Creating Cyriak-Style Infinitely Recursive Hands Blooming from Fingers Animation in After Effects

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CORRECTION: CYRIAK IS BRITISH, NOT FRENCH!!! Why did I think he was French? Well, now I’m not sure. I blame the Hand-Fingers.

First of all, you should all know who Cyriak is. If you’ve never heard of him, do yourself a favor and check out his videos:

In this tutorial, I did my best to recreate Cyriak’s hand-fingers animation, a video that has given me bad dreams ever since I saw it. There’s a lot of information in this one: Keying tips, tracking techniques, workflows for trying to blend images together in a natural way. After going through this, I have an even greater appreciation for Cyriak and his work. The way he uses After Effects is 100% unique and really quite brilliant. I hope you all enjoy this one!

Hand Fingers:

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