How to Create Glitch Animation in Adobe After Effects

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If you are looking to create a glitch text effect, then here is a tutorial. In this tutorial, you will learn to create a glitch animation in Adobe After Effects without using any plugins or expressions. After watching this tutorial you will easily create your own glitch animation in Efter Effects. This is a short and easy tutorial for beginners. So, I recommend you to watch this video till the end.

Let’s get started!

Step 1: Open Adobe After Effects > Go to the composition Menu and create a new composition. Rename it to glitch effect or whatever name you like. Set the resolution to 1920×1080 Pixels. Set the Frame rate to 30 frames per second. Set the duration to 15 seconds.

Step 2: Select the Type tool from the Toolbar and add your text. Then align the text to the center.

Step 3: Right-click on the text layer and choose Pre-Compose, rename it to Text or Logo.

Step 4: We need a Glitch Video so Go to the File Menu > Then Import and Select the glitch footage.

Step 5: Drag the footage just above the Text layer. Right-click on the footage layer, and choose Pre-Compose. Rename it and Check to move all attributes into the new composition.

Step 6: Hide the footage composition. So, our text will appear. Go to the Layer > New > Select Adjustment Layer.

Step 7: Go to the Effects and Presets and search the Effect Displacement map. Drag and drop the Displacement Effect to the Adjustment layer.

Step 8: Select the Adjustment Layer > Go to the Settings >
Glitch Text 1
Select the Displacement Map Layer to “Screen Glitch free footage”.

Step 9: Let’s change the Max Horizontal Displacement value to 30, and Max Vertical displacement value to 25.

If you click on RAM Preview, it will work perfectly. But we don’t want glitches to happen at the beginning. So, let’s change it.

Step 10: Double-click the Screen Glitch footage Composition. Go the Layer > New > Select the Solid (White Color). Just Trim the solid layer for 1 second.
It will hide the glitch footage from the beginning. Let’s duplicate the solid layer 5 to 6 times and Place different timings.

Step 11: Go back to the main composition. Click the RAM Preview.

Let’s make it more professional.

Step 12: Select the Text Composition, Go to the Effects and Presets. Search the Effect “Shift Channels”. Drag and drop the Effect to the Text composition.

Step 13: Select the text composition layer and make it duplicate two times. Yes, we’re adding the RGB channels. So rename the first Text Layer to R, The Second Text Layer to G, and the Third Layer to B. Now, solo the R layer and turn off the green and blue channels.
Glitch Animation 2
Our text is turned red.

Step 14: Solo the G layer and turn off the red and blue channels. Finally, Solo the B layer and turn off the Red and green channels.

Glitch Animation 3

Step 15: Select RGB layers and change the Blending Mode from normal to screen and slightly move the RGB layers.

Step 16: Finally Go to the Effects and Presets, and search the Effect “Bad Tv 1 – Warp”. Drag and drop to the Adjustment Layer.

We are done! Our Glitch Animation in After Effect is ready.

Here you can download the free project file (File Size: 5 MB)

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