Turn into a Ghost with Adobe After Effects

Learn how to create a ghost leaving body effect in this super easy Adobe After Effects tutorial. Create a simple disintegration ghost VFX.

The Ghost Effect

What a ghost really looks like isn’t defined. In the beginning of cinema, when we didn’t had VFX tools yet, a simple transparent film already sold itself as a ghost effect.

Today there’s no technical limitation anymore and we’ve seen various visual designs of a ‘ghost’. In the Netflix series ‘Locke & Key’, there’s a young boy who uses the ‘Death Key’ to leave his body as a ghost.

The boy was 3D modeled an animated to make him fly. Although I don’t think it really looks that good, the whole particles and actual ghosting effect is actually pretty cool. So inspired by this idea, I decided to design my own ghost effect.

Locke & Key Ghost Effect
Bode using the Death Key in Locke & Key (Netflix)

Particle Disintegration

The particles around the character Bode, break up very nicely. This is a disintegration effect, similar to the Thanos Disintegration we did a while back. However, this is not an easy process. I wanted to keep this tutorial simple.

With the help of the roughen edges I was able to completely create a disintegration that fitted with my ghost effect. By animating one of the properties of the roughen edges, you’re able to give the impressing that your body is losing particles, in other words a disintegration.

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Adobe After Effects - Jordy Vandeput Instructor
Adobe After Effects course instructor ‘Jordy Vandeput’

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