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how would I recreate this animated gifs flowing effect?

PostPosted: 12/19/2015, 12:20 am
by imagineUtopia
I came across this pic of a cat, there is a really nice animation going on making the whole thing look like its flowing in different directions.

does anyone know how to create this kind of an effect on an image?

Image

thanks,

Re: how would I recreate this animated gifs flowing effect?

PostPosted: 12/19/2015, 7:06 am
by Farmfield
Very cool effect that I haven't seen before, but it's a pretty simple setup.

1. Duplicate your layer.

2. Use the liquify tool to create your second state, so shift the parts of the image you want flowing.

3. On the liquify distortion percentage, animate it from 0% to 100% over a set number of frames.

4. On your duplicated layer, animate the layer opacity from 100% to 0% over the same number of frames.

5. Render it out and create a gif with a loop.

And just playing around with it, you'll need to layer the effect (steps 1-4) a couple of times, using liquify, to get a stronger effect, just doing one layering of this if pretty faint. if I get time, I'll try to set this up properly and post a scene file. :)

Re: how would I recreate this animated gifs flowing effect?

PostPosted: 12/20/2015, 3:25 am
by Guitarboy2828
imagineUtopia wrote:I came across this pic of a cat, there is a really nice animation going on making the whole thing look like its flowing in different directions.

does anyone know how to create this kind of an effect on an image?

Image

thanks,


Man, that is so mesmerising! Gonna have to give it a go, thanks Farmfield for the tips!

Re: how would I recreate this animated gifs flowing effect?

PostPosted: 12/20/2015, 5:29 am
by Farmfield
Having played with it a bit more yesterday, I realized you need two setups, one as I described, one the same accept doing the streaks in the other direction as well as setting up the percentage and opacity in the reverse order, else it'll look like it flows backwards in the end.

But this is a nightmare to do in After Effects for me, the liquify filter seems to be a resource hog as few others, bringing my workstation to a crawl. Anyone else have the same issue or do I need to start looking for the reason for this on my side? It's not like I have a slow box.

Re: how would I recreate this animated gifs flowing effect?

PostPosted: 12/20/2015, 7:49 pm
by JPT7505
I would almost try using a displacement matte, something similiar to a texture flux from genarts.

http://www.genarts.com/sapphire/effects ... earch=Flux

Re: how would I recreate this animated gifs flowing effect?

PostPosted: 12/26/2015, 5:37 pm
by imagineUtopia
thanks. I'll have to give these methods a try as my search continues.

I'm sure the guy who made this didn't use anything fancy. I'd guess its some kind of online software.

Re: how would I recreate this animated gifs flowing effect?

PostPosted: 01/14/2016, 7:47 am
by Michael_Szalapski
Looks to me like something you could do with a morphing plugin or dedicated morphing software. There has been quite a lot of discussion about this kind of effect in /r/AfterEffects on Reddit.