Ae Experiment 7

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Suggested for this Experiment
  • Turbulent Noise
  • CC Toner

Turbulent Noise is one of the most versatile effects in After Effects. Using it again recently to create the human iris reminded me that it’s an important effect to know, so for Experiment 7 we’re going to focus on Turbulent Noise with CC Toner for colorisation.

Turbulent Noise was introduced in After Effects CS4 and is a higher quality replacement for Fractal Noise. Both effects are great for natural, organic effects such as smoke, fire and any number of graphical elements and backgrounds. I used one main version of Turbulent noise for the blocks and two duplicates to add the finer texture.

What can you make? Use Turbulent Noise and CC Toner 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.

Discuss
  1. Daniel
    Reply

    Endless possibilities with Turbulent Noise, I call this one Swimming Pool

  2. nickcharles
    Reply

    Fun effect! I really must do more experimenting… Thanks John.

  3. Asker
    Reply

    interesting experiment!

  4. Nikc
    Reply

    This was a lot of fun!

  5. matt
    Reply

    9 cc toner and 18 turbulent noise

  6. Kezi
    Reply

    I was going for an alien vortex of sorts. Very fun experiment, thanks for the idea John! 😀

  7. fabian
    Reply

    my attempt

  8. Simon
    Reply

    It’s amazing what results After Effects can produce with just 2 effects, when you sit down and experiment for 30 mins.

  9. Daniel Salander
    Reply

    2 turbulent noise and 1 cc toner

  10. Brian
    Reply

    Can’t stop trying out new looks! Here is my current favorite I made….

  11. torus
    Reply

    Bonjour.

    Not very happy with this one =/

    • Daniel Salander
      Reply

      I think it looks cool!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      I quite like it torus, it’s unexpected.

    • Jimmy
      Reply

      This is one of my favourites. Looks great. What settings did you use?

      • torus
        Reply

        Hi.
        here are the setting.
        Turbulent noise 2,3,4,5 are the same exepte the scale setting.
        Sorry for my bad english. 🙂

        Salut.
        Les effets “Turbulent Noise” de 2 à 5 sont le même que le premier, seul le “scale” change.
        A+

        • jimmy
          Reply

          Thanks for posting Torus.

  12. mitgro
    Reply

    First attempt : doesn’t really look like anything, but interresting exercice thought 🙂

  13. Jim Hines
    Reply

    “In My Corner”

  14. John Dickinson
    Reply

    Niiiice Jim!

    • Jim Hines
      Reply

      Thanks John. Ya made my morning. : )

  15. Cameron Gage
    Reply

    My first experiment. I will go back and do others, they’re such a great idea!
    Thought this came out looking like a building or cliff or some hybrid.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Looking good Cameron.

  16. Angelika Tust
    Reply

    I used two turbulent noise and one cc toner.

  17. Drew
    Reply

    Sorry, meant for that to be much bigger. Too excited to post and didn’t notice the render size 🙂

  18. Doyle
    Reply

    “Cellular Level” This is my first experiment. Love the idea. This is 4 Turbulent noise and 2 cc toner.

  19. John L. Wikinson
    Reply

    Love turbulent noise! Here’s my icy experiment.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Looks great John, good contrast.

  20. Evan Morgan
    Reply

    So much more to explore!

  21. Irina Zen
    Reply

    Pomegranate – mmmmmmh!!!

    • torus
      Reply

      i love this one 🙂

      • Irina Zen
        Reply

        thank you!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Great Irina, looks almost photographic.

  22. Doyle
    Reply

    “Cellular Level” This is my first experiment. Love the idea. This is 4 Turbulent noise and 2 cc toner.

  23. Daniel
    Reply

    ‘Turbulent Tree’…
    Just caught this post and decided to give it a crack… first experiment… such a great idea doing these and an awesome way to learn! It’s hard to stop!

  24. Jimmy
    Reply

    Sitting at home feeling down because I couldn’t motivate myself to do any Ae or C4d tutorials. Then I noticed this experiment! This has snapped me out of the lethargy. Thanks John! Great idea!

  25. Patrick
    Reply

    Funky

  26. CDoe
    Reply

    Thanks, John, for hosting these assignments. I find it incredible that tweaking parameters of only 2 different effects can generate such a variety of different results. This kind of playground is what inspiration is made of!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      You’re welcome Chris, I’m finding huge value in it myself too.

  27. Steven Bussey
    Reply

    hmmm… I am having some trouble with this effect. When I stack the effect on one layer the effects does not “blend” I even tried copying your settings John to no positive result. I however made numerous layers instead and applied the effect on indivdual layers and that helped. Also I do no have that many values to mess with in the CC toner effect. I only have 3 settings and are missing i.e. the highlights tab.

    However here is my result good result come out of this I must say!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Steven, Turbulent Noise has it’s own blend parameters. Make sure you have the effects in the correct order in the Effect Control Panel, they are applied from top to bottom. CC Toner was updated in CS6, what version are you using. Your look is nice and remember the brief, one solid layer and no other effects other than those specified 🙂

  28. Bruno
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    First try, only one Noise… Glassy result I Guess, but not as amazing as yours !

  29. Daniel
    Reply

    This has opened my eyes to turbulent noise. Key-frame the evolution and shazam! you have a heck of a lot of very nice animated textures!

  30. Steven Bussey
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    I am using CS5 and I think I made it work now I did doublecheck individual effects blending mode… but will keep experimenting with this for sure. First of… here is some bacteria under a microscope… or something.

    • Richard M
      Reply

      This looks great – I’m trying to create a similar effect, what did you use for the settings?

  31. Josh
    Reply

    better sleep first

  32. Tim
    Reply

    Sunset on a ripply ocean…..perhaps

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      I like the subtle violet highlights combined with the deep orange.

  33. shashi
    Reply

    my new experiment

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Good effort Shashi.

  34. therobertsmith
    Reply

    “Turkey in the straw”

  35. Antony
    Reply

    My shot. Meh…

  36. Ryan Blackwell
    Reply

    Fun! Here’s mine – Phoenix Rising. Or something.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Looking good Ryan.

  37. Lee
    Reply

    Great exercise, turbulent noise produces some really cool effects! I’m definitely going to use CC Toner more often for my projects.

  38. Lee
    Reply

    Here’s an inverted version…

  39. Joe B
    Reply

    Turbulent Noise x4 / CC Toner / Turbulent Noise x2. Fun and educational as always!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Good to see you getting into the experiments Joe!

      • Joe B
        Reply

        I appreciate having the impetus to mess around with After Effects. Thank you and keep on posting experiments. 🙂

  40. Nate
    Reply

    Super fun exercises… I cheated and used curves to get colors more to my liking but otherwise this is just 2 turbulent noises and 1 cc toner.

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