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With the Creation Lens Flares template, anyone with Adobe After Effects can make realistic lens flare effects without the use of plugins! Included in this free download are 50 pre-designed, customizable lens fares. Or, easily copy and paste individual lens flare elements together to create the perfect lens flare for your project. The customization controls make it easy to adjust the properties of the entire lens flare, or of each individual element.

Export the stills for your graphic designs, motion track lens flares over the bright spots in your footage, or use them to enhance your motion graphics! It's now free, so give it a spin and see what you can create!

Creation Lens Flares is now FREE!

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Earth in Space Lens Flare

Create and customize unique lens flares for your footage or motion graphics!

Robot Lens Flare


50 Lens Flare Presets

A diverse collection of finished lens flare designs that are ready to animate and composite. Slider controls allow for easy customization, so you can animate the brightness, colors, shape, position, and more.

Build Your Own

18 lens flare elements that you can simply copy and paste to build your own unique lens flare. Customize individual elements with slider controls.

Effects Library

A collection of optional, custom effects that you can add to lens flare elements to change their look or behavior.

Evolution (Expression Library)

Evolution lets you “program” your lens flare. Copy and paste these expressions to program any property (such as scale or brightness) to change automatically as the lens flare moves.

Lens Textures

21 jpegs of dust, scratches, smudges, and fingerprints to give your lens flare an extra sense of realism.

Automatic Anamorphic Flare

Just drop your clip in the comp to get automatic anamorphic streaks on the brightest parts of your footage.


Get the most out of Creation Lens Flares with 11 video tutorials that cover all the features of this enormous template. The first two videos are recommended for all users. The rest will be helpful for anyone interested in using the advanced features to design their own custom, dynamic lens flares.

Template Overview

A general rundown of the Creation Lens Flares template and its main features.

9min 52sec

Creating An Example Lens Flare

This video goes through the process of creating a lens flare from scratch.

6min 08sec

Elements Introduction Part 1

A look at “Light Source Elements” - reflections that are attached to the light source by default.

9min 14sec

Elements Introduction Part 2

A look at “Basic Reflections” - reflections that are detached from the light source by default.

9min 21sec

Evolution (Expressions Library)

See how you can "program" automatic, motion-triggered changes into your lens flare.

6min 50sec

Effects Library

See how to make lens flare elements look and move in different ways using the Effects Library.

6min 23sec

Lens Textures

A brief look lens textures, which can add realism to your lens flare (light leaks no longer included).

2min 34sec

10 Cool Things You Can Do

Tips and tricks that get cool results, including the anamorphic streak feature.

6min 00sec

Motion Tracking

See how to make your lens flare automatically move with a point on your change (parts may be out-of-date)

11min 26sec


Stuff happens. This video can help you identify problems and set things right (parts may be out-of-date).

9min 23sec

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  • Compatible with Adobe After Effects, versions CS5 and all later versions (including Creative Cloud). Works on both Mac or PC. No plugins required.
  • All comps are HD, 1920x1080.
  • This template has been "universalized", meaning it will work in After Effects running in other languages.
  • You may notice references in the videos to "light leak effects" in this template. These effects have been removed, but you can purchase them on the Light Leaks page.
  • Follow the suggestions on the Render Tips Page to optimize the speed of this template.
  • Music and footage placeholders in preview video are not included.
  • Instructions can be found in the video tutorials (above), inside the template, and on the Creation Lens Flares Help Page.

The Creation Lens Flares 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 footage and make their own adjustments. This template is compatible with version CS5 as well as all later versions of After Effects.

Because the Creation Lens Flares 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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