Adobe After Effects CC is quite an older application loaded with a bunch of features to transform your work into an excellent piece of art. However, a huge range of After Effects plugins are available that will enhance your workflow; we have listed the top 5 of them. Here they are:


Orb is an outstanding 3D plugin that will help you create very realistic planets. It boasts a bunch of tools that make planetary creation very easy. You just need to create a sphere and apply textures on it, and done! You can use this plugin completely for free.

Mocha Pro

Mocha Pro is an excellent plugin for tracking tools. It offers amazing tracking tools along with various tools to handle tracking, masking, as well as stabilizing projects. It even supports AE as well as Premiere. This plugin is quite expensive and will cost you $695 for a year.


DOF PRO is a fantastic depth of field generator plugin that you can use for After Effects. It was first released in 2005; since then, it has improved a lot and has become one of the first professional choices for unparalleled and sophisticated depth of field effects. It boasts a lot of advanced features such as astigmatism and vignetting effects, support for chromatic and achromatic aberration, support for custom aperture maps, focal plane bokeh differentiation, and noise recovery. It even has 32-bit floating-point color support, full alpha channel or transparency support, an iris array display, and an accurate aperture display. It’s available for $199.

Shadow Studio

Shadow Studio is another great After Effects plugin for adding shadows to your work. This plugin offers you soft shadows, radial shadows, as well as inner shadows. It even lets you stimulate effects in a faster way. Additionally, it comes with three presets that will help you get results quickly.


Sometimes adding a bit of glitch in your video can make it look more attractive, and you can get it very easily via Datamosh. You can use this plugin to create surreal and messy effects by dropping I-frames or duplicating delta frames that you see in corrupted videos. And for this, you don’t have to do a bunch of things; Datamosh allows you to do all these within After Effects just by pressing a button. The best thing about this plugin is it is not too expensive; you can get it for $39.99.

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