Using standard bundled After Effects Plugs, Shawn Sheehan shows how to create a great looking cartoon style cel-shaded fire walking through the process of building the animation with use of animated masks and effects.

In this video tutorial, we will learn how to create our own stylized “cartoon” animated flames using only the tools in After Effects CC

As Shawn notes, there are plenty of ways to create this effect with 3rd party tools and plugins in After Effects, but it can be easily done with some simple techniques using masks and wave warp with the assistance of expressions here and there in AE.

Check out the tutorial for How to Build an Animated Cartoon Fire here.