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Topograph brings elevation maps and topography to After Effects! This effect lets you create unique designs and animations from your footage. It can be used for animating and for designing on one frame with interactive feedback.  More than just maps, Topograph can be used in the design process for text or motion graphics too. Unleash your creative potential with Topograph!

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Generate typographic maps

Topograph takes an image, a video or any source, like fractal noise, and generate an elevation map out of it.

topographic map


A Design Tool

More than just maps, you can use Topograph for all sorts of design process, as much for print as for motion design.

topographic lift

Easy to animate

Topograph’s intuitive UI has a lot of control over animation.

A good typography companion

The effect also works well on any type and can be easily used for designing titles.

topograph font


How it works

Topograph transforms an input image into a 3D landscape, then horizontally cuts the cake at several altitudes. It then draws the contour of each layers on a 2D image.


The full documentation can be found here:

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1.0.4 –  Dec 12, 2022

– Fixed support for Mac M1

Topograph for After Effects Overview #gettingstarted

In this tutorial overview, learn how Topograph for After Effects works to create the topography and how to manipulate the settings to get the look you want.


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