Animation

Create an Ocean in After Effects

I'll show you how to create in ocean in this After Effects tutorial. 

Creating water in After Effects isn't easy. This is mainly because After Effects isn't the right software for creating realistic water dynamics. When someone wants to create water for a high budget film they usually turn to a dynamics driven software like Houdini to simulate liquid. However, this doesn't mean that you can't simulate water at all in After Effects. 

In this tutorial I'm going to show you how to create an ocean in After Effects. This tutorial will show you everything you need to know to create psuedo-realistic water using various tools and effects that are built into After Effects. 

As with every tutorial on the site I'm giving away the project files so you can mess around and dissect my work. Just fill out the box below and you will be directed to a download window. 

Download Ocean Project File + Rendered 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!

GET THE FOLLOW-ALONG FILE

Want to follow along with the tutorial? Just fill out the form below and you will get a free project that will help you follow along.

 

If you have any questions about this technique or if you just want to say hello feel free to hit me up via email or the comments below. I'd also love to see any ocean projects that you put together. Best of luck with all of your Motion Graphic projects. 

Cheers!

Create an Eclipse in After Effects

Who needs to see a real eclipse when you can create a fake one in After Effects?!

I’m super excited to share this latest tutorial with you. It covers how to create an eclipse in After Effects. The final result will look like this (but it moves, obviously...):

Eclipse.jpg

It’s not as complicated as some of the other tutorials that I’ve put out recently, but it does show you how to use a few higher-level techniques in After Effects. 

Specifically this tutorial shows you how to use an alpha-crush technique to make shapes ‘sticky’. The tutorial will cover everything you need to know to create the eclipse from creating the sun to stylizing the sky. 

Download Project File + Rendered Video Clip

10.00
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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!

You can download a free follow-along project file by hitting the button below. 

If you like this tutorial or have any suggestions for future tutorials, please feel free to drop me a line. 

Create a Pokéball in After Effects

In this fun After Effects tutorial I'll show you how to create a 3D pokéball-style effect. This tutorial focuses on how to simulate a 2D hand-drawn look in After Effects, similar to a the sketch and toon technique in Cinema 4D. 

I think it's really cool that you can create such a convincing animé looking using the available tools in After Effects. Hopefully this tutorial will inspire you to create an anime-inspired video on your own.

If you want to download the free project file you will find it below the video. The project file in the download also includes an example of how to attach the rotation settings of the pokéball to a 3D null object. It's a fun expression that was a little outside the scope of this tutorial.