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Create Realistic Rain Animation in Adobe After Effects

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If you are looking to create a Realistic Rain Animation then this tutorial is best for you. In this tutorial, you will learn to create a realistic rain animation in Adobe After Effects without using any plugins or expressions. After watching this tutorial, you will easily create your own Rain animation. This is a very easy tutorial for beginners. For better results, I recommend you to watch this video till the end.

Let’s get started.

Step 1: Open Adobe After Effects then create a new composition. Rename it to Rain 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 or 20 seconds.

Step 2: Go to the File Menu > Then import the required videos. Footage 1: Clouds Footage, 2: Wheat field footage. In this tutorial, I have merged two footages together.

Step 3: Drag the cloud footage to the composition. The clouds are moving too fast in the cloud’s footage and the video length is only 15 seconds.

Step 4: Right-click on the clouds footage layer, Go to time then select time stretch. Set the stretch factor value from 100 to 225%. Our cloud footage duration will be extended to 37 seconds. Our clouds will move slowly but not smoothly. So, let’s make it smooth.

Step 5: Right-click on the clouds footage layer > Go to frame blending > Choose pixel motion.

Step 6: Drag another footage, just above the cloud’s footage. Go to the toolbar, and select the pen tool. I am going to put a mask on the field footage. Then Select the field footage and press F to open the mask feather. Then change the feather amount to 10 pixels.

Step7: Select the clouds footage then press S to open scale properties. Then change the scale value to 125%. Select the move tool and slightly drag the footage to the bottom side. Let’s create the lightning.

Step 8: Go to the toolbar and select the ellipse tool. Set the fill to solid white color and Stroke to none. Then Hold the Shift and Alt key on a keyboard and make a circle on the screen. Center the anchor point and Go to the Effects and Presets. Search the effect of Gaussian blur and drag and drop to the shape layer. Change the blurriness value to 300. Set the blur dimensions to Horizontal and vertical.

Step 9: Keep the shape layer selected then Press T on the keyboard to open opacity. Add a keyframe, and change the opacity value to 0%. Go to about 10 frames forward then change the opacity back to 100%. Again go 10 frames forward. And change the opacity value back to 0%.

Step 10: Go to the Edit menu and Select split layer. Delete the top layer. We don’t need that. Let me change the keyframe timing. Select the shape layer and press control D to make it duplicate. Then drag the duplicated layer for 2 seconds, and Change the circle position. Again repeat the same process 5 to 10 times.

Step 11: Select all shape layers. Right-click > Choose pre-compose. Rename it to lightning. Change the blending mode from normal to overlay.

Let’s create a Rain Effect:

Step 12: Go to the Layer Menu > New > Select the solid. Rename it to the rain. Go to effects and presets, search the effect CC Rainfall. Drag and drop to the screen. Change the blending mode from normal to screen. Rain Effect Settings: Change the drop from 5000 to 2000. Wind to 1000. Change the variation % to 35.

We are done! Our Realistic Rain Animation in Adobe After Effects is ready.


Here you can download the free Project file (File Size: 43.2 MB)

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