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Guilloche patterns

Guilloché Pattern Experiments

I’ve been playing with Nab’s After Effects port of subBlue’s Guilloché pattern generator. Guilloché patterns are those swirly, Spirograph-ish designs that you see on money and other sorts of engraving, and Nab’s script lets you make AE masks out of them.

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You can’t animate the masks directly inside the script palette itself (although you can generate them at multiple keyframes along a single mask path), but that isn’t really a problem — I managed a lot of neat effects using a single static shape. These patterns work especially well as inputs for the Radio Waves effect — add a generous amount of blur and glow, and boom, instant animated BGs.

Here are stills of a few things I came up with during testing. If your screen’s 1920×1080, they make decent wallpaper:

I still want to experiment a bit more, but once I have things worked out I’ll do some presets and tutorial stuff for your downloading enjoyment.