Learn how to create a really cool displaced wave effect in this simple After Effects video tutorial.

Sometimes what looks like a simple task is actually much more difficult than you originally thought. This is especially true in After Effects. With this in mind, let’s take a look at a tutorial from Harry Frank. This After Effects video tutorial features a really cool wave effect that creates a sort of looping wave around a ring. Here’s the effect:

After Effects Video Tutorial: Wave Effect Examples

The inspiration came from a forum discussion regarding how an animation like this could be created. The answer (this tutorial) uses 100% native plugins and effects in AE. While this After Effects video tutorial is certainly specific, it does feature a few techniques that could help you along your motion graphic journey. The tutorial covers:

  • Displacement Maps
  • Polar Coordinates
  • Pre-Composing
  • Creating Luminance Based Maps

This awesome tutorial was first created by Harry Frank on his Vimeo channel. Thanks for sharing, Harry!

Want to take your AE skills to the next level? Check out a few of these awesome articles here on RocketStock:

  1. Top Motion Design Trends of 2015
  2. Designing Multi-Screen Projects in After Effects
  3. Color Correcting with Color Finesse in After Effects

Or if you want even more inspiration check out the entire blog here at RocketStock. All of our articles are dedicated to helping you become a better motion graphic designer.

Have any other tips for creating a similar effect? Think it can be done with less effects? Share your thoughts in the comments below.