Michael Tierney shows a quick and easy way to get an RGB split effect in After Effects.

Glitch effects are a great way to add interest and action to motion graphics, and there are a lot of ways to create those too. One popular method is creating an RGB split effect. With all effects in Ae, there are a few ways to achieve this look. However, Michael Tierney shows how you can create the result with a super quick and easy way.

Tierney’s RGB split effect uses shape layers, and a set channels effect to place each layer as red, green, or blue. Then setting the layers to the Add blend mode will give you the effect. Tierney’s example is simple, but picture the process on vector artwork with each layer having a shifted position a bit in space. It’s not elegant, but it gets the job done!