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Shatter-Mation in After Effects

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Rob Mize introduces "Shatter-Mation", the use of AE's Shatter Effect to animate text, logos and other shapes. Rob demonstrates how the Shatter Effect's Force and Physics parameters can be adjusted to precisely control objects in 3D space for a wide variety of effects and transitions within Adobe After Effects.



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Re: Shatter-Mation in After Effects
by Gabriel Sanchez
Hi Rob, great tutorial. One thing i can´t solve is the imperfect aspect of the lateral sides of the shattered texts (or shapes). I put the actual text as shatter map, lateral side texture in color, select the same color of the front side of the texts and it´s ok, but lateral side looks like if the cut was done with masks with no beziers, so there are no curved shape and it´s not soft, but like it was cut with an imperfect tool, can´t you understand me? Is there any way to solve this?
Cheers!
Re: Shatter-Mation in After Effects
by Anton Vamplew
Hi Luis,

Searching for the answer to the artefacts in Shatter problem and I chanced upon your post: "Make sure the text color (in the Character Panel) is either all white, all black or less than 50% brightness. Use the Textures settings in the Shatter Effect to color your text."

MAGNIFICENT!

Considering all the other posts I had looked at - they all seemed to miss the point completely, suggesting all manner of problems - yours was quick, easy and it worked. Many thanks indeed.
@Anton Vamplew
by Rob Mize
Hi, Anton...
It's good to hear that you found the solution to your problem with artifacts in the Shatter effect. Those little pests bedeviled me for quite some time.
Thanks for taking the time to write; it's very encouraging.

Rob Mize
Re: Shatter-Mation in After Effects
by Camille Katz
Great tutorials!! Thanks a lot!
I learned a lot from you. :)

One thing though. I would it find easier to watch if you could upload them please in sharp clear easy to see HD. not the blurry fuzzy 720p but full HD.

Thanks
Camille
@Camille Katz
by Rob Mize
Hi, Camille...
Glad you found the tutorials useful.
They are, in fact, uploaded in HD per the specifications of Creative COW. I'm not sure why your results are not satisfactory... the playback on my devices is quite good (most of the time).
I'll pursue this issue with the COW for their suggestions.
Thanks

Rob Mize
Re: Shatter-Mation in After Effects
by Rob Mize
Jody...

Sorry about that over sight... that "C" key is such a handy shortcut to toggle through your camera controls that I probably did it without thinking... I should know better.

Anyway, I'm glad you figured it out and that you found the tutorial useful

Rob Mize
Re: Shatter-Mation in After Effects
by Jody Nixx
I really learned much from this tutorial. I'm pretty sure I now know what the idea is here. The only thing that confused me for a little bit was the part where you switched to the comp camera near the first of the tutorial to get a different angle on the shatter. When you switched to the comp camera...i noticed you could move it around quite well...I tried it several times and it just wasn't working for me. I looked real closely at your video and I noticed that your cursor was different. I then began to wonder if you had switched from the arrow tool to another.

I see now that you did but didn't mention that you switched to the camera rotation tool. But it's all good...i figured it out ;) Thanks for the tutorial.
Re: Shatter-Mation in After Effects
by Rob Kahn
When shattering a custom map such as text, I keep getting artifacts, lots of little bits flying off separate from the letters. How do you avoid those?
@Rob Kahn
by Rob Mize
Make sure the text color (in the Character Panel) is either all white, all black or less than 50% brightness. Use the Textures settings in the Shatter Effect to color your text.
This is covered in the tutorial at about 13:10.

Rob Mize
@Rob Mize
by Rob Kahn
I apologize. I was sort of familiar with the technique so I was skimming through to find an answer. You have solved a years old problem of mine. Thanks
Re: Shatter-Mation in After Effects
by Luis Cosme
Great tutorial, it's going to help me a lot. Thank you!
@Luis Cosme
by Rob Mize
Luis...
Glad you found this useful.
Thanks for watching.

Rob Mize
Re: Shatter-Mation in After Effects
by Rob Mize
Good Morning... I mean, Evening, Robert...
Thanks very much for writing.
I'm glad you enjoy the tutorials and I appreciate hearing from you.

Warm regards...

Rob Mize
Re: Shatter-Mation in After Effects
by Robert Thalheim
THX. I like your tutorials very much!


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