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. Evan Morgan
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    Tricky one to get a satisfactory result. The CC Light Burst smears out a lot of the interesting Fractal output (or maybe I’m doing something wrong). Still, here’s my result after 30 minutes of futzing around.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Looks brilliant Evan, so much detail. These experiments are designed push you beyond your comfort zone, there is no wrong!

  2. Chad
    Reply

    Really enjoying these exercises. Thanks!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Nice Chad, I like how both yours and mine have a smeared, painterly look to them in places.

  3. Chuck
    Reply

    I’ve never used any of these effects, it’s fun to discover new things in a program I use daily.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      I love the monotone simplicity of this Chuck.

  4. Sterling Glass
    Reply

    Somehow, this turned into a Grateful Dead T-shirt…

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Amazing how experimentation can take you on trips Sterling.

  5. Ricardo Ferreira
    Reply

    This is my try.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      I sweet, plastic look with this one Ricardo.

  6. Ricardo Ferreira
    Reply

    Another one!!

  7. Kenny
    Reply

    First spin at it..

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Nice symmetry Kenny!

  8. Alex S.
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    I think I’ll let Fractal collect some more dust at the bottom of my AE drawer until I need to build some drug-induced hallucinations… I’m really curious if anyone comes up with fresh ideas how to use it.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Chicken! 🙂

  9. Nic Petersen
    Reply

    Great fun on this one! Thanks!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Amazing Nic, those grey splotches look like birds!

  10. Chris Oliver
    Reply

    Tried to stay a bit minimal on the Fractal.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Beautiful depth Chris. I can’t help thinking this one is angrily staring back at me!

  11. Sebastien
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    Here my try, 29 minutes.1xFractal / 7 x LightBurst / 8xFloMotion.
    Great experiment here because fractal is very scary…This is not my best friend, even after this exercise…But thanks you again to make this fun experiments !

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Very different look Sebastien, kind of like a messed up Foundry logo 🙂

  12. Phil
    Reply

    Candy 🙂

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Fun and colourful Phil, nice one.

    • Michael Zirin
      Reply

      This is awesome!

  13. Jason L
    Reply

    >> Fractal
    >> Light burst*2
    >> Flo mo
    >> Light burst

    The other submissions look great!!!

    • Michael Zirin
      Reply

      Very cool!

  14. Jim Hines
    Reply

    “Coming Home”

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Interesting Jim, how did you come up with the name?

      • Jim Hines
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        Well, in the course of a half an hour I made several of these “designs” but I kept coming back to this one because I was drawn to the negative space. Feels like a comfortable opening – with the butterfly gently passing through it. LOL – Intellectualizing art. That is what I should call it. P.S. thanks for sponsoring these. It’s a lot of fun to make one and to also see what others do. Plus when folks explain how they achieved their effect it really, really helps to open up these sometimes enigmatic effects. I love what you’ve been coming up with in your experiments by the way.

  15. Ryan Ragle
    Reply

    Floral

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Nice work Ryan.

  16. Mike Fair
    Reply

    Still a newbie but here’s mine

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      The black and white is simple and effective Mike, well done.

    • David Byrne
      Reply

      This is cool, could imagine this in a book of abstract illustrations. Nice work!

  17. Andrew Oborn
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    Firey Ring

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      This is terrific Andrew, how did you make the ring?

      • Andrew Oborn
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        The basics went something like this:
        Fractal effect, I set magnification for both Mandelbrot and Julia to somewhere between -5 and -10, and checked overlay in the color tab.
        I used CC Flo Motion next with two knots almost centred with the amounts at about -5.
        CC Light burst was used last.

        • John Dickinson
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          Thanks for the breakdown Andrew.

  18. Sebastien
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    Ahahah, you’re right John !

  19. Simon
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    Arachnid.

    • Jeremy
      Reply

      All this time passed, and still, this is my favorite one of the thread. Rotated 90° clockwise it could be the start of a Hollywood Spiderman movie poster.

  20. John L. Wikinson
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    Definitely out of my comfort zone with fractal! Really interesting variety of images posted here.

  21. Matt
    Reply

    Open eye

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Nice one Matt.

  22. Torus
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    Hello.
    Here is my contribution.
    A kind of brain cell slice. 🙂

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Oooh creepy!

  23. Sean
    Reply

    This is a great way to play with some neglected AE components.
    This is Blue Knight.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Great Sean, I love the dark, batman style.

  24. ryinmo
    Reply

    Uhhhh :O

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      A Tron-like style going on there!

    • Michael Zirin
      Reply

      Awesome!

  25. Irina Zen
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    Great one John!
    Saw “The Secret Life of Chaos” a BBC documentary about fractals some weeks ago, now I know how they did the animation. After 30 min you even start to control this thingies. Mine is Cell Division.

