Create an Ocean in After Effects

I'll show you how to create in ocean in this After Effects tutorial. 

Creating water in After Effects isn't easy. This is mainly because After Effects isn't the right software for creating realistic water dynamics. When someone wants to create water for a high budget film they usually turn to a dynamics driven software like Houdini to simulate liquid. However, this doesn't mean that you can't simulate water at all in After Effects. 

In this tutorial I'm going to show you how to create an ocean in After Effects. This tutorial will show you everything you need to know to create psuedo-realistic water using various tools and effects that are built into After Effects. 

As with every tutorial on the site I'm giving away the project files so you can mess around and dissect my work. Just fill out the box below and you will be directed to a download window. 

Download Ocean Project File + Rendered Clip

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In a hurry? Need to use this video on a film or video project? You can buy the project file and rendered final video by clicking the button below. The file comes with:

  • An After Effects Project File (CS6 or Higher)

  • A Rendered HD Clip of the Final Result in H264

Let me know if you have any questions. Cheers!


Want to follow along with the tutorial? Just fill out the form below and you will get a free project that will help you follow along.


If you have any questions about this technique or if you just want to say hello feel free to hit me up via email or the comments below. I'd also love to see any ocean projects that you put together. Best of luck with all of your Motion Graphic projects.