Ae Experiment 2

Download Files

If you'd like to say thanks how about subscribing to our fabulous newsletter or giving us a friendly tweet? Hey, why not do both!

Say thanks with a Tweet

Say thanks with a Subscription

Suggested for this Experiment
  • Radio Waves
  • 4-Color Gradient

Well done to those of you who took the time to complete Experiment 1, the results were really terrific. By your comments it sounds like you really found some value in the exercise too which is great. For Experiment 2, rather than choosing an entire effect category, we’ll be using only two effects from the Generate category — Radio waves and 4-Color Gradient.

With Radio Waves it’s possible to create some really beautiful looks, so dig deep and see what you can come up with. Use only those two 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. I can’t wait to see your experiments!

Discuss
  1. Ricardo Ferreira
    Reply

    This is my test. John i´m really enjoying this assignments, and playing with some effects that i never took the time to play and use.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Great effort Ricardo!

  2. AEKingdom
    Reply

    Love these experiments..

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      This one’s got a 70s vibe going on, nice work.

  3. Najera
    Reply

    Learn some tricks with this experiment today 🙂

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Interesting look Najera, I notice you used a custom path too, well done.

  4. brent
    Reply

    Fun little projects…

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Looks like a wave Brent, nice work.

  5. Scott
    Reply

    Great simple fun

  6. Brad
    Reply

    Thanks for the challenge John 🙂

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Great stuff Brad, it looks like some kind of tropical flower or stylised feathers! I love that you’ve offset it to the right side of the frame too.

  7. kalistera
    Reply

    Only time for just one…next I’ll try with a shape layer, and polystar…
    thanks for this new exercise, never used those radio waves before, gives me new ideas!!:)

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      This one has an organic, almost biological look, I like it!

  8. Anomalous
    Reply

    This was fun. Cheers for the motivation.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Good stuff! I really like how the edges fade off to blackness.

  9. Jim Hines
    Reply

    Freeze!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Really interesting Jim. What do you use to get different frames as waves?

      • Jim Hines
        Reply

        Keyed out footage with a mask made from auto-trace. : )

    • Jim Hines
      Reply

      Hey – you know what? It just now occurs to me that generating a mask may violate the parameter of the assignment. If so my bad. Here’s another using the polygon inside radio waves.

  10. Alex
    Reply

    This is very fun. i’m learning something new thanks to you!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Looking good Alex, did you use a very high Frequency setting for your waves?

  11. Alex S.
    Reply

    Some kind of worm hole…

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Some kind of wonderful!

  12. Phil
    Reply

    lots of fun 🙂

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      This has loads of depth Phil, well done.

  13. majur
    Reply

    Those Assignments are a great idea! 🙂

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      That’s a really nice, vibrant spiral look Majur, well done.

  14. Miguel
    Reply

    this was cool….

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Amazing how different everyone’s look is! I’m really loving how experimenting is leading us all in different directions. Nice work Miguel.

  15. Joe Machart
    Reply

    Very cool

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Absolutely gorgeous Joe!

  16. Mark Shingleton
    Reply

    Peacock

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      My first impression was some kind of black hole Mark, it’s a really interesting look

  17. Andrew Oborn
    Reply

    Glad you put a 30 minute time limit, otherwise I’d still be playing around!
    Da Vinci’s quote, “Art is never finished, only abandoned”, certainly rings true with this.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Beautiful Andrew, I love the rich tones.

  18. Evan Morgan
    Reply

    Great concept. I hadn’t really explored the radio waves effect before. Some really interesting results came out of the 30 minutes. Not sure if this is the best of them, but still…

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      I love it Evan. It appears to have some depth of field blur… did you use only Radio Waves and 4-Color Gradient?

      • Evan Morgan
        Reply

        Yep. Only the two effects. Stroke profile was set to “Bell Curve”, which I think is the main culprit. Also reflections turned on and line width from 1 to 40. So just a combination of factors, I guess. Which is what happens when you experiment 😉

  19. Fabian
    Reply

    This was fun.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      I really love this one too Fabian, simple shapes with vibrant yellow greens looks great.

  20. Simon
    Reply

    Really enjoyed this John. Having constraints on what you can use in After Effects really helps you focus.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      It sure does doesn’t it Simon! I really like the detail and depth in your example. Brilliant!

  21. Karl-Jason
    Reply

    Here’s my go!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      I love the subtle, muted tones.

