA is in full HD and requires the Element 3D plugin.

Calling the Matrix! The Sky Technology trailer presents a visual field of layers upon layers of ticking numbers fading out into the blue. The design is finely done with much attention paid to crafting the perfect 3D text element and glow effect. The film trailer is designed with universalized expressions so it will work with any language.

Technology Titles is a contemporary choice with a visually advanced and high tech design. Compound geometry is used to create the visual effects and the end result appears like a very highly-detailed technological wormhole. Expressions are universalized, no plugins are required and a Plexus version is included.

Trailer Studio 2 is an intro sequence as at home in a DJ booth as it is in a science fiction movie. Stylish, with an evocative geometric design, it appears ripped from the movie The Neon Demon. Trailer Studio 2 boasts 25 text placeholders, 10 transition effects, 15 color presets and 20 backgrounds.

Discover new worlds like Matt Damon with Interstellar Journey. This intro sequence has artistically rendered planets with colorful textures and just the right amount of realism. It’s like you are travelling through outer space and a highly detailed diorama at the same time. Interstellar Journey also zooms in and out giving the viewer a sense of space and depth. Fun and effective plugins like Optical Flares and Trapcode Particular are utilized.

Soloar System 2 is a fantastical sequence that has a retro 80s look. The color is vibrant and saturated in a hyper-real way. The visual style is a bit over the top and wacky. One could see this working in an episode of Red Dwarf.  Solar Systems 2 is in 8K resolution and includes 14 unique planetary scenes.

Floating in the Sky is a contemporary sci-fi template that captures the mood of the great expansive aloneness of space. Floating in the Sky is thoughtful and also artful and even pretty. Rainbow washes like the aurora borealis glimmer across the screen and halos of light soften planet’s edges. The text animation is also notable as it appears to both wave, float and blur into view. Floating in the Sky would work as a science fiction intro sequence and also for motivational and new age presentations.

Underneath the city there is a vast network of tunnels… Dark, gritty and bold Epic Trailer Titles 8 is a subterranean sci-fi tour. The 3d type is well done in a textured and condensed sans serif. The template is entirely customizable and the Element3D V2 and Trapcode Particular Plugin are required.

Digital Corporate Promo is a layered and visually detailed intro template with lots of moving parts. The sequence uses color overlays effectively and includes 90s style bold and tech fonts. Video is overlayed within an abstract visual interface. The project would be a good choice for a futuristic game promo or to create a sci-fi inspired video album.

So many metal doors! If you enjoyed the trash compactor scene in the original Star Wars then you’ll love this mesmerizing collection of textured safe doors and gates. You can choose from three animation styles: simple, slow zoom and zoom at the end. Each door and gate is simple to use with the alpha channel already set.

This intro sequence boasts the best big rocks of any of the templates. The chunky meteorites float slowly through the scenes at different angles and scales. The template is very easy to use and a good choice for anyone new to After Effects. Eight text holders and media holders are included.

Poseidon is a high quality and contemporary science fiction template. Cinematic, powerful and professional it’s a solid choice for a movie or gaming project introduction. The 3D text is beautifully styled and cool distortion effects are used to add atmosphere. No plugins are required and it has a modular construction making it easy for beginners to use.

Digital Form Trailer is a flexible and feature rich classic sci-fi trailer template. It includes glitch, particles, scan lines, and shiny glowing 3D text. The prerender version is included so the Plexus 2 plugin is not required. Twelve media and eight title and logo placeholders are included.

Modern slideshow is an on trend template that has sci-fi inspired design elements plus geometric masking. The slideshow is adaptable and could work as an intro for a fashion or lifestyle brand, as a template for a motivational presentation, or as a sci-fi trailer. The project is drag and drop making it simple for anyone to use.

This list just scratches the surface of the amazing sci-fi templates available on our marketplace. For more, check out our forums.


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Best 15 Awards Ceremony Broadcast Packages & Titles Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:52:56 +0000 With the Academy Awards around the corner, the time is ripe for awards season content. Whether you're shooting a video from the red carpet, interviewing Oscar nominees, or reviewing nominated movies from your bedroom, here are some fantastic broadcast packages and titles you can use for your project.

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Award ceremonies, as the name implies, are special events to celebrate stand-out work and achievements.

While the event itself is sure to be organized impeccably, the PR efforts behind it play just as big of a role, in whether it will be a roaring success or turn into an extraordinary flop. Of course, you can’t have steady and ample buildup only to deliver an underwhelming experience once the event actually starts.

Event flyers, skilled copywriting and ample media coverage are key differentiators between a simple gathering and an award ceremony. Television and Internet Video platforms is where things really tend to get exciting however.

In a sense, a good award ceremony clip is not very different to a movie trailer! It allows you to give your audience just a taste of the excitement that is soon to follow, drum up interest and make everyone count down to when they need to prepare their cocktail dresses and tuxedos.

These templates can help prepare the attendees for a memorable evening, even months in advance.

This template is sold both as a Cinema4D, as well as an Adobe After Effects template, allowing you to get additional flexibility in customizing all 3D scenes and set up everything just as you need it.

Ultimate Awards Package is created specifically for customers who need practical, usable elements for a broadcast, or perhaps an in-house awards presentation. The package captures the splendor and magic of a Hollywood-style awards ceremony with over 20 of the most requested broadcast graphic elements. It’s sure to make your event shine as bright, as if you’d have hired a big-budget production agency for your visuals!

Cinema Awards Package is a Hollywood-style awards ceremony presentation template, perfect for awards shows, corporate presentations and any special event presentation of your choosing.

