Axel Sorensen demonstrates how not everything in After Effects needs its own vertical plugin by showing how you are able to create a morphing effect between many faces simply by using After Effects’ native tools, and in particular, the sometimes neglected After Effects Liquify tool.

In this tutorial we’ll show you how to create a cool morphing face effect. We’ll bring two face images into After Effects and align them. By keyframing the “Liquify” plug-in to reshape the images, we’ll be able to animate from one face to the other smoothly. I will also show you two different ways to make hair appear to grow.

Axel does note that this is not the only way to create a face morphing effect in After Effects, although it is the cheapest, mentioning that there is a tool from RE:vision Effects, which is a plugin called RE:Flex that automates the reshaping and reforming of one image into another.

You have probably seen this type of effect in use before, and it really is a fairly simple effect to achieve with a little work in After Effects and by setting keyframes for the Liquify plugin in AE, you are able to get some pretty great results as Axel shows in this two part tutorial. Check out the tutorial for Creating A Facial Morph Without Using 3rd Party Plug-ins here.

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