TUTORIAL: Virtual 3D Photos

In this tutorial you’ll learn a simple way to turn 2D photos into a 3D layers. Most of us know this simple effect from the popular film “The Kid Stays in the picture”, where the photos come alive.


I was hoping to launch the new site today but I’d like to polish a few things out first. Remember good things come to those who have to wait.


September 9th, 2007 @ 11:30 pm
It great :)
TNQ men Love it :)

Greetz :)
Josh Carr
September 9th, 2007 @ 11:31 pm
Holy Crap, a new Kramer tut! Thanks for taking some time out from the family for this! You rule, and good luck with the new family!!!
September 9th, 2007 @ 11:36 pm
Great tut, once again.
September 9th, 2007 @ 11:40 pm
great tut mister Kramer : )
September 9th, 2007 @ 11:43 pm
Ahh, so that's what you're supposed to use the flags for in minesweeper...
September 9th, 2007 @ 11:44 pm
Thank you for new knowlege sharing! Good luck to you and your family!
September 9th, 2007 @ 11:47 pm
nice tut looks sick
Stefan L
September 9th, 2007 @ 11:56 pm
Great tutorial, as always!
Good luck with the mine sweeper game! :)
September 9th, 2007 @ 11:58 pm
Another great tutorial.

I wasn't sure, but I thought I saw a slight bend in the background layer for the composition. Is there a way to sort of hinge a layer to create a floor? Or, what I think is more likely, did you originally use the new photoshop 3d layering on your background layer, then import to after effects?
September 10th, 2007 @ 12:00 am
I just rotated a second copy of the background under, towards the camera. Decided to keep the tutorial simple...
September 10th, 2007 @ 12:03 am
Thats awesome man, Cant wait for the new launch. Thanks again for your advice on ripping dvd software..might be my best bet
S. Gilbert
September 10th, 2007 @ 12:14 am
Hey Andrew,

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to make another tutorial greatly appreciated.

S. Gilbert
September 10th, 2007 @ 12:21 am
Looks good duuuudee

But not the best you've made ;) I know you can do better! :D

gratz on the baby girl ^^
September 10th, 2007 @ 12:27 am
September 10th, 2007 @ 12:28 am
Cheers for the tutorial AK. Have a good one.

Oh, thought you could use this....


September 10th, 2007 @ 12:28 am
Thank you Andrew... All your tuts are wonderful.

And Congratulations for your kid.
S. Gilbert
September 10th, 2007 @ 12:28 am
Quick side note, if you open Minesweeper and type "xyzzy" then hold the "shift" key and move your mouse over the mine cells a white pixel appears on the top left side of you screen, if there is a bomb under that cell, try it, it works everytime.
Andrea Lanza
September 10th, 2007 @ 12:41 am
Hi Andrew

your stuff is very cool!
I want to share with a music video i made for a friend of mine :


It is called "Ricordi sommersi" (submerged memory)

Bye & thanks!!!

September 10th, 2007 @ 12:47 am
Morten, this isn't a talent show...
September 10th, 2007 @ 12:54 am
Andrew Kramer is BACK! Yes!
Casey Millwood
September 10th, 2007 @ 12:55 am

no rush on the new site...you've just helped your wife bring your daughter into the world. Take your time you do enough for us anyway what with all the tuts and all.


Casey "I can wait" Millwood
September 10th, 2007 @ 1:08 am
HI Andrew

Great tutorial! But where is the project files for adv. sky replacement, day to night conversion, set extensions and for this virtual 3D photos tutorials? I cant make videos as good as you do, so I'll be happy if you do these aviable, i want to try to do myself the tutorials.
Thank You!
September 10th, 2007 @ 1:13 am
thanks Andrew

new site cool ..take your time though :)
September 10th, 2007 @ 1:18 am
Haha great tutorial. So funny in the beginning when you're saying "Every minute is important" or something like that, and then you play that game. :D Haha your jokes are the best. ;)
September 10th, 2007 @ 1:37 am
Fantastic tutorial yet again! Very very useful! Just one quick question, what is the max stills resolution or the the best resolution to work with in AE? I like to use as big a still as I can for backdrops (zooming out or panning) But it kills ram preview (I have 2 GB ram) Thanks again Andrew, you keep opening up the world of film to me! Very very greatful!
September 10th, 2007 @ 1:42 am
Thank you AK really nice tutorial
September 10th, 2007 @ 1:52 am
Thanks for the great tutorials matey, keep up the great work and such.