This template contains all the necessary modular elements needed for a striking presentation. It supports looping playback and allows you to create your own awards show video, while a useful expression control will help you to change all colors easily with a single click.

Awards After Effects template is an elegant and versatile project featuring a royal blue color scheme (+ 5 additional color schemes). It’s perfect for awards shows, spectacular ceremonies, elegant opening trailers, stylish fashion shows, anniversary celebrations, special events, wedding stories & as well as fashion/photography slideshow. Quite a few usage scenarios there!

A complete package for all Award Shows. It features a unique design, is simple to edit and really easy to use. All essential elements are available, allowing you to highlight any segment from your program.

What better way to guide your audience’s focus than through shiny, glossy black and gold circular elements, swiftly gliding across the screen? The template is complete with an opener, lower-thirds, bumper, split windows as well as the mandatory end credit screen.

Perfect for opulent awards ceremony, this template really shines. Original design and a package offering full flexibility make this one stand out. As the title says, you can have your winners displayed across the faces of a spinning cube, seemingly made of solid gold, much like their performances!

Continuing the trend of shimmering, glittery goodness, this template may be one of the most realistic renditions of the gold effect out there. With a smooth glittering stars effect to complement the shiny text and soft transitions, the viewer is easily transposed into a state of dreamy enjoyment.

Awards Show is an exclusive and professional pack for After Effects, with a modular structure. This project can be used to create videos for your events, weddings, parties, shows or awards ceremonies. Bonus points for its ease of editing.

This template features flying golden stars, with pronounced trails & metal extrusions. These elements allow you to create typography that merges and flows into the presentation. The effect reminds us of dot-grid displays, with an added bonus of dynamic transitions and clean renders, that are missing from the counterpart.

An excellent template featuring velvety smooth transitions, perfect integration of photographic & typography placeholders. It’s complete with all necessary elements for a striking ceremony presentation: opener, bumper, best actor sequence, two/four screens, video frame, and many more.

Strong pre-rendered elements with a number of particle effects help set the mood for video elements as they transition into the view. The Awards features everything you need to a professional awards show package, all presets are pre-rendered no extra plugins requried After Effects CS6.

A well organized and easy to customize template, featuring all necessary elements such as opener, slideshow, bumper, closing credits, lower third, overlays and background. It’s ready to render in both HD and Full HD resolutions, without requiring additional plugins for the pre-rendered version. The native version, which does allow for more customizability, also needs Trapcode Particular and Optical Flares plugins.

Featuring 14 Categories, this template offers you just the right mix of flexibility and ready-made elements, for a successful awards ceremony presentation, irrespective of award category and scope. It’s ideal for awards celebrating: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Comedy, Best Drama, Best Movie, Best Music, Best Picture, Writing, Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing, Film Editing, Production Design. The package includes all necessary elements, 14 different bumper versions, 11 image placeholders for the opener, 3 different overlays and many more.

This is just a small list from our huge selection of incredible After Effects templates you could use to promote your event. Stay tuned for our next list! You can also dive into the forums to see which other templates our community suggests.

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30 Best After Effects Templates for YouTube Intros, Titles and Openers

People’s appetite for video content continues to grow. They expect videos from their favorite creators to drop more often, while also expecting the quality of both the content and presentation to be very high. This list of the best After Effects templates for YouTube intros, titles, and openers aims to help them out.

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14 Best After Effects Templates to Make Your Videos Pop on Social Media Tue, 13 Feb 2018 02:38:27 +0000 With the continuing rise in popularity of video online, and on social media, we explore some of the best after effects templates to help you deliver a better user experience and create the perfect video.

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With the continuing rise in popularity of video online, and on social media, we explore some of the best after effects templates to help you deliver a better user experience and create the perfect video.

Quite often on the Envato Blog, we discuss the importance of video to online marketing. As proven by stats and data, video outperforms other methods in user engagement and efficient message delivery. Today almost all Social Media platforms have focused their resources towards some form of video or animation. This includes standard newsfeed videos, stories, live streams, GIFs, and so on. The trend doesn’t seem to show any signs of stopping, at least not anytime soon. With the addition of VR, AR, and 360 degree videos, companies are looking for innovation both in technology and distribution.

In such a competitive landscape, the importance of the designs that house the content in these videos has never been more important. The goal is to convey the message quickly without feeling intrusive to the end user. This is something that a lot of social media platforms know very well. Twitter, for example, as well as many other websites, includes an option in its settings videos automatically playing in your timeline. Even on other platforms, where videos do autoplay, almost every one of them will be muted. It’s not difficult to understand why this happens, and that these types of “in-your-face” intrusive videos rarely generate any interest.

Yet, brands are still desperate to get their message across. So, how do they do that without frustrating customers?

Rise of the Titles

In this state “Box Titles” have come to play an important role in video production. Particularly simple designs featuring text over solid shapes that cover the areas occupied by titles. These designs vary in shape, size, and color. They can go from simple subtitle form, to big blocks of text covering half, or more of the screen. The latter option is much more popular, and practical because it better serves this design purpose. It’s a convention that allow videos that are easy to notice, and understand on any type of platform, or screen size, with or without sound. This design style also makes video more engaging in cases where words are more interesting, and more important than images.

