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Real Creations circuitFX

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Real Creations circuitFX
  
Real Creations circuitFX

circuitFX is a tool for After Effects designed to create graphical circuit boards. The circuit pattern is generated randomly with every button press. Apart from the circuit lines and circles, circuitFX also creates, chips, resistors, and capacitors. It has the ability to put all of the needed parts in a single shape layer or create separate shape layers for each part of the board. Its ideal for technology or sci-fi related projects, animated backgrounds, HUDs, etc.

 

circuitFX is an exciting new tool for After Effects designed to create graphical circuit boards.

The circuit pattern is generated randomly with every button press.

Apart from the circuit lines and circles, circuitFX also creates, chips, resistors and capacitors.

It has the ability to put all of the needed parts in a single shape layer or create separate shape layers for each part of the board.

circuitfx masks

circuitFX can create a layer with the circuit lines as masks, which can be used as a source with 3rd-party plug-ins (such as Element3D)

circuitFX can also be used as a texture map layer.

 

circuitFX features three generation modes:

  • Fill out, fills the whole composition with the circuit board and its components.
  • Center-out, leaves a user defined center square empty (simulating a CPU socket).
  • Using Masks, uses masks from the grid guide layer to mask in/out parts of the circuit.

real creations circuitfx

 

You can easily adjust the the X and Y grid dimensions, for a more dense or scattered pattern.

circuitfx density

 

The populate slider adjusts the percentage of the grid points that are going to be used.

circuitfx populate

 

You can adjust the minimum and maximum number of vertices of each circuit line.

circuitfx min max

 

The orientation of the circuit lines is also adjustable.
circuitfx orientation

 

You can also adjust the direction strength bias (for the examples below, orientation is set to “diagonal”).

circuitfx orientation 2

 

You can now add clusters to the circuit lines. Clusters are circuit lines with multiple offsets applied, to simulate parallel circuit paths.

circuitfx clusters

 

There is a also a generation mode that uses masks from a grid guide layer to mask in/out points.

 

The Using Masks mode is a five-step process:

  1. You adjust the “Grid X and Grid Y” number (this adjusts the density of the grid guide points and your final circuit)
  2. Select the “Using Masks” mode
  3. Click the “Create Grid Guide” button to make the grid
  4. Draw a mask(s) on the grid guide layer (be sure you are creating a mask and not a shape)
  5. With the grid guide layer selected in the timeline, you press the “Create circuit by using masks” button

You can draw as many masks as you want on the grid guide layer. circuitFX uses all the masks in the grid guide layer as long as they are set on the Add or Subtrack mask path mode.

You don’t have to create the grid guide layer every time you want to generate a circuit. If you are happy with the density of the grid points (Grid X and Grid Y values) you just select an already created grid guide layer and create new circuits.

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You can easily adjust the number, size, size randomness, color of the chips, resistors and capacitors.

You can also easily adjust the lines and circles color and width.

There is also an option to avoid circuit lines from crossing each other.

Finally, you can adjust the trim start, trim end and trim offset of the lines to easily create complicated animations, like electric current flowing through the board.

After Effects 2020, CC 2019, CC 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015.3, CC 2015, CC 2014, CC, CS6