Jake Bartlett Shows How Versatile After Effects Wave Warp can be for Creating Hair, Smoke, and Other Effects.

It can be easy to have a penchant for the glitz of third-party effects in After Effects, but base effects in Ae are still an excellent resource for experimentation. As is the case with Jake Bartlett’s (Jake in Motion) tutorial that shows how you can create animated effects like hair blowing in the wind, or smoke effects. The effect uses Wave Warp, and it looks fantastic.

In actuality, the technique uses stacked effects and masks as well, not just Wave Warp. Jake walks through the set up which is simple and then shows some nice examples that use a version of the system.