You will find this type of Title Design everywhere online: on social media, web-news outlets, YouTube, and more. They’re even making their way into other more traditional platforms like Broadcast TV. Title animation, and design complexity can also vary a lot from one usage to another. Depending on the message being delivered, these titles can be used as lower-thirds, subtitles, annotations, comments, or even kinetic typography. They can also serve as a simple intro, with an eye catching phrase that you can use in your thumbnail. In other cases they can be the only thing in the video, delivering a bold and powerful message in a simple, minimal format.

Box Titles on VideoHive

On VideoHive, you will find a great selection of Social Media, and Box Titles. These templates have been designed to help you deliver the best possible results in the least amount of time. With a big range of styles, and different type of animations, you’ll be able to find something that perfectly fits your video, and brand.

One of the simplest and very minimal implementations of this design. This template offers a few options including: titles, lower-thirds, descriptions, news cards, and more. Featuring a few different animation styles, as well as clever self resizing boxes.

This template also offers many different design options, a fully editable setup, and super fast rendering. Not only useful for social media videos, but also lower-third design for news, sales, promos, listings, intros, and more. Check out the preview video to see every design included.

If a simple After Effects template is not enough, checkout this next item. This After Effects Script will help you automatically create as many titles as you need. It comes with a very handy user interface window that includes a lot of options for customization, and animation. Although it doesn’t provide the same amount of design variation as the other templates, it’s still the best option for simplicity, and fast workflow. It also gives you the advantage of using a tools license, and the Script on as many projects as you like.

For a few more format options, like vertical, or square versions, take a look at this Social Media graphics package. Featuring a number of different designs, as well as multi colored, and highlighted text functionalities.

Similar to the previous templates, this one from doomodesigns gives you another set of 20 different animated titles. Including, also, a few more unique versions like the 3D box reveals.

Adding some more unique options to text animation, and box transitions, this next item appeals to people who are looking to get more out of their titles. Aside from the text animations, which can be used as intros for your social media videos, you will also find included logo intros, glitch transitions, bounce titles, and photo description designs.

Packed with 60 titles, lower-thirds, logos, and quotes, it’s going to be difficult to run out of options using this template. Featuring a slick design, and fluid animation on all titles, this minimal pack it’s built to impress.

As minimal as possible, this template gets right to the point. With a quick setup, and a lot of customization options, you can create some simple lower-thirds, or subtitles in no time. And, for those who don’t feel like doing any customizations, it also includes 19 design presets.

Bored with the standard box design? No problem! This one will add some life, and color to your social promotions. No matter the type of product, or service you’re trying to advertise, you’ll surely find something perfect in the 19 animated packshots included with the template. This bundle also includes vertical, square, and the standard 16:9 aspect ratio formats.

If you’re only after lower-thirds, consider this minimal project by therealist. The simple execution, and clean animation will bring your text to life in the most elegant way possible.

Fast Titles II is perfect for creating fast promos, and slideshows. The dual tone boxes, and quick animation will grab viewers attention, and keep them engaged throughout the entire video.

Featuring 30 unique and modern title designs, this is another template for those who want more than just simple box titles. You will find a lot more variations in shape, size, and animation. The project also sports a modular structure, as well as in, and out transitions on all animations.

Keeping the box design, but bringing some variation to the reveal animation, Text Box Tool gives a new look to the standard style. With the help of a delay effect you can add some additional detail to the transition, and create eye-catching title animations.

This attractive looking template is purpose built for social media. It includes three post sizes, 1080 by 1920, 1080 by 1350, and 1080 by 1080 pixels. This means it’s easily adaptable to Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram, including for square videos. It’s also ready for verticle video – think Snapchat and Instagram stories. Its color palette and animations are perfect for a young, millennial audience. And it’s got everything you need to take advantage of the automatic autoplaying that most newsfeeds allow for.


30 Best After Effects Templates for YouTube Intros, Titles and Openers

People’s appetite for video content continues to grow. They expect videos from their favorite creators to drop more often, while also expecting the quality of both the content and presentation to be very high. This list of the best After Effects templates for YouTube intros, titles, and openers aims to help them out.

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30 Best After Effects Templates for YouTube Intros, Titles and Openers Tue, 06 Feb 2018 02:27:50 +0000 People’s appetite for video content continues to grow. They expect videos from their favorite creators to drop more often, while also expecting the quality of both the content and presentation to be very high. This list of the best After Effects templates for YouTube intros, titles, and openers aims to help them out.

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YouTube creators have never had it tougher. Yet, the opportunity to create video content has never been greater.

While it’s increasingly difficult to breakthrough in the online video market, people’s appetite for video content continues to grow. They expect videos from their favorite creators to drop more often, while also expecting the quality in both the content, and presentation to be very high. 

The reality for creators is that it’s hard to create good, well presented content, quickly. Which is why After Effects templates for YouTube have become vital parts of the workflow for creators. But, with so many to choose from, it can be tough to know which ones will work best for you, and your channel. 

This article aims to help you out. So, here’s our list of the best After Effects templates for YouTube intros, titles, and openers. Oh, and what’s great about this list is that it’s just part one. If you’re still thirsty for more at the close of this article, we’ll have a part two coming very soon!

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.’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. It’s 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 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 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 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. 

This is just part one of our list of After Effects intros, titles, and openers for YouTube creators. Stay tuned for the next one, which is coming soon. You can also dive into the forums to see which other templates our community suggests. 

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Why You Should Be Sharing the Behind the Scenes of Your Creative Process Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:35:57 +0000 Some practical tips and tricks to build habits that promote what you do in an authentic and engaging way.

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As a creative professional do people sometimes find it hard to comprehend what you actually do?

