Create a Nebula in After Effects

In this After Effects tutorial I'm going to show you how to create a Nebula using only the built-in tools and effects available to us in After Effects. 

This technique centers around two main effects: Turbulent Noise and the Bezier Warp Effect. Both of these effects have a wide range of potential creative possibilities. I especially like how the turbulent noise effect has the ability to random seed an create an infinite number of potential nebula looks. 

I found that one of the best ways to make your nebula look more engaging is to use basic color theory to match the colors together. In our example below we use 'cooler' colors and thus make the scene a little more mellow. 

So grab some popcorn, sharpen your Wacom pen, and get ready to listen half an hour of After Effects awesomeness. 

Also, you can download the project file be filling out the form below. 

Download Nebula Project File + Rendered Video Clip

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In a hurry? Need to use this video on a film or video project? You can buy the project file and rendered final video by clicking the button below. The file comes with:

  • An After Effects Project File (CS6 or Higher)
  • A Rendered HD Clip of the Final Result in H264

Let me know if you have any questions. Cheers!

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