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Topograph 1.0 for After Effects

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Descriptions for Topograph 1.0 for After Effects

Topograph brings elevation maps and topography to After Effects! This effect lets you create unique designs and animations from your footage. It can be used for animating and for designing on one frame with interactive feedback.


Generate typographic maps

Topograph takes an image, a video or any source, like fractal noise, and generate an elevation map out of it.

A Design Tool

More than just maps, you can use Topograph for all sorts of design process, as much for print as for motion design.

Easy to animate

Topograph’s intuitive UI has a lot of control over animation.

A good typography companion

The effect also works well on any type and can be easily used for designing titles.

Be Creative!

Share your work using #topographplugin on Instagram.

How it works

Topograph transforms an input image into a 3D landscape, then horizontally cuts the cake at several altitudes. It then draws the contour of each layers on a 2D image.

Smooth Source

Blurs the input image. The highest will provide smoother, cleaner lines. The lowest will draw steep, sharky lines but will reveal more of the original footage contours.

Number of elevations

Number of slices in the 2D Histogram. Think of a mountain 1000m high. If the number of elevations is set to 4, elevation lines will be drawn by cutting the mountain every 250m.

Since more than one region or contour can happen at the same level, the number of lines drawn can be higher.


From -1 to 1. If we get back to our mountain metaphor, this setting defines which altitude will be more focused on. By default, set to 0, the elevations will be seperated evenly throughout the height of the mountain. When set to negative values, the lower-end of the mountain will have more separations and when set to positive values, the top of the mountain will get more separations.

Concretely, setting negative values will draw more lines in the darker regions of your image, while setting positive values will draw more lines in the brightest regions of your image.

Smooth Lines

Additional blur on top of the smoothed source, to allow for even smoother lines.


Each points on a line can be separated to draw circles instead of lines, that allows for a different look.

Start / End

Defines each line’s starting percentage. Useful for animating transitions.


This setting will offset the starting point of each lines. Visible only if start is greater than 0% and/or if end is lower than 100%, or if Color Method is set to “Gradient”.


In number of pixels, the thickness of the drawing. Can be used in conjunction with the next setting for more precise values.

Sub-pixel precision

Draws the image with less-than-one-pixel accuracy. This allows, for example, thickness to be finer than 1 pixel.

Color > Method

Different choices for colorizing the lines:

  • Custom Color

    Choose a line color with the color picker.

  • Reveal Source

    Draw lines with each pixel’s original color.

  • Smooth Colors

    Takes the color from the blurred version of the source image (according to the “Smooth Source” setting). This generally allows for smooth gradients along the lines.

  • Elevation Length

    Longest lines will be drawn black, while shortest lines will be drawn white. Everything line in-between will have a greyscale value according to its length. Can be used in conjunction with the “Normalize Elevation Length” setting.

  • Gradient

    Each line will start black and finish white.

Normalize Elevation Length

Only used when Color Method is set to “Elevation Length”. Sets the maximum length calculated for colorizing the lines, to control the overall gradient. If set to 0 (default), maximum length will be automatically calculated from the longest line.


Defines which background to use.


Opacity of the drawing over the background.

Compatibility: After Effects CC 2019, CC 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015.3, CC 2015

Developer Website

What’s New in Topograph 1.0

  • Initial release

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