Giving your audience a peek behind the curtain with a behind the scenes look isn’t new. Within the film industry, DVDs have, for a long time, given fans and fellow creatives an in-depth look into the process of making movies thanks to director’s commentary and deleted scenes.

Sometimes the journey is more exciting than the destination, and the creative process is no exception.

A video Josh worked on for Bupa Australia

As a video creator and the owner of a video production company, I’ve seen the benefit of communicating what I do through documenting and sharing my behind the scenes process.

Whether your goal is to improve your work as an artist or to drum up interest from new clients, showcasing the behind the scenes of your work can elevate what you do. It also helps to create mindfulness within your creative process.

This article will give you some practical tips and tricks to build habits that promote what you do in an authentic and engaging way. This is not about self-promotion. While the benefits are undoubtedly there, these tips are about providing value through sharing your creative process.

Why don’t you share your behind the scenes process?

If you haven’t been documenting your behind the scenes process, you probably have an excuse as to why (coming up with creative excuses is fun!). Some common excuses I’ve used include:

It’s a distraction from actual work

Maybe you’ve set the bar too high to start with? Use the camera you have with you, even if that’s just your smartphone. The idea behind capturing behind the scenes content is that it’s integrated within your existing process. There are some easy techniques for generating behind the scenes content without distracting you from your work (keep reading)

I have nothing worth sharing

This might come from not understanding or defining your audience. Think about what your audience cares about. For a client getting a logo designed, that might be the initial sketches, moodboards and tests. Show them your thought process in getting to the final logo. The iterative road you’ve travelled to land on your final design makes it even more valuable.

My clients won’t let me

Some clients can be funny about sharing work on your social media accounts. They might even get you to sign an NDA (non-disclosure agreement), preventing you from sharing the work. At my production company, Full Stack Films, we’ve built in the expectation that behind the scenes content will be captured and shared. It’s even mentioned in our Video Production Agreement which clients sign before each job.

If the work you do for clients is highly sensitive, or you don’t think you’ll be able to get the idea of sharing the process across the line with your clients, try and create side projects where you can share your process.

Side projects are also a great way to get a bit more creative and feel comfortable with greater levels of experimentation.

I forgot

Make the behind the scenes documentation part of your process and make it fun! If your work requires collaboration, encourage your partners to share their perspective on the behind the scenes process. Tag them in posts and engage with them on social media. And if all else fails, set up a calendar appointment at the start of the project so you don’t forget!

Ideas for sharing and documenting the behind the scenes of your creative process


If there’s a lot of time spent on each project you work on, consider setting up a time lapse. For a painter, this could be a still camera set in the corner of your studio capturing a frame every minute. For a web designer working in Sketch, this could be a screen recording which is sped-up in editing. If you’re using a camera to create your timelapse, do a quick Google search of your model to find the best option. Sometimes it can be built right into the camera, other times it can be an app download or a purchase of a hardware remote.

Here’s an example from the talented Illustrator Glenn Jones of Glennz Tees.

Live streaming

Regularly scheduled live streams can be a great way for your community to connect with you and learn about your work. Share insights, run live tutorials, even interview fellow artists in similar industries. Pick the platform that you wish to build, or already have an existing audience on. Most social media platforms have their own live streaming functionality including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Vimeo.

YouTuber Sara Dietschy provides a behind the scenes look at her process, including a live stream on how she makes money making video.

Screen Captures

Take still captures of your computer screen to showcase the process of your work. #TimelineTuesday is an initiative for video editors to share the timeline of their work and a great example of using screen captures, providing behind the scenes insight into an editor’s workflow.

Instagram and Snapchat Stories

Instagram and Snapchat stories are commonly seen as disposable content, automatically disappearing from your feed after 24 hours. Each platform, however, has a save function, allowing you to keep copies of your videos to be published on other platforms. You might already be creating content using these apps, and extending the videos through saving them will increase their value.

Jamie Oliver — yep, the chef — does some awesome behind the scenes Instagram stories, showcasing recipes that he’s working on and the crew of his TV productions.


When you think of vlogging, big name daily vloggers might come to mind — for some, it’s the main content they create as artists. Vlogging is a great way to document your life. As a creator, you can share your daily inspirations and provide a different perspective.

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Stop With the Fake Minimalism

People keep saying minimalism has gone too far. But, a lot of what they’re referring to is what we term, “fake minimalism”.

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Top 50 After Effects Video Templates – January 2018 Sun, 07 Jan 2018 23:29:56 +0000 The best and newest After Effects templates in November - including a special section for Christmas and winter-themed templates.

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Adobe After Effects remains the go-to tool for creative professionals, motion artists and hobbyists alike. Its impressive tools and functionality, reliability and wide adoption allowed it to remain popular among industry professionals. To that extent, we’ve put together a list of some of the best items you can find, to help speed up your production workflow, increase quality and delight your audience, with some help from the unparalleled quality content you can find on our sites.
As the world’s leading marketplace for After Effects templates, VideoHive enables you to find some of the best quality assets around. Below are some of the most sought after assets to add to your collection.

Newest After Effects Templates out this month

1. New Year Countdown 2018 by FVS

Although New Year’s Celebrations passed, you could still use this template to present some of your achievements, or perhaps future goals. The ticking clock and countdown timer can serve as a great pre-roll intro.

2. Glitch Transitions by videolancer

Glitch transitions were big in 2017, and this trend will likely continue to be en-vogue in 2018 as well, thanks to the energy these transitions infuse in any given footage. Hint: be sure to pair your video content with suitable audio, for maximum impact.

