If you are looking to create your own Realistic Flag animation in Adobe After Effects, then this is the right tutorial for you. In this tutorial, you will learn to create your own realistic flag animation inside Adobe After Effects without using any plugins or expressions. After Watching this tutorial, you will easily create your own flag animation.
Let’s Get Started!
Step 1: Open Adobe After Effects. Go to the composition and create a new composition. Rename it to flag animation or whatever name you like. Set the resolution to 1920×1080 pixels. Frame rate to 30 frames per second and set the duration to 10 seconds.
Step2: Go to the File Menu > Import the required files. You can download all the files. Drag any flag image into our composition. Then press S to open scale properties, and increase the scale to fit the screen. Right-click on the flag layer and select pre-compose, rename it to flags.
Step 3: Drag the Waving Texture footage. Just above the flag layer. Right-click on the footage layer, go to transform, then Select Fit to comp. Again right click on the footage layer and pre-compose it. Hide the footage layer.
Step 4: Select the flag layer, Go to Effects & presets. Search the Effect “Displacement Map”. Drag and drop the effect on the flag layer. Go to the settings. Then change the displacement map layer to Waving Texture. Now, change Horizontal & Vertical Displacement to Luminance. And Change the Max Horizontal and Vertical Displacement to 15.
Step 4: Now, our flag is waving. But the shadows are missing. Now, Select the Waving Texture layer and make it duplicate by pressing the Control+D key on the keyboard. Now, make it visible then change the blending mode to Multiply.
Step 5: Let’s fix the white edges. So, select the flag layer, press S to open scale properties, and change its value to 2 or 3%. Now, it looks perfect to me. Let’s make it look shinier. So, double-click the waving Texture layer. Then create an adjustment layer. Go to the Effects and Presets, and search the Effect Levels. then slightly change the levels.
Step 6: Add the gaussian blur. Change the business value to 10. Now, go back to the main composition.
And select the Waving Texture layer. then Press T on the keyboard to open the opacity and reduce the opacity to 50%. Now, go to the effects and presets. Search the effect curves, drag, and drop to the waving texture layer. Then change the curves to make it bright.
Step 7: Finally, drag the Fabric texture above the all layers. Now, change the blending options to darken.
Let’s reduce the opacity. Now, drag the fabric texture just above the flag layer. This is 100% editable, let’s change the flag. Go to the flag composition and drag and drop another flag then increase the scale.
then, go back to the main composition.
We are done! our Realistic Flag animation in Adobe After Effects is ready.
Here you can download the free project file (File size: 2.2 MB)
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