Since my tutorials tend to be rather long, I decided to start a tutorial series called 'Quick VFX'. In this series I will be showing you awesome visual effects that you can create quickly and easily in After Effects!This first Quick VFX tutorial is in response to everyone asking me how I created the blood smear effect in my After Effects Bullet Hit Tutorial . This is the blood smear effect we will be creating in this tutorial.
All you need to create this effect is your actor pretending to be hit by a bullet while standing in front of a wall. I took a simple clip of myself up against a wall.
One thing I like to do for any sort of bullet hit effects is to apply a Time Remapping effect to the footage to speed up the moment of impact. Not only does it cover up my awful acting but it also makes the bullet impact look a lot more sudden and powerful.
By placing this layer on top of the blood hit, it will appear as if the blood sits behind your actor on the wall.
Add a blood burst effect on top of your actor to add some impact to the bullet hit effect.
I duplicated this blood burst layer, darkened it and blurred it out so I could place it behind the actor to simulate a simple shadow for the flying blood. This will add some depth to the effect.
Finally I added a small smoke puff effect on top of all my layers and tinted it red so it looks like a fine blood mist that shoots out when the bullet strikes.
And we've completed the first part of the effect - the bullet hit.
It's already quite a cool effect, but let's get to what you're actually here for: smearing the blood along the wall your actor slide down.