After Effects Brainstorm: Learning Effects

Part 2 of our exploration of this little-used creative-block-buster.

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.


Chris and Trish Meyer

Chris and Trish Meyer

Chris & Trish Meyer founded Crish Design (formerly known as CyberMotion) in the very earliest days of the desktop motion graphics industry. Their design and animation work has appeared on shows and promos for CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, HBO, PBS, and TLC; in opening titles for several movies including Cold Mountain and The Talented Mr. Ripley; at trade shows and press events for corporate clients ranging from Apple to Xerox; and in special venues encompassing IMAX, CircleVision, the NBC AstroVision sign in Times Square, and the four-block-long Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas. They were among the original users of CoSA (now Adobe) After Effects, and have written the numerous books including “Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects” and “After Effects Apprentice” both published by Focal Press. Both Chris and Trish have backgrounds as musicians, and are currently fascinated with exploring fine art and mixed media in addition to their normal commercial design work. They have recently relocated from Los Angeles to the mountains near Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico.