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Pixel Pusher

Pixel Pusher

Pixel Pusher allows users to create incredible 3D particle animations by unlocking the power of an underrated and often overlooked effect in After Effects - the CC Ball Action effect.

Included in the template are over 40 design presets to get you started. Presets range from 3D water and landscapes to a variety of abstract designs. Customize the presets with easy-to-use controls, and create an endless variety of looks with the optional effects.

The Pixel Pusher effect pushes pixels forward or backward, based on its brightness values. Use the effect to enhance your motion graphics, or use it on your footage to create a stylized, 3D halftone look that is sure to grab a viewer’s attention.

    • LIMITATIONS – This effect does not have all the capabilities of a high-end particle plugin. It is best suited for making abstract designs and animations, or using it on footage. You can not move individual particles (balls) to form specific 3D objects or shapes, nor can it create networks of dots and lines. Unlike other particle plugins, new particles are not continuously generated. Each design, or “element”, is made up of a limited number of small balls. Sometimes, the size of the balls prevents lines and surfaces from looking completely solid or smooth. You can easily add more balls by increasing the resolution of the element, but this adds to the render time. The balls are not compatible with Light layers or camera depth of field, so a ball that is close to the camera will not have a different focus than a ball in the background. However, a number of presets use effects to simulate depth of field blurring. The Pixel Pusher effect can create the popular, retro wireframe landscape look, but the “hills” will not be solid, since you can see through the spaces between the balls.

    • This template is compatible with Adobe After Effects (v.17.0 and all later versions). Works on both PCs and Macs. No plugins required.
    • This template includes separate project files in HD (1920x1080) and 4K (4096x2048). Other resolutions can be attained by changing the resolution of comps, corresponding precomps, and solid layers.
    • Footage and music in demo video not included.
    • This template has been "universalized", so it will work in After Effects running in any language.
    • Detailed instructions are found throughout the template, as well as in the video tutorial. A "Presets Preview.pdf" file is included, allowing you to quickly browse preview images of each preset.


    The Pixel Pusher template is not a plugin, so there is nothing to install. Rather, it's an Adobe After Effects project file, commonly known as a "template" because most of the work is already done and the user needs only to make their own customizations. This template is compatible with version 2020 (17.0) as well as all later versions of After Effects.

    Pixel Pusher contains copyrighted intellectual property. The animations you create with this product are yours and can be used for commercial purposes, but the sharing or online posting of project files with or for anyone other than a client is prohibited. See the Terms and Conditions for more details.

    Positive and/or negative feedback is appreciated. Use the contact page to send me a message.

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