Sure. Easy enough. That's what distortion effects are for.
Thanks for the advice. I'm rather a novice at AE.
If you can be bothered (and I understand if not) how would you apply this
Many, many thanks.
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how to make a ripple effect in after effects
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The most efficient technique depends entirely on the shot and the kind of ripple you want to achieve. You have everything from displacement mapping to just creating a Radio Waves (that's an effect) layer and using blend modes. There is even a water simulation plug-in from Red Giant called Psunami | Download the free trial that can generate some extremely realistic water simulations with everything from little ripples created by the wind to big waves like this:
Some examples of what you are trying to achieve would help.