4.3 Completing the Impact Splash
In this section of our liquid animation After Effects tutorial, you will learn how to complete the impact splashes we started in the previous video.
1.Introduction1 lesson, 00:56
2.After Effects Title Animation Tools3 lessons, 28:52
3.Liquid Swirl Animations3 lessons, 23:57
4.Liquid Splash Animations3 lessons, 33:17
5.Final Touches3 lessons, 20:51
6.Conclusion1 lesson, 00:48
4.3 Completing the Impact Splash
Hey everyone, and welcome back to the liquid animation course. Great. Next, let's add a repeater. To do this, go back to the Add button here, which is just at the top of where our Contents is, in our Shapes layer. So, let's go ahead and click on that. And select Repeater over here, like so. And this will add a repeater option inside our Contents. So, let's go to Shape 1 and let's close Trim Paths for now. And let's have a look at what's inside repeater. Cool, now we have some repeater options added to the layer that we can use. So, once we've opened it up, we can select the number of copies that we want for our animation. So, let's go ahead and select six copies, like so. But feel free to use more or less, to change the look of your splash effect. And let's go ahead and move forward in our timeline just to see how this affects our animation. Now, you'll see now that we've added six copies, we've got six animated lines. However, they're all in one row, which isn't quite what we want. So, let's go ahead and change the position of the repeater. So, let's go ahead and do that. So, let's see if we can go to Transform. And if we change the position here from a value of 100 to 0, All of the lines should be on top of one another, like so. So, we can't really see the six lines right now. Now, in order for us to see the lines, let's go ahead and add a rotation to our repeater. So, let's change the rotation for six strokes. If we want an equal amount of space between our 6 strokes, we'll want to change the rotation degrees to 60 degrees. Just to make sure that it's all spaced out equally, like so. So, now you can see that our strokes are all spaced out equally. Now, if you wanted to add five strokes instead of six, so any other number, you would want to make this a little bit more equal. The way we do this is to divide the number of strokes by 360. So, 360 divided by 5 would be 72. And now you'll see, it's a little bit more equal. And the same with any other number of copies. So, if you wanted to have 4 like so, it would be 360 divided by 4, which would be 90. And you'll see that's all divided equally, like so. So, let's go back to six strokes. And bring the rotation back to 60, like that. Cool. Now, let's go ahead and adjust the scale here. So, if we adjust the scale from 100% to about 70 or 80, you'll see now that each of the strokes goes from large to small, as it goes down. So, let's change that number a little bit. So, it's not as drastic. So, we've changed it now to about 90 degrees. Like so. Cool. And that sort of adds a little bit of diversity to the length of each of our strokes. Now, you can also make a duplicate of this layer, to add more splashes to the effect. So, let's go ahead and close all these down, and select our Shape layer, and press Ctrl+D to duplicate. Now, in fact, before we do that, I've noticed here that our splashes aren't coming from the center. Now, that's because our stroke itself isn't centralized here. So, let's go ahead and change that first. So, let's use the pen tool here and move our stroke into the center, like so. So, let's move that to the center. If I come down here, In fact, let's go ahead and zoom in a little bit more so we can move our anchor point a little bit more. In fact, let's use the selection tool, so we can move on anchor point, like so. Cool. That's better. Excellent. So now you'll see all of our strokes are coming out from the middle, like so. Excellent. Now, let's go ahead and close this and press Ctrl+D to duplicate. And for our duplicates shape we want to go into transform. And let's go ahead and rotate these slightly, just to add a little bit more of a random splash effect for our animation. Cool, so let's go ahead and switch off the shape path visibility for now. And press play to see what that looks like. Excellent, so you can see how our splash effect is starting to take shape. Excellent, now let's add another ellipse shape, and animate this as well. So, just going back to here, so go to the shapes tool, click and hold the shape button to choose the ellipse tool. And let's just add a small circle to the middle of this composition. So, in fact let's make it so that our lines are a little bit thinner, so we can see what we're doing. So, let's make these shape layers down to about ten pixels. I'm just going to draw a small circle here, like so. In fact, making sure that neither of these layers are selected. Draw