15 Top Long Shadow Effects for Adobe After Effects

The long shadow effect can bring a bit of drama and on-trend style to the creative visuals in your video. With logos and graphics especially, applying a sizable shadow can really set off the look.

15 Top Long Shadow Effects for Adobe After Effects

In this tutorial, I share 15 long shadow templates that you can purchase on ThemeKeeper Market to use in your own Adobe After Effects projects. Instead of learning an animation app from start to finish, use these pre-built assets instead—with your own text and logos. Even if you’ve never used video editing software, these templates make it easy to get started.

15 Favorite Long Shadow Video Projects for Adobe After Effects on ThemeKeeper Market

Now, let’s take a look at 15 of my favorite picks for creating this look in Adobe After Effects:

1) Long Shadow Two Preset

15 Top Long Shadow Effects for Adobe After Effects

Ideal for: stylized text effects with a dramatic drop shadow.

2) Kinetic Typography 3

15 Top Long Shadow Effects for Adobe After Effects

Ideal for: focusing on a typography video.

3) Clean Long Shadow Promo

15 Top Long Shadow Effects for Adobe After Effects

Ideal for: a text-centric video that needs a bit of flash to catch the viewer’s eye.

4) Long Shadow Slideshow

15 Top Long Shadow Effects for Adobe After Effects

Ideal for: creating a photo slideshow, complemented by the long shadow effect with overlays.

5) 100 Flat Long Shadow Icons

15 Top Long Shadow Effects for Adobe After Effects

Ideal for: building a graphical video without the budget of hiring an animator.

6) Origami Logo Animation

15 Top Long Shadow Effects for Adobe After Effects

Ideal for: animating a logo with a long shadow effect.

7) Kinetic Typography Titles Pack

15 Top Long Shadow Effects for Adobe After Effects

Ideal for: creating another affordable, typographic video montage.

8) Flat Long Shadow Infographics

15 Top Long Shadow Effects for Adobe After Effects

Ideal for: showing off statistics using the long shadow effect.

9) Explainer Hands

15 Top Long Shadow Effects for Adobe After Effects

Ideal for: a unique explainer video that features animated graphics.

10) Corporate Logo

15 Top Long Shadow Effects for Adobe After Effects

Ideal for: adding your logo with a shadow effect.

11) Trivia Quiz

15 Top Long Shadow Effects for Adobe After Effects

Ideal for: creating an attractive video for your next big trivia night!

12) Minimal Longshadow Promo

15 Top Long Shadow Effects for Adobe After Effects

Ideal for: an inexpensive and minimalist approach to the long shadow effect.

13) Shadow Infographics

15 Top Long Shadow Effects for Adobe After Effects

Ideal for: illustrating your data with a flat effect in After Effects.

14) Thunder – Long Shadow Titles

15 Top Long Shadow Effects for Adobe After Effects

Ideal for: a highly stylized text animation that grabs the viewer’s attention right away.

15) Broadcast Long Shadow Package

15 Top Long Shadow Effects for Adobe After Effects

Ideal for: a television quality broadcast package featuring the long shadow effect.

How to Use These Files

Here’s how to these files to create your own long shadow video in After Effects:

1) Use the Instructions

One of the best things about projects from VideoHive is that the files usually include high-quality instructions. The template I’m using in this example, Broadcast Long Shadow Package, includes a short screencast that shows how to use the project file.

15 Top Long Shadow Effects for Adobe After Effects

2) Open in After Effects

You’ll need Adobe After Effects to use the projects in this tutorial. Basically, the files below are pre-built projects that you can use with your own assets. You use these files as a starting point to skip learning the entire app.

15 Top Long Shadow Effects for Adobe After Effects

Once you’ve purchased an After Effects project, double click to open it up. These projects will work in After Effects on Mac or Windows.

3) Customize the File

For each of these files, the project is just a starting point. After you open it, you have the ability to customize most elements of it for your own purposes.

For the example above, I simply double clicked on the text in the screenshot to change it. After Effects opened up the layer that includes the text in the screenshot above. Then, I can simply type over the placeholder text and replace it with my own.

15 Top Long Shadow Effects for Adobe After Effects

Continue to make changes to the file until you’ve customized it to your liking. Remember, each After Effects project will be different and it’s worth checking the instructions to find the specifics for how to customize it.

15 Top Long Shadow Effects for Adobe After Effects

4) Export the Finished File

Once you’ve customized the project with your own assets, you can export from After Effects. Go to the File > Export menu and choose one of the options to send your finished video to another editor.

15 Top Long Shadow Effects for Adobe After Effects

Recap & Keep Learning

In this roundup, you’ve seen some of my favorite VideoHive assets to create a shadowed effect. If you want to learn more about using pre-built assets to do animation, check out the roundups below:

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Any questions about how to use these files? Let me know in the comments section below.