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Spiral Background Animation in After Effects

Learn to make a cool Spiral Background Animation in After Effects! Follow our easy steps to create mesmerizing spirals for your videos or presentations. It’s simple and fun, with no hard words – just easy instructions to make your projects look awesome with a spinning effect. Let’s be creative together! You can also download the project file below and try it yourself.

Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Spiral Background Animation:

Step 1: Setting Up the Composition

  • Open Adobe After Effects and create a new composition named “Spiral Background Animation.”
  • Use the same resolutions, set 30 frames per second, and a duration of 10 seconds.

Step 2: Creating the Background

  1. Right-click on a space, choose “New,” and select “Solid.” Rename the solid layer to “Background.”
  2. In the Effects and Presets panel, apply the Gradient Ramp effect to the background. Adjust start and end colors to your preference.

Step 3: Adding the Spiral Element

  1. Right-click again, choose “New,” and select “Solid.” Name it “Spiral” and change the color to white.
  2. Apply the Venetian Blinds effect. Set transition completion to 50%, and width to 148.
  3. Apply the Polar Coordinates effect. Change the type to Rect to Polar and set interpolation to 100%.

Step 4: Scaling and Rotating the Spiral

  1. Select the Spiral layer and press ‘S’ to open the scale properties. Change the scale from 100% to 250%.
  2. Keep the Spiral layer selected, and press ‘R’ to open rotation properties. Hold ‘Alt’ and click the stopwatch icon, and add the expression “time * 15.”

Step 5: Adjustments and Preview

  1. Preview the animation. Adjust opacity or decrease the spiral width by changing the transition completion value.
  2. Optionally, reduce opacity or customize spiral width to your liking.

Step 6: Adding Twirl Effect

  1. Duplicate the composition by selecting it in the projects section and pressing ‘Ctrl + D.’
  2. Double-click on the duplicated composition, and disable the Gradient Ramp effect on the background layer.
  3. Apply the Twirl effect to the Spiral layer in the Effects and Presets panel.
  4. Set the angle to -90 degrees and the twirl radius to 26.

Step 7: Finalizing the Animation

Your Spiral Background Animation is complete! Preview the animation to ensure satisfaction. Feel free to customize further for your unique touch.

Project File Details:

UpdatedMarch 25, 2024
CompatibilityAfter Effects CC
Required PluginNo
Size261 KB
CategoryAfter Effects Tutorials