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January 11, 2013
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Animate Your Logo with this After Effects Ripple Effect

Want to add punch to your logo animation?  Check out this After Effects tutorial showing you how to create a cool ripple effect!

Adobe After Effects

In the following video tutorial by Jason of you’ll learn how to simulate a ripple effect using the tools within Adobe After Effects.  In the tutorial, Jason applies this technique to a logo animation to give the impression that the logo flying in frame causes the background to create ripples (much like what would happen if you tossed something into a pool of water).  By using AE’s bump map and Wave World settings the effect creates a realistic simulation.

The video tutorial lays out clearly the steps in creating this effect, but familiarity with After Effects is a big plus (as he breezes quickly through each step).

Check out Digital Sandwich for more free After Effects and Cinema 4D tutorials.  Thanks for sharing, Jason!

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  • Jason Hadley

    Thanks for sharing guys! I’m glad you liked it.

  • Jacob Parodi

    I found this to great effect on text logos, but it gets muddled with .ai logos. Is there a way to adjust that?

  • Lucy Hutcheson

    When I use an .eps logo, the logo takes up the whole screen and so you don’t see much ripple effect moving away from the logo. I have tried to resize the logo but it continues to take up the whole screen. Is there any way to fix this?

  • ThePixaholic

    Hey guys I had the same issue… What I did was, brought the vector to PS and export it out as a PNG. But make sure to scale your logo way down so it’s centered and not near the edges, the ripples will go as far as the edges are on the file.

    • Danny Greer

      Thanks for sharing, Juan! Super helpful.

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