This is guaranteed to become a trending effect on TikTok and Instagram! Learn how to create an "unraveling" effect using NewtonConnect Layers Pro, MOBO_UtilsDeep Glow and Composite Brush (the last 3 are optional)

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Author Notes

Ariel asked us "Hello, is it possible to create the “unraveling” effect on a neon sign that you see at 00:47 of this video: "

Well, yeah! It's possible and here's how!

In this tutorial, I will show you how to unravel a shape in Adobe After Effects using Newton3 and ConnectLayersPRO. 

Here's the process:

00:00 Track and stabilize with Mocha AE.

01:50 Reverse stabilization.

02:26 Keying using Keylight

03:40 Trace the shape in Adobe Illustrator and export to AE using Overlord

04:16 Prepare the shape for Newton3 using the "Create Nulls from Path" script

06:10 Recreate the shapes with ConnectLayersPRO

07:50 Adjust the position of the shape and track the movement of the hand

09:46 Physics simulation with Newton3

13:16 Apply glow with Deep Glow

15:24 Final compositing with Composite Brush

I will also use other tools such as: Overlord, MOBO_Utils, Deep Glow and Composite Brush (Note that you can do without these tools).

 Thanks to the authors for those tutorials:

-Stabilize and reverse stabilization using Mocha and CC Power Pin:

-Light Wrap: 

Get the tools:

Newton3, ConnectLayersPRO and MOBO_Utils:

Overlord :

Deep Glow :

Composite Brush :

 Cheers to Adam Plouff, Chris Vranos, the Plugin Everything team and Lloyd Alvarez.



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