After Effects Light Ray Tutorial + 5 EXCLUSIVE Templates!

Create volumetric 3D Light Rays in After Effects by following this tutorial. As a bonus, we've included 5 of the best light ray After Effects templates available for you to download instantly!

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Adobe After Effects Light Rays

Light rays and 'god rays' are a seemingly simple effect to create in After Effects which can dramatically improve the appearance of the foreground elements in your video. Light rays can be achieved quite easily using the CC Light Burst effect which is native to Adobe After Effects. We'll also include 5 templates which can help you enhance the appearance of your light rays in no time!

How To Make Light Rays In After Effects

  1. Add a new text layer or object
  2. Press CTRL + D to duplicate your text layer
  3. Search 'light burst' in the effects panel and apply it to your text/object layer
  4. Adjust the colors
  5. Keyframe Centre & Intensity to your preference

God Rays In After Effects


This template makes it easy to add god rays to any footage in After Effects. No external plugin required. Simply drag and drop the effect into your composition to see it in action! We recommend using this template over foreground objects with drop shadow in your motion graphic animations.

light Ray Effect For Logos


A stunning After Effects template called 'Light Rays Logo' displays your company emblem with vibrant color rays. With two editable text layers, a placeholder for a logo, and a control panel, it is simple to use even if you're a beginner.

Adobe After Effects Sun Rays


Another great template for those who are wanting to achieve the light ray effect for their text layers. This one features a multi-colored animation with the light rays sweeping across from left to right.

3D Light Rays Logo


This template combines many elements of your logo with dynamically animated light beams. With only one logo placeholder and an intuitive colour controller, it's really simple to use. A compelling opening for your web broadcasts, video game reviews, and highlight reels.

Cinematic Light Rays Logo v4


This template starts off with the camera pointing from above. You can see the 3D light rays from the foreground to the background layer.