3.2 How to Add Fractal Noise
Having covered the animation process, it’s now time to learn how to add fractal noise to the text. In this lesson you will also learn how to create additional shapes for your title design.
1.Introduction1 lesson, 00:44
2.Adobe After Effects Tools2 lessons, 23:30
3.Retro Text Animation3 lessons, 39:10
4.Finishing Touches3 lessons, 27:55
5.Rendering1 lesson, 02:57
6.Conclusion1 lesson, 00:46
3.2 How to Add Fractal Noise
Hi everyone, and welcome back to the Stranger Things, 80's Intro Course. In this lesson, we'll learn how to add Fractal noise to our video. So now that we have our text animated, the next things we want to do is to start adding some special effects to the title, to give it that extra spooky feel. So first, let's change all of our text layers into 3D layers. Now to do this, we want to make sure that's this pane here, the expand or collapse layer switcher's pane, is expanded. So I just go ahead and click on that little button here on the bottom right. And you'll see this will make all these options here available to us. And we want to go ahead and select all three of these layers here. So select the first layer, press shift on the keyboard and then select the bottom layer here. And then we want to select the 3D layer here. So click on this cube here to make all three of our layers 3D, like so. And now next, we want to pre-compose these layers. So right click on this, select Pre-compose, and let's go ahead and name this layer text. Make sure move all attributes into the new composition is selected, and then click OK. Excellent. Now this will create a new composition called text, which is now inside our retro text intro composition. And we can access this this text composition by double clicking, like so. And now, you'll see all three of our layers are inside here. Cool. Now. let's go ahead and create a new solid by going to Layer at the top here. Select New, and now select Solid. And we want to make a black solid. So make sure that the color is selected as pure black, like so. And let's make this name as Noise, and now click OK. Cool. Now, make sure that the Noise layer is selected. And now we want to add an effect to it. So let's go to Effect, go to Noise & Grain, And select Fractal Noise. And now this will automatically apply the Fractal Noise effect to this layer. Now, you can also search for the Fractal Noise in the Effects panel. So just go to the Effects and Presets panel here, and you'll see I've already searched for Fractal Noise here. But if you go to the search toolbar here, and type in fractal, you'll see we can now choose the Fractal Noise effect. Click and drag it onto our Noise layer, like so. And inside this Effects controls panel here, you'll see we've now applied two Fractal Noise layers, two Fractal Noise effects, to this layer. Excellent. So, we only need one of these. So let's go ahead and select the duplicate and press Delete on the keyboard. Now, let's go ahead and drag this Noise layer at the bottom of our layer, like so, so that the text is above our Fractal Noise. And now, we want to make sure that n the track matt here, we select the drop down box from none to Alpha Matt text. Cool. And now, you'll see that our Fractal Noise is appearing inside our texts. Now remember, if you don't have the track matts options available here, just go to the bottom right of the screen here and make sure that the Transfer Controls pane is expanded, like so. Excellent. Now, let's go ahead and start adjusting some of these Fractal Noise settings to get the look that we want. So I want to, let's go ahead and move the timeline to four seconds so that we can see all of our text here like so. Select the noise layer, so we bring up our Fractal Noise options in the Effects Controls pane. And now over here, let's go ahead and start adjusting some of these. So in the panel here, in the Effects, we want to change the Fractal type from Basic to Dynamic, like so. And let's go ahead and change the Complexity from 6 to 10. And now, with the evolutions here, you can turn the wheel here, and this would change the look of the Fractal Noise. So if we zoom in to our text here, you'll be able to see a little bit clearer how subtle the dark areas and the light areas of our line's appearing. Cool. Now, we can go ahead and play with this option later on as well. ButfFirst, let's go ahead and add the boxes to our title. So let's go ahead and zoom out again. Now to do this, we want to select the Rectangle tool here. Now before we draw the rectangle, we want to make sure that we've clicked out of our Noise layer. Otherwise, you'll simply creates a mask, like so. So let's press Control and Z to undo that. And let's click out of our mask layer, like so. And now using the Rectangle tool, let's go ahead and click and drag out a thin rectangular shape, like so. So one for the top. And we want to make sure that the Fill is set to No Fill Here. And we want to set the Stroke Color, and I'm going to set the color to whatever we want. Now in this case, we want the text to have this sort of spooky green color. So let's choose a nice spooky green color, like so. And we want to make the stroke about the same thickness as our text, so four pixels is enough. And next, we want to make sure that this rectangular shape is aligned into the middle. So using this Alignment panel. So let's go ahead and let's find the Alignment panel. So go to Windows and click on Align. You'll see now, that we've got an Alignment panel here, and we want to make sure that we want to align the layers to the composition, and then simply click on Align Horizontally, like so. And you'll see that it was very small and subtle, but it snaps into the middle of the composition. If I go ahead and move it again so you can see more clearly. If