Create a Disco Ball Animation in Adobe After Effects


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If you want to create a disco ball animation for your projects and videos, then you are definitely at the right place. In this tutorial, I will show you an easy way to create a colorful spinning ball animation in Adobe After Effects without using any third-party plugins and expressions. After watching this tutorial, you will easily create your own disco ball animation in After effects. You can watch this tutorial or here is a step-by-step guide.

Let’s get started.

Step 1: Open Adobe After Effects then create a new Composition. Rename it to the disco ball or whatever you like. Set the resolutions to 1920×1080 Pixels, 30 frames per second, and set the duration to 10 Seconds.

Step 2: Go to the layer menu, then create a Solid layer. Rename it to the noise then Go to effects & Presets and search the effect Fractal Noise. Drag and drop to the Solid layer. Change the Noise type to Block, and change the complexity to 1. Then Hold the Alt Key on the keyboard and click the evolution stopwatch icon to add an expression, then type time*200.

Step 3: Go to the Layer menu then New and Select the solid. Rename it to the Gradient. Right-click on the gradient layer then go to the layer style and choose gradient overlay. Go under the gradient overlay properties then click on Edit Gradient. Select the little box and choose the red color.

Disco Ball Gradient

I am going to add 11 colors but you are free to use any colors you like. Change the angle to 50 degrees. Right-click on it and choose pre-compose. Then change the layer mode from normal to overlay.

Step 4: Go to the Layer Menu, then New and select the solid. Rename it to the Grid. Go to effects & Presets and search the effect Grid. Drag and drop to the grid layer and slightly drag the little circles to make a perfect square. Then change the grid color to black.

Step 5: Select all layers, right-click, and choose pre-compose. Rename it to the Disco Ball Build. Go to effects & Presets and search the effect CC Sphere then Drag and drop to the Disco ball composition. Change the radius to 350, go under the light and change the light height to 100. Go under the rotation then hold the Alt key on the keyboard and click the rotation Y stopwatch icon to add an expression then type Time*50.

Step 6: Go to the Layer Menu, then New and select the adjustment layer. Go to effects & Presets. Search the effect of CC Radias fast blur. Change the layer mode from normal to linear dodge. Change the radius amount to 95.

Finally, we are done. Our Disco Ball animation is ready.

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