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Creation Effects: Terra
Creation Effects: Terra

Create custom, 3D earth animations in After Effects!

Introducing Creation Effects: Terra, the ultimate After Effects template for creating breathtaking animations of Earth in space! Designed with customization in mind, Terra is a huge time-saver for artists needing high-quality, custom earth animations, whether you’re a novice or a seasoned pro.

Creation Effects: Terra includes the comps for all nine animations from the demo video above. Or, start fresh with the default settings and use easy slider controls to customize the look of your earth. The flexible controls allow you to customize the elements separately – the land in daylight, land at night, water, clouds, lighting, and atmosphere. When you’re happy with your world, simply animate your camera movement, and it’s ready to render.

The earth’s lighting automatically updates as you change the 3D position of your sun, and the 360° star background gives you the freedom to create elaborate camera movements. Additionally, this template includes a custom, orbiting moon, and 15 custom lens flares to choose from for your sun. Terra has all the features and customization options needed to quickly bring you from concept to captivating earth animation, with minimal experience in After Effects!

Make your footage look out of this world!

Creation Effects: Terra Features

  • Finished Animations – Terra features the comps for all nine Earth animations, as seen in the demo video above, including the Warth and moon’s orbit around the sun, a 3D flyover of Earth’s surface at night, and a sunrise over the horizon. 
  • Easy Customization – Customize your scene with easy controls on the Control Layer. All the elements of the earth can be customized separately with the controls, since the land at day, land at night, water, clouds, and atmosphere are separate layers. The video tutorial below, and written instructions throughout the template, walk you through the layers and customization controls.​​
  • High-Res Maps – Choose from two earth models depending on the detail needed. The 32MP earth uses 8,000×4,000 texture maps and is sufficient for most animations. Or, for closeups of countries, use the 128MP earth, which uses 16,000×8,000 texture maps.
  • 360° Star Background – Choose from 11 background images of stars, galaxies, and nebulae – or use your own image. The 360-degree stars allow you to view the earth from any angle, and animate orbital camera movements.
  • Moon  – The optional, high-resolution moon has automatic or manual orbit and rotation, and can be customized with slider controls.
  • Night Lights – The optional, glowing city lights appear on the shaded side of the earth.
  • Lens Flares – Choose from 15 custom lens flares from the 100% free template, Creation Lens Flares. Simply copy and paste a lens flare layer to automatically attach to your sun. Customize the lens flares with slider controls.
  • AfterGlow  – Terra includes the AfterGlow effect – a bigger, more intense glow than After Effects’ standard Glow effect. Download the free AfterGlow preset on the Freebies page.

Compatible with After Effects version 17.0 (2020) and all later versions

  • This template is compatible with Adobe After Effects, v.17.0 (2020) and all later versions. Works on both PCs and Macs. No plugins required.
  • The effects are compatible with any resolution – simply change the comp dimensions in the Composition Settings panel.
  • Terra uses the CC Sphere effect. You can move the earth, sun, or camera anywhere in the 3D scene, and the lighting and angle of view will update automatically and realistically.
  • The included texture maps in this template are derived from public-domain NASA images.
  • This template has been “universalized”, so it will work in After Effects running in any language.

The Terra template is not a plugin, so there is nothing to install. Rather, it’s an Adobe After Effects project file, commonly known as a “template” because most of the work is already done and the user needs only to make their own customizations. This template is compatible with version 17.0 as well as all later versions of After Effects.

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Make a 3D Earth Animation with Creation Effects: Terra

With Creation Effects: Terra, generate breathtaking custom 3D Earth animations in Adobe After Effects. This tutorial will get you started.


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