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Makin' An Eclipse

CreativeCOW presents Makin' An Eclipse -- Adobe After Effects Tutorial


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In this tutorial for Adobe After Effects, I use the Circle effect, Fractal Noise, Polar Coordinates and CC Light Rays to create a 2D solar eclipse.




In this tutorial for Adobe After Effects, I use the Circle effect, Fractal Noise, Polar Coordinates and CC Light Rays to create a 2D solar eclipse.

Rather than keyframe everything, I use Expressions to drive all the different effects based on just two keyframes.



Project and Preset Download Here
(I have no idea if you can use the Preset without also needing Pseudo Effects Maker – apologies if that is the case, but you can still use the project file)

To install the preset, copy the FFX file to: “DocumentsAdobeAfter Effects 2020User Presets”

Disclaimer: This is the first time I’ve shared a preset – I’m offering it to you for free, but use at your own risk.

Websites mentioned:
Solar Eclipses
Pseudo Effects Maker

Expression used:
MoonPos = effect("Moon position")("Point")[0];
SunPos = effect("Sun position")("Point")[0];
MoonRadius = effect("Radius")("Slider");
if (MoonPos-SunPos < MoonRadius && SunPos-MoonPos < MoonRadius) {
Width = thisComp.width/2;
X = Width + linear(SunPos, Width-MoonRadius*0.05, Width+MoonRadius*0.05, MoonRadius*-1, MoonRadius)
} else {
X = SunPos;
}
[X,effect("Sun position")("Point")[1]]



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