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Puddle and reflection effects in After Effects CS4

Aug 3, 2012 4:07 PM

Tags: #after_effects #animation #reflection #water #puddle

I am currently using After Effects CS4 (will be upgrading to CS6 in a couple of days) and I am currently trying out a test project using basic lighting animation.  However, one element I want to create is a puddle of rain water on the ground.  I was wondering if anybody here could advise on creating a puddle and its effects in After Effects, such as wave movements, reflection (particularly background elements) and whether I should use the basic pen tool or use some sort of diffusion maps.  If I wanted to make it a little more complex, then how could I create the illusion of rain hitting the ground plane without it being mearly looking like a filter in front of the screen and have it influence the puddle?


If any of you would be able to point me out to some other tutorials on the web, I would be very grateful for that.


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