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Cckaleidaplugindownload: How to Create Kaleidoscope Effects in After Effects

If you are looking for a way to create stunning kaleidoscope effects in your animations, you might want to download the CC Kaleida plugin for After Effects. This plugin allows you to transform any layer into a symmetrical pattern of shapes and colors, with full control over the size, angle, rotation, and offset of the tiles. You can also use masks, blending modes, and expressions to customize the look of your kaleidoscope. In this article, we will show you how to download and use the CC Kaleida plugin in After Effects with some examples and tips.

How to Download the CC Kaleida Plugin

The CC Kaleida plugin is part of the CycoreFX HD suite, which is included with After Effects CC 2014 and later versions. If you have an older version of After Effects, you can download the CycoreFX HD installer from [here]. After installing the CycoreFX HD suite, you will find the CC Kaleida plugin under Effect > Stylize > CC Kaleida.


How to Apply the CC Kaleida Plugin

To apply the CC Kaleida plugin, follow these steps:

  • Select the layer you want to apply the effect to.

  • Go to Effect > Stylize > CC Kaleida.

  • Adjust the effect parameters in the Effect Controls panel.

How to Adjust the Effect Parameters

The CC Kaleida plugin has four main parameters that affect the appearance of your kaleidoscope:

  • Size: This controls the size of each tile in pixels. You can increase or decrease this value to change the number of tiles in your kaleidoscope.

  • Rotation: This controls the rotation of each tile in degrees. You can animate this parameter to create spinning or swirling effects.

  • Offset: This controls the position of the center of the kaleidoscope relative to the layer. You can use this parameter to move or pan your kaleidoscope around.

  • Mirror Edges: This is a checkbox that determines whether the edges of your layer are mirrored or not. If you check this option, your kaleidoscope will have a seamless appearance. If you uncheck it, your kaleidoscope will have gaps or seams at the edges.

How to Use Masks and Blending Modes

One way to enhance your kaleidoscope effects is to use masks and blending modes. Masks allow you to isolate a specific area of your layer and apply the effect only to that area. Blending modes allow you to combine your kaleidoscope layer with other layers and create different color and contrast effects. To use masks and blending modes, follow these steps:

  • Create a new solid layer above your original layer and apply the CC Kaleida effect to it.

  • Use the Pen tool or any other shape tool to draw a mask on your solid layer. You can also use a text layer as a mask by setting its track matte mode to Alpha Matte.

  • Set the blending mode of your solid layer to Screen, Add, Overlay, or any other mode that suits your design.

  • Adjust the effect parameters and mask properties as needed.

How to Use Expressions

Another way to enhance your kaleidoscope effects is to use expressions. Expressions are snippets of code that allow you to link or control different properties of your layers. For example, you can use expressions to link the rotation of your kaleidoscope layer to the audio amplitude of a music track, or to randomize the offset of your kaleidoscope layer over time. To use expressions, follow these steps:

  • Select the property you want to add an expression to, such as Size, Rotation, or Offset.

  • Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) and click on the stopwatch icon next to the property name. This will open an expression field below the property value.

  • Type or paste your expression code in the expression field. You can use the expression language menu to access common expressions, or refer to the [expression reference] for more information.

  • Press Enter to apply the expression. You can edit or delete the expression at any time by clicking on the expression field.

Examples and Tips

Here are some examples and tips on how to use the CC Kaleida plugin in After Effects:

  • You can use the CC Kaleida plugin to create abstract backgrounds, transitions, overlays, or patterns for your animations. You can also use it to create interesting effects for logos, text, or images.

  • You can use the CC Kaleida plugin with other effects, such as CC Light Burst, CC Radial Blur, CC Sphere, or CC Twister, to create more complex and dynamic kaleidoscope effects.

  • You can use the CC Kaleida plugin with adjustment layers, pre-compositions, or expressions to create more variations and control over your kaleidoscope effects.

  • You can watch this video tutorial by Jake In Motion for a quick overview of the CC Kaleida plugin and some examples of how to use it.

  • You can download this free project file by Noble Kreative that shows how to create a particle kaleidoscope audio visualizer in After Effects using the CC Kaleida plugin and Trapcode Form.

We hope this article has helped you learn how to download and use the CC Kaleida plugin in After Effects. If you have any questions or feedback, please leave a comment below.


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