Ae Experiment 11

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Suggested for this Experiment
  • Foam
  • Turbulent Displace
  • CC Vector Blur
  • Box Blur
  • Curves

Watercolour on paper is a popular motion graphics style and I’ve turned to stock footage on more than one occasion for that look. It is possible though to create this look in After Effects, and for Experiment 11, while playing with the Foam and Turbulent Displace effects, I started zeroing in on a watercolour look, that while still rough is pretty convincing.

So for Experiment 11 we’re going to concentrate on watercolour looks. See if you can improve on mine or start from scratch using your own selection of effects. The object here is to make convincing watercolour looks using only standard After Effects tools. Post a JPG or a link to a movie in the comments.

Discuss
  1. Joe M
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    Used with CC Glue Gun, Roughen Edges, Turbulent Displace and CC Vector Blur.

    • John Dickinson
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      Looking good Joe. What might make this even better is if you can get more blend between the colours, with areas of semi-transparency. That might not be possible with a single layer but if you duplicate and combine with blend modes that could do it. Best, John.

  2. Jack Sewell
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    Love it! Wonderful job John. Perfect for getting my AE feet wet again. Or at least inky….. :)

  3. Cendrick
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    Great Effect John.
    Here’s my first go at it.

    • John Dickinson
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      Good stuff Cendrick, it would be nice to see it a little more faded and on a lighter texture too.

  4. Misi
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    Hello John,

    Great experiment. AE has so many effects and tools and so easy to slip over them. It is really efficient to learn like that and get familiar with different FXs and techniques.

    I hope you will keep them coming!

    Thank you!

    Misi

    • John Dickinson
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      Looks good Misi, especially on the textured background. How did you get the edges to be brighter in the blue areas?

  5. Misi
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    Hello John,

    Great to hear that! Thank you!

    It is the nature of the Foam Fx render, Orange and soda, plus it is applied with overlay transparency on the blueish background with a really extreme curve setting that crushed the too orange and purple vivid, vibrant colours into something less saturated and toned.

  6. Peter Jacobson
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    This is what I tried. Got a little brush stroke going with turbulent noise.

    • John Dickinson
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      Good effort Peter. I looks more like smeared paint than watercolour.

  7. Pascal
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    My 1st attempt on the watercolor assignment. Not really realistic but I like the saturation and the colors in it

  8. Pascal
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    And my 2nd version which has mostly the same settings as the first one did but the reflection strength of the environment is cranked up way higher.

  9. Oscar Tineo
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    Here is my try

    • Torus
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      I love this one :)

  10. hasan
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    please give me a tutorial. im at a beginner level and i want to learn it. thanks.

    • Misi
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      Hasan,

      If you are on a beginner level, you should check out John`s other tuts, but what I would recommend is a good book, or if you are not big fan of books then there is a site called videocopilot, where a lot of people intend to learn their first steps in AE.

      Apart from that John has given very good instruction to start this experiment with.

    • John Dickinson
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      Really nice Mikey! I reckon if the splotches mixed a little more and were slower to “seep into the paper” this one would look quite realistic, great job.

      • Mikey
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        agreed, I need to slow the whole thing down. I’m having trouble trying to make the colors mix where they meet, any ideas?

  11. marcel
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    With a little bit of fractal noise tweaking you can get this result.
    I’ve loop-wiggled the tritone colors and a bit of position movement.
    If you want the fx settings let me know ;)

    http://youtu.be/em6mH622JGo

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Looking good Marcel. If it were mine I would decrease the movement a little and use Levels to crush the blacks then animate that in reverse to make the ink spread.

  12. Steven Bussey
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    For some reason I like the fact that you can almost make strange worls surfaces with these to effect.
    Imagine these wrapped around a sphere etc.

  13. Mark Shingleton
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    Ah – nice to be trying an experiment again ;)
    Here’s my attempt

  14. John Dickinson
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    Looking good Mark. I love the faded copies of ink in the background. I’d probably play with a little more edge blur and drop the saturation a little more in the most saturated areas.

    • Brian Dow
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      Getting a “This is the 404.php template.” error. When I try to download the files for this project.

  15. Sean
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    Cheltenham Live – Opening Titles from Brokenlights on Vimeo.

    Hi John, I was playing around with this and then a title sequence landed on my lap the same day… kinda strayed away from the brief a little and used the ink as alpha mattes on multiple layers but mostly just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration! enjoyed this one a lot

  16. vita.vigo
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    Hello! Can anyone leave the description of the experiment? I can not get as beautiful as you. Doing something wrong. Thank you!

  17. Caroline
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    Hey John !

    The download link doesn’t work anymore :/

    By the way, I just discovered your website, and it’s so cool to allow people to show their own experiments, we can see the possibilities of After Effects :)

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