Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Using soft lighting effects, part of After Effects Apprentice: 07 Parenting.
I have Fractal Noise applied to my layer and initially it looks like I have a…cross between cotton balls, clouds, and I don't know what.…However, it is very customizable.…It also does not animate to start with but we'll also add that later on.…The first thing to look at is your Fractal Type.…This selects different fractal patterns to give you basic starting points for…your fractal explorations, including some different ways of treating the numbers…that are generated underneath the hood.…When I am creating a generic lighting effect, I have personally found Dynamic…Twist to be a really good starting point.…
You can see it has more of an interesting sort of fire look to it than the…clouds we started off with.…Secondly, you have the Noise Type pop-up, and again this further defines how…the fractal is being painted on your screen.…Soft Linear is the default.…It tends to have a nice contrast.…Linear has a little bit less contrast.…It doesn't look so good with other fractal types.…It does look good with Dynamic Twist.…
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.
- Preparing files
- Making parenting connections
- Arranging the frame and arm
- Using null objects
- Crafting anthropomorphic-style animations
- Avoiding problems with non-uniform scaling
- Animating Fractal Noise
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 11/20/2012. What changed?
A: We added new movies on using the exercise files that come with this course, and added an additional set of exercise files designed for After Effects CS6.