If you want to add digital glitch effects to your text or logo then After Effects is the perfect place to do it. As a video manipulation program, creating digital distortions comes easy, and there are plenty of different techniques to choose from – all using After Effects’ built-in effects.
In this video tutorial Avnish Parker shows how to add the glitch effect using a displacement map. Full, step-by-step text instructions can also be found below the video.
Step 1: Setting Up the Composition
- Open Adobe After Effects (get a free trial here).
- Create a new composition by going to Composition > New Composition. Name it “Glitch Logo Animation.”
- Use the following settings: 1920×1080 resolution, 30 frames per second. You can choose your own settings if needed.
Step 2: Create the Background
- Create a new solid by going to Layer > New > Solid. Choose a dark color for the background.
- Import your logo and place it above the background layer.
Step 3: Logo Animation
- Animate the logo: Go to around 3 seconds in the timeline.
- Select the logo layer and press “S” to open the scale property. Add a keyframe.
- Go to the first frame and increase the scale value so that your logo covers the entire screen.
- Press “T” to open the opacity property. Set its value to 0% and add a keyframe.
- Go to around 1 second and change the opacity value to 100%.
- Select all keyframes, right-click, and choose “Keyframe Assistant” > “Easy Ease” (or press F9).
Step 4: Creating a Glitch Effect
- Create a new solid and name it “Glitch.” You can choose any color.
- Right-click on the Glitch layer and choose “Pre-compose.” Name it “Glitch Comp” and make sure to select “Move all attributes into the new composition.”
- Open the “Glitch Comp.”
- Select the “Glitch” layer and go to the “Effects & Presets” panel. Search for “Fractal Noise” and apply it.
- Adjust the Fractal Noise settings:
- Noise Type: Block
- Contrast: 200
- Brightness: -20
- Open the “Transform” options and uncheck “Uniform Scaling.”
- Change “Scale Width” to 4000 and “Scale Height” to 750.
- Alt/Option-click the Evolution stop-watch to add the expression “time*3000”.
Step 5: Adding Displacement
- Switch back to the main composition.
- Precompose the “Logo” layer by right-clicking it and choosing “Pre-compose”. Name it “Logo Comp” and select “Move all attributes into the new composition.”
- Hide the “Glitch Comp” layer.
- Create a new adjustment layer above the “Logo Comp” and name it “Glitch Effect.”
- Go to the “Effects & Presets” panel and search for “Displacement Map”. Apply it to the “Glitch Effect” layer.
- In the “Effect Controls” panel, set “Displacement Map Layer” to “Glitch Comp” layer.
- Set “Max Horizontal Displace” to 173 and “Max Vertical Displace” to 96.
Step 6: Create Multiple Glitches
- Duplicate the “Glitch Effect” layer by selecting it and pressing “Ctrl + D.”
- Trim a small portion (about 5-6 frames) and delete the top and bottom layers.
- Duplicate this trimmed layer, change its timing and glitch settings to create variations.
- Repeat the duplication process as desired.
Step 7: Add an Old TV Effect
- Create a new adjustment layer and name it “Bad Signals.”
- Search for the “Bad TV 2” effect in the “Effects & Presets” panel and apply it to the “Bad Signals” layer.
- Adjust the “Wave Width” and “Wave Height” settings to ‘2’.
Step 8: Create RGB Split Effect (Optional)
- Duplicate the “Logo” layer.
- Rename the duplicates as “Logo Comp Red,” “Logo Comp Blue,” and “Logo Comp Green.”
- Change the blending mode of all three layers to “Screen”.
- Apply the “Fill” effect to all layers, setting their colors to red, blue, and green.
- Animate the position of the top “Logo” layer to create an RGB split effect.
Step 9: Add Secondary Text
- Add your text using a font of your choice.
- Position the text at the top of the composition.
- Apply the “Random Fade Up” animation effect to the text layer.
- Adjust the timing of the animation keyframes.
- Select all keyframes and apply “Easy Ease” (F9).
Step 10: Create a Vignette
- Create a new solid layer and name it “Light.” Set the color to black.
- Use the ellipse tool to create a mask, change the mask type to subtract, and add feathering.
Your glitch logo animation is complete! You can further adjust the timing and effects as needed for your project.
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