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The Pencil Sketch Effect for After Effects allows users to effortlessly turn their video footage into an animated pencil drawing. With eleven ready-to-go presets, you can imitate a range of drawing styles like colored pencil, charcoal, line drawings, doodles, rough sketches, photorealism and more. Each preset can be customized with easy-to-use slider controls to get the perfect look for your project.

These effects use real hand-drawn pencil textures to create the most realistic pencil drawing effects out there. It works with still images, footage, motion graphics, and animations - just drop in your media and render!

  • 11 Customizable Pencil Drawing Effects for your video footage.
  • Rough sketches, line drawings, charcoal, colored pencil, and more!
  • Over 30 paper textures
  • Uses hand-drawn textures for realistic results
  • Easy-to-use slider controls for customizing shading and lines
  • Also works on photos, text, and graphics!
Pencil Sketch Effect After Effects Tutorial

Watch the
Video Tutorial!

Even After Effects
beginners will be
able to create an
animated pencil
drawing from
their footage!

The Pencil Sketch Effects
are included in the "Creation
Art Effects
" template, which
contains 40 unique art effects.

Go to Creation Art Effects

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  • Compatible with Adobe After Effects, versions CS5 and all later versions.
  • Render times may be significant. A minute-long animation can take a few hours to render, depending on your system and which preset you're using.
  • No plug-ins required.
  • Comps are HD 1920x1080, but any resolution will work (just change the comp size).
  • Music and footage placeholders in preview video are not included.
  • The effects in the demo videos have a reduced frame rate because of the Stop Motion effect settings for each effect. The Stop Motion effect is optional, and completely customizable.
  • Detailed instructions are found in the video tutorial, inside the template, and on the Pencil Sketch Effect Help Page.
  • This template has been universalized, meaning it will work with After Effects running in any language.

The Pencil Sketch Effect 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 Pencil Sketch Effect template contains copyrighted intellectual property in the form of its code and hand-drawn textures, 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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"I'm working - as a volunteer - on a video tour for the Museum of the Mountain West in Montrose, Colorado. Your effects are perfect for the project. And I don't have to get a doctorate in After Effects. Saved so much time and frustration. Within a few hours I was able to create a great intro to the tour with pencil effects."       - John Carls