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Curtain of Fractal Noise

Background for your interstitial By Stephen Schleicher

The Fractal Noise effect is by far my most favorite and most used effect in Adobe After Effects 6.5 Professional.  It is so versatile and can be used in everything from a smoke filled background , to fire , to an anime fight scene .  In this exercise, you will manipulate the settings of effect to create a curtain of light.

Step 1:  Launch Adobe After Effects.  Create a New Composition (Command+N on the Mac or Control+N on the PC).  Set the duration to 10 seconds and use the NTSC DV Preset.

Step 2:  Create a New Solid by pressing Command+Y on the Mac or Control+Y on the PC.  Select a dark red color (200, 0, 0) and make the solid the same size as the Comp, then click OK.

Step 3:  With the Curtain layer selected in the Timeline, choose Effect>Noise & Grain>Fractal Noise.

This is a pretty splotchy image and doesnt look much like a curtain of light.  If you remember back to the Anime Intro exercise, I mentioned the best way to get a different look from the Fractal Noise effect was to change the Width or Height of the pattern.

Step 4:  In the Effect Controls panel, twirl down the Transform property and turn OFF Uniform Scaling.  Then increase the Scale Width to 150 and the Scale Height to 5000.

TIP:  If you increase the Height and decrease the Width you can create a brushed metal effect.


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