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  • Best way to recreate this text anim?

    Posted by alex casados on August 29, 2023 at 8:38 am

    Hi! For a personal project I’ve been trying to create something in AE using the text animation seen in the Malcolm in the Middle titles.

    I noticed during freeze-framing different shot it seems like most of the distortion effects were created using something similar to the Smudge tool in PS (with a reddish color effect added on the “smudged” parts). My question is since nothing like this exists in AE (tried liquify, didn’t work.), how can you achieve both the smudging and affected coloring effects 1:1? Thanks in advance.

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    Wim Bruyninckx replied 9 months ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Filip Vandueren

    August 29, 2023 at 11:17 am

    Maybe it was simply done frame by frame in Photoshop, actually using the smudge tool, that actually sounds like the fastest way to recreate it instead of spending hours trying to find some kind of wiggle distortion.

    The reddish glow looks to me like the default setting of Trapcode Shine, but with a very low radius setting.

  • Wim Bruyninckx

    August 30, 2023 at 5:23 pm

    What about using a displacement map with turbulent noise as a source layer?
    Not sure if you can get to these extreme wisps / distortions but this would be my first thing to try.

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