After Effects Templates Requirements Guidelines for Adobe Stock Artists

After Effects Templates are designed for more complex animations and visual effects. They are perfect for projects that require sophisticated visual effects, such as cinematic title sequences, intros, explainer videos that give customers access to high-quality visual effects without the need for extensive After Effects knowledge.

After Effects

Project File

  1. Version: After Effects 2022
  2. File Type: .aet
  3. Filesize: Under 2GB
  4. Language: English only
  5. Adobe Fonts only

Workflow tip: Save as .AET or change the extension from AEP to AET in Explorer/Finder

Comp Settings

Width & Height

List of acceptable resolutions and aspect ratios for comps

Pixel Aspect Ratios: Square Pixels (1.0)

Frame Rates: 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, or 60

  • Non-Drop Frame

Resolution: Full

Project Structure


  1. Organize the Project panel and folders with descriptive comps/asset names
  2. Make it apparent to users what they can edit, what comp is used to render, and what should remain untouched
  3. Use only A-Z, 0-9, hyphens, and underscores for file/comp/asset names


  • No 3rd party effects/plugins
  • PseudoEffected effects stack is permissible


  1. Use the JavaScript Engine
  2. Ensure no expressions are broken
  3. Expressions must be Universalized

Maximum of 50 different style comps:

  1. Less is preferred
  2. Do not cross categories in a single template (Ex: A broadcast pack with title, transition, and lower thirds)
  3. Cross-resolution in a single template is allowed only if the same style is represented between several resolutions (Ex: A template with the same style in HD, square, vertical, and 4k)

Please note: Multiple resolutions of the same style count towards the maximum of 50


  • Do not use real personal names, Adobe, Adobe Apps, or other brand names in Project Panel, or text.


1. All assets must be created by the artist

  • Do not use copyrighted logos, licensed stock content, and/or free/CC0/public domain content
  • Use placeholders with empty comps or self-created content
  • People/locations require a model release

2. Do not use EXR, open-source codecs, or Dynamic Link footage

3. No audio

4. Media must be linked and not missing when opened

Delete Render Queue before saving

Collect Files for upload

Best Practices

Additional guidance and best practices for AE Templates, below:

1. Panel Organization

  • Be consistent in naming, capitalization, and organization
  • Use comments in Project panel and Timeline
  • Use Color Labels in the Project panel
  • Use commented markers in the Timeline

2. Settings

  • Use the lowest color bit-depth possible for the project
  • If upgrading Expressions Engine from Legacy to JavaScript, use Scripts -> Update Legacy Expressions.jsx afterwards, and then fix any remaining expressions errors.

3. Assets

  • .Mp4 as assets are discouraged due to their lack of quality
  • .Mov with ProRes 422/4444 are encouraged instead

4. UX Considerations

  • Name Effects for their purpose
  • Set Poster Frames for Top-Level comps in Composition -> Set Poster Time
  • Shy layers that users shouldn’t touch
  • Minimize the number of columns in the timeline and project panel
  • Revert to the Default workspace

5. QA Template before Upload!

Guidelines: 1: Technical Requirements | 2: Metadata Requirements | 3: Submission Requirements Reference: HomeCategories | Expressions | Media Replacement | MoGRT Optimization | Artist FAQ

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Last Updated: 2/14/23

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