24 Awesome After effects plugins must try in (2021)

After effects are a very powerful layer-based compositing software, that creates motion graphics animation to High-quality VFX effects, tracking, color grading, and much more. The plugin makes endless possibilities so that artist easily optimized their creative work to the next level.

Every artist and filmmaker wants their work should be done smartly and takes less time. For that smart work, Kreativemantra today brings you the essential After Effects plugins that every artist should have in their everyday innovative creation.

In this article, we discuss the best after effects plugins, their features, price, and tutorials of that plugin from different artists, so that you get a complete idea of every tool.

We cover both free and paid plugins for students and creators, so sit back relax and let’s roll !!!

Also see: Adobe After Effects new update Features (2021)

1. Particle illusion By Boris Fx 

Particle illusion is a Free standalone after effects plugins. It’s very easy to generate high-end particles for VFX artists and motion designers. Thousand of particle effects presets that you can use instantly with just a click, not only that you customize every parameter.

Boris Fx brings the new 2021 update that includes:

3d particle technology

3d camera view

Professional emitter presets, and much more

Tutorial

You will find a full in-depth tutorial on particle illusion on their website:

Click on the link:  https://borisfx.com/products/particle-illusion/#learn

Download

Free

Click on the link – https://borisfx.com/downloads/?&product=Boris%20Particle%20Illusion%202021%20Standalone

2. FreqRreact After effects plugins

Freak react is one of the dope plugins in after effects right now. This powerful audio reacts script can make your move. Created by Davey Studio. The mindblowing animation with the music beat frequency is so amazing and you can customize the endless possibilities. This plugin has 8 modified reactors,

If you are a music fan then this plugin is the best fit for you to create some dope effect and animate them.

Tutorial

Download

Paid: $65.00

Click on the link – https://davey.studio/react

3. Auto Fill 1.1

Autofill is one of the most popular after effects plugins that creates auto reveal logo animation, Blueprint animation, icon reveal animation, illustrator reveals just e simple way and saves lots of time.

Autofill is GPU accelerated that performs buttery smooth animation. Autofill a total of 50 brilliant presets, just one click to apply and your filling animation is done. It is a fully procedural plugin, that enables to customization of each parameter. You should try this plugin that changes your working experience to the top level.

Image source from Aescript

The 2021 Autofill comes with lots of updates the include:

  • 25 new piece set added to the list. 
  • For Complex animation auto speed maps technology is introduced in this update that creates Complex smooth animation by creating maps into this plugin directly.
  • New handwriting processes available that create your handwriting style and edit them. 

Tutorial

Download

Paid: $49.95

Click on the link – https://aescripts.com/autofill/

4. Saber After effects plugins

You all know this popular After effects plugins created by Andrew Kramer. Saber is widely used by thousands of artists. Saber creates eye-catching energy lightsaber Lazer that is mostly used in VFX, motion design logo animation intro video.

Saber includes high-quality 50 presets. It creates realistic glow effects for your project.

Saber is Completely free. 

Tutorial

Download

Paid: Free

Click on the link – https://www.videocopilot.net/blog/2016/03/new-plug-in-saber-now-available-100-free/

5. Geolayers 3

Geolayers 3 after effects plugins creates a fantastic geographic landscape. Just put the google maps data into the geo layers plugin, it automatically creates an abstract geo landscape for you.

Geolayers also includes a vast database of different regions. 

You can create lakes building river regions and animate routes. This plugin is perfect for the artist who creates a beautiful landscape intro or any 3d infographics looks. If that’s your requirement then definitely check it out.

 Tutorial

Download

Paid: $279

Click on the link – https://aescripts.com/geolayers/

4.Red giant Trapcode suite

Red giant Trapcode is now owned by Maxon creator of Cinema 4d. Trapcode is a highly optimized industrial-based particle simulation and 3d Fx simulation in after effects.