    • John Dickinson
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      That’s lovely look Irina. I wonder if they did use After Effects for the graphics on the show?

      • Irina Zen
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        Hey John, you made me curious. I tried it out… Looks like they did. I am sure one can animate this endlessly. Each time I’m amazed how great AE is. Have a look. https://vimeo.com/67722421
        Without your assignment I would have never assumed it to be the the Mandelbrot Fractal. Merci!

  26. Chris Holland
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    Thanks for the experimentation John. Psychedelic.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      You’re welcome Chris.

    • Michael Zirin
      Reply

      This is wild! super cool!

  27. David Byrne
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    Another fun one, this time proved that even after twenty minutes of getting nowhere fast, something clicked and I started to play with different paramaters to refine for the last ten. Amazing the amount of looks, even with no post processing. Great way to spend a lunch break!

    A fractal Mandlebrot (with Overlay checked) to begin, three light bursts to add the blue glow, three flow motions to distort for organic feel, and finally a very subtle light burst focusing on the lower right area to add a slight chromatic style blur. Cheers for this great continuing series, John!

    • John Dickinson
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      Hey David, I found the same thing, I drag sliders around to get an overall idea of what things are doing, constantly undoing, then start to zero in on a look.

  28. Doug
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    Loved this! I was amazed at how many different looks came from small adjustments. It was difficult to pick just one.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      That’s the beauty of experimentation hey Doug!

    • Steve Blacker
      Reply

      If you tilt your head to the left and squint a bit, you can sort of see a demented bunny… 😉

  29. Steve
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    Angry Eyes … or some other equally dramatic name

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Angry Owl 🙂

  30. Mark Shingleton
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    I don’t think I have ever used Fractal

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Well that’s one thing you can tick off your bucket list Mark!

  31. Matthew
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    knock the dust off is right!

    • John Dickinson
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      I avoided Fractal because I had no idea what one would do with it! Seems I was not alone 🙂

  32. Jeremy
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    Tricky, that fractal thing.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Well done Jeremy, great colour choice.

  33. Jon Walker
    Reply

    Caterpillar Limbo

  34. Andy Needham
    Reply

    Here we go! Having lots of fun with these, John.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Beautiful Andy!

    • Andrew Oborn
      Reply

      Love this one.

    • Irina Zen
      Reply

      favourite!

  35. Patrick
    Reply

    Fun!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Nice floral look Patrick.

  36. Miguel Reyes
    Reply

    Fun exercise!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      I love the feeling of motion in this one Miguel, well done.

  37. pppalv
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    Fractals

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Love the flat colours.

    • David Byrne
      Reply

      Great work here, very en vogue at the moment with the flat colours, looks really good!

  38. Steve Blacker
    Reply

    Islands in a storm, seen from space?

  39. Jon Walker
    Reply

    Caterpillars in limbo?

  40. jason
    Reply

    Thanks John, for reminding me to play with AE.

  41. Jim Hines
    Reply

    “The Headphone Jack is Going to be on the Bottom”

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Very unusual Jim!

  42. Michael Zirin
    Reply

    First attempt… less than 10 mins

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Good first attempt Michael.

  43. Michael Zirin
    Reply

    Second attempt, around 10-15 mins… played some more. Thanks awesome assignment!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Well done Michael, this has a look of underwater currents, I love the depth.

  44. Chris Prasol
    Reply

    it’s easy to get lost. great fun!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Beautiful Chris, like swirling paint!

  45. Adriano Moraes
    Reply

    Something bursting I guess. Unfortunately time ran out but it was a lot of fun. I don´t even know if this was still rolling but I´m looking forward to the next one.

    Great idea John…as always.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Thanks Adriano, that’s a lovely, vibrant look you’ve created.

  46. robert
    Reply

    Loving these experiments, was trying to go for the inside of a donut.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Well done Robert, I love the symmetry.

  47. Alex Imix
    Reply

    Humanoid character

    • Jim Hines
      Reply

      Hey man, I’ve been grooving to your mixes all night while I work. Wish I could say it made me more talented but -lol- Good stuff – especially digging right around 50.00 and to the end on Impossible B Day – Would have commented at your channel but I don’t have an account. Thanks for the sounds. Good Humanoid guy too. Kinda Homer Simpsonesque

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Wow, that’s creepy! Nice work Alex.

  48. Marko
    Reply

    Here is my try. Something like smooth abstract thingy 🙂

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Nice liquid look Marko.

  49. Dominic Pons
    Reply

    breakfast time !!

    not sure if multiple solids, little bit of comping, matting and blending modes are allowed but in the end I used only the 3 effects

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Technically the experiment brief is just a single solid and the effects Dominic! Love the egg though!

  50. illd
    Reply

    Hi JD,
    this was really fun. Great Idea with those experimentations – keep em coming 😉

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