a small circle, and from here we want to fill the ellipse. So, let's go ahead and click on the Fill button here, and make it so that it's white. And we can remove the stroke. So, click on Stroke and select None for the stroke color. Excellent. Now, let's set the timeline to about half a frame. So, something like this. And we want to move our shape layer into the middle of our splash, like so. Let's open this up, open the ellipse up, and go to Transform : Ellipse. And now let's go to Scale. And let's select the point here for Scale. And we want to go ahead and choose a value of zero for our first point, like so. And then on the second one, let's move about seven frames forward. So, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven. We want to then make the scale go up, let's say, about 150, like so. Select both keyframes and press F9 on the keyboard to Easy Ease them. And now let's go to the graph editor again. And we want to move the graph handles so that the animation starts fast and ends a little bit slower. So, let's go ahead and do that. I'm just gonna zoom in, just so I can see how these are affecting the graph. So, let's start this fast, so move the handle a little bit to the left. And then we'll end a little bit slower, like so. Cool. Now, let's go back to our timeline and see how this all animates, let's preview this. Excellent. Now we want to make it so that the circle disappears as well. So, let's go ahead and choose a keyframe about, let's say seven frames forwards. So, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven. And we want to set the value of the scale to zero, so let's set that to zero, like so. Just to make the circle disappear. Cool. So, let's have a look at what that looks like, excellent. Now, that we have a lines and circles animated, the next thing we want to do is we want to then make it look more liquidy. So, that precompose all of these elements. So, let's close all this, highlight everything, right-click and select Precompose. And let's call this new composition Splash, like so. Choose Move all attributes into the new composition. And now let's go to Effects & Presets here. And we want to type in roughen edges. So, make sure you've clicked on the search bar. So, let's type in roughen edges. And here we can now double-click to add that to our splash composition. And what we want to do is we want to make sure that we're at the very beginning of our timeline. And let's add a keyframe for border like so. Now, let's go forwards about 15 frames. So, one, two, three, four, five. In fact, let's zoom in here a little bit more, so you can see what we're doing. So, let's go forwards about 15 frames, like so. And from here, let's add another keyframe for border. And let's make the value 15, like so. So, you can see here now, our splash effect is looking a little bit more splashy. Great. Now, let's add a Turbulence Displace. So, let's go back to Effects & Presets here, type in Turbulence Displace, double-click to add that to our composition. Just going to close roughen edges here for now. And let's go back to the very beginning of our timeline here. And we want to set the turbulence displacement amount. So, let's go ahead and add a keyframe here. And let's set the amount to 20, like so. Then we want to go forward 15 frames again. And let's set the amount here, or the value to 50, like so. Just to add a little bit more movement to our splash. Awesome. Now, you can see here that the lines for our splash is a little bit too thin. So, let's go back to our splash, so double-click here. I'm going to make the lines a little bit thicker for our splash lines. So, let's go here and instead of 10 pixels, let's change this back to 25. And same for the other ones. So, let's change that to 25. Go back to our splash, just to see what that looks like. Maybe it's a little bit too thick. So, let's make that back to about 15. See what that looks like. Go back to our splash lines and that looks a little bit better. Cool. Now, let's add a bevel and alpha like we did before. So, let's go back here, to Effects & Presets, type in bevel, and double-click to add Bevel and Alpha here. Just closing Turbulence Displace for now. And let's go ahead and set the edge thickness to about 10. An angle of -60 is fine, and the intensity to 0.5, like so. Just to add a little bit of depth to our splash. Excellent, so now let's go ahead and preview our animation. So, go back to the beginning of the timeline and press play. Cool, that's looking just like what we want for our splash animation. So, there we have it. A nice splash effect. Feel free to duplicate this and adjust the size and the amount of lines this splash effect will have. And also the colors as shown in the demo video, to add more variety to your footage. In the next video, we'll learn how to animate some text. See you all there.