  • This plugin is can do everything when comes to 3d motion graphics and motion design.
  • Trapcode comes with different categories for every level of the artist as a their requirement. 
  • This plugin is one of my favorite plugins and I highly recommend it. 
24 Awesome After effects plugins must try in (2021)
Created in Trapcode particular and Trapcode Form

Tutorial

Download

Paid: Subscription starts with $70.18 per month (Red Giant Complete)

Click on the link – https://www.maxon.net/en/buy/

5. Shadow Studio 2

Shadow Studio 2 is one of the beautiful After Effects plugins out there, this tool is so smart that it creates fake shadows into the text. you spend a lot of time creating 3D takes into the 3D software but not now, Shadow Studio 2 gives the 3D tape on the text that it looks like created in the 3D software. This plugin is best for infographics, 3D text with the use of a mask. you can customize with opacity distance. Shadow Studio includes 5 stylish Presets and a powerful GPU integrated render that gives your looks beautiful.

I recommend that you definitely check this plugin and create the perfect Shadow text into your scene.

Tutorial

Download

Paid: $49

Click on the link – https://www.plugineverything.com/shadowstudio

6. Ray Dynamic 2

Read dynamic 2 gives you the ability to choose the color from the color palette an accurate one. Sometimes is difficult to choose the color that available on your scene. So Ray dynamic color comes in a place handy for the artist. You can manage the colors that your clients want in motion graphics and make the clan happy !!

Tutorial

Download

Paid: $29.99

Click on the link – https://aescripts.com/ray-dynamic-color/

7. Motion by Mt. mograph

Motion is one of my favorite extensions in Adobe after effects. I used it on a daily basis and the After Effects plugins saves lots of time during the animation. Motion is easy to access with the curve graph and they have premade preset just clicked and the work is done for you. over 50 custom effects to play with the keyframe. 

I highly recommend that you should definitely use this plugin and save lots of time, and I am sure you will definitely love this amazing plugin. 

Image source Mt mograph

Tutorial

Download

Paid: $65

Click on the link – https://www.mtmograph.com/products/motion-3

8. Duik After effects plugins

Duik is created by Duduf, Kevin Masson. Duik is the best animation and rigging after effects plugins. it is a very useful tool for 2D character rigging. Like 3D software duik has the same reeking Ik controller bones that you should animate and rig your character easily in After Effects. 

Duik has some presets like wiggle, spring, wheel, and many more, Just one click, and your rigging is done.

Duik has a vast number of the controller for every part like limbs, hand, bone, and much more. This has auto rig technology for an easy single click. It has also walk cycle technology with just one click and your character ready to walk.

I recommend you should definitely try this amazing after effects plugins and rig everything.

Tutorial

Download

Paid: Free

Click on the link – https://rainboxlab.org/tools/duik/

9.plexus

Plexus plugin is a procedural non-linear application that creates particle effects. You can play with different creative shapes and give motion depth to them for realistic effects.

  • Plexus also support a sound effector that manipulates the sound beat. 
  • In the plexus you can create line interaction, triangulation particle to create great looks.
  • Noise field effector in plexus creates loop noise and works with position scale and color values.
  • You can also create some cool seamless beam. This plugin has endless possibilities, just play with it and get some amazing results.

Download

Paid:$249.99

Click on the link – https://aescripts.com/plexus/

10. Mocha pro-2021

Every VFX artist new Mocha Pro Software. it is the world’s most popular and award-winning software that every VFX artist use. when it comes to rotoscoping object removal planet tracking Mocha Pro is the best in this aspect.  Mocha Pro is Industrial based software that used each and every blockbuster Hollywood film.

  •  After Effects supports the Mocha Pro plugin and that’s why it really helps the After Effects user to work seamlessly and save lots of hard work.
  • I use in every VFX  VFX work for tracking rotoscoping stabilizing and Motion Blur.
  • The power mesh technology in Mocha Pro features the best tracking in a complex situation.
  • Rotoscoping is a very hectic work that every VFX artist faced. so Mocha Pro introduces the magnetic spline technology that snaps the Sillhoutte automatically with just less effort. this is lots of time for the artist and gives brilliant output.
  •  Mocha Pro also accelerated with GPU enable workflow.
  •  I personally recommend you use this plugin with After Effects and be the best VFX artist and save lots of time.

