In this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to create a dynamic and interesting text transition using Plexus 2. All the geometry is created using one instance of Plexus on a text layer, which can still be easily edited and updated within the animation if we decide to change it later.

Resources:

Plexus 2
InstaFilm Script

Preview

Tips

Play around with the Plexus parameter to fine tune the transformation look, avoiding any blown out highlights or messy areas. You can also play around with more effectors to achieve a completely different look, so definitely experiment around!

Also, working in 16bpc will give you nicer glow results with less banding. You can drastically reduce banding by adding a Grain effect to everything. For more interesting looks, try animating the camera’s focal distance to create a rack focus effect. In the original video, I also created a Trapcode Particular layer to create some background smoke to add some subtle atmosphere. You can really add on to this animation by throwing in some Particular or Form in there.

Lastly, definitely tweak and play around with the disintegration effect at the end. You can add more realism by throwing in a Turbulence Displace or some type of distortion in there to make the spread seem more natural and organic.

Conclusion

Hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial, if you guys have any questions or comments, feel free to post them down below! Definitely play around, experiment with Plexus, and have some fun!

  • https://www.facebook.com/usamaallam4design usama

    thanks for this tuts its useful :)

    • VinhSon Nguyen

      Anytime, thanks for the support!

      • Toet

        a VinhSon đang sống bên Mỹ ah

        • VinhSonNguyen

          Yes!

          • toet

            a đang làm trong phim ảnh ah :)

  • Tien(天)

    hi, I’m from Taiwan.
    Thanks for sharing this useful and awesome tutorial. I like it.
    Is it your job? or just a hobby?
    I want to be a VFX artist, but it’s still a lot for me to learn.

    P.S. you are a handsome guy. :P

    • VinhSon Nguyen

      Hey Tien,

      Glad you enjoyed the tutorial. This is all a very passionate hobby, I don’t make a living off of this. Best of luck learning!

  • LakeKover

    Another excellent tutorial, cool idea and relatively simple.

    • VinhSon Nguyen

      Thanks for the feedback :)

  • Darrell

    where do you get the music from?

    • VinhSon Nguyen

      It’s actually a track mixed with some sound design I made with my sound library.

  • Belgutei

    Awsome tutorial man THANKS >_<

  • Esben

    Thank you so much, really gave me an insight in how to actually use Plexus after just watching introduction videos. I would love me some more of this, and I love how you use a variety of plugins to show how you create a cohesive animation. You the best!

    • VinhSon Nguyen

      Glad you were able to learn something from my tutorial! Thank you for the kind words and awesome feedback, it helps me improve my future tutorials :)

  • http://www.behance.net/PioRaffaeleFina PRF94

    Hi VinhSon, firstevol thanks for sharing your Knowledge with us! Plexus is a wonderful plugin and for some time I ignored it.This is my version inspired from you. http://bit.ly/17uqED7
    (no spam).Thanks and good luck for your blog

    • VinhSon Nguyen

      Awesome work! Thanks for sharing!

  • doplank

    Hello it’s me again, really good tutorial and inspiration, anyway. I got a question about tweaking the plexus, in the tutorial you show that the text are animate at the same time, but I just surfing in the internet and found good resource, http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/we-steal-secrets-the-story-of-wikileaks/ they also using Plexus to animate the text. The question is how do I animate the text like that. For reference, I recommend you to watch the video. Thanks

  • Scott

    Hey Vinhson,

    Great tutorial, the plexus tips and the finishing tips are really helpful. I was wondering, is there a way to do a similar technique using plexus with a logo that’s a vector coming in as PS or AI file?

    • VinhSonNguyen

      Thanks! Of course, Plexus accepts paths, so export your logo in Illustrator with paths, and you’re set :)

      • Scott

        Thanks Vinhson! I’ve been experimenting with Plexus, and your tutorial has really helped me grasped using it. I found an interesting example of plexus, and I was wondering if you have time, if you could check it out. I’m super curious as to what technique they used to map images onto the plexus triangulation (or so it seems), was wondering if you had any idea’s? Don’t worry, I’m not asking for a step by step demo, just curious if you have any guidance briefly on how they got those images to map onto the triangulation planes of plexus (aka what technique I should google for a tutorial, lol). This is the vid: https://vimeo.com/59187475

        • VinhSonNguyen

          Hey Scott,

          In my opinion, it seems like the images are not mapped onto the triangulation planes of Plexus in the way you might think.

          The images seem to be mapped on more solid geometry, perhaps Trapcode Mir. Then there are a few layers of Plexus triangulation around the globe, but the images mapped to the globe itself may be Trapcode Mir or 3D model.

          Hope that helps :)

          • Scott

            Thanks VinhSon, didn’t realize mapping images to Mir was do-able in that way. I’ll definitely look into how to do that. Layering Plexus over the mir wrapped world makes sense after looking at it again. Thanks for the help!

  • Francisco

    Hey Vinhson,

    Great Tutorial !!
    My program crashed everytime I tried this…
    Please can you or somebody else give me a downloadlink where I can download it?
    This would be awesome!!

    • VinhSonNguyen

      Thanks for the support!

      I’m not sure what you’re wanting to download. If Plexus causes AE to crash, you may want to send a support inquiry to the developer.

  • TheBluespirit

    I’ve followed your tutorials and for some reason I’ve got a red cross…
    Any ideas of how I’d be able to remove that red cross?

    • http://creativedojo.net/ VinhSon Nguyen

      You got a red cross because you didn’t purchase the plugin legally, or are running a trial of the plugin.

      • TheBluespirit

        Which plugin is it? Plexus or Frischtluft?

        • http://creativedojo.net/ VinhSon Nguyen

          Whichever one you didn’t purchase. Could be both.

      • TheBluespirit

        Are there any other 3rd party plugins that gives me the ‘Out of Focus’ Effect?

        • http://creativedojo.net/ VinhSon Nguyen

          The built in “Camera Lens Blur” effect within AE can give you similar results.

  • Pivo

    hey vincent. thank you very much. great tutorial. i was looking for an tutorial to start with plexus and this is a perfect one. i like tutorials when they are doing stuff that looks good and not the standard stuff. :) so again, thank you very much and keep going.

  • Pras

    hey! thankyou such a great tutorial. i currently looking for background music for my intro, any advice?