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The After Effects Illusionist, 2nd Edition by Chad Perkins

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7The Distort Effects

The Distort effects all bend, warp, and otherwise disfigure pixels. What’s not to love? The Distort effects can be used to distort characters for things like facial expressions, or even body movements. Some of my favorite Distort effects for character animation are Displacement Map, Liquify, and Puppet.

They can also be used to distort objects like clothes, flags, the surface of water, or chimney smoke to simulate movement, like being blown in the wind, for example. Distorting objects like these can be great for bringing matte paintings to life. Often times, in order to make a matte painting look like video, all you need are some slight movements, such as rippling water or smoke coming out of a chimney. If your matte painter ...

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