Learn how to add distortion effects to the created clouds in Adobe After Effects 7.
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From here I am done with my Fractal Noise. I don't need to do anything else with that. What I am going to do now is just toggle collapse that, so I don't have to see Fractal Noise anymore and what we are going to do is now Mask off this area. So I am going to stretch this out just a little bit. So I can see a little bit more of my window here. I am just scrolling on my mouse to make that a little bit smaller. I am going to get my Mask tool. And just mask off the top portion of my clouds. I am also going to turn off the Checkerboard View so I just see black.
And now I want soften the bottom of my clouds. So under the Dark Gray Solid 1, I will type F for feather, that's the shortcut. Drag this up a little bit so you can see it. If I drag on the Mask Feather you can see it softens the clouds. So let's set that to about 200. I am going to turn off my Mask View and scrub on this so you can see, what's going on. The next thing I want to do with my Cloud layer is give it a little distortion, give it a little bit of perspective feel to it.
So what I am going to use is the Distort Affect Corner Pin. So I can just type in Corner and I don't have to type in the whole word and I am just going to drag Corner Pin on to this layer and start adjusting the Corner Pin. So we are going to bring the bottom targets on the Corner Pin up and we are going to pull out the top targets. Give a nice perspective feel to this, stretch it out. Maybe move these a little bit further down. Stretch these out a little bit more; I will just scrub on this to make sure that it's doing what I want it to do. Yeah, that looks nice and ominous. And I can toggle collapse that.
Now what I want to do next, let's put this Fit up to 100%, so I can fill my entire screen. I am going to hold down the Tilde key. So I can see a Full Screen Preview and we are going to preview it one more time before I start adding any color to this, just to make sure it's doing what I wanted to do. So let's go Home first and then let's hit zero on the numeric keypad.
Okay, so now we have a nice Ramp Preview and you can see we have our rolling clouds going through. They are going off into the distance because of the Corner Pin and that's giving us a nice three-dimensional feel for these clouds. Let's get out of this by clicking on the Tilde key again. I am going to stretch this out a little bit, so I can see my effects again. And now we are going to colorize this layer.
So I am going to toggle collapse Fractal Noise and Corner Pin and I am going to go to my Affects & Presets palette and I am going to type in CC Toner there we go. I can just drag this on to the clouds and the toner is basically a Tritone affect. So what's changing is, I can change my Highlights, I can change my Midtones and I can change my Shadows.
So by default I am getting the Sepia look, but I want blue. So just going to click in the Color Picker and let's just drag up to a nice blue. And I will grab a kind of a dark blue to give a scarier feel to it, click OK. And we have nice blue rolling clouds; I can drag on that to make sure it's doing what it's supposed to do.