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5.1 How to Create a Reflection Effect

Time for some final touches! In this lesson, you'll learn how to give your animation a reflection effect using different presets.

5.1 How to Create a Reflection Effect

Hi everyone, and welcome back to Create a Modern Glitch Animation in After Effects. In this lesson, we'll learn how to create a reflection effect for our animation. So the first thing we want to do is we want to create a new composition. So let's go ahead and go to Composition > New Composition, and rename this Final Glitch Animation, click OK. And now we'll want to find our glitch effects comp, click and drag it onto our final glitch animation comp. This way we just have one layer containing our final animation, instead of three layers here. It just makes things a lot easier and simpler to work with, cool. Now, before we go any further, just making sure that you're happy with the animation and make sure that the placement of the animation at the bottom is just above or around the center of the comp as the reflection will be underneath here. Now, to create the reflection, we'll need to create a new solid. So let's go to Layer > New > Solid, and let's rename this solid reflection Reflection Fx. Just click OK. Now, with this new solid selected, we want to add an effect to it. So go to effect. Go to Noise & Grain, and then go to Fractal Noise, and from here let's create a new pattern. So let's go to swirly, change the contrast to 30, and the brightness to -8, let's leave the rest as they are. And now just to make this a little bit brighter, let's go to Effects > Color Correction > Curves, and just move the graph here to make it brighter. Cool, so now we have our reflection effects layer. Let's go ahead and hide this for now as we refer to this reflection effects bit later. Next thing we want to do is we want to make a 3D layer out of our glitch effects to come. Now to do this, find the 3D layer icon here and check the box like so. If you don't have these options here, just press F4 on the keyboard. And then they should appear. Now what this does is this creates a 3D layer so that we can move the comp, or the layer in a 3D space like so. And it just allows us to use the rotation tool, now the reason why this is handy is because if we go and duplicate this layer, so edit, duplicate, and let's rename this duplication reflection. So it's a rename a layer, just right click and then press rename. Now, with the reflection layer selected, go to the rotation tool, and now rotate this 180 degrees. Now in order to snap the rotation as you're clicking and dragging, press and hold the Shift key, and the layer should snap into place. Now you'll see that the logo icons are overlapping slightly. So let's go to the selection tool. And move the logo down. I'm just checking the animation so that it looks correct. So now we have our glitch effects layer, and our reflection layer. The next thing we want to do is, we want to add some effects to our reflection there. So let's do that. Let's go to Layer > New and create an Adjustment layer. We want to make sure that this is placed just above our reflection there. With the adjustment there selected, let's go to Effect > Blur & Sharpen and select Compounds Blur and we want to set the blur to 10. And make sure that the blur layer is referencing the reflection effects layer, like so. You can see that the reflection there is starting to get affected by our adjustment layer. So, let's set the maximum blur back to 10. And now we have a fairly convincing reflection underneath our animation. Now to add more effects to the reflection, we can go to Effect. Blur & Sharpen, and select Fast Box Blur. Now let's set the blur dimensions to just, set them to vertical. And then just play about with the blur radius like so, to create a look that you want. Let's go with 25 and lets keep the iterations to 1, like so. Now with the reflection there, we can also go to transform and we can change the opacity. It says change your opacity to about 50%, And there we go. We have fairly convincing reflection. So you can change this slightly lower, about 30%. Excellent, so there you have it, a cool glitch animation with a reflection. So you can test that by pressing the play on the preview button. So that's it for this lesson. In the next video, we'll learn how to add a glow effect to our glitch animation. See you all there.

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