After Effects CC 2023: Sunburst Animation Effect

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his tutorial will show you how to use the Sunburst Animation Preset new in Adobe After Effects CC 2023 which can be used as a background or accent graphic animation.

  • The Sunburst Effect is in: Animation Presets….Shapes…Backgrounds…Sunburst

00:00 Intro: About the Tutorial
00:12 AE Version + Create New Comp
00:29 Effects & Presets: Search for Sunburst
00:48 Add Sunburst to Comp
01:08 Sunburst = Shape Layer
01:30 Effect Controls: Customize
01:43 Rotation Speed
02:07 Custom Ray Width
02:20 Outer & Inner Radius
02:40 Foreground & Background Colors


Software Used:
Adobe After Effects CC 2023 (Click To Try or Buy)

How To Add Sunburst Animation Effect in AE 2023:

  1. Create A New Composition (Cmd/Ctrl + N)
  2. Drag the playhead to the beginning of the Timeline
  3. Deselect All Layers (F2)
  4. Go to Effects & Presets Panel (Windows…Effects & Presets)
  5. Search for ‘Sunburst’
  6. Double-click to add or drag on to the Comp Window
  7. Go to ‘Effect Controls’ to customize (in the tutorial I changed Color & Gravity)

How To Change Animation Speed:

  1. Select Shape Layer
  2. Go to ‘Effect Controls’
  3. Change ‘Rotation Speed’ to a higher number to speed up the animation
  4. Change ‘Rotation Speed’ to a lower number to slow down the animation
  5. Change ‘Rotation Speed’ to a negative number to reverse the direction of the animation
  6. Change ‘Rotation Speed’ to zero to stop the animation

How To Change Foreground & Background Colors:

  1. Select Shape Layer
  2. Go to ‘Effect Controls’
  3. Locate ‘Foreground Color’
  4. Click on the swatch and pick a color or use Eyedropper Tool and select color
  5. Locate ‘Background’ and change to ‘With Background Color’
  6. Locate ‘Background Color’
  7. Click on swatch and pick color or use Eyedropper Tool and select color

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