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Quick Overview

Image Stippling in After Effects. Create temporally coherent Image Stippling patterns driven by footage using a physics simulation. It's a lot of fun!

Stipple Trailer credit to Simon Bronson.

What is Image Stippling?

Stippling is an artistic technique that recreates images or patterns using small dots. They can be placed densely or spread out to achieve the detailed shading necessary. In the digital realm, Stippling can be seen as an extension to Dithering with much more visually appealing results.

How is it different from Dithering?

While both stippling and dithering involve creating images with patterns, dithering uses randomized pixel patterns, resulting in a noisy appearance. In contrast, stippling produces cleaner, more aesthetically pleasing shading using small dots, generating blue noise rather than the white noise of dithering.

Physics Simulation

Stipple sets itself apart by ensuring temporal coherence — dots move predictably between frames in a timeline. This is achieved through a physics simulation that makes the dots interact with each other and the image map, maintaining a consistent and coherent visual effect when applied to a video/animated footage

Fun Features

Stipple offers a range of exciting features:

Footage Driven

Drive the movement of the points using only footage.


Use custom sprites for unique effects

Colors & Size

Map dot size and color to their velocity.


Stretch dots to create dynamic trails


Please watch the sample demos - I think it's the best way to understand what this effect does.

GPU Accelerated

Stipple simulation and rendering utilizes GPU extensively and a wide variety of GPUs are supported.

Designed for AE

Stipple was designed from the ground up to take advantage of After Effects’ new multi-threaded architecture and Multi-Frame Rendering (MFR) to utilize aggressive caching and blazing fast Render Performance.


Stipple is compatible with Adobe After Effects CC 2021, CC 2022, CC 2023, CC 2024 & above on both Windows (Windows 10 or above) and Macintosh platforms (macOS 10.13 or above).

Apple Silicon Native

Apple Silicon is natively supported with amazing render performance.


If you are having a support issue for any of the products, please contact us for a quick response.

If you want to make yourself familiar with Stipple checkout our Tutorials below and also the documentation.and download sample projects.


After Effects 2024, 2023, 2022, 2021
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