ADVANCED MORPHING – Adobe After Effects Tutorial

Learn how to create awesome morphing VFX in Adobe After Effects! In this tutorial you will learn how to morph an object while you are holding it in your hand!

If this is going a little too fast for you, check out my detailed blog post / tutorial on this technique here:

http://www.surfacedstudio.com/tutorials/after-effects-advanced-morphing

Morphing an object while you are holding it in your hand is actually pretty simple, you just need someone to help you. Simple stop all motion and get your helper to exchange the object you are holding in your hand. Then continue to move like nothing had happend.

Of course there is After Effects work involved, mainly to create the actual morph effect and to clean up the transition.

In this tutorial I will take you through an advanced morph effect from start to finish, including the Reshape effect and cleaning up the transition using Liquify!

If you want to check out the original morphing tutorial I did a few years back, follow this link:

Many thanks to Celina from Fables in Fashion for helping me out with this tutorial!
Check out her channel here:

http://www.youtube.com/fablesinfashion

For more After Effects tutorials hop over to my YouTube channel page! You will find a large list of VFX tutorials on there, organised by difficulty level!

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50 replies
  1. LimogesDiver
    LimogesDiver says:

    Wow! Great explanations! I’m going to have to watch this video as I’m trying this effect.
    You really have a talent in teaching. BTW, I found this by Googling "advanced adobe after effects" and this was the first video.

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  2. haseeb butt
    haseeb butt says:

    not working all the steps done carefully but one problem is the image at the background remains there and a clone of itself starts to morph idk why? its happening again and again

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  3. Leo and Lee
    Leo and Lee says:

    Why did you had to pre compose the soccer morph layer? You couldn’t just apply glow effect to the first one?

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  4. Nathan Moore
    Nathan Moore says:

    I cropped the video like you did in the beginning, but for some reason it is still playing the whole video, not just the 2 layers ): please reply

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  5. Shaharyar Ali
    Shaharyar Ali says:

    sir I want to make a smoking effect like we have seen in X-Men’s Azazel and in The Guardians The Russian Super Heros Movie KHAN’s character. The Smoke is stick with them and move too. Can we make that effect in AE CS4?

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  6. Dilip Reddy Dot
    Dilip Reddy Dot says:

    How to do Face morphing,,, like one direction did in *YOU AND I * SONG,,, make a tutorial how to do that ¿

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  7. haseeb butt
    haseeb butt says:

    I’d tried this, all was done carefully but I have a problem whenver, I do this it’s that my shadow or a picture of object is morphing but behind that the model still there help me

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  8. garylparas
    garylparas says:

    how about morphing a subject with different background like building to another structure building. Hope you can help me. Thanks

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  9. Sommer Time
    Sommer Time says:

    what a wonderfull idea, Tobias and a nice tutorial. I will have to come up with an idea to use this effect. Because it is simlpy awesome.

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  10. Luis Amador
    Luis Amador says:

    Hello, great video. I have the adobe after effects cs4 version. Do I need to download a reshape plug-in? Thanks in advance.

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  11. Devstar Animations
    Devstar Animations says:

    At the beginning, it looks like without help, it’d probably be best to transform an object when it’s not moving and not in my hand. But it’s very cool nonetheless! Maybe I’ll transform my tv into a duck! lol

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  12. Expand Tech
    Expand Tech says:

    I am a big fan of you Tobi sir…. i have subscribed your channel with my other id too… And you are one of the finest teacher for me in the way of learning after effects… Thanks for the tutorials… and have a question…. In hudini is it possible to make a skull face to animate my face to a skull face like the ghost rider movie…. if its possible please help me with that…..

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  13. Arty and Banana
    Arty and Banana says:

    Hi! I was morphing bigger object into a smaller one. So i struggled to liquefy at the end…. Nice tutorial thaugh like usual 😉

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