In this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to create an organic ink/watercolor reveal transition using the Free Ink Mattes Pack by the CreativeDojo. We’ll cover some tips on how to use luma mattes, how to control the speed of the transition, some stylizing tips, and some ways to create that ‘watercolor paint’ look.


Free Ink Mattes Pack 

Preview Video

We’re going to be using two main effects in this tutorial: ToonIt (paid) and the Cartoon effect (comes with AE), both can replace one another for the most. I’ll be using Cartoon for the outline stroke just because it’s a lot more simpler.

Some Tips

Watch out for overlapping layers, it’s crucial that you move the matte along with the layer you’re trying to reveal. By using time-remapping, we can control the speed and rate at which the ink reveals our image/footage as well as reverse the transition.

Add some interesting camera angles and turn on that depth of field to achieve a really nice macro look. You can also add in some fancy camera moves and motion blur to create some very interesting typography animations (think Sherlock Holmes).

For a more organic ink reveal, try using variations of Fractal Noise with some Turbulent Displace. You can also get more interesting results by duplicating and delaying the timing of the watercolor duplicates and setting the opacity down.

Hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial, if you create anything cool with the ink mattes, post them down below!

17 thoughts on “Ink Watercolor Reveal

  1. It’s been two days that I’ve been watching your tutorial one by one in a row.
    You’re doing great job,picking up interesting subjects to deal with .
    What I like the most is your communivative and explanatory method with which you approach your tutorials.
    Special thanks to you.
    You will find a thankful comment of me on most of your tutorials.
    Keep going..

    1. Thanks for the tremendous and positive feedback! I’m glad my tutorials are interesting to you 🙂

  2. Great tutorial! I appreciate knowing how to get the same effect without purchasing a plugin. Thanks for the tut AND the ink matte pack! 🙂

  3. been following you for awhile now and your work has improved so much keep up the great work! look at what you help me create.

  4. Excellent tutorial as usual. I did one using a Hobbit Hole image. I’ve always wanted to know how this effect was done.

  5. @VinhSonNguyen:disqus you’re amazing bro, you saved so much time doing this, and you teach really good
    bless you (Y)

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