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Sander GoldmanHow does Displacement work?
by on Jan 17, 2012 at 1:26:17 am

Hi. I am trying to make a fan film for the video game Portal, and I have come across a problem while trying to recreate the effect of a portal opening. As a portal opens the surface its on distorts in a simple circle around it, kind of a shockwave of sorts. I have tried using the "displace" filter and an animated donut shape but it doesnt seem to be working. I have have searched all over youtube for a tutorial on how to use the "displace" filter but it doesnt seem to work for me. I would really appreciate it if someone would help me out with this effect or at least teach me how the displace filter works. Thanks!


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Mark SpencerRe: How does Displacement work?
by on Jan 17, 2012 at 2:11:28 am

Try the Ripple or Ring filters instead. You may need to keyframe them.

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Sander GoldmanRe: How does Displacement work?
by on Jan 17, 2012 at 6:48:52 pm

That makes sense. I didnt think of that. I'll try that out.
is there a way to make the ripple look like it is at an angle? for instance, if it was on the ground.


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Sander GoldmanRe: How does Displacement work?
by on Jan 17, 2012 at 8:37:13 pm

I just tried ripple and it didnt work, and circles did something completely different i tried bulge and bump distortion but their's no way to chance the shape of the distortion to make it an oval

I think that displace should work, i just dont know how to use it
Thanks


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