Splitting Liquid Shapes (like how cells divide) – Adobe After Effects tutorial

Watch solid shapes break apart like they’re made of liquid gross crap. This is kind of how cells divide. But not really. Someone asked me about how to divide cells and after I told them what I read on wikipedia and they said they just needed to animate it I told them to just draw it. But really there is a simpler solution, with much much less drawing.


It uses the often overlooked roughen edges effect and it’s pretty darn versatile. You’ll be making cool stuff with this in no time… or space.


The song you hear in this video is Beach Rabbit available at PremiumBeat.com (http://goo.gl/K9dMo0). Thanks Premium Beat!


If you have any questions just let me know in the comments.


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This file ONLY works in After Effects CS6 and NEWER. But would work best in adobe CC.

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  • Sarah Gardner

    16.12.2016 at 13:02 Reply

    Hi, using this tutorial to make an animated holiday card. It is super useful. However, Is there a way to get the cells that are on the same shape layer to animate individually, eg, to make them different colors, or have them move independently once they’ve split apart? Thank you…

    • ecabrams

      26.12.2016 at 17:07 Reply

      absolutely. Anything in a shape layer can be animated. Just twirl down into the properties and mess around with them. There are some limitations, but with enough work you can make shapes do just about anything.

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