3. Titles by motioncan

While exciting footage alone can keep your audience entertained, it always helps to have a certain level of build-up. The easiest way to achieve this is through exciting, bold titles to bump up the excitement levels, before your video content even starts!

4. HUD Pack v2.0 – 600 elements – by Rampaga

Smooth translucent details, realistically rendered 3D glass blocks and futuristic UI elements – the perfect mix for some nifty, futuristic HUD elements. Even if you can’t yet put your finger on that project where these would come in handy, this one is a great addition to your “just in case I need it” kit.

5. Pure Black / Minimal Art Titles by heyalisa

15 Minimal titles, with a strong emphasis on contrast and white typography on black/dark backgrounds. Perfectly suited for slow, dark or black&white footage

6. Intro by x_studio

A bold and exciting, bright orange Intro. Comes with Light Leaks (incl. different colors), Film Damage effects and is incredibly easy to customize.

7. Logo Intro by Gimho

With this template you get 5 different Logo Intros, easy to use and customize – all you need to do is drag and drop your logo, change the colors to suit your needs and you’re ready to roll.

8. Celebration Logo – Happy New Year / Diwali / Fourth of July by steve314

This flat style illustration template with vintage text effects and nicely composed city skylines can be used, as the title says, for quite a few different celebrations. Bonus – you can update the skylines with key architectural elements from specific locations like the London Wheel, Statue of Liberty or even the Taj Mahal (and many more).

9. Glitch Logo by unishkov

Another excellent glitch logo template, complete with 4K, Full HD and HD resolutions, that doesn’t need any additional plugins to animate.

10. Event Promo by Nick_Chvalun

2018 just started, and your event preparations are well underway, the only thing that’s missing now is a great event promo video to drum up interest and start selling some tickets? This template is for you!

11. Watercolor Ink Opener by motiongray

Give your footage that exciting watercolor illustration look easily, with this amazing template. It comes in Full HD resolution, with a total duration of nearly a minute and a half, more than enough to suit any intro section.

12. Motion Elements 2 by Bboykoma

Over 300 elements, all vector-based, allowing you to resize them to any resolution you need, all easy to customize via drag and drop actions.

13. Slideshow by x_studio

If you didn’t plan your video project with enough b-roll for your intro, you can always grab some exciting stills and use a template to create an exciting slideshow intro.

14. Stomp Logo Reveal by IronNetwork

Another big trend from 2017 that will likely push on in 2018, stomp animations using audio and typography in perfect sync, this logo opener is sure to turn some heads!

15. Infographics by WilQ5

Whether you’re yet to present your numbers to your clients, or are working on a more exciting way of sharing your success, rather than the boring ol’ spreadsheet, this template can help you make it happen.

16. Fashion Promo by Glukoff

17. Youtube Promo Kit 2.0 by Pixrate

18. Unique by TecerPro

19. Typo Opener by BLAQMATRIX

20. Neon by flikmotion

Amazing Winter-Themed Templates

Depending on your current location, you’ve either had more than enough snow and probably saw so much of it, that the fairytale association is just missing… or you’ve barely seen a hint of snow and can’t wait for it to finally reach you. Either way, these templates are sure to inspire you and offer some much needed ambiental relaxation!

1. Winter by Rafeeq


2. Winter Slides by stevepfx


3. Winter Slideshow by Dimka4D


4. Winter Transitions by Madness_Pro


5. Winter Opener by BlueBeardStudio


6. Winter Holidays by AuroraVFX


7. Parallax Winter by lezygraph


8. Winter Titles by solovyovslava


9. Winter Elegance by InSeRiUs


10. Winter Opener New Project by Adelina_Mak


Top Trending Templates for January 2018

Having wrapped up quite a wild 2017, now it’s time to focus on the year ahead. Here are some of the latest trending templates, currently gaining momentum in 2018:

1. Space Slideshow by ninthmotion


2. Clean Corporate Slideshow by chaneywoo


3. Flat Design Concepts Package by 3uma


4. Media Opener by Chuckwalla


5. Clean and Simple Website Promo by vdeesign


6. Event Promo by William_Wilson


7. Futuristic Hi Tech Glitch Reveal by Stefoto


8. The Titles 2 by TheSdx1


9. Technology Ring Logo Reveal by nixstudioedition


10. Stomp Opener by exvideo

Moving on, let’s have a quick look at what the community chose as most popular over the last couple of months!

Some of the best selling After Effects Templates of all time:

Mosaic Photo Reveal

Create one of the most loved, but also pretty complex photo effects: A photo mosaic, using your very own images. You do need 100 photos to make the most of it, but the plugin also allows creation of an extended 3 minute version, all in eye-watering full HD resolution!

Photo Gallery on a Sunny Afternoon

Insert your favorite images in stock footage of picture frames hanging from a tree, softly swaying around as the leaves interact with the ambient flow of the wind. Bonus – you won’t look like a crazy person attempting to hang perfectly good picture frames in your backyard. The template can work with up to 42 images too, so there’s ample room for your beloved memories to hang around.

Photo Motion Pro – Professional 3D Photo Animator

One of the most amazing templates on VH, the Photo Motion Pro allows you to animate still photos into incredibly dynamic video content. It’s quite astonishing, and you won’t believe what this template is capable of, until you’ve checked out some of the videos produced with it.

Black Classic 3D Logo

An easy-to-customize logo effect that turns any logo into a three dimensional graphic for presentation purposes. Commonly used for corporate videos, this template could easily also come in handy for personal video projects, intro credits, and so much more.

