After Effects Experiment 5

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Suggested for this Experiment
  • Beam
  • Find Edges
  • Curves

Congratulations to everyone who undertook After Effects Experiment 4. Who’d have thought that the Fractal Effect could be so versatile.

For Experiment 5 we’re using Beam, Find Edges and Curves. On first inspection Beam appears to be a one-trick-pony – lasers or light sabres anyone? But with a little experimentation you’ll discover just how diverse it can be.

What can you make? Use only those three effects applied to a single Solid Layer and don’t use the Brainstorm Tool! Take at least 30 minutes to explore the effects and post a JPG in the comments. Beam me up!

Discuss
  1. madmonk
    Reply

    Oh My God…

    I think I’ll give it another shot.. :D

  2. Sebastien
    Reply

    Not very inspired today, but always really interesting exercises ! Thanks again
    22 Beam / 2 Find edges / 1 Curve

  3. Saad B.
    Reply

    i got some virus thing going on there.

  4. Jim Hines
    Reply

    “White Rabbit”

    • Matthias Dahm
      Reply

      wondering how you got the “wrappingcurve” on the beam without a distortion effect. can you explain how this was done?

      • Jim Hines
        Reply

        I used the geometry and material options for the solid to get the faux perspective and warping. Specifically, curvature, transparency, index refraction and y rotation.
        How did you guys get your beams to bend and what-not?

  5. Abbie
    Reply

    Sixties Beam Wallpaper :)

  6. Evan Morgan
    Reply

    Time’s up! Here’s where I got to…

  7. Simon
    Reply

    Tricky one this week. The good thing is it makes you really work at trying to create something that looks interesting.

  8. Torus
    Reply

    Hi.
    Here is my création : “disco lasers fight” :p

  9. David Byrne
    Reply

    Another good challenge! I was looking for a more flat look – so didn’t initially want to use Find Edges, but eventually found a way to use it to keep the theme alive! Curves for lots of colour adjustments as Find edges really posterized the initial beams. Love this series John, its a great help at introducing or re-familiarising ideas and effects.

    • David Byrne
      Reply

      Oh – its 8 Beams – Find edges (for the stroked beams) then another 7 beams and 5 curves adjustments.

    • Torus
      Reply

      haha it’s fun, your composition look a little like mine.

  10. matt
    Reply

    quick experiment.

    • matt
      Reply

      1 Solid
      3 Find edges
      2 Curves
      1 Beam

  11. Andrew Oborn
    Reply

    These experiments are fantastic. Tools you would otherwise ignore on face value, now offer so much more.

  12. Matt
    Reply

    Nice challenge this week. It’s my first to. Pretty fun to use this “oldschool” filters again and again. Here’s my BeamTronDiscoish atempt.

  13. Marshall L
    Reply

    Dang you guys are good, but wasn’t it just one solid layer? Whatevs

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hey Marshall, that’s a great look! Everyone is suppose to use just one solid, I certainly did!

  14. Jim Hines
    Reply

    “Mona Doris” (Mona Lisa’s imaginary friend)

    1 solid
    23 beams
    1 curve
    1 find edges

  15. pedro
    Reply

    8 beams. This is my first assignment! Fun stuff.

  16. Joe W
    Reply

    Thanks for the experiment John, always makes the day better when I can learn something new. Never even knew about the beam effect.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      You’re welcome Joe, that’s a really fluoro look you’ve got going there!

  17. Daniel Salander
    Reply

    Some kind of space tunnel…

  18. ChrisL
    Reply

    Beams, Curves and Find Edges. Huh, who knew?
    12 beams, 2 curves and 1 Find Edges.

  19. João
    Reply

    wicked project!
    Here’s my experiment: 5 beams, 1 Curves, 2 Find Edges

  20. João
    Reply

    wicked project!
    Here’s my experiment: 5 beams, 1 Curves, 2 Find Edges

  21. Danilo
    Reply

    Simple tunnel

  22. Eliel
    Reply

    Hello There! I liked the result of my experiment. No have a name, but this is it. Tks.

    32 beams, 2 curves and 1 Find edges.

  23. Doyle
    Reply

    “Mad Hatter” 89 beams and 1 find edges and one curves adjustment. looking at it now I should have added ears. oh well.

  24. Jason
    Reply

    i can not seem to get any more than one beam to show up, any ideas to why?

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Jason, you need to check “Composite On Original”.

  25. Regina
    Reply

    Hi! better late than never :D I enjoyed this experiment! thanks :)

  26. Ginger J
    Reply

    1 beam, 3 curves, and 1 find edges.

  27. therobertsmith
    Reply

    Angry face

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