Just like to show you an example of your tutorials in action, had them used for a music video I made about a month ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRVSszWeD3c" rel="nofollow">Switchback

And great tutorial again =)

Rock on!
Ali dashti
September 10th, 2007 @ 1:53 am
Thank you andrew for every time.
How is Your Girl.
Some Guy
September 10th, 2007 @ 2:28 am
Thank you Andrew. Nice Tutorial, I love Photoshop.
And good luck for the minesweeper.
September 10th, 2007 @ 2:44 am
This one gives me new insights :) Thanks!
September 10th, 2007 @ 2:49 am
Great tutorial Andrew!

This techinique is really cool. I have been using it on a recent project, and feel it really brings another dimension to an otherwise 2D enviroment, particulary when you use a lot of stills in a video sequence.

Heres an example of my efforts. It's a video and motion graphics reel, the 3D picture effects and graphics work kicks in about half way through.


This process can be extremely time consuming, (the photoshop part), but very rewarding when complete.

Just a quick tip on my process, background replacement can be tricky, (especially a woodland background). Another alternative would be to just insert a completely clean background plate/shot altogether, this could save a lot of headaches.

Once again, thanks for sharing!

Congrats to you and your new family!!!
September 10th, 2007 @ 2:58 am
haha. i loved how you said sorry about photoshop then launched straight into it! :D

I tend to disagree on the releasing of the project files- its quite easy to follow along with the tutorial for yourself and apply it to something you've made yourself, this is a much better way to learn and also it prevents people from simply taking the tutorial, rendering it out, shoving it on youtube and calling it their own..

September 10th, 2007 @ 3:04 am
@photoshop part, I know this is a AE driven website but reffering to what Adobe is doing here I think it's stupid to focus just only at AE. With the outcome of CS3 suite they've made it so much easier to let all the tools of different programs just blend into eachother like my bacardi and coke at friday night does! If needed, please bring up Photoshop or Illustrator whenever it's needed! Part of the process, compositing is not only done by one program, AK tut's are explained at rookie level, hey don't get me wrong, they are great! but this approach does need such sideways to different programs of the suite! nothing wrong with at all :)

-2 cents
September 10th, 2007 @ 3:09 am
Another good tutorial. Also, be sure to have a look at The Kid Stays In The Picture, it's a really good documentary.
September 10th, 2007 @ 3:09 am
Another great tutorial :) Thanks for the sharing Andrew
September 10th, 2007 @ 3:17 am
Andrew again well done. just need to know why u again did not provide files to download???
much appreciated
dazz :)
September 10th, 2007 @ 3:36 am
nice to hear that voice again! will try this out, could be usefull for some projects.
have fun with minesweeper (just bought an old sega saturn, that's more fun than windows games ;) )
September 10th, 2007 @ 3:42 am
Dear god i nearly spewed coffee everywhere when minesweeper poped up. Anyway nice work man. and Congratz on the family addition.
Brian M
September 10th, 2007 @ 3:46 am
Thanks Andrew. Always great to get more photoshop tuts!! An effect with lots of poss applications there, and one of the funniest tutorials yet to boot.

Thanks for taking the time out. Hope you are enjoying family life.
Best wishes
September 10th, 2007 @ 3:58 am
Many thx for another great Tutorial.
Looks a bit like Tutorial 6 on ur page. Btw i like it too use other programms in AE like Photoshop or illustrator.

And plzzzzzzzzzzz give us the Project files for all tutorials.
I want to test all but dont have the right source.

Hey what u think about Trapcode plugins? when u use it so plllzz do some tut´s of it!

MFG Warti from Germany
September 10th, 2007 @ 4:08 am
Great tutorial!!
But you didn't tell us your score in minesweeper! ;)
September 10th, 2007 @ 4:23 am
Nice work big fella... thnx!

Oh, don't let the missus see this tute, she'll have your nuts for wasting time with 'puter games ;) lol

...enjoy your family time mate
September 10th, 2007 @ 4:30 am
Thanks for finding some time for the new tutorial beeing posted. :)
September 10th, 2007 @ 4:37 am
That's pretty cool!! Thanks pimp!!
Chris Cruise
September 10th, 2007 @ 4:43 am
Man, I have 3 kids so I'm surprised to see a new tutorial up so soon! I mean after enduring round-the-clock feedings and all...:)

This tutorial ROCKS and gives me some great ideas on a new project! You could even mix live action into those still frames for a sweet new look!
This tutorial's quality and integrity still rates 5 starz!

