This is currently in progress and the one before it is uploading

Things Learnt:

  • How to Install A Plugin

Download plugin file > go to After Effects > UserPresets > Adobe > Drag & drop plugin

  • Make a loop from a line

Drag and drop Polarise effect onto the layer in question > change setting to “Rect to Pol”

  • Glass Effect

It’s good for making the fractal effect a bit more tendril-like

Harvard Citations:

Ward, C. (2016). Shockwave Tutorial 100% in After Effects! Available: Last accessed 12th Oct 2016.

80’s Intro Logo

Things Learnt

  • How to Add Grid

Drag and drop the “Grid” feature onto the comp and the set it (in my case) to Overlay

  • How to Add Preset Effects

Download preset (in this case the VHS flicker effect) > add to project files > bring into comp > if the background is black set it to screen, if the background is white set it to multiply

  • Light Rays

Go to the effects library > drag and drop the light rays into the comp > you can then animate them racing across the surface of text like I did in this case

Harvard Citations:

Ward, C. (2016). After Effects Tutorial: 1980s Inspired Logo Reveal.Available: Last accessed 12th Oct 2016.

Polygon Tutorials

These are videos showing the different stages of the animated polygons I created following the Video Copilot tutorial.

What I learnt:

  • Create a square comp > Add radio waves effect > can then change the number of sides so that it changes from circles to a polygon, in my case a hexagon
  • Add a mask to the polygon layer and change the wave type to mask (the mask should originate from the centre of the comp) and this lets you warp the mask and therefore warp the polygon shape
  • You can key frame the colour of the radio waves according to it’s lifespan

Adding the displace

  • New solid > Layer Styles > Gradient Overlay
  • Change gradient form linear to angle
  • Pre-compose the gradient layer (turn off visibility)
  • Create new adjustment layer > Add time displacement > Change displacement layer to gradient comp
  • Change the time resolution to get the sliced effect
  • The gradient is the key – white is the beginning and black is the end
  • Maybe add a turbulent displace to the gradient layer for some cool effects

Note: If you create more shapes, drop them beneath the displacement layer and they’ll be affected too

Adding shadows

  • Duplicate comp > add tint to bottom layer (making it black) > Add Scale wipe effect to pull it out > Add linear wipe to add falloff

Add Texture

  • Import a textured image e.g. Brick > tweak the contrast and maybe add a tint > change mode to screen and place above background

Harvard Citations:

VideoCopilot. (2015). Animated Polygon Tutorial. Available: Last accessed 10th Oct 2016.