How to put a grainy effect in animations made in After Effects?

Adobe’s After Effects is fast becoming one of the best effects authoring and editing programs in the world. For those who want to know a little more, today you will learn how to add grain to animations made in After Effects.

Because although this program is certainly easy to use, not everything in life is rosy. To add these types of effects to your photos, it is always good to read a guide, which takes you little by little.

What is granular effect?

Before you can put grainy effect on animations made in After Effects as simple as editing the screen intro in After Effects you should first know what this is.

Well, it is basically visual noise that creates a grainy effect and this can be found in all images to a greater or lesser extent.

This is due to many factors such as encoding, recording process, scanning, and the equipment used when creating the image.

This, as you will see later, is not necessarily a negative thing, hence there is a way to add it on purpose.

However, it can be a nuisance if you want a photo to be completely sharp , for example , since this is what it does is distort the image.

In After Effects you can add, remove or apply grain , these allow you to place grain on an image or animation evenly. But they do not correct specific errors such as incomplete areas or dust

Put grainy effect on animations made in After Effects

It is another of the many filters such as creating a cinema 4D logo animation in After Effects and even creating a liquid Glitch transition effect in After Effects , although of course, with a different finish.

Now if what matters, how is the happy grainy effect placed, well, first you must choose the layer where you want to perform the effect.

Then choose the option ” Effect ” in the bar , then select “Noise and grain”, then ” Effect ” again . This option will take you to the effects control panel.

Here you must choose a display method, among the options are: “Preview” (shows the settings with which the effect will be applied).

The “Blending Matte ”, which shows the current mask and the color matte (also the combination of both). And finally “Final output”   that processes the frame that is fully active with the settings you have made to the effect.

To adjust these controls (so that the grain looks how you want it), you must do it from the effects control panel (the changes you make will be shown in a preview in the composition panel).

When finished choose “Final output and done”, the grainy effect is applied immediately, after this. By completely default, the effect will move at the same speed as the source material (ie animation), to simulate that the noise is completely realistic.

Specify speed

With the aforementioned, you already know how to put a grain effect in animations made in After Effects, but as a final tip you will also learn to change the speed so that your grain effect is better coupled to the animation.

First, to specify the speed, you have to go to “Animation controls”, found in the “Effects controls panel”. In order for the grain to move at the same speed as each frame, set the ” Default Value” (the lower the value is set, the slower the grain will advance or change).

You can also create smoother transitions, this is done by selecting “Animate smoothly” (it is recommended to use it only when the value is less than).

And ready with this, you already know how to put a grainy effect on animations made in After Effects, now you can run to sit at your computer and start having a good time animating.


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