Ae Experiment 1

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Suggested for this Experiment
  • The Stylize category

Last night I spent 30 minutes experimenting with only the effects in After Effects’ Stylize category. This is simply the result of applying effects and playing with the parameters and order in the Effects panel.

So here’s your assignment should you choose to accept it. In 30 minutes only, using a single Solid layer and effects in the Stylize category, see what you can create. Keyframing is okay too but avoid using BRAINSTORM. Post your results in the Comments and share what you come up with.

Discuss
  1. AEKingdom
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    Fun activity.

    • John Dickinson
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      I really like this look, well done.

  2. Mark Shingleton
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    That was an interesting experiment. I haven’t touched many of those effects before so it was kinda cool discovering what they could do.

    • John Dickinson
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      That’s a cool, organic look Mark. Kind of looks like blood.

  3. Killian Timsit
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    CC Glass > CC Mr. Smoothie > CC Threshold > CC Kaleida > Glow

    • John Dickinson
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      That’s a fun psychedelic, kaleido-look Killian.

  4. Victoria
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    I ended up in 8-bit RGB-land. This one is CC Burn Film > CC Kaleida > CC Threshold RGB > Color Emboss > Color Emboss > Find Edges > Color Emboss > Color Emboss > Mosaic > CC Kaleida (whew!). Couple more here

    • John Dickinson
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      Great looks Victoria! Bold and bright.

  5. Ronn Trevino
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    So I spent so much time playing around I mean Experimenting, the hard part was trying to stop.. 8) thanks for the great idea. Here’s the link to the final and the time-lapse

    • John Dickinson
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      Nice one Ron, thanks for the time-lapse.

  6. kalistera
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    funny exercise!Really enjoyed this assignment.Long time I didn’t did some experiment.
    ccburn-ccglass-Mosac-Glow-scatter-glow2-motiontile-motiontile2-cckaleida.
    some more here : http://imgur.com/a/Ox54W

    • John Dickinson
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      Very nice!

  7. Todd Kopriva
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    http://www.flickr.com/photos/todd_kopriva/8690779417/in/photostream

    CC Burn Film, CC Kaleida, Glow, and Emboss

    I like the texture from the embossing.

    • John Dickinson
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      Looks good Todd. In my initial experiment I had started with the Cell Pattern effect from Generate, so it’s not surprising you thought the experiment was based on Generate effects! I recreated the above using the correct brief!

  8. Marc Tschudi
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    Cool exercise.

    • John Dickinson
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      Well done Marc!

    • Nathan Harald
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      how did you get the different colours?

  9. Ricardo Ferreira
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    CC Burn Film > Mosaic > Color Emboss > CC Kaleida > Glow > Cartoon

    • John Dickinson
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      Good on you for taking the time to experiment Ricardo!

  10. Frans Oosterom
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    Fun experiment indeed, makes me wonder why I don’t take half an hour of my time more often to experiment and discover.

  11. John Dickinson
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    I think we can all benefit from unstructured experimentation Frans. I’ll be posting more experiments in coming weeks.

  12. conigs
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    My experimentation must have been too extreme—I both crashed After Effects and corrupted the project file.

  13. Daver
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    Didn’t know about this kinda experiments in your website, I think I might join the next ones aswell!

    • John Dickinson
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      That looks great David, I love the colour. I’ll post a new experiment next week, I’m also looking forward to it!

  14. Daniel Linge
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    CC Burn Film > CC Burn Film2 > Glow > Scatter > Roughen Edges

  15. Najera
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    Lots of fun with those experimental challenges 🙂

    • Nathan Harald
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      How did you create this? this is awesome!

  16. Pablo Schmitt
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    Here is my experiment number 1. Rather interesting assignment!

    • Pablo Schmitt
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      CC Burn Film > CC Kaleidoscope > Cc Posterize > Color Emboss > Glow

  17. Scott Cornell
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    Quite fun… great idea John. Please keep on with the effects a-z, my students, user group members and I find them to be a valuable resource!

  18. Anthony W
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    Hi guys,
    I thought I’d participate, so I’m sorry if I’m arriving late. Here is my screen shot.

  19. John L. Wikinson
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    Late to the table here! Plan on playing catch-up. This was really fun, started playing around and decided to try and make it look something like cells under a microscope. Now making a little animation out of it!

    • John Dickinson
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      Welcome John, they look like some bad ass alien cells!

  20. Bennie Chibwe
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    Hope i ma not too late, am just seeing this posts now. Here is my try, i used Roughen Edges, Motion Tile, Mosaic, Find Edges, CC Kaleida and glow

    • John Dickinson
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      Never too late Bennie. I like the look, which is also Tron-like!

  21. Nathan Harald
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    trying to work out how to get the different colours in this,possible with 1 solid? This is what i created.

  22. Reuben
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    4-Color Gradient > Mosaic > Turbulent Noise > CC Grid Wipe > Glow > Roughen Edges > Venetian Blinds > CC Light Rays > Curves > Lens Flare > Curves

    • Reuben
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      Here’s a link to the video created using expressions and one keyframe to animate the light. http://youtu.be/GX0lp6jv0Jo

    • John Dickinson
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      Good stuff Reuben. The grid looks kind of like wire fencing.

      • Reuben
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        John -> Glad you noticed that because that’s the look I was going for (sun gleaming through a fence). I love your experiments and look forward to going through the series, albeit a bit late.

  23. Joel Young
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    CC Burn Film>Mosaic>CC Kaleida>Color Emboss>Glow>CC Kaleida 2>Color Emboss 2>Find Edges>CC Plastic>Find Edges 2>Glow 2

    • John Dickinson
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      Nice Joel.

  24. Roberto
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    Hello John… i can not get any forms with the solid layer… should i need to apply a fractal noise before? or there is any reason why the solid stays just with the color i selected?

    • John Dickinson
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      Hi Roberto,
      it depends on what effect you apply first. Try using Burn Film and add more effects on top of that.

  25. Alex
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    Arriving very late! But I’m glad I took the time to do this. I’m not normally one to stack effects this deep.
    This is a result of:
    CC Burn Film > Color Emboss > Cartoon > CC Kaleida > Glow > CC Glass > CC Glass > CC Glass > CC Glass > CC Glass

    Groovy baby.

    • John Dickinson
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      Never too late Alex, that’s a really nice look!

  26. Josh
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    Look like something….

    • John Dickinson
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      It’s got a 70s music video feel to it Josh, well done.

  27. shashi
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    hi john

    • John Dickinson
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      Looking good Shashi, welcome to the experiments!

      • shashi
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        Thank you John

  28. shashi
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    new

  29. shashi
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    new1

  30. shashi
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    hi John what about my new& new1 experiments?

    • John Dickinson
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      Both quite different shashi. For you next experiment I’d like to see a larger image. Try creating it at 1280 x 720, you should be able to get it below 200KB in Photoshop.

  31. Tim
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    Hmmmm- perhaps not the greatest, but it’s neat to use FX I’ve never really looked at.

    • John Dickinson
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      That’s what it’s all about Tim, good effort.

  32. Cassie
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    I’m loving these 30 minute experiments!

    • John Dickinson
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      Good on you for making the effort Cassie!

  33. Lee
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    I had a lot of fun with this experiment, and had fun while at it too!!

  34. Joe B
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    Started with a full screen shape layer

    Brush Strokes > Glow > CC Plastic > Motion Tile > CC RepeTile > Glow > Scatter > CC Kaleida > CC Threshold RGB > Brush Strokes > Brush Strokes > Kaleida > Glow > Cartoon > Find Edges > Kaleida

    • John Dickinson
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      Nice work Joe, it has a retro feel.

  35. Thali Ferreira
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    Super late to the party, found about this website today and I loved doing this exercise!
    Here is the result after CC Burn Film > CC Glass > Color Emboss > Scatter. It kind look like cells on a microscope.

    • John Dickinson
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      Nice Thali, The Scatter effect makes it looks like something behind glass.

      • Thali Ferreira
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        I am animating the seed under CC Burn Film so the “bubbles” can move around, but I can’t figure out how to make it change smoothly and not one seed per frame, it is too fast this way. Any tips?

      • John Dickinson
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        Hi Thali, you’ll never get a smooth animation when key framing seed as it’s different on every frame.

  36. Mahmood AlShafai
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    bit late to this experiment

    CC Burn Flim > Glow > CC Threshold RGB > CC Kaleida > CC Lens

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