Create custom split layer style effects with this exclusive free After Effects template from RocketStock!

If you’re active in the world of motion graphics, then you’re probably very familiar with the split layer style of animation, and rightfully so. Traditionally if a motion graphic artist wanted to get this type of animation style, they would either have to do it by hand (which could take forever) or they had to fork over a lot of money to buy a script or template from an online marketplace. Now there’s a new option — Instead of going out and buying a split layer effect, just download your very own here on RocketStock!

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Simply hit the download button below and you’ll get your project file and some corresponding documentation that will help get you started. Unlike other similar effects found online, this effect is actually in 3D, not simulated, so you can move your camera around the composition in 3D space.

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What’s included in this Free After Effects Template?

This freebie includes a free project file (compatible with CS5.5 and above) and free documentation. To use the template, simply drop your footage in the “Drop Footage Here” composition. Then navigate to the “Final Output” Composition. All of your effects can be found by simply selecting the “Controls” layer.

Each effect can be keyframed for further customization. If you want to make your animations even more smooth, we highly recommend using this template in conjunction with the graph editor in After Effects. Learn more about that in our corresponding blog post here on RocketStock.

Let’s dive into each individual effect:



You can customize the number of sections your project is broken into by adjusting the sections effect. Values range from 1 to 25.

Offset X

X Offset

This effect offsets your layers randomly in “X” space (left and right). Dial up the slider to increase the distance.

Offset Y

Y Offset

This effect offsets your layers randomly in “Y” space (up and down). Use this effect in conjunction with the “X” space effect to create some cool 2D animations.

Offset Z

Z Offset

This effect offsets your layers randomly in “Z” space (forward and backwards). The z-space effect is in true z-space, so you can use 3D cameras to move around the slices in z-space.

Slice Rotation


This effect sets the rotation of your split layers. (Note: This effect will slice off a portion of your composition if your composition fills up the full frame. This effect is ideal for logos)

Random Seed

Random Seed

This effect creates new random values for your offset and random width parameters.

Randomize Width

Random Width

This effect creates randomized width values for your sections. 0 is perfectly uniform and 100 is completely random. The Random Seed parameter will affect your randomized width.

Z Space Desaturation


This is a stylistic effect in which layers pushed into z-space will desaturate. 0 is no desaturation and 100 is 100% desaturation.

Z Space Lightness/Darkness

Light and Dark

This is a stylistic effect in which layers pushed into z-space will be light or dark depending on their position. Layers near the camera will increase lightness relative to their position and layers further away from the camera will be darker. 0 is no lightness variance and 100 is maximum light variance.

Want even more free After Effects templates and assets? Check out the “Free Stuff” section here on RocketStock.