Mocha pro-2021 new features   (apply this in the drop-down menu)

Tutorial

Download

Paid: $37.00 (monthly subscription)

Click on the link – https://borisfx.com/store/?collection=boris-fx-suite&product=boris-fx-suite

11.Overlord

Overload plugin is for Illustrator enthusiasts. overload plugin is so useful that it directly import from Adobe Illustrator and play with it and made them with the simple steps.

The vector workflow is fantastic in the overload plugin. not only that overload plugin 10 edit text also and stylized them brilliantly. it a direct contact between red dynamic color login where you can combine Li e work with it.

 it’s a very useful plugin for Illustrator artists definitely check it out.

Tutorial

Download

Paid: $45.00

Click on the link – https://www.battleaxe.co/overlord

12. Element 3d V2.2

After Effects is incomplete without the Element 3D plugin. Every VFX artist new Andrew Kramer, creator of element 3D. Element 3D APK in the stronghold position in After Effects world full stop it is so powerful plugin that supports a fully 3D interface and plays with it. You can build a 3D model giving texture lighting and much much more. Element 3D comes with a huge collection of presets asset libraries that you can use in your same and looks outstanding brilliant.

This plugin is GPU-accelerated that speeds up your 3D work in After Effects full stop element 3D supports open GL, Ray tracing shadow ambient occlusion That Gives realistic 3D depth in your scene.

Element 3D is my favorite After Effects plugins and you should definitely have this plugin if you are a true after-effects enthusiast.

24 Awesome After effects plugins must try in (2021)
Created in element 3d

Tutorial

Download

Paid: $199.55

Click on the link – https://www.videocopilot.net/products/element2/

13. Splash

As the name suggests  Splash is a very cool liquid simulation After Effects plugins. you can use it in your interest videos and text animation. Splash has 25 brilliant presets that used in your motion graphics scene.

 Splash has been randomness, generator, particle, physics that fully procedural and very easy to use. 

You can use flash not only in liquid but in various projects like smoke Bubbles thick liquid fire and give the today looks that is really attractive.

 so if you like it definitely check this plugin.

Tutorial

Download

Paid: $29.99

Click on the link – https://aescripts.com/splash/

14.Stardust

 Stardust is not based on particle systems in After Effects create stunning particles, volumetric renders, smokes, asteroids, volumes 3D, models import everything done in one place. Because of node-based interface started a little Complex plugin but if you see their tutorial in their Starluminal website we can easily get Masters in it. 

Not only that Stardust can import 3D objects and image particles from them if and create cloner object space deformer.

I created this Abstract effects in Stardust in After effects.This plugin is really fun to play with.

Tutorial

Download

Paid: $249.99

Click on the link – https://aescripts.com/stardust/

15. Cartoon moblur

This plugin is really fun to use. it gives you a little cartoon effect in your interest and logos animation. you can play with the motion blur and early seen looks amazing this is really fun to use and I definitely recommend it to use it if you like some cartoon feel into your scene.

Tutorial

Download

Paid: $29.95

Click on the link – https://aescripts.com/cartoon-moblur/

16. Wander by Mt mograph

Wander again is the vast majority in GIF means emoji social media and way more. It has a collection of over 62 billion media files. Wonder has inbuilt UI system that you can easily search and get amazing gif media file where you can use in motion design and motion graphics.

If you are Gif and meme freak then you can easily use it and save lots of time in searching in different websites.

Tutorial

Download

Paid: $29.95

Click on the link – https://aescripts.com/cartoon-moblur/

17. AE Infographics 2

Infographics are the best tool for making beautiful charts and data analysis. you can present the data in such a beautiful way and animate them frequently. Infographic is very easy to use and be a presentation in different way info infographics is widely popular now to show pie chart data chart analysis records.

