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

May 1st, 2011 @ 9:22 pm
Downloaded the project file definitely will be something I'll be messing around with.
Looks awesome!
    May 2nd, 2011 @ 12:33 am
    same here .. thanks andrew
    May 2nd, 2011 @ 12:36 am
    Youar beast Andrew
Richard (Singapore)
May 1st, 2011 @ 9:24 pm
WOW! I loved it! Definately interesting effect!
May 1st, 2011 @ 9:24 pm
first comment ... i feel honored ... anyway nice thanks Andrew your a very inspiring person dont forget about us little people that watch your videos.
    May 7th, 2011 @ 5:24 am
    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
gaurav sharma
May 1st, 2011 @ 9:25 pm
you are mind blowing andrew keep updating your tuts god bless you......dear
May 1st, 2011 @ 9:27 pm
Awesome! I really like how it pops!
May 1st, 2011 @ 9:27 pm
whoooi - nice style, thanks man !
May 1st, 2011 @ 9:29 pm
Su-weeet !!!

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


Kind of reminiscent of some Dean Velez goodies.
May 1st, 2011 @ 9:30 pm
YAY. I love new updates. Thanks Andrew.
May 1st, 2011 @ 9:53 pm
wow thanks andrew,you are the best :D
May 1st, 2011 @ 9:55 pm
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
May 1st, 2011 @ 9:59 pm
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.
May 1st, 2011 @ 10:01 pm
you just awesome Man :)
May 1st, 2011 @ 10:17 pm
always amazes me how you can create awesome looking stuff with only a few simple effects!
May 1st, 2011 @ 11:39 pm
You are a great mentor andrew. Benni all the way from Lesotho...
May 2nd, 2011 @ 12:04 am
:( looks awesome, but im to poor for AE5, I still have AEcs4..
May 2nd, 2011 @ 12:09 am
wow.wonderful man.but i use cs3 :( l
May 2nd, 2011 @ 12:31 am
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!
May 2nd, 2011 @ 12:37 am
Thanks MAN .............Nice look with fractal noise
Saeid KamKar
May 2nd, 2011 @ 12:46 am
thanks andrew...
May 2nd, 2011 @ 1:48 am
Thanks Andrew!
I Can't wait for your new Film, new Tutorial, and new Blog Show!
May 2nd, 2011 @ 1:57 am
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! :)
May 2nd, 2011 @ 2:00 am
WOW Awesome wonderfuL BUT I STILL HAVE CS 4
May 2nd, 2011 @ 2:01 am
love fractals and this site !
May 2nd, 2011 @ 2:39 am
hey i got some interesting results when i applied this to an image with a little modification ...pls check my post !
May 2nd, 2011 @ 3:20 am
This isn't new if you experiment with After Effects. I guess "anything" Andrew puts out is considered genius these days lol
Vito Corleone
May 2nd, 2011 @ 4:19 am
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.
May 2nd, 2011 @ 4:24 am
Thanks for Sharing, Andrew!
May 2nd, 2011 @ 4:47 am
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!
May 2nd, 2011 @ 4:51 am
Its really Nice, It looks Great Thanks for your Great help and Tutorials Mr. Kramer, I really Appreciated this post :)
May 2nd, 2011 @ 5:04 am
Fudgin BEAST!!! awesome Andrew!!!
Selva Kumar
May 2nd, 2011 @ 5:13 am
i want it for my cs4 edition plsss...
May 2nd, 2011 @ 5:53 am
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 ;)

    May 2nd, 2011 @ 7:03 am
    Agreed, Haven't bought CS5 yet.
    A CS4 Version would be great!
    May 2nd, 2011 @ 8:02 am
    same here...
    is it possible to convert the file into a lower version of after effects?
    May 2nd, 2011 @ 4:54 pm
    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.
    May 3rd, 2011 @ 8:20 am
    thanks chris for the help
apple boy
May 2nd, 2011 @ 6:32 am
uh oh.. no 64 bit yet, nail it again mr K.
May 2nd, 2011 @ 7:22 am

can it be cs3 version?

hope that this will be happen...

a cs3 version...
    Daniel Perez Arcas
    May 2nd, 2011 @ 9:01 am
    I agree
    I cannot buy cs5 version yet
    May 2nd, 2011 @ 9:02 am
    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 ;)
May 2nd, 2011 @ 7:38 am
pls upload cs4 version project file :P
crimson jelly che
May 2nd, 2011 @ 7:59 am
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...
May 2nd, 2011 @ 8:14 am
Awesome stuff Andrew. Many possibilities!
May 2nd, 2011 @ 8:27 am
Andrew, you rock. thanks.
May 2nd, 2011 @ 8:30 am
Very interest, sorry my bad english
AE cs5 with rotobrush, need tutorial Vc

Am fan of VC

Arequipa Peru
May 2nd, 2011 @ 9:21 am
Brilliant Mind.
May 2nd, 2011 @ 9:52 am
looking good - thanks bro ;)
May 2nd, 2011 @ 10:44 am
AK's idea generation is great
May 2nd, 2011 @ 10:53 am
you are the best...
May 2nd, 2011 @ 11:29 am
Freaking Beautiful !!!!!!!!! Oo Love it Dude !
Ahmed Marawan
May 2nd, 2011 @ 12:13 pm
Great job as every time you post Andrew.
May 2nd, 2011 @ 12:36 pm
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
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
May 2nd, 2011 @ 12:54 pm
Hey Andrew, can you please save the project to be compatible with after effects cs4. Thank you so much for all your work!!
May 2nd, 2011 @ 1:14 pm
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! =)
John Robbins
May 2nd, 2011 @ 1:51 pm
Now throw on a CC Vector blur and go to town.
Aarons Rogers
May 2nd, 2011 @ 8:17 pm
Cool Andrew, thanks =)
May 2nd, 2011 @ 8:36 pm
I am from pakistan and i like your work,
thank u so much andrew,
May 2nd, 2011 @ 9:10 pm
looks great :D keep it up!
May 3rd, 2011 @ 12:17 am
Definitely Easy Way Our Friend... That is Cool Imagination... I love this Brain... Thx...
May 3rd, 2011 @ 2:39 am
May 3rd, 2011 @ 7:17 am
May 3rd, 2011 @ 7:59 am
interesante afecto, estoy siguiendote
May 3rd, 2011 @ 11:41 am
Thanks for sharing...interesting concepts to play with!
May 3rd, 2011 @ 12:26 pm
Wow! Nice! You guys should try to use this effect w/ CC lens, looks awesome!!
May 4th, 2011 @ 6:34 am
nice effect
One more time tks Andrew
May 4th, 2011 @ 12:25 pm
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.

    May 11th, 2011 @ 8:46 am
    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.
May 5th, 2011 @ 4:53 am
I did similar effect on AE 6.5
thank you for nice idea.
May 5th, 2011 @ 5:57 pm
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!
May 7th, 2011 @ 9:17 am
Bubble picture: Jabba the Hutt, anyone?
May 9th, 2011 @ 4:26 am
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..
May 9th, 2011 @ 12:47 pm
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
    May 11th, 2011 @ 4:40 am
    these files won't work with vegas, you need after effects (specificly cs5)
May 11th, 2011 @ 3:38 am
awesome stuff!!
May 11th, 2011 @ 7:39 am
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.......
May 17th, 2011 @ 3:31 am
nice Andrew i appreciate alot u have really helped me so much creatively thnks
May 21st, 2011 @ 1:12 pm
This is some crazy stuff. That dang fractal noise is so handy.
June 4th, 2011 @ 9:20 am
fractal noise has to be the most versatile tool you can have in your arsenal and here is another proof of it!
June 28th, 2011 @ 4:44 pm
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 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.

July 5th, 2011 @ 11:08 am
Hey I have a problem ...How I can animate this? please help
July 16th, 2011 @ 12:07 pm
Amazing Effect. Fractal noise is a powerful effect.
June 27th, 2012 @ 3:23 pm
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?
August 13th, 2012 @ 4:56 am
Tryed this effect on a logo, making a kinda ring of fire. Worked quite well. However very nice effect. Thanks for sharing!
April 18th, 2013 @ 1:51 pm
thank you very matsh
July 16th, 2013 @ 1:11 pm
Thanks for sharing…interesting concepts to play with!
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