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Alex MorrisWater effects
by on May 1, 2013 at 9:03:58 am

Hi all,

Just a quick query to call on your collective experience.

I've got a recurring 'underwater' comp put together in AE (embedded below), but need to have logos, and titles appear in a way that appears natural, as if the item is 'swimming' toward to camera and out of the murkiness. Just wondered if there was a way that anybody would advise this to best work in this kind of environment.

Thanks in advance!


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John CuevasRe: Water effects
by on May 1, 2013 at 11:09:03 am

I don't think you need to do anything more complicated than good blur(lens blur)/opacity to simulate the distortion you would get from something moving towards you from underwater. If you use lens blur, create a depth matte(might need to be animated if your logos are moving just from front to back) and you should be good to go.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor

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Alex MorrisRe: Water effects
by on May 1, 2013 at 11:15:06 am

Hey John,

That's pretty much exactly what I've been doing in the meantime and happy with results. Keeping just a touch of lens blur in at the end of the animation also makes the logo/text look a little more natural too.

Many thanks for your help.

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Tayo OnabuleRe: Water effects
by on May 1, 2013 at 12:25:09 pm

You could always try adding a little Turbulant Displace at the same time as the blur is on. Keyframe the evolution from one end of the comp to the other. Should add an extra watery-ness.

Tayo Onabule
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Alex MorrisRe: Water effects
by on May 2, 2013 at 12:49:58 pm

Thanks all, a bit of turbulant displace on the text elements worked really nicely too. Very happy with the results :)


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Tom DaigonRe: Water effects
by on May 1, 2013 at 2:13:26 pm

If you had been looking for something with a bit more realism I would have suggested Aurora which is a wonderful plugin for AE.

Tom Daigon
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