Tutorial

Download

Paid: $49.99

Click on the link – https://aescripts.com/aeinfographics/

18. Fox Reveal

Fox reveals is a very unique tool for logo animation in single clicks. You don’t have to spend hundreds of hours on just simple logo animation just install this plugin and your work done in a second. Fox review is really fun to do animation with Complex vector shapes. 

Not only that you can also when you meet your vector shape text also. 

Tutorial

Download

Paid: $49.99

Click on the link – https://aescripts.com/foxreveal/

19.  iExpressions 3

 iexpression 3 is for the artist who plays a lot with expression in After Effects. This plugin consists of hundred of expression that Creates very cool motion graphics.

This tool is very useful thing in After Effects that there were lots of time and create a beautiful effect. so this tool really useful for lots of artists. 

Even you can import your own expression in this plugin and save it.

Tutorial

Download

Paid: $99.99

Click on the link – https://aescripts.com/iexpressions/

20. Newton 3

24 Awesome After effects plugins must try in (2021)
Image source Aescript

Ever heard of dynamics in 2D animation then this dragon is there for it. Newton After Effects plugins so brilliant that it makes the 2D animation into physical reality. you can easily make the 2D object intensity fiction, bounce, velocity. 

This plugin one of my favorite After Effects plugins can I use it in 2D animation dynamics this is highly recommended for you to use it and see the power of newton.

Tutorial

Download

Paid: $249.99

Click on the link – https://aescripts.com/newton/

21.Buttcapper

Buttcapper is a time-saver plugin for the artists who play with the strokes that makes illustration. Buttcapper is a stroke cap selector tool, they think adobe forgot to add in their application, kinda funny quotes.

  • Buttcapper joins the stroke caps and joins instantly.
  • The KBar panel is very useful where you get all buttons instant one click to get the result.

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Tutorial

Download

Free

Click on the link – https://www.battleaxe.co/buttcapper

22. Deep glow After Effects plugins

   Deep glow is a refined GPU-accelerated After Effects plugins. The blue color is so accurate that is faced with the color space and proper grammar correction. it is compatible with 8 16 32 bit colors.

 Deep glow gives a much more accurate result than after effects the default closed system. this plugin is also used for compositing for a glowing look into the project.

 This tool a superb for nice retro looks and Glow effect so I definitely recommend you to check it out.

Please note that it is supported only if a Graphics card installed in your system. It is not working on the CPU vendor.

Tutorial

Download

Paid- $49.95

Click on the link – https://aescripts.com/deep-glow/

23.Easy Rulers v2

Easy ruler is a very unique After Effects plugins. it creates a different ruler like gorgeous scope speedometer hud. This plugin is best for UI design that symbolizes the number absent down into a project.

Is ruler has full control over text numbering and control with scale a color opacity.

 it has a digital vehicle analog that represents the speed into your scene.

Image source from Aescript

Download

Paid- $39.99

Click on the link – https://aescripts.com/easyrulers/

24. Subtitle Pro

Subtitle Pro is an Industrial based plugin that used by lots of big studios. This plugin is very easy to use and making subtitles with just simple steps. Not only that this plugin can download YouTube subtitles into your  After Effects. This plugin has great features to translate sentences with just a single click. you have a different subtitle template that you use in your project. you can import the SRT file in aftereffect and play with it.

Tutorial

Download

Paid- $49.99

Click on the link – https://aescripts.com/subtitle-pro/

Also see: 20 Awesome Cinema 4D Plugins must try in (2021)

Conclusion

These After Effects plugins are the most popular plugin out there in the market. if I miss any plugin make sure it definitely comment below and let me know. I hope you like these After effects plugins and I am sure you definitely use them.

 So what’s your pic for the best After Effects plugins, let me know in the comment.

Thank You!

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