Excellent work, dad!
September 10th, 2007 @ 4:50 am
Oh, Loved the way you launched photoshop after the email comments!! Good stuff!!
Just Amit
September 10th, 2007 @ 4:55 am
yeah, loved it so much i forgot to do my homework... ill deal with that later

thanks for the great show and how it going with the baby?
September 10th, 2007 @ 5:09 am
Hell yeah, i lovew love love that one. great thing Andrew. i gotta do that one for myself again. thank you again.
btw: man how many times i've thanked you? well gotta be a tutorial of mine for you some time. workin' on it ^^

Just Amit
September 10th, 2007 @ 5:31 am
OMG!! i just watched you new tutorial and resized your daughter has the same bday as me. yeah september 2! she really does…
Orc Master
September 10th, 2007 @ 5:58 am
LOL, man, that was awesome, seriously. Never been good at Minesweeper myself, so I kinda admire your skill there :P

It also brings some cool ideas... You could use 3D projection with PS CS3's Vanishing Point on some cool surreal background and throw the actor on there in After Effects, maybe use depth of field on the camera to make it more dramatic, maybe even make some ultra slow-motion Matrix-like effects like, IDK, maybe making a particle-based muzzle flash shooting very slowly, while the camera moves dynamically.

Possibilities are endless! :P
September 10th, 2007 @ 6:11 am
I love that you went with this tutorial. I've wondered how they pulled that sort of effect off. Anyone see the new Halloween movie by chance? There's a shot early on where it looks like they do this kind of effect. It's really cool...
September 10th, 2007 @ 6:26 am
and i was thinking my monday was going to suck after being late 30 minutes thanks to the rain and trafiic. This just made my morning!

thanks andrew
September 10th, 2007 @ 6:34 am
thanks for yet another great tutorial

Cheers Andrew !!!!!
September 10th, 2007 @ 6:51 am
hi kramer!

i love ur tuts! ive seen all of them, and they're great.. :
except this one..-.- i mean this wasnt worth making a tut for....?!?!
u learn to cut and paste multiple layers when ur about 4years old :P right? and the effect isnt that beatiful.... :(

enough whining about this tut..... ;) i got a question:
there is one tut I WOULD REALLY!!! like to see
i dont know if u can make it but: the MATRIX-like effect.. where the footage is freezed, and the camera flies around it.. that would be sick!!! i hope u could show sum of that cool stuff ;)

greetz from holland
September 10th, 2007 @ 7:01 am
Congratulation to the new LIFE!
Thank you for the tutorial. But I can't see it...:(
Maybe I do something wrong?
I can't see it in the list of tutorials.
Hey guys, how did you watch it?
September 10th, 2007 @ 7:04 am
Cool Job Andrew, :)
This go help me im my works.
September 10th, 2007 @ 7:14 am
De nuevo nos sorprendes.
September 10th, 2007 @ 7:23 am
Looks like Andrew has inspired the Digital Juice DJTV guys to start doing AE tutorials
September 10th, 2007 @ 7:27 am
Andrew, loved the tut. I've tried doing this kind of stuff before with varying results. A lot does depend on your starting photo or taking a photo suited for this type of effect.

Just a heads up, I was visiting the digital juice site and noticed they now have a new DJTV show, "Suite Effects", that has a guy doing after effects demos and looks like he might be taking some of your ideas. His intro has a demon face effect. Just thought i would let you know that there might be some competition coming your way. Although your tuts are WAY more indepth, informative and entertaining based on their first episode, which was dry and a little boring (but it was about roto so that could be part of it). Any way just a heads up if you wanted to check it out.
Alexander Jansen
September 10th, 2007 @ 7:42 am
September 10th, 2007 @ 8:13 am
thanks for the tute andrew, nice tips as always... did you actually do this in the hospital(bg sounds were a dead giveaway)... peace!
September 10th, 2007 @ 8:15 am
I agree with Luke!

"haha. i loved how you said sorry about photoshop then launched straight into it"

You're always really funny and all.. but this was just brilliant! First time i really laughed hard! There's a first time for everything you know:) You really amuse me with your tutorials:) Keep it up! We're grateful!.. And congrats on your babygirl!

