Here we have our swarm of rectangles.…Let's make it a little bit more mysterious.…The easiest way to do that is to use a glow and blur effects, and one blur effect…you should be familiar with if you are not already using it is Box Blur.…I will select my shape layer and apply Effect > Blur & Sharpen > Box Blur.…At its default of 1 iterations, Box Blur performs a very rough blur rather than…something that's very smooth like a Gaussian blur.…
As a result, you get something it's a bit more geometric shaped.…If you increase the iterations to like 3 or 4, which gets you in a range of…Gaussian blur, you get a much softer, more ghostly shape, and you keep increasing…it till you just get a cloud of pixels like that.…So this one blur effect has lots of different looks.…I am going to go down to one, just to create something interesting and geometric,…and I can always add another blur later on if I want to.…I want to tweak the Blur Radius to get the look that I like.…
Let's cut it down a little bit and create this interesting, nice, central core…
The After Effects Apprentice series was created by Trish and Chris Meyer. These tutorials are designed for After Effects CS4 through CC, and can be used on their own or as a companion to the Meyer's book, After Effects Apprentice.
- Drawing parametric shapes and pen paths
- Creating multiple shape groups
- Exploring Wiggle Paths and the Wiggle Transform effect
- Defining gradient fills
- Creating a swarm
- Blending multiple shapes into a texture
- Crafting and animating dotted and dashed lines
- Combining effects, layer styles, expressions, and the Brainstorm tool with shape layers
- Showing tips for stylizing sidebars
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Drawing Shapes
2. Multiple Shape Paths
Creating compound paths8m 14s
3. Shape Effects
4. Crosshair Exercise
5. Abstract Texture Exercise
6. Map Path Exercise
7. Animated Logo Exercise
8. Ray-Traced 3D and Shapes (CS6 only)
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