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Adobe Beginner Classes Episode #26 is live!

I’ve been in a flurry of creative activity and hopefully, these are useful things to the community. In this episode, I’m continuing to build towards our finale, which I think is the next one.  Read on to see the video and get the details…

I’ve not seen too many people work on creating semi-realistic fog inside of After Effects, but there are a lot of ways to do it.  I’ve chosen to focus this episode on one of two main methods that I can think of.  Fog adds dimension and depth to a composition and the element mystery.  Creating it in After Effects is a snap, but you have to start (for this example) in Photoshop.  Once you create it, you can use it again and again.

As always, let me know if you like , if you don’t and if you have suggestions for other topics.


Thanks for this. I tried it but found that the channel combiner kept me from making any masks. When I turned off the effect it worked fine though. Maybe I missed something somewhere.

[DR – Robin, this shouldn’t preclude you from using masks. However, if you’d like to set using Remove Color Matte or Set Matte or any other keying effect, I’d say go for it. If you’re still stuck, tell me specifically where in the tut you’re getting stuck and post here and I will try to give you some additional information.

I always try to keep the tutorials easy, but I freely admit that I can take certain things for granted that others may not know, so please let me know.]

NICE! Really like your take on rendering clouds.

I recreated this and used less opposing angles for the directions of the separate layers, it gave a more flowing look to the fog rather than it being created literally out of thin air

Check out Andrew Kramer’s clouds in the earth zoom tutorial for using fractal noise inside AE.

Keep it up!

can we create this effect using AE fractal noise? i like this effect but i am just wondering. thanks for the tutorial! you are a great tutor!

[DR – Thanks for the kind words. You are absolutely correct, you can create some of the same kind of stuff with Fractal noise in After Effects. which one you use depends on what you’re going for and what you’re comfortable with. Thanks for the comment.]

Great tutorial thank u so much , it’s really useful 😀

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