After Effects Ink Tutorial

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After Effects Ink Tutorial
Create a red ink splatter in After Effects to simulate blood. (stain - splat image by from

Create ink splatters with After Effect's particle generator. Particle effects have many options, and creating a simple ink splatter will help you learn how some of these options work -- including particle types, gravity and velocity, birth and death rates. The basic concept of particles is that they are born, they do something and then they die. After Effects offers a variety of particle choices that can be made, such as lines, stars, shaded spheres and bubbles. You can also add your own particles.

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    Open After Effects and create a new composition by clicking "Composition" from the menu and then "New Composition." Enter the "0:00:30:00" for duration; this sets the sequence to run for 30 seconds. Click "OK" to close the dialogue box.

  2. 2

    Add a solid to your composition by clicking on "Layer," "New" and "Solid." Pick a colour for your solid that represents your ink colour, such as black, red or blue.

  3. 3

    Press "Ctrl + 5" on your keyboard to bring up the effects panel and type in "Particle" in the search box or go to the menu bar and choose Effect < Simulation < CC Particle Systems II. Double-click on the "CC Particle Systems II" option.

  4. 4

    Click on the arrow next to "Particle" on the effects controls panel and choose the following values: Particle Type to "Lens Concave," Birth Size to ".32," Death Size to ".03."

  5. 5

    Click on the arrow next to the "Producer" option and change the gravity to "0," then increase velocity to "2.3" to adjust how far apart the ink spots are. Adjust your ink splatter as needed.

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