Image Lounge: Creating Tunnel Effects

Image Lounge by Red Giant Software is a collection of around twenty-effect filters for the Adobe After Effects software suite. All of these effects have been applauded for their ability to impact images in a way that was previously impossible. The filters add realistic touches to the images and add highly realistic elements such as fire, smoke and water. Image Lounge is well known for its fractal tools that have been used to replicate a lot of effects, including the specialized tunnel effect.

Step 1: Setting up Source Files

You will need to import a suitable image to use as the base element in your composition. You will now create a new composition and punch in the required settings and parameters on the following dialog box. You will now proceed to select the IL fractal tunnel effect from the Image Lounge option under the effects menu.

Step 2: Setting up Fractal Tunnel

You may now use the Image Lounge Fractal Tunnel to create any of the following complex shapes in your image: turbulent tunnel effects, wormholes, whirlpools or any other tunnel environment. You will be able to see a number of setting parameters under the Image Lounge Fractal Tunnel panel. Configuring each of these will combine with the others to create a unique tunnel environment.

The Transfer Mode dropdown will define the way a Tunnel effect behaves and combines with the target layer. It is a merged list of Image Lounge and After Effects transfer modes. The modes that are unique to image lounge are:

  • Replace mode - completely substitutes a layer with tunnel
  • Over – pastes a Tunnel and also combines the alphas of the tunnel and the layer
  • Under – puts the tunnel under the image layer

The appearance dropdown can be used to provide different looks to the tunnel innards by changing the look of the turbulent noise in the tunnel. The options available are Clouds, Billows and Filaments. You will use these parameters to define the tunnel and create a base look and feel for it.

Step 3: Configuring the Tunnel

You will now configure the final form and shape of the tunnel effect to be applied on the original image layer. Use the detail parameter to define the amount of detail captured in the final render. The scale control will be used to define the size of the tunnel texture. Use this carefully to project illusions of tunnel size and form.

Another strong tool is the Black Clip. You will use it to control the colors that are approximated to black in the final image texture. If you set a high value, then a lot of black color will appear in the final texture. You will also need to monitor the white clip amount because too high a number here might cause a white wash of the entire texture.

Use the above specified parameters and setup values to configure the final form of the tunnel effect that you would like.