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Advanced Card Dance Reveal Animation

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Hey guys what's up? In this tutorial, I'd like to show you how to create a cool looking logo animation with the card dance plug-in.


Step 1

Create a new composition by clicking Menu->Composition->New Composition. Name it Footage/Picture and change the resolution to 1024x768 and set the duration to 15 seconds.

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Step 2

Put your Text, Image or Logo in the Footage/Picture composition.

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Step 3

Create a new composition by clicking Menu->Composition->New Composition. Name it Advanced Card Dance and change the resolution to 1920x1080 and set the duration to 15 seconds.

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Step 4

Open the Advanced Card Dance composition and create a new solid by clicking Menu->Layer->New->Solid. Change the resolution to 1920x1080 and name it BG. The color is not important!

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Step 5

Select the BG layer and after that go to Effect->Generate->Ramp and change the ramp shape to linear ramp. Let's change the start color to #FFFFFF and the end color to #636363.

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Step 6

Create a new composition by clicking Menu->Composition->New Composition. Name it Map and change the resolution to 1920x1080 and set the duration to 20 seconds.

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Step 7

Open the Map composition and let's create a new solid by clicking Menu->Layer->New->Solid. Change the resolution to 1920x1080 and name it Background. The color is very important! Change it to # A0A0A0.

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Step 8

Let's duplicate the Background layer and rename it Fractal noise then go to Effect->Noise&Grain->Fractal noise and apply it.

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Step 9

We're going to use the Fractal Noise effect to create a custom map for the Card Dance plug-in. As you can see, I've used few properties and I animated them.

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The great thing is if you change anything, the final result will be totally different. How is it going to work with Card Dance plug-in though? The plug-in will use this Fractal Noise animation as a reference. So when the color is 50% grey, the plug-in is not going to change anything. When the color is white, then the pixels are not visible and if the color is black or darker than 50% grey, the plug-in is going to distort the image. Here is a video illustration:


Step 10

I used an expression on the evolution property (time*150) and I animated the Brightness and Contrast and Scale properties.

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Step 11

Here's my Fractal noise layer's timeline. This part is optional so feel free to change it!

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Step 12

Open the Advanced Card Dance composition and drop in the Map composition. Turn it off and then drop in the Footage/Picture composition as well. Let's select the Footage/Picture comp and go to Effect->Simulation->Card Dance and set the following properties. The gradient layer 1 is using the Fractal Noise custom map so you have to change the source to Intensity 1.

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Step 13

We'll duplicate the Footage/Picture composition two times and change the Z Position Multiplier value to -10 and -15 (in the second duplicate). You can change everything, just make sure the duplicated versions have different properties, otherwise they will overlap each other.

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Step 14

Go to Effect->Generate-> Fill and apply it. I used this color in the first duplicate #D25947 and I used another color in the second duplicate #A74144.

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Step 15

Let's right click on the Map composition and go to Time->Time-Reverse Layer. I did this because I want to make a reveal animation.

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Step 16

Create a new solid by clicking Menu->Layer->New->Adjustment Layer. Change the resolution to 1920x1080 and name it Color Correction.

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Step 17

Go to Effect->Color Correction->Curves and apply curves to make a little color correction.

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Step 18

It's not an important part of the Card Dance effect and it's also optional but I used Magic Bullet Misfire to create a little vintage vibe. Here's my settings!

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Conclusion

So as you can see, this is not too complicated or difficult of a technique. You can create a lot of great things with this stuff and I hope it will help you create some cool animations. If you have a tutorial request or you get stuck in the tutorial then you can drop a comment below. Thanks a lot for your attention.

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