How to make waving flag Animation in Adobe After Effects

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If you are looking to create a Realistic Flag Animation then this tutorial would be helpful for you. In this tutorial, you will learn to create a realistic flag animation in Adobe After Effects without any plugins or Expressions. This is 100% Editable, you can easily change the flags or any image if you want. After watching this tutorial you will easily create your own Flag Animation in Adobe After Effects. This is so easy and short tutorial for beginners. I recommend you watch this tutorial till the End.

Let’s get started!

Step 1: First of all open Adobe After Effects. Go to Composition, and create a New Composition. Rename it to waving Flag or whatever name you give it. Set the resolution to 1920×1080 Pixels, and the frame rate to 30 frames per second. Set the duration to 10 seconds.

Step 2: Again create a new composition. Rename it to “Flag Here”. Set the resolution to 1500×1000 Pixels.

Step 3: Go to the File Menu > Import > Import the flag images.

Step 4: Create a new folder in After Effects, and move all flags into a folder.

Step 5: Select any flag you want, just drag it to the composition and move the flag to the left side.

Step 6: Double click the waving flag composition and drag the Flag here composition. Go to Effects & Presets and search the effect “Wave Warp”. Drag & drop to the flag. Change the wave height value to 12 and Wave width to 120. Change the direction to 120 degrees. Change the pinning to the Left Edge.

Step 7: Select the effect and make it duplicate. Change the wave width to 240 and change the direction to 45 degrees.

Step 8: Let’s create a final composition. Rename it to flag animation. Drag & drop the waving flag composition into a new composition then Press S to open scale properties. Reduce the scale to 50%.

Step 9: Go to the File Menu > Import > Import the Displacement Footage. Drag the footage just above the waving flag Layer, right-click on it and choose Pre-compose. Rename it displacement. Check the Move all attributes into the new composition then hide the layer.

Step 10: Select the Waving Flag layer, and go to Effects & Presets. Search the Effect Displacement map. Change the displacement map layer to “Displacement”. Change the Horizontal & Vertical Displacement to Luminance and change the max horizontal & vertical displacement value to 10.

Step 11: Select the waving flag layer and make it duplicate by pressing the control + D Key on Keyboard. Go to track matte and change the Track Matte to “Luma Matte displacement”.

Step 12: Go to Effects & Presets and Search the effect “Curve”. Drag and drop to the Waving Flag Layer. Change the curves to add the shadow or lightning on the Flag.

Step 13: Let’s create a poll for the flag. So, Select the pen tool from the toolbar and make a straight line. Then increase the stroke width.

If you want to fix the left edges of the Flag then double click the Waving Flag Composition, Go to Effects & Presets and Search the Effect “Warp”. Drag and drop to the flag and change the warp style to Arc upper and Change the Horizontal bend value to 0. Change the bend axis from horizontal to vertical. Then change the bend value to -20.

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

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