Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Faking glass distortion, part of After Effects Apprentice: 18 3D Text Cinema 4D Lite.
- [Voiceover] In our previous two movies…we created an object buffer, it gave us a high contrast…matte just where our text object was, and we're using that…as a luminence matte for a copy of our background layer.…I'm gonna switch to the selection tool just so…you're not distracted by the camera icon anymore.…What I want to do is create a distorted version…of this background layer to make it appear…as if I am viewing it through glass.…Glass normally exhibits something called refraction.…When light waves hit a barrier with two different types…of materials, such as air on one side,…glass on the other, those light rays are bent.…
That can make something appear to be magnified…or reduced in size, so I need to do something that…distorts this or somehow changes its scale so that…it stands out from the unaltered background behind it.…I still have this air soloed…and we can try a few different effects.…We have many effects to choose…from to perform this distortion.…There are indeed Distort effects…and there are Stylize effects.…
The first course in the series, After Effects Apprentice 17, includes an overview of the C4D Lite user interface, as well as important setup information you need to know whenever you use live C4D layers in After Effects. We recommend you watch it first if you have no prior experience with C4D.
- Extruding 3D text and Illustrator artwork
- Beveling letters
- Creating animations using the Fracture object and plain effector
- Texturing and lighting
- Adding a camera move in After Effects
- Using multipass renders
- Simulating glass-like effect distortions
- Improving render quality