Peace out
September 10th, 2007 @ 8:24 am
"i apologize for taking you elsewhere when you came here for after effects tutorials........anyway lets go ahead an get started, im gonna go over here to photoshop." not sure if it was meant to be but i found that hilarious. if you don't use photoshop your really handcuffing yourself. awesome tutorial, gonna start working on my painting.

created this simple cartoon as a culmination of all of Andrew's tutorials. let me know what you think.
September 10th, 2007 @ 8:26 am
Nice tutorial Mr Kramer...
Good luck with Minesweeper...
Oh and the baby!... :P
September 10th, 2007 @ 8:34 am
yeah, that photoshop line was the funniest thing i've seen in a tutorial to date. sharpest way of saying 'learn photoshop' yet.

cheers for making the time to create another tut, mr. family man. hope the girlie isn't keeping you up til all hours of the night.

also looking forward to the new site; patience is always rewarded around here.
September 10th, 2007 @ 8:42 am
I thought the Digital Juice things was pretty cool. Nice production values.

@Matt, please don't pretend that these tutorials are made only for you.
Curtis Hickman
September 10th, 2007 @ 8:48 am
The use of 2.5D with photography has become very popular as of late... I cant seem to much without a client asking about it. Those of you more advanced users may wish to check this out...
It's a script that will auto scale your layers as you move them in z space. If you do this effect a lot, (like me) it comes in handy. Also feel free to look at my reel... i didn't put any of my 2.5D stuff in there but maybe in the future... and you can spot the direct use of an Andrew C. tutorial at the end of it. Thanks Andrew! http://www.aenhancers.com/viewtopic.php?t=498
September 10th, 2007 @ 9:04 am
I tryed this with a old photograf of my grandparents..

Let me know what you think?

The photo:


The video:


September 10th, 2007 @ 9:18 am
He andrew,

Man U're great, i haven't been posting much but hell! The tutorials in this page are amazing and i really appreciate what you're doing for us!

By the way, congrats on ur new daughter!

take good care

im checking out now


erm.. ok im checking out now..


September 10th, 2007 @ 9:47 am
Hi Andrew,

it is another masterpiece you delivered here. ;-)

I hope that all viewers that benefit from the Tutorial do help you to help them. Either by sending some baby toys or buy your great products. New about this Tutorial is up on the front page: http://www.strongmocha.com/2007/09/10/after-effects-tutorial-3d-depth-from-images-videoopilotnet/




(GFX VFX DFX Compositing Travel Food)
September 10th, 2007 @ 9:49 am
Great creative tut as always. It would really look cool with sounds from DESIGNER SFX.

Good luck with your new family.

Peace out.
September 10th, 2007 @ 10:02 am
Andrew your so funny! Great work on this and all your tutorial. I know I just like everyone else really appreciates what you are doing! Can't what for the new DVD's. Congratulations on the new baby girl, (can't wait to see her in your new and up coming shorts) Take care best of luck

September 10th, 2007 @ 10:05 am
I'm sorry kramer if i made the impression I thought it was just for me... as i said i dont want to whine i just wanted to tell what i feel...
(and right know I feel !@#$%@ because my grandmother died yesterday :( )

Like i said.. i really like ur stuff (respect).. and I just tried to give a good suggestion for a new tut :) (the matrix effect)

cheers and have a wonderful day from holland
September 10th, 2007 @ 10:09 am
Hey, Andy, congratz, man!!!! A Daughter! And nice tutorial too :D
September 10th, 2007 @ 10:14 am
I've been using that effect for a few years now. And some people have asked me to do a tutorial for it, and now I don't have to. I'll just point them your way, Andrew.

My Motion Graphics teacher taught us this effect because he used it in the RJD2 music video here:

I've used the effect to build a scene or deconstruct a scene in a video edit like my edit for a Red Bull Rough Cuts competition.


I also used it in a ten second logo build here:


I love Photoshop's Clone Stamp tool. It makes this effect so easy once you get a hang of it.
September 10th, 2007 @ 10:36 am
For all the guys slamming on the Kra-man for this tutorial....BUY HIS DVD if you want more advanced and in-depth tutorials! I assure you they kick ass, and he really gets into the details. I have half of his collection and they're WELL worth the price. :)

So, again....