Logo Intro Elegance Flare

This template allows you to create a dramatic intro sequence using only your logo. The fact that it’s so simple and to-the-point, paired with the reasonable price, makes this one a perfect addition to your AE toolbox.

140 Flash FX Elements

This template has been chosen as a featured file on VideoHive, and there’s good reason for that. It comes packed with 140+ animated elements allowing you to create stunning transitions no matter the topic. You’re really only limited by your own imagination, as otherwise, this template is fitting for 3D, video effects, titles, pictures, logos, cartoons, games, and more. Think smoke explosions, electricity, flames, movement lines, and much, much more.

Pixity Land | Character Explainer Toolkit

The perfect template, if you’re looking to illustrate a story. It has a vast range of customizable characters, icons, speech bubbles, and more. With almost 5,000 sales and a nearly perfect rating, there’s no doubt that your chances of succeeding in presenting your product, explaining a concept, or simply telling a great story, are quite high with this one.

Ultimate Earth Zoom Toolkit

For those of you that are into traveling, but haven’t quite managed to set aside a budget for 2017, this template allows you to zoom in on any place in the world. The map generator wizard is browser-based, and the main template combines all map images and a high-tech library. If traveling isn’t your thing, you can still use this template to produce movie-grade location presentations including markers and annotations!

500 Animated Icons

With Video becoming such a strong player, at the forefront of all possible media, it’s likely you’re bound to find yourself looking for animated icons for your next project. You get a whopping 500 fully customizable icons to use to your heart’s desire.

Logo 3D Levels

Last but not least, wrapping up our list of bestselling items from 2017, this After Effects logo template converts any logo into 3D, adding customizable effect height and adjustable colour lens.

**Note: This list has been created manually, and may differ from the order displayed in search results. Items that have been featured previously, or are included in other section & articles may be excluded. You can view more bestselling items here.

More resources and tips for making your best videos in 2018:

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10 After Effects Templates That Blew Us Away in 2017 Thu, 21 Dec 2017 02:50:18 +0000 2017 was the year people got serious about video. Our After Effects templates library certainly reflects this. Over the course of the last twelve months, we’ve seen a huge emphasis on onscreen text, catering to the growing audience who watch videos without sound. We’ve had templates that push the boundaries of excess, whose main objective […]

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2017 was the year people got serious about video. Our After Effects templates library certainly reflects this. Over the course of the last twelve months, we’ve seen a huge emphasis on onscreen text, catering to the growing audience who watch videos without sound. We’ve had templates that push the boundaries of excess, whose main objective is to be eye-poppingly bright to command attention. And then we had packs that were simply breathtaking in their creativity. This list has a bit of it all. Some of them are best sellers, some of them are editorial choices, and all of them were released in 2017.

So, sit back, watch, read and enjoy our list of the 10 After Effects Templates That Blew Us Away in 2017.

Big Pack of Elements by Motion-Land

Big Pack of Elements is the result of a two year collaboration between a couple of already successful Envato authors. Dmitriy part of recarto, and Alex the man behind A_White, joined forces in 2015 to create a versatile pack of useful After Effects elements. The final product is something that impressed our reviews team here at Envato, delighted customers, and stormed our video marketplace, being sold more than two thousand times.

Transitions by RoyalPixels

Transitions is a pack of, you guessed it, transitions that are really slick and creative. There are options for “Camera Transitions” in which the frame pans around the corners of your footage as you transition from one shot to another. There’s are gorgeous “Brush Effects” that are extremely elegant. And, there are a number of “Shape” transitions, which look truly luscious. This pack only came out in June, yet it’s made quite the impression.

Titles and Lower Thirds by flikmotion

Honestly one of the most straightforward and contemporary items of the year. “Boxd” Titles and Lower Thirds is a pack of titles and lower thirds in boxes (get it?). It’s a ready to go pack with boxes around your text resizing automatically, and a number of style variations that are minimal enough to fit almost any brand, but bold enough to catch the eye. So many videos these days are watched without sound and a pack like this ensures yours will still be engaging, even on mute.

Rhythmic Opener by levmotion

Rhythmic Opener is part of the “fast typography” trend we saw absolutely explode this year. As mentioned, people are watching more videos than ever without sound. So, templates like this one are using typography in interesting, eye catching ways to capture the eye of those promiscuous scrollers perusing a web page or social media newsfeed. Make the most of Facebook and Twitter auto playing videos by grabbing their eyes and keeping them.

Particle Builder | Sand Pack: Dust Sand Storm Disintegration Effect Vfx Generator by Pixflow

Photoshop Actions continue to be a best selling category on our graphic design marketplaces, and 2017 brought us a bunch of items that allow you to bring them to life in a video. The Particle Builder series of items by Pixflow works much the same as Photoshop actions, where you take your picture, graphic or a piece of text, mask the section you want to animate, and automate it using one of six options. Sand Pack was only released in December, and is already pretty popular.

This is Slideshow by D-Music

This is Slideshow is a fresh template pack that will turn a set of images and text into a truly compelling video. The animations are smooth and quick, and they’re also very detailed. Take a look at how the photos in the background animate subtly with a tile effect or something of the like. And the colors just pop.

Titles by motioncan

Motioncan’s Titles is ultra modern. It’s filled with simple, bold typography that animates in a way that’s almost jolty. It offers a number of great options to show off your text, logo, captions and lower thirds. And it’s one of the newer items on the market, having come out in December, which means it’ll be something fresh for 2018.

