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How to Use After Effects Templates? Video Tutorial

After Effects Templates can simplify your work, but only if you know how to use them.

In the following tutorial I will show you the most efficient way to work in heavy AE project of after effects templates.

As a general rule, only preview the stuff you really need to see.


You can see more of my tricks in the following video tutorial:

The actual resolution of most ae templates is Full HD. This is often much bigger than your screen, so there is no sense in viewing it in full

resolution, because the resolution will be scaled down, so after effects will render all the pixels, and all the frames, but you will see less than 25 percent of it.

Let’s put it to Quarter resolution;it will preview much faster. But sometimes even Quarter resolution can be too big, so go to Custom and type in 6: so every sixth pixel will be rendered. It goes much faster, and you can even go up to one-in-eight pixels.

What if you want to modify just the text? You dont need to see all the other effects, which take so much time to render. You only need the text; so you can select the text layer, and I Solo it. Everything goes super-fast. You don’t need to see anything else, and now you can see the movement of the text


When ever you edit after effects templates, it is good to identify the most render-heavy layer, and than shut it off while you work.


Are you looking for more great after effects templates? Check them all out at our store page:

Free After Effects Templates


Love Adobe! πŸ™‚


Comments (28)

  1. Tim September 17, 2009 at 4:40 pm Reply

    Wow..!!! interesting video thx for sharing.

  2. Gyorfi Szilard September 17, 2009 at 11:07 pm Reply

    Thanks Tim, glad that you liked it.

  3. Hussin Khan September 26, 2009 at 3:48 pm Reply

    Hello Gyorfi, thanks for your contribution towards the AE community by taking your time to provide tutorials & free templates. I’m sure we can use this to sharpen our skills. Best regards, Hussin, Coventry, UK

    1. Gyorfi Szilard September 26, 2009 at 3:52 pm Reply

      Thanks Hussin, I enjoy creating these tuts, a couple of new ones are ON the way

  4. Jeon November 4, 2009 at 12:29 pm Reply

    very helpful tutorial for me.
    thanks a lot!

  5. andre November 6, 2009 at 2:43 pm Reply


    i can NOT see the tutorial!


    1. Gyorfi Szilard November 6, 2009 at 3:56 pm Reply

      Just checked it, it plays for me. Please make sure that you have the flash player installed because I use youtube.

  6. andre November 10, 2009 at 1:52 pm Reply

    That is it
    the proxy dont allows Youtube..

    i will have to see it at home!

  7. alsabaso November 11, 2009 at 8:50 am Reply

    Thanks Gyorfi, I learned a lot FROM your tuts. Hope to see more tuts FROM you. Keep the Good work AND God Bless!

    1. Gyorfi Szilard November 11, 2009 at 1:28 pm Reply

      More tutorials are coming up, thank you for the nice words πŸ™‚

  8. rajeshkannan mj December 31, 2009 at 9:35 am Reply

    Thanks, Those are really cool tips for my dual core system.

  9. prem January 4, 2010 at 5:55 pm Reply

    thanx you man for such a nice thing…………prem

    1. Gyorfi Szilard January 4, 2010 at 5:59 pm Reply

      You`re welcome, Prem

  10. mitch March 11, 2010 at 3:31 pm Reply

    Hello Gyorfi
    As I downloaded your free template I recognized, that the soundfile is missing, even though you mention that it would be included in the zipfile.
    Could you please help?
    Many thanks in advance. Cheers, Mitch

    1. Gyorfi Szilard March 11, 2010 at 3:40 pm Reply

      Hey Mitch

      On the store page, in the tittle of the Spin Box template, you can see the text”music NOT included” πŸ™‚
      were did you see that I am including the music file? so that I can correct it ON the website. The music track ON this file was NOT created by me I just use it just for the preview.


  11. Amanda June 5, 2010 at 3:08 pm Reply

    Your rendering tips for awesome AND save me sooo much time. Much Thanks Man. Chuppy!

    1. Gyorfi Szilard June 5, 2010 at 4:46 pm Reply

      Amanda, Thank you, glad that it was useful

  12. Juni Moon June 10, 2010 at 4:20 am Reply

    thank you so much for this tutorial. you are a life saver!

  13. elmanchour July 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm Reply

    i learned a lot FROM your thanx. i Hope to see more FROM you.God Bless u

    1. Gyorfi Szilard July 18, 2010 at 12:25 pm Reply

      Thank you for the good words I appreciate it:). I will create new tutorials fin the near future.

  14. Xiao Hei August 1, 2010 at 9:47 pm Reply

    Dear Gyorfi, Thank You Very Much!

  15. Deno Brown September 7, 2010 at 6:42 pm Reply

    Thkz homie….saved me a ton of sweat!!

  16. willrock January 21, 2011 at 12:36 pm Reply

    thank you, you save my time
    thank you again

  17. pashupati singh tharu March 20, 2012 at 4:32 am Reply

    nice n thanks ……i really enjoy it

  18. Asif April 10, 2012 at 7:25 pm Reply

    U r Great work.out class.very niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  19. Turtle April 19, 2012 at 7:51 am Reply

    Thanks AND cheers for what you edit ,it’s helpfull !!^^

  20. Carl Barnhardt January 31, 2014 at 3:53 pm Reply

    How do I get to the edit templates tutorial?

  21. The Forex Guy October 5, 2014 at 3:40 am Reply

    Hey thanks for posting this up, I always wondered how you go about making those cool animated splash intros to youtube videos πŸ™‚

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