1) Yes, some tutorials will be more basic than others, but not everyone is at the same level of proficiency in AE.

2) He makes these for FREE, so, come on....ask yourselves how many tutorials, or anything else for that matter, you've created for free in your lives. :)

By the way, Andrew, congrats on the baby!
September 10th, 2007 @ 10:51 am
Thanks AK, good to hear from you.
Here's my take on the 3-D from a picture...

Animated Portrait of Robert Mondavi


September 10th, 2007 @ 10:51 am
@Kim Jensen: Nice work...really nice! You really handle AE in a good way! From Denmark I guess?

@Matt: One of those Matrix effects were made with multiple cameras, surrounding "Neo". They freezed the cameras at the same time and then merged the camera pictures together.
September 10th, 2007 @ 11:05 am


Nick S
September 10th, 2007 @ 11:32 am
Its so nice to see someone taking the time to give out free tuts on AE and in a way that anyone can learn from it.

To the people who want the project files get of you bum and go get some footage yourself and then try the tut again or better again go and buy some of MR kramer's nice DVD's. Last week i got the Riot Gear DVD and wow you get a lot for your money and i will be buying a few more over the weeks to come.

Keep up the great work MR K.

Keep Safe
September 10th, 2007 @ 11:44 am
Otherwise known as 2.5D
September 10th, 2007 @ 11:47 am
@Nick S: Just like you say...buy the things and support him for what he is giving us! I have never in my life bought any tutorials...until now! After Andrews free tutorials, I knew what i would get (he has a mind for business) *laugh*. Can't wait for the DVD to pop up in my mailbox!!

By the way...this site doesn't support the scandinavian letters!? =)
September 10th, 2007 @ 12:00 pm
This tutorial may be simple, but it's a classy effect that is very popular, and can be used in many number of ways.
September 10th, 2007 @ 1:15 pm
Awesome! Another great tut from god!!!!! Its so simple and easy to do but so amazing. LOL I also heard your daughter in the background almost throught the entire tutorial! Also, Good luck withe the minesweeper game .
September 10th, 2007 @ 1:17 pm
Congratulations Andrew!!!
I share not only your first name, but your new daughter's birthday. Sept 2nd is #1!
September 10th, 2007 @ 2:08 pm
Indeed good tutorial, a very widley used technique, switch on one of those Genernic music channels and you will see them before and after breaks most of the time.
September 10th, 2007 @ 2:28 pm
Great tutorial, that's really cool for creating intros, i'll use it for the intro of my future film Cats: Pets, or Food? (not kidding it's for my english class)
September 10th, 2007 @ 2:32 pm
@Matt: For the Matrix effect you need about twenty cameras and a huge curved green screen. Don't get your hopes up on getting a tutorial on that...

Hey, anyone know how Andrew zooms in and out so fast in Photoshop? Cheers.
Nick S
September 10th, 2007 @ 2:38 pm
press Z then click your left mouse button
September 10th, 2007 @ 2:38 pm
@Pablo Fassari: ur right! .. these tuts are free so i shouldn't complain
@kramer: u rock XD
@Patrik J�nsson: thnx for the info man!

gr matt
Bader Ahmed
September 10th, 2007 @ 2:47 pm
The New Kid On The Block !

That was the title of the Bonus Tutorial # 3 in Creating Motion Graphics Book (Meyer's).

But , really i enjoyed your video tutorial in how to move 3d camera in still images. Now i am able to make such great things, thanks to The motion Graphics God (Andrew Kramer ).

You Made things simple

By the way, Congrats for your New Baby Girl , that is eternal event we could make in this Blog.

Thanks Again and for ever.
September 10th, 2007 @ 2:52 pm
Thanks Nick!
September 10th, 2007 @ 2:58 pm
WOO! Andrew Kramer's back! Thanks Andrew for taking time away from your family, I'm sure everyone appreciates it. Almost seems like you consider us your external family too :P. Anyways, great tut...nice, simple effect which can have a nice array of possibilities with a lil' imagination. K, give my regards to the baby and your wife. :)
September 10th, 2007 @ 3:04 pm
I was surprised to see a new tutorial up so soon after the kid arrived. I was kind of hoping you'd make Sam do one!
Richard W.
September 10th, 2007 @ 3:30 pm
Lots of potential with this technique. Fantastic.

