Top 10 Dynamic Templates for YouTube Shorts

Ready to start creating fun, eye-catching videos with YouTube Shorts? Here are the top templates to take your Shorts to the next level...

YouTube Shorts templates
Portrait for Lachean HumphreysBy Lachean Humphreys  |  Posted April 26, 2021

In the last year, vertical and short-form video has dominated users’ attention with the monumental rise of TikTok, Instagram Reels and Snapchat Spotlight. 

Now, the original video sharing platform YouTube has made its appearance on this scene by launching its own take: YouTube Shorts

What is YouTube Shorts?

For marketers YouTube Shorts are another way to connect with your audience via brief, fun and attention-grabbing videos. Similar to other apps, features include the ability to string multiple clips together, record with music, a captioning tool, a countdown timer, and speed controls to match up your visual and audio. 

Differently (and importantly), rather than a new app unto itself, Shorts will live on the existing YouTube app homepage with a swipe function to see recommended, algorithm-generated content. 

This means those with an established YouTube following are well placed to take advantage. If your next thought is “can I still use templates to create YouTube Shorts?”, then fear not: the answer is yes!

How to use YouTube Shorts

Like other YouTube video templates, YouTube Shorts can be easy to whip up with a similar approach. Those who’ve dabbled in video creation in the past will know it can be time consuming to create video effects from scratch, and keeping a stock of After Effects templates, Premiere Pro Templates or video marketing templates on hand can be a life saver. (Or if you’re worried about your YouTube channel, get it in top shape before embarking on Shorts with Envato’s guides to managing a YouTube channel and YouTube branding.)

So if you haven’t yet jumped on board this short format video, now’s the time to start experimenting! There are loads of vertical video templates to choose from that are perfectly suited to dressing up your YouTube Shorts. Without further ado, here are 10 top templates to get you started!

1. Kinetic Typography by YETYYY

For a stylish but dynamic template, try this pack of 18 templates featuring kinetic typography, by YETYYY. The unique vertical templates are ideal for mobile use for YouTube Shorts, and are super easy to edit and change colors.

2. Notification Pack | Vertical and Square by motionbeard

For a pack with both vertical and square options, this set for After Effects by motionbeard is perfect for thinking a little bit outside of the box to convey your message. Use a quick or funny chat between friends, followed by them appearing at an event or using a product. 

3. Urban Instagram Stories by Colorama

For bold designs that enhance your content without overwhelming it, this stories pack from Colorama is made in Adobe After Effects and great for introducing your brand with impact. Choose from nine designer templates infused with a brutalist street aesthetic.

4. Stories Pack by MotionWizardStudio

This comprehensive pack from MotionWizardStudio is exactly that: comprehensive. It’s a monster pack including themes, backgrounds, emoji effects, infographics, as well as swipe up, sales and titles options. If you’re not sure where to start, start with this. 

5. Easy Does It by JustaMotion

Simple but effective, this pack by JustaMotion contains vertical video templates which are perfect for product launches and promotions. Keep it sleek for your first attempts, highlighting your brand and telling your customers where to go. 

6. Slideshow Pack by Zorrin

This pack by Zorrin stays true to the adage that first impressions are everything. Futuristic, modern and focusing on motion, the pack comes with four sizes, from which you can choose from a range of templates including more than 30 call to action options. Guidelines are also included.

7. Aura Stories Pack by MotionMediaGroup

The Aura Stories Pack by MotionMediaGroup is a Premiere Pro pack with templates that can be used across any social media. Its 15 animated stories are all 15 seconds long, ideal for YouTube Shorts. Drawing from themes of fresh breezes and cool early morning air, these designs are energetic and just a little bit retro.

8. Dynamic fashion Instagram Stories by MotionLemon

Particularly suited to fashion, lifestyle or fitness brands, these story templates by MotionLemon are classic in style and perfect for promo. Use these to incorporate inspiration by way of quotes and images, as well as your limited time offer plugs.

9. Büro by Make-Space

Buro from Make-Space is the biggest pack of its kind on Envato Elements with a whopping 130 story templates. All are fully customizable and ready to use, and the options are very nearly endless.

10. Brutalism Instagram Stories by Colorama

Taking classic Brutalist-style typography and color schemes, this collection of story templates from Colorama is ideal for brands with an edge. Think luxury streetwear, or things like event tie-ins.

Feeling a bit rusty at editing? Check out these Top 10 Free Video Tutorials and Courses to brush up.

Or if you’re interested in video trends, take a look at our round up of this year’s 7 Top Video Trends for 2021, as well as 10 of the best Video Templates for 2021. To get hands on, it’s also worth looking at this episode of Turbo Tips on Video Editing with the Experts, covering some of the best tricks to save you time and see results. 

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