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Dan Zucco
How do I create this text distortion effect in After effects.
on Aug 10, 2014 at 2:13:38 pm

Hi there,
have been battling to work out how to create this effect in AE, this is a still frame reference of what it needs to look like. Will need to animate in and out the effect for a period of time so masking is something I would like to try to avoid.

Let me know if you need anymore information.

here is the image reference: http://f1.creativecow.net/7848/7848

Anyone have any pointers.

Cheers,

D


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John Cuevas
Re: How do I create this text distortion effect in After effects.
on Aug 10, 2014 at 4:29:07 pm

I think you can achieve that by apply the BadTV 3-Weak preset to your text. Duplicate the text twice and then apply a shift channel to each layer. Set one layer to Full Red(other 2 layers full off)/ Layer 2 to Full Green(other 2 off), then Layer 3 to Full Blue(other 2 Full off). Now set the top to layers to screen.
Maybe add a blur to round off the edges, turn off the noise effect. Now if press EE for each layer you will see there is an expression. If you change the number that time is divided by, you will get a close approximation of what you are trying to achieve.

The tricky part is that you want to be able to keyframe in and out of the effect. I would make a control layer, add the necessary expression controls and link the layers to them, so I can keyframe everything from the controls to start and stop the effect.

I made a simple project, and added a controller and expression for the wave effect-so that it fades up and down. So you can take a look and see if this helps you get started.

7848_screenshot20140810at2.03.24pm.png.zip

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
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Dan Zucco
Re: How do I create this text distortion effect in After effects.
on Aug 11, 2014 at 1:35:49 pm

Hey John,
thank you that worked brilliantly... Just refining the effect now. Thank you so much for your help.
I will shoot through the final result when I finish.

Really appreciated.

Dan


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