  22. Nic Petersen
    Reply

    This was a lot of fun. Thanks for encouraging me to explore a part of AE that I had neglected!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Good on you for taking the time to do it for yourself Nic, looks great!

  23. Killian Timsit
    Reply

    Four-sided inverted star polygon with a 45° orientation and reflection activated.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Terrific retro vibe going on there Killian, well done.

  24. Oded
    Reply

    Here’s my go!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      This is probably one of my favourites Oded. I love the colour choice.

    • Marc Tschudi
      Reply

      This one’s great! How’d you do it?

  25. Alex S.
    Reply

    Thx for making me play, John! Here’s another one. I really didn’t realize that the radio waves fx supports such a wide variaty of shapes. I also need to try out the custom shapes via masks/layers sometime.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Nice one Alex.

  26. KevinS
    Reply

    Awesome assignment! I have used both of these effects before but never just these 2 together. I had no idea what you could come up with.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      That’s great to hear Kevin, I’m so glad you’re investing the time to do this. The double layered result you came up with is terrific.

  27. ronn trevino
    Reply

    Here is my attempt… changed the color of my background from black to dark red.. 8)

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      I like the detail in the waves Ronn!

  28. Morris
    Reply

    I like this sort of assignments, please more!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      This has a SyFy Channel look, good stuff Morris.

  29. Morris
    Reply

    It’s addicting John!

    • Nic Petersen
      Reply

      Beautiful!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Beautiful Morris, it’s quite astounding the variety of looks that can be created using just 2 effects!

  30. Kasper Taal
    Reply

    Nice assignment, here’s my go!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Great effort Kasper!

  31. Dominic Pons
    Reply

    fun experience!! thanks JD !

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Nice Dominic, this one reminds me of a frangipani.

  32. Nic Petersen
    Reply

    I did another one just because this was so much fun! Can’t wait for the next assignment!

  33. Chris Oliver
    Reply

    I really enjoyed this. Thinking about starting fresh and doing another. Thanks!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Well done Chris.

  34. Ulises Reyes
    Reply

    Esta es mi prueba. Gracias por el tip señor John. 😀

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Beautiful Ulises!

  35. Matthew
    Reply

    ship it… here’s mine. great inspiration(s)!

  36. Scott Cornell
    Reply

    Excited for the next one!

  37. Karl-Jason
    Reply

    A few more goes from me 😀

    • Karl-Jason
      Reply

      2

      • Karl-Jason
        Reply

        3

  38. Tom
    Reply

    These experiments are awesome! Never knew about this effect, but now I love it. Had a lot of fun playing around and had to make myself stop after 30 minutes.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Great effort Tom.

  39. Jim Malmstrom
    Reply

    Here’s this newbies attempt

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Good on you for making the effort Jim! Great colours.

  40. Sander
    Reply

    Thanks for the inspiration, John!
    Really helps me to understand what great effects you could create with “stock” Adobe plug-ins!

  41. Andy Needham
    Reply

    Bit late, but decided to have a quick play after doing Experiment 3.

    Cheers,
    Andy

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Not late at all Andy, I hope these stay relevant for some time. Great 80’s vibe!

  42. amji
    Reply

    these tasks are a great ideas for creative peoples all over the place minds messing about with too many plugins, certainly helps you focus!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      I sure does doesn’t it Amji. Tutorials are useful but spending 30 minutes exercising your own creativity is definitely worthwhile.

  43. Rowan
    Reply

    What a fun game!

  44. Scott
    Reply

    This was fun i’ll have to try the other experiments

  45. Lukasz Pason
    Reply

    This was fun. =) Crashed AE so many times though!

  46. Reuben
    Reply

    So many cool things to do! I was able to come up with a whispy, smoke-like animation but having to catch a single-frame with something good was a little tougher for me this time.

  47. Ginger J
    Reply

    Really wonderful experiment! So much fun. Here’s a lady’s take on it.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Nice colour combo. Needs a little more resolution perhaps.

  48. Alex
    Reply

    Not nearly as cool as the other people’s creations above, but it reminds me of the animation used by that old hanna-barbera logo from cartoons of my childhood:
    http://youtu.be/dwluER0Op8Y?t=32s

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Clean and simple! I like it.

  49. Jorge
    Reply

    Just another try. Similar to other previous entries.

    Really nice approach for learning

  50. Tim
    Reply

    I’m enjoying working (playing?) through these experiments.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      It really is a kind of play isn’t it Tim, probably because we love what we do!

Leave a Comment

  • (will not be published)

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>