Freaky Fractals

I was experimenting with some interesting energy fields and I discovered a fun combination of effects. I used the standard fractal noise effect to create a basic turbulent map and then applied a Find Edges effect on top. I added some color correction and a glow to give it more punch and even animated the evolution settings. Feel free to play around with the fractal noise settings with the Find Edges effect applied and see what other interesting looks you can discover.

The project file is only cs5 because I don’t have CS4 on my laptop right now but I took a screen shot of the settings so that should help.

Download Project File CS5

Breakdown with Settings

POSTED:
4 years ago
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89 Comments

1 year ago
Thanks for sharing…interesting concepts to play with!
2 years ago
thank you very matsh
2 years ago
Tryed this effect on a logo, making a kinda ring of fire. Worked quite well. However very nice effect. Thanks for sharing!
2 years ago
GUYS i really need ur help i have AE CS6 can i download the project cs5 and work it on cs6. if not how about cs 5.5?
3 years ago
Amazing Effect. Fractal noise is a powerful effect.
Skreany
3 years ago
Hey I have a problem ...How I can animate this? please help
3 years ago
I'm about as newbie as it gets and would like some advice on how to change this one to a white background with these beautiful highlights in shades of blue. they would make a perfect summer water surface effect to put over a logo (on a white bkground). I've played with everything but...er...well...ya know.

By the way Andrew. I take my hat off to your creativity, gift for explanation, sense of humour and your sheer humanity of putting so much in the hands of so many. From CERN to LEARN. This is what the web was made for man! Just wish I could return.

wilf
4 years ago
fractal noise has to be the most versatile tool you can have in your arsenal and here is another proof of it!
4 years ago
This is some crazy stuff. That dang fractal noise is so handy.
4 years ago
nice Andrew i appreciate alot u have really helped me so much creatively thnks
masum
4 years ago
Hi Andrew,
You all guys are simply awesome! I am amazed how easily you show the path of after effects. I am masum from bangladesh and grateful to for your hundreds of tutorials in this site. My uncle bought evolution and i used it for last couple of weeks. Very nice stuff! Please accept my thanks....... wish u good luck andrew........ you are my guru.......
4 years ago
awesome stuff!!
marwan
4 years ago
I dont know if these fils of Andrew works on sony vegas or, Im just srat to ,learn about it, i wea trying to download but didnt work on sony vegas, I need help please can anyone answer me please
    4 years ago
    these files won't work with vegas, you need after effects (specificly cs5)
saurabh
4 years ago
hello sir Andrew i m from india and i hav learn alote from ur site sir u r great what ever i know about after effcts is just because of u plz accept my thanks ... thanks and thanks alote....SIR..
personman
4 years ago
Bubble picture: Jabba the Hutt, anyone?
Brian
4 years ago
You should make a tutorial on this... And you should also make a tutorial on that The Bullet Promo cuz that's just crazy. But good job Andrew!
Jonek
4 years ago
Hello,
I did similar effect on AE 6.5
thank you for nice idea.
4 years ago
hello Andrew
I'm not updated on After Effects. I use CS3. therefore the art of screen shot of Freaky Fractals project than you can give to help those who can not CS4 or CS5. So think of us dude. you're the best.
peace

Vincent MBINDZOU
djasvinny@yahoo.fr
    masum
    4 years ago
    I agree with you Vincent. I use cs4 and If I get the cs4 version then I will benefited for this post. Plz andrew guru think for us. We beg you to give the opportunity to get the earlier versions of this files. Thank you very much.
4 years ago
nice effect
One more time tks Andrew
Yemeeh
4 years ago
Wow! Nice! You guys should try to use this effect w/ CC lens, looks awesome!!
Ken
4 years ago
Thanks for sharing...interesting concepts to play with!
4 years ago
interesante afecto, estoy siguiendote
Danu
4 years ago
Nice....................
4 years ago
GREATING FROM MOROCCO thanks ANDREW & all the TEAM PEACE AND RESPECT
4 years ago
Definitely Easy Way Our Friend... That is Cool Imagination... I love this Brain... Thx...
4 years ago
looks great :D keep it up!
zeemalik
4 years ago
I am from pakistan and i like your work,
thank u so much andrew,
Aarons Rogers
4 years ago
Cool Andrew, thanks =)
John Robbins
4 years ago
Now throw on a CC Vector blur and go to town.
Andrey
4 years ago
Awesome!!!!
Took some time before i got a nice look, but the secret is to scale in ALOT!

I hope you never stop doing what you're doing Andrew! =)
Felipe
4 years ago
Hey Andrew, can you please save the project to be compatible with after effects cs4. Thank you so much for all your work!!
4 years ago
Andrew i have bought almost everything off your siteYou havechanged my life.. I wish i had this stuff 30 years ago when i was a kid....lol
now that i have all these great tools
i just got a new job editing and adding sfx for TV commercials and music videos..all your tutorials made this happen..thanks a million :)
you rock....
Steve Sage
Ahmed Marawan
4 years ago
Great job as every time you post Andrew.
guiom
4 years ago
Freaking Beautiful !!!!!!!!! Oo Love it Dude !
Stranger92
4 years ago
you are the best...
Matt8teen
4 years ago
AK's idea generation is great
illd
4 years ago
looking good - thanks bro ;)
4 years ago
Brilliant Mind.
enishi
4 years ago
Very interest, sorry my bad english
AE cs5 with rotobrush, need tutorial Vc

