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  • Mike Morris

    October 9, 2006 at 7:07 pm

    This may sound braindead, but I’ve got a question regarding how to accomplish a look and feel similar to that of the Miami Ink intro and commercials on TLC. I love the “paint” that kind of “flows” across the screen, with items below it, as well as things that animate in. Obviously, it is done on many layers with precomps and nesting, but my main question is how to get the “paint splatters” look that they have. I really want to accomplish a look like this for a freelance job I am doing, but I am at a loss about how to accomplish it.

    Any input as to methods, plugins or anything else would be much appreciated.

    Sib Ntsib Dua


  • Chris Smith

    October 9, 2006 at 9:12 pm

    You can fake it with particles and masks, but the best result and what most mograph companies seem to be doing is to shoot their own. Set up white card in the sun. Use any decent camera set to 30fps progressive. Have fun with black india ink. Splat, drip etc. Also do some in a water tank with white as your BG.

    Sample this into your computer. In AE, invert the images and crush the levels a bit so you now have Black BG with white ink effects. Render out and store these as a library of mattes on your drive. Import when you need them and use them as luma track mattes on other video.

  • Justin Productions

    October 9, 2006 at 11:10 pm

    I don’t know how you guys say it in english but as for myself I used colorant for food. It has the…weight and velocity when it drops on something; just like ink, and less expensive too!

    And just like Chris said, shoot it on a white BG. It’s a lot more simple to key afterwards.

    Hope that helped.

    Justin Productions
    Adobe After Effects 6.5 Professional

  • Roman Flute

    October 10, 2006 at 2:03 am

    Shooting the stuff gets some real cool options. If you can’t then there are some options – similar in look. Several years back I did a water like deal – what I did was make some illustrator elements – like branches of a tree – did them in off colors fading to lighter colors at the ends. I used a color key to control the growth – allowing in more lighter color – the tips and outsides were the lightest so it grows like water spreading. Then had a blur over it. Applied it as a mask on some other footage. Real trippy looking. Very watery in nature. Also did a little bit of displacement as well. Just a thought… Have fun with it…


  • MajorAsshole

    October 10, 2006 at 2:13 am

    Making particles look like actual water or splatters is challenging to make look “real” even in an actual 3d app let alone AE. I will agree with the consensus that shooting your own is the best option. A fish tank and white paper and food coloring or india ink is all cheap and guarantee you a perfect organic look.

    Anything faked will always look fake to anyone with any critical eye.

  • Chris Smith

    October 10, 2006 at 2:07 pm

    I gotta say, for a digital solution, that is one of the most unique and well thought out ways to a watery effect, Roman. Not sure exactly what it looks like, but on paper, that’s a great idea to use a keyer on faded and I’m sure turbulant colors. I’ll have to try that.

  • Abel D.

    December 5, 2007 at 7:31 pm
  • Dave Wise

    February 29, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    You can find more organic ink and fluid video effects at TimelineGFX

    There’s bleeds, splats, drips and ink fluids. All HD 1280×720. New ones being added this weekend. 3/1/08 and lots of other mgfx tools too.

    Hope this helps.

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