I click on to the Align Horizontally button here again, it moves it to the middle. Cool. Now, let's go ahead and draw the other two boxes. So you want one box down here. So that's again, just click out of our shape layer here, select the Rectangle tool. And we want to create one rectangle here, like so. And let's go ahead and duplicate this. So we can press Control D to duplicate. And let's move that to the other end, like so. Cool. And now, we can go make sure that these are all in alignment by making our rulers show again. So just go to View, and Show Rulers. And let's go ahead a drag a ruler out here like so. And you'll see that these lines are slightly out of alignment. So let's zoom in here, and move this shape layer here so that it's aligned with the top line here like so. And let's make this slightly, in fact that should be fine. And now, let's do the same for this one. So let's create a ruler here. And move this so that it's in line, like so. Cool. Now, I think these lines are slightly too big. So let's go ahead and adjust the sizes of the shapes. I'm just going to select that shape, go to Transform, and let's adjust the scale sightly. So untick Constraint proportions, and we want to adjust the lines slightly. So let's go ahead and adjust the scale a little bit so it's smaller, like so. Smaller, but just a little bit smaller, so maybe about 98% smaller or 99%. Just 1% smaller, and then just drag this back into the middle and into alignment like so. And we'll do the same with this one. Let's go to the Shape layer, go to transform. Untick the proportions here, and let's put a value of 99%, so that it's slightly smaller, like so. Cool. Now, we've got our two lines. And now from here, we want to animate the boxes. So let's go ahead and collapse this. And we want to go ahead and move the timeline just about to when the text starts to come together. So that's about just before the four second mark, like so. And from here we want to open up, let's start with the first boxes. So let's open up the first Shapes layer box. And we want to add a key frame for the scale. So let's go to Scale, add the key frame here. And let's go ahead and remove the scale proportions here. And then from here, let's go to about four seconds. S let's go to the four second mark and then create another key frame, like so. Now, in the first key frame, so if we go back to the first key frame here, we want to change the scale so that it goes to zero percent, like so. Now you'll see, as I scrub backwards and forwards in the timeline, the shape sort of grows from the middle. Now if you look carefully, the center of our shape seems to shift as we animate. And this is because the anchor point is not in the middle. So what we want to do, is we want to move our shape to the anchor point. So let's go to our Shape layer here. And we want to adjust our shape so that it is in the center of our anchor point, like so. So if we just zoom in here so we can see this little bit clearly, a little bit more clearly. Just move our shape says the same point of that of our anchor point. And now, all we have to do is just simply select our Shape layer and use the Alignments panel to center align this into the middle, and then change the position so that it goes back to the top again. And now, hopefully as we scrub backwards and forwards, the animation now grows from the center of the screen like it's supposed to. Cool. Now, all we have to do is highlight these key frames here. And just as what we did with our animation before, right click Keyframe Assistant, go to Easy Ease, then click on the graph editor if you want to. And let's go ahead and zoom in to our graph editor here, as it's quite a quick animation. Click on the Keyframes here, and let's go ahead and change the handles, like so Just to adjust the speed of the animation. So now, if we click on Play, we'll see how that affects our animation. So let's make this a little bit more exaggerated, like so, just to make it slower towards the beginning and the end. Cool. And now, we can do the same with our other shapes. So let's go ahead and delete this first shape here, as we can easily duplicate the animation. So let's go back to our first shape. And remember, we want to make sure that our shape is in center with our anchor point here. So let's go ahead and do that first. Let's make sure that it's in the center of our anchor point. I'm just zooming in here so we can see this a little bit clearly, like so. Excellent. Now once it's the center of our anchor point, we can now use the Move Tool, and then just move it back to where we want it before, like so. Excellent. And now, what we can do here, is we can actually copy the Keyframes, so the timing of our keyframes. So let's go back to our first Shape layer, and let's see where the keyframe is. So tlet's zoom back out so you can see the keyframes, and that starts the animation about here. So now, if we into Scale, making sure that the constraint proportions is ticked off, create one key frame here, and then one key frame in the exact same place as where we had the other one. And if we go back to the first keyframe, we can put a value of zero, like so. And now they both grow at the same time, so let's go ahead highlight both of these keyframes, Keyframe Assistant, Easy Ease, go to the graph editor. And now, let's go ahead and change the handles, like so. Cool. Now that we've got the Shape layer here complete with an animation, we can now go ahead and duplicate this. So press Control D to duplicate, and then just move it to the place that we want on the other side, making sure that it's aligned with our ruler, like so. Excellent. Cool. So that's it for this lesson. In the next lesson, we'll learn how to add a color and glow effects to the animation. See you all there.