Promo Intro by 7Roads

Promo Intro by 7Roads is quick! It packs a lot into 7 seconds, including photos that animate under semi-transparent gradients, text and a final logo. It’s a great bumper that commands attention.

Cinematic Parallax Slideshow by cowardrobertford

This one by cowardrobertford is breathtaking. A great option for an opener of a video or tv show, it uses a parallax effects to add depth to still photography. That, mixed with the way the text animates, makes it truly unique.

Typography by motioncan

Motioncan’s second entry on this list is eye-poppingly beautiful. Typography 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.


As we look forward to 2018, these items are setting the tone as to what we can expect. Eye-catching animation, eye-popping color, and lots more text. So, buckle up, because this is only the beginning.

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Motion Graphics for Complete Beginners Mon, 18 Dec 2017 21:49:26 +0000 The art of bringing graphics to life through animation.

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Image: 3D Wall

You might have heard the terms ‘motion graphics’ and ‘motion graphic design’ but, if you’re like me, you might have had a hard time working out exactly what they mean.

Put simply: motion graphics refers to animated graphic design.

‘MoGraphs’ (as the industry sometimes refers to them) is really the art of bringing graphics to life through animation. Simple graphic forms can be animated, while flat images, such as photographs, can be edited to suggest the illusion of movement.

How do ‘MoGraphs’ differ from Animation?

MoGraphs is to Animation what Graphic Design is to Art; one piece of the larger discipline. Graphic design often has a commercial aspect to it, as do motion graphics, while art and animation tend to focus more on entertainment. That’s not to say that graphic design can’t also be entertaining – Robert M. Ball’s Beautiful Death series, for example – but entertainment is not the primary purpose.

Motion Graphics Designer Jared Flynn put it succinctly, suggesting that an animator utilizes character and narrative to communicate ideas, while a motion designer reduces that communication to more the basic elements of color, space, and typography.

In conjunction with students at the University for the Arts in Bremen, Envato marketplace author placdarms contributed to this fantastic educational video about the basics of motion graphic design. If you’ve got 23 minutes to spare, it’s packed with so much great information that I think everyone could take a little something away from it.

How can they be used?

First, a little history. The inception of motion graphics goes back decades. Early cinema relied on motion graphics techniques for opening titles. Their creative exploration came in the 1940s and 1950s, when artists such as Oskar Fischinger, Saul and Elaine Bass, and Pablo Ferro began pushing motion graphics techniques to their limits.

The opening credits of Hitchcock’s Psycho and North By Northwest were both designed by Bass. This iconic style remains a reference point for designers even today, representing the unique ways typography and form can be presented.

These techiques were also used heavily in the abstract designs for, well, pretty much every James Bond film title ever.

Daniel Craig will feature in the 2019 Bond film I’ve tentatively titled MoGraphs are Forever.

So popular were motion graphics techniques in the 1960s and 1970s that their style is often utilized as a callback to the era. The Archer title credits are a great modern example of this:

Motion graphics have also long been used for logo reveals, especially in television networks or movie production companies. (For more info on the use of motion graphics in logo reveals, see our article on the Top Logo Reveal Video Templates for After Effects.)

The pervasiveness of technology means that animations can be applied to almost anything to give them a boost in our busy lives. Motion graphics can be used to great effect in animated digital billboards. Websites can utilize them – sparingly though, please – to highlight or draw attention to particular areas.

Remember, you’re aiming for this:

Welcome to the Universe won the 2017 People’s Voice Webby Award for best use of animation or motion graphics. (Webby Awards)

Not this:

If you’re looking for more on what not to do, Dom has you covered with 13 Terrible Web Trends and how to Recreate them.

Many websites are using a parallax effect for backgrounds. This animation technique involves moving foreground images and background images at different speeds, creating the illusion of depth. Used effectively and this gives a hint of dynamic movement without overwhelming the content. We have talked about this in depth before, so if you’re interested in hearing more about how parallax can be used in websites, have a read though this article on Things to Consider When Using Parallax Scrolling in Web Design.

The Firewatch website shows how parallax can be used simply without overwhelming viewers. (Firewatch)

Motion graphics can also be used very creatively print. Though falling out of favour a little in recent times, lenticular printing can still be used effectively. You’ve most likely seen this used in children’s books, where different frames of a scene are cut into thin strips and spliced together under a ridged piece of plastic. The visible frame then changes depending on your angle of view. These styles can still be used on promotional materials, such as cups or postcards, as well as full-size advertisements.

Spanish Child Advocacy agency, ANAR, provided a well known example of lenticular advertising in 2013. Using horizontal lenticular lines rather than vertical, ANAR were able to target their message of support to children under 10.

Motion designs are versatile techniques that can be used across a broad range of projects in different mediums. While the digital uses are obvious and abundant, remember that there are also ways to include motion graphics in printed projects.

Of course, if neither digital nor print motion graphics are suitable for your project, you could always consider magical means. Please note, however, that magical means are only available to select customers at this time. Please contact your local school for wizardry and witchcraft for more information.

For more information on using motion graphics, or if you’re interested in browsing the marketplace offerings:

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The Top Design Trends of 2017, and Envato’s 2018 Predictions Mon, 18 Dec 2017 05:45:20 +0000 Top trends in web design, audio, video, graphics design, and more - all picked by the Envato team.

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It’s been a big year. 

To recap, we’ve put together this list – curated by the team at Envato – of our top ten trends of the year, and predictions for what will be popular in 2018. Of course, there’s a lot more that happened in 2017 than what’s in this top ten.

