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Alex Townley
2D heartbeat pulsation effect
on Feb 18, 2011 at 7:31:04 pm

Hey guys,

I have a shot that I am working on which requires me to make a 2D photo of an island map of Jamaica pulsate like a heartbeat.Really not too sure where to start with this one..any ideas would be very much appreciated!


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Dave LaRonde
Re: 2D heartbeat pulsation effect
on Feb 18, 2011 at 7:42:10 pm

Here's how I'd do it:
  • Duplicate the layer
  • Isolate the island with a mask
  • On the island-only layer, animate the Bulge effect, putting its center in the middle of the island

It ought to be pretty quick 'n easy to do.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Joey Foreman
Re: 2D heartbeat pulsation effect
on Feb 18, 2011 at 8:50:12 pm

Dave's right, Bulge should work fine. I did it the hard way using an oval radial gradient Displacement Map. I always do it the hard way. I work for an hourly rate, you see.

Jamaica Beat



Dang, that video came out huge.

Joey Foreman
Editor/Compositor/VFX Artist


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Alex Townley
Re: 2D heartbeat pulsation effect
on Feb 19, 2011 at 11:24:01 am

Thanks guys!thats amazing!only have until end of the weekend for this shot so you've saved a lot of messing about.exactly the effect I'm looking for..thanks again!


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