After Effects templates are great tools, to create stunning videos in less time.
But, not all templates are created equal.
What should you check when choosing your next template?
I want to give you some suggestions on what to look for:
After Effects Version Compatibility:
After Effects is backwards compatible and that if you make a project at an older version of After Effects, it’ll open up on a newer version.
But, if you make it on a newer version, it won’t open on an older version. So, we make sure here at BlueFx that we make our templates on older version of After Effects so they’ll open up on a wide range of versions of After Effects. Check this to make sure that it’ll open up on your version of After Effects.
After Effects is a cross platform so any templates you buy from any competitor or BlueFx, will open up on both Windows and Mac.
After Effects Plugins:
Some template makers require to use plug-ins when you work with their templates.
Plug-ins are little programs that run inside After Effects and if a plug-in is required, it’s almost always something that you need to buy.
Well no plug-ins are required for any of the BlueFx templates.
We have something called universal expression inside our templates.
Expressions are little mathematical formulas that cause certain behaviors in some templates and they’re almost always written in English. So, if you have a version of After Effects that’s in a different language, they may not work in this version.
Well, we have universalized all of our expressions to make sure they work on all language editions of After Effects.
We also have something called “one click color control.”
I want to show you an example that we’ve provided for your use.
This is called Logo 16 and you can get this free after effects template from the bluefx.net home page .
Download it, open it up and take a look at the project.
Some of our templates allow you to change the colors of the elements very easily. This way, you can match the colors to your corporate colors for example.
This ribbon here is all in blue but we can change all of these colors.
I’m going to go to Ribbon 1 here for example and just click on that and I’ll pick a color. I’ll pick red instead It shows a bright ribbon like that. I can even change the background color.
Click on that one little swatch there and change the color into something else like a light blue for example.
So, it’s very easy to change color. You just click once on the swatch, pick your color and off you go. A couple more things you might consider.
Look at the resolution of the template.
We provide ours at full HD. If you shrink it down, it’ll still look good. If the template you look at are not full HD, when you expand them, when you scale them up, they’ll get kind of fuzzy looking, little bit out of focus. So make sure your templates are, at least, full HD.
We include a detailed video tutorial in each template to make sure you know how to use them.
I hope this quick explanation has helped you and now you can make a more informed decision when you purchase your next After Effects template.