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With the Space Effects Collection template, anyone with After Effects CS3 or above can make stunning 3D space animations without the use of plugins! Included are all the major celestial bodies of our solar system. The effects are ready to go - just animate your camera to move through space, and you're ready to export. The look of your scene can be customized with easy-to-use slider controls.

For the producer on a deadline, there are six ready-made, customizable title animations, and 15 basic fly-by animations, covering all the celestial bodies. Just export and you're done!

12 Celestial Bodies

All inside their own comp - just animate your camera and export your animation. Includes the earth, moon, sun, galaxy, solar system, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter (with Europa), Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Each planet has an atmosphere, and each planet comp includes a sun and a star background.

3D Title Animations

These six animations display 3D titles throughout the solar system, as seen in the demo video. A 7th comp combines all the title animations into one seamless 50-second animation. Customizing the titles is a snap. Easily change the font, add an image, display a video clip - anything you want!

Ready-Made Animations

15 finished comps (in addition to the 3D Title Animations), covering all the celestial bodies. These comps are ready to export - complete with camera motion, lens flares, and unique backgrounds. Every animation from the demo video is included. It's 15 stock footage clips for the price of one!

Scene Customization

Customize your scenes with easy-to-use slider controls on a convenient Control Layer. Adjust your planet's spin speed, size/rotation, atmosphere, lighting, shadows, and backround.

Camera & Light Interaction

Using advanced expressions, this template simulates a true 3D program. Move your sun in 3D space, and the light and shadows on your planet adjusts accordingly. Orbit your camera around, and the lighting updates realistically. This normally can't be achieved with AE's standard effects.

360° Star Background

Orbit your camera up, down, and around. No matter where your camera is pointing, you'll see continous stars in the background. Customize the brightness and number of stars on the Control Layer.

Lens Flares

Five beautiful and customizable lens flares, taken from the Creation Lens Flares template. Attach a lens flare to your sun, and customize every element of the flare using slider controls. These are great tools that can be used in your future projects.

Space Backgrounds

Ten high-resolution space images from NASA's public domain archives, with a link to access hundreds more. Includes stars, nebulas, and galaxies - all great backgrounds that can be dropped into your comp.

High-Res Texture Maps

Scientifically accurate, high-resolution texture maps allow for detailed close-ups of planets.

This video walks you through the entire template and shows you how to make a basic fly-by animation. Whether you purchased the template, or just want to learn more - this tutorial can help.

Video Tutorial for Space Effects Collection

Total Run Time: 22min 33sec

2:40 - Layout and Interface

9:10 - Custom Backgrounds

10:00 - Custom Lens Flares

12:30 - Animation Tutorial

21:50 - Troubleshooting

More animations made with the Space Effects Colection.

Sample animations made with Space Effects Collection template for After Effects.

Total Run Time: 2min 48sec

(Refer to the main Demo Video at the top of the page to see which clips are included in the template.)

Space Effects Collection is not a plugin. It is an Adobe After Effects project file, commonly known as a "template" because the work is already done and the user needs only to make their own adjustments. This template is compatible with version CS3 as well as all later versions of After Effects.


  • All celestial bodies rotate automatically. Rotation speed and direction can be set from the Control Layer.
  • Earth has three land texture maps to choose from - 1) a bright, colorful map, 2) a darker, more realistic map, and 3) a nighttime map showing lights from urban areas. The nighttime map is in the main comp and turned on by default. Just turn the layer on to overlay the lights over your daytime texture. All land maps are without clouds. The clouds use a separate map, so their rotation can be separate from the land, if desired.
  • Jupiter has automatic atmospheric evolution, i.e., the swirling of storms and warping of clouds. These warping effects are optional.
  • The galaxy has two galaxy image textures to choose from. In addition to the constant rotation of the galaxy, the image texture also has a swirling effect, so the center of the galaxy is twirling faster than the outer sides of the galaxy.
  • All comps in this template are HD, 1920x1080.
  • Texture maps are 4000x2000 pixels (8 MP). Additional comps using higher-resolution (32 MP) maps are included for Earth and Mars, allowing for even more detailed close-ups. With the 32 MP Earth comp, you can zoom in on a large country, like the USA, and maintain full resolution.
  • Each celestial body comes inside its own individual comp. The "Solar System" comp combines the celestial bodies, and allows you to easily customize each planet's orbit position and orbit speed.
  • "Space Music" (heard in the demo video) is included.

Texture maps and space images are courtesy of NASA / Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the USGS. For more great public domain space images, search the JPL image gallery.

Creation Effects owns the copyright for all effects in this template. The sharing or online posting of project files with or for anyone other than a client is prohibited. See the Terms of Use for more details.

A copy of the template should be made with each new project. Since this is not a plugin, it won't reset itself when you re-open After Effects. Never change something in the original template and then save it, or information will be lost. This product is available "as is", meaning there are no refunds, so please watch the videos before you buy so you know what you are purchasing. The total file size is 162 MB.