DISINTEGRATION VFX – Adobe After Effects Tutorial

Learn how to create DISINTEGRATION VFX using Adobe After Effects!

Download the tutorial files here: https://www.surfacedstudio.com/downloads#disintegration-vfx

Difficulty: Intermediate

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a cool looking Disintegration VFX in Adobe After Effects.

We will first separate our foreground from the background using the the Difference Matte effect.
This will allow us to disintegrate only the person in front and not affect the rest of the footage.
We will then create the Disintegration VFX itself, using the Displacement Map and the Extract effects.
Then we will composite the person back into the original shot and add some interesting edge glow around the fragments.
Finally, we will blend everything together with some nice colour grading to finish off the final disintegration effect.

All comments and feedback welcome 🙂




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Hitfilm University says:

Nice tutorial. I particularly like mirroring the pants to fill in the bottom, of the frame, stacking Chroma keys to clean up the Difference Key edge, splitting the Displacement into two instances (one for each axis) and how you used Extract to generate the fade out. Some clever steps I didn’t anticipate.

Last version of Ae I had was CS6. If memory serves didn’t the older Fractal Noise plug in let one set A/B colors? This would remove the need for a tint effect on the noise layers. Looks like Turbulent Noise only generates black/white?

The step where you change the Displacement channel to Luminance is unnecessary–with a gray image the red, green and blue channels all match 1:1 with the Luma. Now, if you’d gone with LIGHTNESS (a weighted luma curve), that would affect the effect, but that was technically a wasted step. An unimportant observation on my end.

Finally, I don’t think I’d realized Walter is a head shorter than you before! 😉

MadX Gaming says:

Awesome as always 🙂 Oooo… new Alienware… Congratulations 🙂
Great start of 2018… wishing you more success 🙂

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Pablo Ray says:


chusrang rachyle says:

hello sir, please do the time freeze tutorial with the camera still rolling…. thank you..

ZeroNineFilms says:

My use for this is gonna be in a music video so i can skip a few of these steps just to give the background a trippy distorted type look to

Shubham Mote says:

Love from India ❤️

Animation Life says:

I paused at 6:67 to say this, are you going to use the difference matte effect because you imported an image without you and Walter with the exact same lighting setup?

Jonas Kalvåg says:

Please start doing more tutorials often Tobias, We need more of your content!

Kids Fun Play Learn says:

Cool effects

Tommy says:

very nice 🙂

Animation Life says:

Is that an Alienware 14 laptop on the desk?

masta tz says:

Very nice broo…..i wanted try to guess how video would be like…
Exactly that was my imaginations

Luke & Dad Productions says:

Brilliant. Learned a lot

Atharv Sankholkar says:

11:13 You can also click on ‘Adjust Composition duration to the timespan of selected layers’ to save time 😉

Adobe CC says:

10:42 we can even use Matte choker right??

Anchit Kawaatra says:

how do you know things you do? I mean you would have to learn and understand so much b4 doing this. Precomposing and then using instad of difrectly, getting adjustment layer and using different layer to do the displacement. Just wow.

Hassan Raza says:

you are great teacher

A.K.A ELWOPO says:

Awesome. I love this channel

Manoj Kumar says:

waw ur laptop was soo cool can I know which company laptop that is??

rustyspurproductions says:

Nice work as always.

shivcharan sharma says:

Love from india

AwesomeSauce says:

One thing i would change is the spead of the desintegration to the spead of the emergy ball, but with a ramp up to the spead of the energy ball so it would look more forcefull.

SK the GAMER says:

nice! I love it, will try for sure

Michael jackson says:

what is your new laptop

Hitec Productions says:

Awesome!! Your tutorials are best as always

Juan Vi says:

Pretty damm cool

ak beast says:

My favorite youtube with favorite alienware

Isabel Saige says:


AhlsenFilm says:

Didn’t even skip the add, this time :p. Keep it up, Tobias. Your videos are as always very good 🙂 (-Gisle)

Biplab Sharma says:

Awesome sir since 2015 I’m a big fan of your work by your tutorials and suggestions I’ve done may projects and the projects aren’t same as your tutorials like ,but I’m just knowing the effect and then use it into my own way so by that way I’m gonna running a YouTube channel now ..sir my humble request is that ..please Search on YouTube Tech VFX King and at the first result you’ll find my channel and please watch my content and support me by subscribe me and visiting the Facebook page which is Mentioned in my after effects tutorial..trust me ..sir I’m a very hard worker and a great fan of yours I’m running my channel for some additional helping my Engineering studies spendings so please sir support me by just subscribing my Tech VFX King channel and do a comment that if I need to improve my video quality or post processing.. something please sir ..and again thanks for your mind blowing tutorials …

Truth Seeker says:

Thanks, Keep up the Good Work Man, Thumbs up! : ) Indiana USA.

Javaman92 says:

🙁 Well, it had to happen at some point. You have got so far ahead of the version that I have that I won’t be able to follow what you do. If you ever do things in the future that someone with a version 4 years old can follow, let me know. I’ll still be following your channel just cause your a good guy and hey… I have HitFilm too. 😉

mike millington says:

Such a cool effect and well presented, you made everything very logical BIG THANKS :0)

Ayush v Nair Origami says:

Next tech us CInema 4D how to use

Manoj Kumar says:

yaaaa I have waited for this tutorials I like these type of disintegration effects thanks tobias master

manas kataria says:

The Moment I saw notification on my phone Surfaced Studio Disintegration Effect..I knew thats what I asked you few weeks ago…..Thanks Bro….First thing I will do Tomorrow Morning is Watch it complete….Thanks a lot..

Sagar Kumar says:

How to make a energy ball?

AK Tv says:

vfx is good as a hobby..just for fun…not as a profession…Its very very hard and hectic field

Michael jackson says:

you an also make tutorial for photoshop

AwesomeSauce says:

Thank you Tobias, i’ll use this knowladge to create a Star TrekmDiscovery style beam effekt for my channel. Thank you!

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