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les nemeth
Need some ideas please
on Dec 2, 2009 at 12:05:30 pm

I have created this background in PS. I used a custom brush. So basically I am going over my head for a few hours now about how could I animate this.

I'd like the middle white region to stay as it is and I'd like the brush strokes around the outer perimeter to slowly move/twirl like plasma or something rather.

The animation will be about a minute at 24fps. I don't think I want to paint 1440 frames, so that's out of the question.

I have Trapcode Form, so I was thinking about playing with the settings, but it can really be demanding on the processor even with 4 cores just to preview something more complex.

So basically I was just looking for some creative feedback what would be the best (and somewhat painless) way to create some slow moving plasma animation based on this image. Snapshot attached.


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adam taylor
Re: Need some ideas please
on Dec 2, 2009 at 12:32:55 pm

you could try creating a greyscale plasma effect in a separate comp, using fractal noise and whatever else gives you the swirly patterns you want.

Then use a very soft edged mask to cut the centre out to white - so you have white centre and swirly edges..

then in your animation comp, bring in the plasma comp, and use it to drive a displacement effect on your artwork. Thats should add some subtle motion to your image around the edges.


Adam Taylor
Video Editor/Audio Mixer/ Compositor/Motion GFX/Barista
Character Options Ltd
Oldham, UK

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les nemeth
Re: Need some ideas please
on Dec 2, 2009 at 5:22:12 pm

Hmmmm.. interesting. I've already played with the fractal noise but didn't gave me what I've been looking for. However, I didn't think of coupling that with the displacement effect. I'm going to try that, thanks!

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