Tutorial 129: 8-bit Glitches

Joe Clay | Jun 22, 2018

This started out with working on some visualizer techniques, and ended up being 8-bit glitches. Which you would know if you watched my live stream. And I know you didn't. Don't lie to me!

In this After Effects tutorial, we build an 8-bit look and we show a technique for making glitchy mattes that can be used for all sorts of useful things. I've used similar mattes for displacement, and techy animations, but here we put them into our 8-bit look to make a sort of generative art that can be used for backgrounds, textures, mattes, etc.

For information on how to make the Digital Grain check out Tutorial 120: One Comp to Rule Them All. And be sure to go check out JSplacement! And for more info on Text Generator, check out Tutorial 37: Glitch Text 02.

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Get the project file through our Gumroad Store. This After Effects project file has a legacy version that should open all the way back to CC 2014. It contains everything shown in the tutorial including a few elements used to make some of the precomps as well as the textures shown. The audio file is not included because the license isn't transferrable. The audio comp will be left in though, so you can just drop a track in there, and the visualizer portions should work.

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