Take your After Effects work to the next level with these free plugins, scripts, and presets. We gathered a gigantic list of the best After Effects freebies that can enhance your visuals and optimize your workflow. Each is complete with download links and video tutorials!
FX Console is a free plugin that helps you speed up your workflow in After Effects. It effectively works like a pop-up search bar that allows you to apply effects quickly, presets, screenshots, and more.
AEJuice GIF is a plugin that allows you to export GIFs from After Effects in one click. This free plugin dramatically speeds up exporting your own GIF animations, which was previously a tedious process.
Duik Bassel is a comprehensive 2D animation and rigging toolset. Covering everything from animation controllers to bones, to managing keyframes and automation. This plugin is definitely geared towards animation professionals.
Label Maker is a free plugin that scans the colors of your layers in After Effects and then automatically matches their layer label color. This can help make your layers easier to identify in a composition.
Sure Target 2 is a plugin that makes animating the After Effects camera incredibly easy. You just set your 3D layers as targets, then keyframe when you want the camera to jump from one target to another.
VC Reflect is a free plugin that makes it easy to create reflections on your layers in After Effects. It includes a ton of options for customizing the look of your reflections, such as reflection angle, falloff, skew, and blur.
You can upgrade to Plexus 3 from Plexus 2 for $99.99. If you're a Plexus v1 user, you can upgrade directly to Plexus 3 for $149.99. To get the upgrade pricing you will need an aescripts + aeplugins account with the same email as your original purchase. You can contact Aescripts Support for more information.
To expand the software's features and push your video-making skills to the next level, we highly recommend you add plugins. You'll get more attractive results when animating or compositing video clips together into one project.
Note: After Effects can also load plug-ins from a MediaCore folder, which is intended to contain plug-ins that both After Effects and Premiere Pro may use. Don't install plug-ins in the MediaCore folder as this is not the adequate plugin location folder unless specifically instructed to do so. If you install a plug-in in this folder that is not supported by one of the applications that read from it, you might encounter difficulties and error messages.
This plug allows you to fluidly fill the balance of your layers and save you hours of masking and keyframing. Autofill uses your layer or image transparency as a guide for which direction to grow and fill. You can use the analogy of watercolor painting on a drawing that has lines encircling the paint. This plugin is excellent for video clips such as dissolves, transitions, realistic handwriting, and more.
You can create and animate stunning maps with the GEOlayers3 plugin in Adobe After Effects. It features various maps from different online sources that allow you to animate countries' borders, the world's rivers, driving routes, and much more.
This plugin is essential if you like to create and sell projects and modern templates with After Effects. It converts the expressions in your Ae projects to ensure they run in After Effects and any language. It is also really fast.
You can now enhance your video clips with your newly installed plug-ins. Several user-friendly plugins for After Effects will make your movies and creations more attractive and allow you to increase your creativity by tenfold.
Jake Bartlett (School of Motion Contributor and Skillshare Instructor) put together this easy to use preset for After Effects that gives you full control over a tapered stroke with the click of a button, and we're giving it to you for free. Just sign in at the bottom of this page to download the preset and you'll be ready to taper those strokes!
Hey, this is Jake Bartlett for school of motion. And today I'm extremely excited to be walking you through the free to download tapered stroke preset. You might've already seen the two-part lesson that I have on school of motion, where I show you how to code this rig from scratch using expressions. But this preset takes all of the work out of the equation and puts it all into a nice little package with compact controls. That's super easy to use to download the preset. All you have to do is sign up for a free school of motion student account, and that'll give you access to not only this preset, but all of the other lessons, project files, plus a whole ton of other great stuff. So make sure that you go sign up for that free student account. Once you have the preset, you'll need to install it.
I have mine right here on the desktop, so I'm going to copy it. And the way I like to install presets is just to come into after effects, open up the animation presets and go to any existing preset, click on it, and then go to this menu and come down to reveal and finder. And that'll automatically take you to the presets folder for the version of after effects that you have open. I'll just go to the root preset folder and paste. Then I'll come back to after effects and go to that same menu and say, refresh list after effects will refresh. And then inside my animation presets, we have the tapered stroke. All you have to do to use it is make sure that you don't have any layer selected and DoubleClick. And just like that, we have a single shape layer, tapered stroke with a bunch of really powerful controls.
And you'll probably notice right away that one of the improvements of this preset over the expressions rig that I taught is that all of the controls are contained in a single effect instead of each one of these controls being its own expression controller. So it's just super neat and tidy. So let me show you what you could do with this preset. I'm going to bring out some texts that I made an illustrator and I'll right. Click and say, create shapes from vector layer. Now, just to be clear after effects, didn't just automatically trace a font for me. This is lettering that I traced by hand over top of a font in illustrator. So nothing crazy magical going on there to get these paths into my tapered stroke preset. All I have to do is select all of the paths. So switch to the pen tool, click on one path, hold command, and draw a box around all of them, then copy and I can turn that layer off. And then I'll open up the contents of my tapered stroke layer inside the contents. We have a master group and the duplicate groups, the master group is where I want to put my paths. Whatever you put in this group is the shape that the tapered line will take on. So I'm actually going to delete this master path, cause I don't need that line. And then with the master group selected I'll paste and then move these paths up to the top. Then I just want to recenter these paths in my comp.
All right, now all of my text has the line applied and I'll make 10 groups again. Then I'm going to come to my effects, controls, and I'll turn the stroke with down. So it matches the original lettering a little bit more closely. And now that it's a little smaller, you can see a lot more clearly that this line is actually tapering off. I want to animate this text as if it was writing on. And if you're familiar with using trim pads, this rig is set up exactly the same way. So we have an end control and an offset control, and I can animate the right arm in the exact same way as if it was a regular shape layer with a single width stroke. The first thing I want to do is change the length of this taper. Cause right now it's being spread across the entire text.
So I'm going to come to my segment length, which is a percentage of how much of your paths are being stroked. So right now it's set to 100%. So a hundred percent of my pads are visible. If I turn this down to 50, only 50% are visible. I'm going to back this all the way down to probably around 5% next. I have the end value, which again is driving the trim paths end. So at 100%, it's at the front end of my text. So if I were to back this up, it's actually going in the wrong direction at 0%. I want it to be at the front end where the T is. And right now it's down where the IE is to fix that. I need to rearrange the order of my master group. And the trim is operator is working from top to bottom.
So that's a great, except that at the very end here, we still have this tapered segment. Fortunately, that's super simple to fix. All you have to do is come to auto, shrink out and click the checkbox. And now that tapered segment has shrunk down to be the same width as the trail. And that's exactly what auto shrink out does as the end value approach is 100%. The tapers shrinks down to be the same size as the trail. So you're left with a single width stroke. And if I back this up to the beginning, you can see that on the first frame, that line just appears out of nowhere and that doesn't look all that great. But if I turn auto shrink in on that line will grow from nothing to its full size by the time the entire taper is visible. So let me preview one more time.
And just like that with two key frames, I'm able to animate an entire right on with a tapered stroke that automatically scales at the front and tail ends, which is pretty crazy. If you think about it, this animation would actually be pretty complex to do without this setup. And I can very easily change the look of this right on all of these letters are their own paths. And right now it's set up to stroke sequentially. So the trim pads is behaving as if all of these pads were one single path. But if I click on my layer and I type in multiple, that will bring up all of the trim, multiple shapes properties for all of the trim paths on that layer. I'll just select all of them and change it from individually to simultaneously. 2b1af7f3a8