Toy Effect created in After Effects

The effect is created in camera normally. However using After Effects something similar can be created from either moving video or time-lapse.


This video was recorded within the college using a tripod. The interval was one image per 3  seconds and the exposure was 1/15 to obtain blur to reduce flickering.

The resultant images were uploaded as a sequence to Adobe After Effects and dragged  into a composition.

An adjustment layer was created.


Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 09.30.04

Box blur was added to the adjustment layer

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 09.30.19

Horizontal and Vertical elements were selected The blue radius was adjusted. (This screen shot shows them attached to the sequence which is incorrect. They need to be attached to the layer)

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 09.31.03

Showing the layers

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 09.31.51

Show blur to left

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 09.36.27

Showing blur to right. The internal edges were feathered

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 09.40.02

An adjustment additional layer was added and the image image saturation was increased.


I feel I am starting to feel more at home using this programme and it is gradually revealing more secrets. It does however, continue to frustrate when it does unexpected and the solution is difficult to find working independently.



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