Am fan of VC

Arequipa Peru
4 years ago
Andrew, you rock. thanks.
4 years ago
Awesome stuff Andrew. Many possibilities!
crimson jelly che
4 years ago
Im just wondering where I can find video about man turning into countless bats? I found it long ago somewhere here in the blog... could someone help me find it? Its something about interview...
hanok
4 years ago
pls upload cs4 version project file :P
Hansen
4 years ago
hehe.....

can it be cs3 version?

hope that this will be happen...

a cs3 version...
    Daniel Perez Arcas
    4 years ago
    I agree
    I cannot buy cs5 version yet
    4 years ago
    Just copy the settings postet by Andrew.
    I'm using CS3 and it works exactly as expected... no need for CS3 or CS4 files and some extra hassle ;)
apple boy
4 years ago
uh oh.. no 64 bit yet, nail it again mr K.
Dustin
4 years ago
Hey Mr. Kramer,

Looks very nice, but it's CS5 :( Could you upload a CS4 version too? That would be great if it isn't that hard ;)

-Dustin
    4 years ago
    Agreed, Haven't bought CS5 yet.
    A CS4 Version would be great!
    vikash
    4 years ago
    same here...
    is it possible to convert the file into a lower version of after effects?
    4 years ago
    Guys, I think the idea here is to experiment on your own. These effects are all available in earlier versions of AE (and similar effects in other editing packages). The whole point of these tutorials and sample files is to help teach techniques, not to outright give you the project to slap into your own footage.

    It's easy. Create a new comp. Creates a new solid. Add the fractal noise effect. You can even use the settings seen in the link above. Animate evolution over time.. Add the find edges effect, followed by a curves adjustment to get the colors the way you'd like to see them. Finally, add a glow.

    That's it. You probably won't get the exact same look Andrew achieved, but do you really want to be a copycat?

    Make your own, don't be a clone.
    vikash
    4 years ago
    thanks chris for the help
Selva Kumar
4 years ago
i want it for my cs4 edition plsss...
4 years ago
Fudgin BEAST!!! awesome Andrew!!!
4 years ago
Its really Nice, It looks Great Thanks for your Great help and Tutorials Mr. Kramer, I really Appreciated this post :)
Steely
4 years ago
Glad you thought about us CS4 & below users and took a screen shot. I can't afford a new 64 bit operating system and CS5 AE, so thanks. Can't wait to try this tonight!
Thanks for Sharing, Andrew!
Vito Corleone
4 years ago
Interesting though it creates slow processing with crappy system. I love the imagination Andrew - reminds me of Dr. Lecter when he mentioned something about the Red Dragon.
DrB
4 years ago
This isn't new if you experiment with After Effects. I guess "anything" Andrew puts out is considered genius these days lol
sahis
4 years ago
hey i got some interesting results when i applied this to an image with a little modification ...pls check my post ! http://www.videocopilot.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=57315
SCOT
4 years ago
love fractals and this site !
AHISH
4 years ago
WOW Awesome wonderfuL BUT I STILL HAVE CS 4
Niclas
4 years ago
The find edges effect really made it for me! Its so interesting to find new ways of doing things when you show them like this! Thanks a lot! I recently bought ProScores, ProPresets2 incoming this summer! :)
4 years ago
Thanks Andrew!
I Can't wait for your new Film, new Tutorial, and new Blog Show!
Saeid KamKar
4 years ago
thanks andrew...
4 years ago
Thanks MAN .............Nice look with fractal noise
Tcarle
4 years ago
Awesome! What a tank i just did it on CS4 and it looks ninja as! Id call it top quality if you ask me. I can always really on you for ideas!
badhon
4 years ago
wow.wonderful man.but i use cs3 :( l
jeremyian
4 years ago
:( looks awesome, but im to poor for AE5, I still have AEcs4..
4 years ago
You are a great mentor andrew. Benni all the way from Lesotho...
atiemark
4 years ago
always amazes me how you can create awesome looking stuff with only a few simple effects!
4 years ago
you just awesome Man :)
Shelton
4 years ago
So amazing. Just goes to show that everything in after effects can and will be turned into something else... Well almost everything in after effects. Lol.
Osvaldo_Tampico
4 years ago
It's Always good to see this kind of Discoveries! Helps to inspire new ways of thinking not just for this effect but for many others! Triggers the "thinking outside the box" effect! Thanks! ;D
gogec123
4 years ago
wow thanks andrew,you are the best :D
4 years ago
YAY. I love new updates. Thanks Andrew.
OlympiaLogger
4 years ago
Su-weeet !!!

Just in time to accent some "hot-Hot-HOT!" seminar opportunities pieces I'll be doing.

TIMELY!

Kind of reminiscent of some Dean Velez goodies.
4 years ago
whoooi - nice style, thanks man !
4 years ago
Awesome! I really like how it pops!
gaurav sharma
4 years ago
you are mind blowing andrew keep updating your tuts god bless you......dear
4 years ago
first comment ... i feel honored ... anyway nice thanks Andrew your a very inspiring person dont forget about us little people that watch your videos.
    4 years ago
    yeah!! don't forget about us, i'm only 11 right now! i've been doing vfx since i was 9 and have come a long way because of you and you're website
Richard (Singapore)
4 years ago
WOW! I loved it! Definately interesting effect!
Sybert
4 years ago
Downloaded the project file definitely will be something I'll be messing around with.
Looks awesome!
    4 years ago
    same here .. thanks andrew
    Makeitdouble
    4 years ago
    Youar beast Andrew
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