Ae Experiment 4

Suggested for this Experiment
  • Fractal
  • CC Light Burst
  • CC Flo Motion

Terrific results in After Effects Experiment 3 and wonderful to hear you’re enjoying these assignments and pushing your skills into new areas! It’s blowing my mind just how creative everyone can be. If you haven’t completed the previous assignments it’s never too late to join in and have a go.

For Experiment 4 we’re still exploring After Effects’ Generate category, this time focussing on Fractal and CC Light Burst but adding CC Flo Motion from the Distort category. Fractal is one of those effects that gathers dust at the bottom of the effects draw because no one really knows what to do with it! So dust it off, mix in some Light Burst and Flo Motion and see what comes out!

What can you make? Use only those three effects applied to a Solid Layer and don’t use the Brainstorm Tool! Take 30 minutes to explore the effects and post a JPG in the comments. Don’t let Fractal defeat you!

Discuss
  1. Brit DeLillo
    Reply

    I didn’t take the full half hour. Sometimes it’s better to just walk away when it feels right. I quickly ended up with this somewhat apocalyptic look. Giant space objects crashing into each other abstractly!

    Thanks for the cool assignment!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      I like the simplicity Brit. Spending at least 30 minutes gives you time to explore the parameters more fully, you never know what you may find 🙂

  2. danny princz
    Reply

    heres my lil playing around attempt

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Lovely depth Danny, almost like creased velvet or silk.

      • danny princz
        Reply

        i call it winky owl

  3. Jim W
    Reply

    Thought I’d give this a shot as a distraction on a Friday afternoon.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Epic Jim, it reminds of a 70’s album cover!

  4. Scott Cornell
    Reply

    Now that I have a logo I’ll have to start a band.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Scott you used Fractal Noise not Fractal! 🙂

  5. Joel
    Reply

    Frustrating a first but I enjoyed the challenge.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Looking sharp Joel, I really like it.

      • Joel
        Reply

        Thanks I some how added it to the wrong assignment area.

  6. Danilo
    Reply

    This is my try

  7. Brandon McFarland
    Reply

    halloween octopus?

  8. Ginger J
    Reply

    Here goes another.

  9. Daniel
    Reply

    1st attempt

  10. Daniel
    Reply

    really liked this one =)

  11. shashi
    Reply

    This is my first experiment.

  12. Tim
    Reply

    I still don’t know what to do with Fractal- weird…… 🙂

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      But it looks good even if you don’t Tim!

  13. therobertsmith
    Reply

    I like the soap bubble/film look this gets

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Yes me too!

  14. Sierra
    Reply

    Fun times!

  15. Jorge
    Reply

    Just another try

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      I like it Jorge, it looks like a luminescent jelly fish!

  16. Lee
    Reply

    Fun experiment!

  17. Joe B
    Reply

    I didn’t think I would end up with something like this, but I guess finding out that the boundaries can be pushed are the point of these exercises. My only regret is that I had to save at less than 50% quality to keep it under 200k.

  18. Dean
    Reply

    Also used curves and levels for some colour adjustments, looks like an time or space travel? Or a nova explosion?

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