A few honorable mentions for trends this year:

Here’s the list of our top ten trends of 2017:

#1: Geometric shapes

"Geometric and polygon art was big in 2017. Backgrounds, textures, and more, all with regular lines and repeating patterns."
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David Appleyard
Editor, Envato Tuts+

From zig-zig geo patterns to retro triangles and designs, we saw geometric patterns everywhere this year. It’s also a simple style to try some DIY design – you can learn about it in 60 seconds, or try your hand at creating your own simple geometric pattern.

Pop 3D Geo Patterns by hughadams
Geometric Patterns by WildOnes
Winter Geometric Seamless Patterns by Wutip
Color Blocking Patterns by Youandigraphics

#2: All tropical everything

"2017 had us dreaming of luxurious holidays, complete with lush palm trees, exotic fruit and beautiful wildlife. It was a real feast for the eyes."
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Kate McInnes
Quality Media Specialist, Envato
Image: Tropics, GraphicRiver
Tropical Night Flyer, GraphicRiver
Tropical Summer Party Flyer, GraphicRiver
Seamless Tropical Pattern, GraphicRiver

Kate’s honorable mention in design trends: fidget spinners, which got so big this year that they made it into the stock graphics & photography scene. 

#3: Fast typography in video

"One of the biggest trends of this year is fast typography. In an era where we’re constantly overwhelmed by the amount of information being thrown at us, the popularity of templates that help deliver messages in fast, visually engaging ways has risen.
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Dom Hennequin
Community & Blog Editor, Envato

Fast typography templates: 

Stomp – Typographic Intro by Mnemonick

Rhythmic Typography by blinque

Rhythmic Opener by levmotion

Urban Opener // Dynamic Open by makcinema

#4: Color fonts

"Color fonts are poised to take over the graphic design world in 2018... this unashamedly in-your-face trend promises to put the fun back into typography."
Grace Fussell
Writer, Tuts+

The Fiesta Color font (pictured below – available to download on Envato Elements or DIY with this tutorial) highlights a new trend of colorful, custom fonts. We think this trend will continue into 2018. 

Confetti Type by rhett
RibOne font by Sentavio
Circle Dot Alphabet by itefan
Oilvare Font by adamladd
Abstract ABC by Jim_LePage

#5: Future bass

"THE dominant 2017 audio trend on AudioJungle was Future Bass. While there've been a few noteworthy emergences, such as the SynthWave renaissance we're seeing, it's the contagious sub-lines, the slick sidechaining, and the catchy chopped vocals that have made Future Bass the big consistent winner this year, which is still non-stop exploding.
AudioJungle review team

What’s next in audio trends for 2018? The reviewers said that “we may expect to see a continued and rising interest in ’80s Synthwave (à la Blade Runner, Stranger Things), Hybrid HipHop tracks (sporty stuff!) and we also have the more subtle Chill-Step showing strong signs of proliferation.”

#6: Simplicity in email design

"I think email will become sharper, smarter and more simplified... there will still be GIF's, but they'll be subtle and interactive at times. Text and content will be more concise, and I think emails will be created based on that premise. I imagine we'll actually see more text-dominant emails with text links, and less overwhelming imagery."
Monica McCormick
Email Marketing Specialist, Envato
Email: Airbnb
Email: School of Life

#7: Return of the 90's (and 80's)

"2017 was big on bringing back loads of 90's design, especially early 90's American pop influenced design. We're seeing more nods to the 80's creeping in. 2018 could see us rehashing more 80's & 90's pop designs, as well as grunge, earthy tones being used in creative ways."
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Sharon Milne
Editor, Envato Tuts+
Tutorial: How to Create a 90s Style Event Flyer in Adobe InDesign
Tutorial: How to Create a 90s Graphical Photo Effect in Adobe Photoshop

#8: 2D + 3D design

"We're going to see a lot more of 3D and faux 3d effects, abstract & geometrical elements flowing into the designs to help enhance the visual impact of landing pages, hero sections and newsletters. This will naturally also expand into print and out-of-home advertising platforms. With the evolution of screen technology in recent years, motion graphics will be taking advantage of this design language and have a particularly strong presence in 2018."
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Calin Teodorescu
Social Media, Envato

Can you tell the difference between stock photos and 3D designs?

Check out our side-by-side comparisons: How 3D Renders Are Being Used for 2D Artwork

#9: More microinteractions

"These small “product-related moments” add magic to sites, delighting and surprising users, while at the same time engaging users and enhancing user experience."
Jenni McKinnon
Freelance writer, Envato

A microinteraction is a small moment that accomplishes a single task. We’ve seen them everywhere from social media sites to our WordPress themes on Themeforest, and it’s a design detail that will only grow in popularity. 

Image: Surprise and Delight: How Microinteractions Can Bring a Boring Website to Life

#10: Print isn't dead

"Designers feel strongly and positively about print, and print remains crucial to how professional graphic designers make a living. Print lends itself to certain audiences and offerings where communication needs to be retained, contemplated, touched or trusted."
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Eric Schwartz
Content Insights Manager, Envato

According to a study done by Graphic Design USA (GDUSA), 97% of graphic designers work on print design projects, compared to 36% who work on TV, film, or video projects. The top print project types include brochures, marketing materials, cards, and direct mail. 

Clean Proposal by RoyalBlackStudio
Movember Event Flyer by Guuver
Business card template with red design by PixaSquare
Vengeance Poster / Flyer by ninebrains

Agree or disagree? Let us know what your favorite trends of 2017 were, and what you predict will be big in 2018. 

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