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Bas v Breugel
Image to dots transition
on Oct 22, 2013 at 2:04:19 pm

Hi Guys, I was wondering how you would make to following animation - https://vimeo.com/61042884

The part were some dots become an image.

Im starting out with Trapcode Form and using that as a 'mask' over the image. If somebody has a better suggestion, im glad to hear it. thanks.


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: Image to dots transition
on Oct 22, 2013 at 6:01:20 pm

That's what, in the newspaper and printing industrie, was called a Halftone. It was created so that continuous tone images could be printed and maintain their greyscale values. There's a Red Giant plugin Toon It! which has a halftone setting - Toon It! Roto Toon Droplet setting is a good looking halftone effect:

http://www.redgiant.com/products/all/toonit/

There's also a free plugin, Retrodots, but it doesn't grade the size of the dot based on the contrast of the scene:

http://www.philipp-spoeth.de/photoshop/retrodots.php

There's also the Omino Suite, which has a Halftone, but it doesn't look as if it's been developed for CS5 yet, let alone CS6:

http://omino.com/store/

I could swear there's another free halftone plugin floating around, but I can't find it - try search on "Halftone" and "After Effects".

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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Kevin Camp
Re: Image to dots transition
on Oct 22, 2013 at 8:56:52 pm

to add to that list, trapcode's particular can do it if you have that (greymachine.com used to have a tutorial, i'm sure there are others).

you can do it with card dance on a layer that is a grid of circles, and use a gradient layer to set the x and y scale of the cards.

you can even build your own with a whole bunch of circle layers and a couple expressions, but that seems pretty tedious...

Kevin Camp
Senior Designer
KCPQ, KMYQ & KRCW


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Image to dots transition
on Oct 23, 2013 at 7:06:22 am

You could also use a combination of Cartoon and CC Ball Action.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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