After Effects Brainstorm: Learning Effects

Part 2 of our exploration of this little-used creative-block-buster.
Chris and Trish Meyer
By Chris and Trish Meyer 03.25.13

After Effects Brainstorm

In the second of our rescued movies on Brainstorm, I focus on using Brainstorm to help learn an effect you may be unfamiliar with. When presented with all the options in available in an open-ended effect such as Fractal Noise, it can be challenging to know just what all the effect is capable of without spending hours of concentrated, methodical study. Of course, that’s still the best way to truly master an effect, but deadlines don’t always allow us to take the rigorous, ideal approach. Therefore, in this movie I share an approach for using the Brainstorm module in After Effects to help explore what an unfamiliar effect may be capable of, including saving off promising variations for later exploration.

(If you missed Part 1 of this series on Brainstorm, you can find it here.)

The above movie was originally part of our video training course After Effects Apprentice 13: Paint, Puppet, and More. The “and More” part of that course - Brainstorm, and the Cartoon effect - were removed to make room for new movies about the Roto Brush tool. Working with Brainstorm is now covered in the course After Effects Apprentice 04: Layer Control.