How To Create A Motion Graphics Template In After Effects

You can do a lot inside Adobe After Effects. And one of those things is to create a motion graphics template that you can use for full screen title slides. In this post I’m going to be breaking down the process of creating a motion graphics templates from scratch and also how to export a graphic to be used inside Premiere Pro.

Creating An Animated Background

The first thing to design when creating a full screen After Effects motion graphics template is the background. There are a lot of different ways you can approach creating an animated background. The easiest way to start is by creating a new solid by going up to Layer > New > Solid.

A solid in After Effects is kind of like a blank slate that you can add different things to, such as effects, or use it to composite over other layers. It is essentially a colored piece of paper if you want to compare it to a physical medium. Now there are a lot of effects you can add to solids to make interesting backgrounds. I’ll list a few of my favorite effects below to help you get started.

  • CC Vignette
  • Fractal Noise
  • Grid
  • Gradient Ramp
  • 4-Color Gradient

If you want to see an example of how you can create an animated background, I linked a video below that you can check out. I use a solid with a 4-color gradient to add some moving colors.

Adding Text & Images

It wouldn’t be a motion graphics template without adding some text and images to your composition. To add text, navigate to the Type tool in your tools panel. Then click anywhere in the Composition panel to add and type text.

Add images to your composition by going to File > Import > File. Then select and import your images. Click and drag them from the Project panel to your Composition panel. The next step is to actually animate your text and images. There’s a lot of different ways you can do this. If you’d like an example, check out my recent live stream below where I go over how to animate text and the images.

Exporting Your Motion Graphics Template

The great thing about designing your template in After Effects is that you can export it out to be used inside Premiere Pro. To do this, navigate to Window > Essential Graphics.

A new panel will open up. Select the composition you’d like to export. Then what you can do is click and drag different properties into the Essential Graphics panel. These properties can be anything from source text, to fill colors, position values, scale values.

Basically anything that you’d like to edit inside Premiere Pro, click and drag it into the Essential Graphics panel. If you want to see all of the different properties that you can add to the Essential Graphics panel, check out my video below where I go through an example.

Importing Graphic Templates Into Premiere Pro

After you’ve exported your motion graphics template from After Effects, the next step is to import and use them inside Premiere Pro. Similar to After Effects, there is an Essential Graphics panel in Premiere Pro where you can import and use MOGRTs (Motion Graphics Templates).

To see how this works, check out me video below where I show you how to import my FREE Animated Elements MOGRT Starter Pack. In this video I show you how to import a MOGRT pack and how to edit it inside Premiere Pro.

And that’s how to create a motion graphics template inside After Effects, and export it to use it inside Premiere Pro. If you’d like to stay informed on when new content comes out on my channel, consider subscribing to my monthly newsletter below. Otherwise, thanks so much for reading and happy video creating!

Published by johnthevideoguy

I am a Cleveland based video editor and videographer. My mission is to push and share the innovation of video technology through my experiences and the ideas of others.

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