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How To Create A Halftone Effect In After Effects

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Hey everyone, this is Owen with Motion Array and in this tutorial I’ll be showing you how to create a halftone effect inside of After Effects. Alright let’s get started. 

How To Create A Halftone Effect In  After Effects

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Begin by making a new composition that’s 1920x1080 29.97. Create a new solid that’s comp sized, white, and name it "Background". Create another new solid that’s comp sized and name it “Grid”. With the “Grid” solid selected go to Effect > Simulation > CC Ball Action. In the Ball Action effect controls change the grid spacing to 5 and the ball size to 30. Then go to Effect > Channel > Invert. This will change all the balls from white to black. Now precompose the “Grid” solid making sure that you move all attributes to the precomp and name it “Grid”. Then import the footage you’d like to turn into halftone. Bring it into the composition and then precompose it, naming the precomp “Footage”. Now turn off the visibility for the footage precomp. Duplicate the footage precomp and then apply an Invert (Effect > Channel > Invert) to the duplicate. Select the grid layer and go to Effect > Blur & Sharpen > Camera Lens Blur. In the effect controls, change the Blur Map Layer to the inverted footage. Then in the drop down next to it switch from Source to Effects and Masks. This will make sure it uses the Invert effect on the footage. Add a Levels (Effect > Color Correction > Levels) to the grid layer. In the Levels controls change the channel to Alpha and then adjust the input black value to 45 and the input white value to 50. With the grid layer still selected apply a Gaussian Blur (Effect > Blur & Sharpen > Gaussian Blur) and set the Blurriness to 5. Apply another Levels effect and change the channel to Alpha. Change the input black value to 50 and the input white value to 100. Stacking this extra blur and levels just helps get a little more detail. This wraps up building the halftone effect. Please keep in mind that the values I’ve used for Levels might not look great for your footage so please adjust to your own needs. 

To add a little color and detail to the halftone I’ll bring the footage precomp (the one that isn’t inverted) above the grid in the layer stack and turn on it’s visibility. Then drop the opacity of the footage to 18% or whatever looks good. Now we'll create a transition to go from the original footage, to the halftone version. Create a new solid that is 1920x1920 and call it “Circle Matte”. Bring the solid to the top of the layer stack. With the new solid selected double click the Ellipse tool to create a circular mask the size of the solid. It will be a perfect circle because the solid’s dimensions are square. Change the value of the Mask Expansion to -960 and set a keyframe at frame 0. At frame 45 change the value to 155 to set another keyframe. Easy ease the second keyframe and then right click on the keyframe. In the menu, go to Keyframe Velocity and set the Incoming influence to 80%. Duplicate the footage layer and bring the duplicate’s opacity back up to 100%. Now bring that footage just below the “Circle Matte” and set it’s track matte to Alpha Inverted. Duplicate the mask inside of the circle matte and move it’s keyframes so they start at 3 seconds. Then change the mode of the second mask to subtract. This will have the footage transition to the halftone and then transition back to the footage. 

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