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The Butterflies template for After Effects includes seven 3D butterflies that you can animate. Each butterfly is pre-programmed to fly and behave like a real butterfly - all you need to do is tell it where to go!

This realistic, custom butterfly effect is perfect for enhancing your motion graphics and 3D scenes. By simply adding two position keyframes to your butterfly, it will randomly glide, twist, dip, climb, and flap its wings as it follows the 2D or 3D motion path. Customize the flight behavior using convenient slider controls. Then, when you're ready to land your butterfly, you can turn off the automatic wing flapping and give it slower, controlled wing flutters.

Add 3D butterflies to your video, and customize their flight!

Butterfly Tutorial for After Effects

Watch the Butterflies Effect Tutorial

Learn how to create a flight path for your butterfly, and make it land.

3D Butterfly Effect in After Effects
  • Compatible with Adobe After Effects, versions CS5 and all later versions (included Creative Cloud). Works with both Mac and PC. No plug-ins required.
  • Comps are HD, 1920x1080. The butterflies will work just as well in 4K. Each butterfly wing is 1080 pixels tall at 100% scale.
  • The butterflies can be oriented and positioned in three dimensions. Detailed instructions for using the template are found in the template. Basic knowledge of keyframing is recommended.
  • This template includes 7 species of butterfly - A Monarch, Bredow's Sister, Duskywing, Melissa Blue, Orange Sulphur, Sagebrush White, and Swallowtail.
  • This template has been "universalized", so it will work in After Effects running in any language.
  • Music in preview video not included.

The Butterflies template is not a plugin. It's an Adobe After Effects project file, commonly known as a "template" because the work is already done and the user needs only to insert their content and make their own adjustments. This template is compatible with version CS5 as well as all later versions of After Effects.

Because the Butterflies template contains copyrighted intellectual property, the sharing or online posting of project files with or for anyone other than a client is prohibited. See the Terms and Conditions for more details.

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