August 3, 2013 by   | 49,187 views | Comments (22)

An abundance of  third party plug-ins is one of the things that makes After Effects so flexible and Trapcode make some of the most popular effects on the market today. Trapcode Mir is the most recent addition to the Trapcode Suite and an effect I’ve been wanting to experiment with for a while. So Assignment 8 has given me and now you a chance to do just that.

Mir is powerful, fun to use and fast as hell, making it really easy to experiment with. I couldn’t stop at just one and will post more as I learn more!  Experiment 1  Experiment 2  Experiment 3. Mir has different Draw modes including Fill, Wireframe and Points, and I found myself wanting to combine these but couldn’t find any built-in blend modes, so ended up duplicating layers and using After Effects blend modes instead. What can you make?

Remember the guidelines: Use Trapcode Mir applied to a single Solid Layer and don’t use the Brainstorm Tool! For this assignment it’s okay to duplicate the Mir layers and combine variations using blend modes. Take at least 30 minutes to explore the effect and post a JPG (under 200K) in the comments.

If you don’t own Trapcode Mir you can download a trial at Red Giant. If you wish to purchase it or the entire Trapcode Suite you can use the code “motionworks10” for a 10% discount.

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