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Animate Your Logo with this After Effects Ripple Effect

Danny Greer

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

In the following Digital Sandwich video tutorial by Jason Hadley, you’ll learn how to simulate a ripple effect using the tools within Adobe After Effects. In the tutorial, Hadley applies this technique to a logo animation to give the impression that the flying logo 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 clearly lays out the steps needed to create this effect — but obviously familiarity with After Effects is a big plus, as he breezes quickly through each step.

Be sure to check out the PremiumBeat After Effects archive for plenty of AE tips, tricks, and techniques. While you’re at it, visit our friends at RocketStock. They have plenty of great motion design resources — including a few totally free downloadable assets!

What other After Effects techniques would you like to see tutorials for? Let us know in the comments below!