Introduction to Glitch Effect
Glitch effect is nothing but a disturbed visual which mostly occurs in the software damage and ratifies itself, and some colored lines when some damage happened on TV or a computer. Glitch effect can be created in every video editing applications but the thing is professionals always use after-effects for VFX because we can have free hands-on graphics and more options to make the effects more effective. Glitch is used for title animation, visual effects and also to create a transition, it became a trendy effect in the games and trailers of horror movies.
Create Amazing Glitch Effect
Glitch effect is among the trending thing on the internet used by most of the designers. So, let’s dive in and learn how to create a Glitch effect on your own.
Step 1: Open New Composition.
- Here I am going to apply Glitch effect to my text for that we need to add a glitch effect video to the timeline, I have a video readymade else we can create a glitch video using a solid layer and applying some effects like fractal noise.
Step 2: Here we add a Glitch effect video to the timeline now. And, now we need to disable the visual and audio too.
Step 3: Now add a text.
- We need to select the perfect text style, I selected Times New Roman, and position the text to the center of the screen by that we can get the effect perfectly because we have glitch video behind the text.
Step 4: Add an Adjustment Layer.
Step 5: Go to effects and presets and select displacement map then add the preset to the adjustment layer.
Step 6: Now we expand the adjustment layer, go to the configuration window and expand the values. Select the layer in the displacement map.
- We need to select the layer which we like to composite; I am selecting the glitch video layer
Step 7: Now we can see the text glitches, to look more effective we need to expand Horizontal display.
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Step 8: Let’s make it more effective by adding some more effects. Make text layer 2 duplicate layers.
Step 9: Add channel Blur to the two newly added duplicate layers.
Step 10: Expand the values and give two different colors to both text layers.
Step 11: Now select the positions of the two layers and move side.
- Now we can find three different colors to the text, now just render we can see the effect perfectly.
Techniques to Use Glitches
We have a lot of techniques to use glitches now let’s see some more glitch effects.
Step 1: Same as above add a glitch video or we can make glitch effect by ourselves also but to save time we can use the existing video.
Step 2: Add an image or a video. I have imported an image.
Step 3: Add an adjustment layer.
Step 4: Add displacement map to the adjustment layer, and disable the glitch layer.
Step 5: Now go to the configuration window and expand the values. Displacement map to glitch layer. Horizontal display to 30 and we can expand according to the requirement.
Step 6: Now if we render we can get the glitch effect.
- It’s not finished now we will add some more options to make it more effective.
Step 7: Make the three layers as a single layer by using the compose layer. Select three layers.
- Go to layers and select pre-compose.
- We can use Ctrl+Shift+C as a shortcut to get this option.
Step 8: Make a duplicate layer then apply shift channel to the duplicate layer.
Step 9: Now expand the values of shift channel, and select Full Off.
Step 10: Make another duplicate layer and Full Off blue.
Step 11: Make another duplicate layer and Full Off green.
- Here we created 3 duplicate layers with different color channels, by making different duplicate layers we can perform a perfect glitch.
Step 12: Select the top 2 layers and change the blend mode to screen.
Step 13: Now select the top layer and go to the position and start expression.
To start expression hold Alt and click on the stopwatch of position then give expression wiggle (2,200).
Step 14: Now copy the expression and paste it to the remaining layers.
We can find four visuals in the screen with different colors and move in different directions now render and see the perfect glitch.
Adding Keyframes to the Image
If we use opacity by adding keyframes we can get the best output. Let’s see how?
Step 1: Add a new adjustment layer.
Step 2: Add optics compensation to the adjustment layer.
Step 3: Now expand the values of optics. Field of view to 120.
- Here we can see the object became like a circle now we need to enable reverse lens distortion.
Step 4: We need to give expression to the view center. Wiggle (5,1000) then we can watch how the video expands then adjusts the visual with keyframes of view center.
- This method can be used for the transitions, for the change over for the videos, it will look more effective than the normal transition
Step 5: Add radial blur to the adjustment layer.
- Now increase the amount of blur according to the requirement
Step 6: Now change the type to zoom, usually, it will be spin.
- If we use the zoom type the transition will be more effective than spin.
Step 7: Now animate with the help of the amount option by adjusting the keyframes 0 to 50. To make a smooth move.
In this process we saw how to create a glitch, uses and methods of glitch effects, first, we try with text and then we try with some visuals also and we saw how to create transitions with the glitch effects, What did we learn?, What is the glitch and uses of glitch effects?. How to glitch text, How to glitch visuals, How to create transitions with the glitch effects, etc.
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