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Dan LaCloche
Electricity Visual Effect--like The Flash
on Jan 21, 2015 at 8:42:05 pm

I'm working on a project where I need to have electricity travel along the contours of someone's calf muscle. Like it generating power. I saw something similar on The Flash last night.
I've messed around with the Lightening Effect in AE, but the results weren't as controlled as I need.
Anyone have a good way to to do this?

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Daniel Waldron
Re: Electricity Visual Effect--like The Flash
on Jan 22, 2015 at 7:38:28 pm

You could probably use 3D Stroke and add a Turbulent Displace or Roughen edges, along with the glow effect. Draw a mask where you want the electricity to travel, then apply the 3D Stroke and animate it (regular stroke should work too). Then add the other effects and tweak to your liking.

Trapcode Particular could also work, especially if you want to emit some auxiliary particles to make it appear a little more organic.

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Michael Szalapski
Re: Electricity Visual Effect--like The Flash
on Feb 5, 2015 at 6:17:58 pm

Don't forget, you can add distortion effects like Mesh Warp, Bezier Warp, and Liquify to really get your lighting (however you create it) to flow the way you want it to even if the body parts are moving and flexing.

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