I’m sure you have seen more than a few tutorials that show you how to create energy trails. More often than not, a third party plugin would likely be at the root of those tutorials. Voxyde’s tutorial shows you how you can create neat looking energy trails in Ae, without anything special, which is always refreshing.
Voxyde starts with one simple composition, and then animates and duplicates the layers. In fact, the tutorial uses the sometimes-forgotten Vegas plugin in After Effects, along with turbulent displace and the old standby, Glow.
Voxyde shows how using his HUD TOOLKIT script, can assist with a workflow like this, making duplicating 50 layers, and randomly offsetting the layers transformation properties, a super-easy task.