Liquid animations are perfect for adding a unique look to your project and they’re great for emitting a fun, animated feel! If you are looking to emulate a liquid style in your next project then you are in luck. We have found 10 motion graphic tutorials to help you make a splash with your project. These tutorials range from cartoony to realistic depending on your need. So have a seat and let us pour you a round of liquid animation tutorials for motion graphics artists.
To tie all your liquid effect videos together you may want to learn how to create liquid transitions. It’s a little animated and cartoony way to tie your liquid motion themes together. This transition is just one the effects you’ll learn from this tutorial by Sonduckfilm. This effect is done by creating a solid layer and applying a turbulent displace effect to it.
With all your liquid effects you may want your text to be revealed in a liquid motion fashion. This tutorial from Pregardt on YouTube even has little air bubbles in the water text reveal. The effect using wave warp matte masking and keying is a very clean and smooth effect.
This fun glowing liquid effect creates an organic moving stream that shoots and flies through the air. It’s created using the CC. Mr. Mercury effect and the s curve pen tool. You can see a break down of the effect at rocketsock.com.
This next tutorials show a dynamic moving liquid stream effect similar to the previous one. Create cartoon like animated liquid streams. You can also simulate moving smoke depending on the need. This tutorial by Noble Kreative breaks down how to do it. No third party plugin’s are needed to accomplish this.
The guys at cinecom.net love breaking down effects that you see in music videos and movies. One popular effect in music videos is the liquid animation splash. This splash effect can add excitement to someone’s movement and to dynamic transitions. Often, they’ll use assets from Storyblocks.com to create their videos but this time they showed how to make this effect just in AE. There is a really cool scribble stop motion effect that is worth checking out in their tutorial.
The folks over at Move Shapes have a tutorial for creating a cartoon water pouring effect. The ai files are available for download. You can find the link in the description of their YouTube video.
Now if you are looking for real looking water effect (Not cartoony) then this next tutorial is perfect. This tutorial reveals a pretty high-quality effect that even uses motion tracking. It’s really worth checking out.
Getting started, you may want to know how to create a basic wave effect. This animation effect that can be done in After Effects looks like ocean water hitting the beach then lowering back down to level. It uses Wave Warp and Turbulent Displace. A lot of liquid effects can be created using those effects as they help create a wave-like effect. Nobledesktop.com has a project you can download for this AE effect. They also break down the effect nicely on their page.
Do you need it to rain in your short film or video? You could get a water rig of some sort or you can do it in post-production! You can make realistic looking rain in After Effects. For this effect you won’t need to download anything it’s all doable in what comes standard in the program. This effect can be done with adjusting the attributes in CC particle world in After Effects. Take a look at this tutorial from Curtis Pyke to see How to Create Rain in Adobe After Effects.
Most of the liquid animation effects are done in After Effects but there is a real easy effect you can do right in Adobe Premiere Pro. Using the Turbulent Displace effect you can replicate the waving motion of water. This effect can be found under the video effect / distort tab under effects. This tutorial below from Studio Tune show’s how easy it is to do.
So those were 10 liquid animation tutorials for motion graphics artists. As you can see there are lots of ways to create that liquid motion effect for your projects. Whether you want photorealistic or cartoony there is a way to create the style you want in post. Once you learn these effects the possibilities of what you can do with them are endless.