Creating After Effects and other motion graphic templates is a hobby for many people. Crafting realistic sequences for films, television, presentations and other visual mediums is an art that they might casually enjoy without pay. Not all generated motion graphics sequences are made for a particular project, and some of them never get the chance to be viewed publicly; let alone net the creators a profit. A lot of graphic artists are taking their craft online and distributing home-made After Effects templates to others who are looking for additions to their to-be-broadcast works. Not only do these motion graphic template sites let artists have their work viewed, it allows them to earn money doing what they love to do.
A motion graphics template site will require you to register a membership before you can start selling your designs. Once you have registered as a contributor, setting up a profile and learning the process of uploading your work should be no trouble at all. It doesn’t take a lot to get your portfolio online for potential buyers to look through.
One of the great things about designing and selling customisable After Effects templates online is that you aren’t limited to one sale per work. Studios and project teams will be able to purchase multiple uses of your design, meaning you can receive several payments for one template. If you allow it, buyers can also choose to purchase the exclusive rights to your After Effects template for a much higher price.
Online template distributors are well versed in the legalities of copyright and infringement; most will have resources for you to read over before you start making sales so you are well-informed when it comes to ownership of your designs. It is important to familiarise yourself with copyright laws to avoid ending up in sticky ownership conflicts with buyers.
Payments are usually made by your chosen distributor through online systems like PayPal so to be easily accessible to designers internationally. Expect a fifty-fifty commission split with the site on each sale.
Earning through After Effects design is a great way to make money through creative design. A lot of sites will also offer a referral incentive program that anybody can take advantage of through recommendations to potential buyers.
If you have the talent and design skills but aren’t employed as a graphics designer, earning online is a great way to hone your craft, get your start in template design and see a return on your hard work.