Don't let the demands for more get to you Andrew. 99% of us would willingly spoon the Devil for one of your tutorials.

Thanks again. x
September 10th, 2007 @ 3:31 pm
dude...AWESOME!!!! I love it!

Joris Strickx
September 10th, 2007 @ 3:56 pm
already figured this one out on my own. It is a cool effect and keep practicing the basics is crucial in everything. I'm still amazed where you keep coming with the good ideas for your tutorials. It's nice to put in a basic one from time to time. Not everyone in here has experience with the program. thx for that.
Nice basics and what kim jensen created out of that was amazing. Nice one there.

and congratulations with your baby girl. I hope she'll get the same sense of humour as her dad. And did you make tutorials for us instead of being with your guests? Or were those noises and voices just from some tv in the background? :p
September 10th, 2007 @ 4:01 pm
Did this a while ago but its a similar effect. I was trying to pull of the "MTV" look. Thought of t after i watched transformers.

September 10th, 2007 @ 4:02 pm
o and theres no such website as the one at the end of the animation. im going to buy the domain asap. just need some $$
September 10th, 2007 @ 4:35 pm
I was looking for a tutorial like this a few weeks ago. Thank you.

I was thinking a few moving pictures in 3D would look great in one of those digital frames that plays movies.
September 10th, 2007 @ 4:38 pm
I just had to put this in here..remove the comment if you wish, but I think you would appreciate this video about Minesweeper.. it's really funny if you know the game :) They could have made it better with Film Magic Pro, but they might have used something from Action Movie Essentials, not sure though...


Hope everything is going smooth with the new kramer in the house!
September 10th, 2007 @ 4:42 pm
I love it, keep up the great work. This will come in very useful!
September 10th, 2007 @ 4:59 pm
hey nice tutorial haha. i liked the 3D, esp minesweeper! haha

Good luck with the baby! haha
September 10th, 2007 @ 5:03 pm
I saw that minesweeper video. It was great.
September 10th, 2007 @ 5:47 pm
lightsaber burn effects like in ryan vs dorkman 2 style. now that would be sick, and hard. but nothing can stop u man.

keep it goin

ure the best dude


Josh Dunn
September 10th, 2007 @ 5:58 pm
Andrew! i love this tutorial! i have always wanted to learn how they did this effect on TV shows on the History Channel or Discovery... like always, you pull of a simple, yet pro looking effect for all of us to use! thanks!
Brian Berneker
September 10th, 2007 @ 6:27 pm
Dude, you make me proud to know what a Null object is!!

From one hotdog to another I have to say I love your tutorials. I know my way around a computer, just sometimes not my way around a particular app. When I started watching your tutorials, I was "swept" away by your grace and speed, keeping the focus on the project and not the application interface.

You make it look easy, and so when I follow your tutes, it IS easy! I have always been good with technique, but the real gift is in the creativity that you seem to have in endless supply! I love the ideas an innovation that go into every one of your tutes and makes them more interesting than all the rest.

KRAME 2008!!

September 10th, 2007 @ 7:51 pm
LMAO, Andrew, you really do crack me up. Your subtle humor is perfect. Right on par with my level of humor lol.

Keep making the tuts like you are, and we will all live just fine. I think your stuff is awesome, thats why I buy it, and anyone else who doesnt, needs a severe head check.

Other than that, this tut was very cool. I have seen it before, but I love your presentation style, and the coolness factor you bring to your work.

I truly appreciate the time you put into making these, especially with the fantastic new addition to your family.

Thanks Andrew.

(And Mrs. Kramer. You have to put those in there every once in a while.) :)
September 10th, 2007 @ 8:07 pm
Guys, stop asking for the matrix tutorial. It requires a lot of cameras. I've seen how it's done.

This tutorial is actually more useful than it looks. I can think of some ways to use this. Thanks Andrew! And Congrats again on Katie!
September 10th, 2007 @ 8:33 pm
Hey guys ,the tut was cool good stuff .
I have a question ,what iam trying to do is do a 360 d around my actor while he is blown up in the air any advise on how i can rotate around him in 3d .i mean complete circle .
thank you.
September 10th, 2007 @ 8:55 pm
Hi, I'm only sixteen but I feel that this site is amazing and just bout the Roit Gear and Sound FX so I'ma try and use this tutorial with the my new products!!

Lookout for the youngest visual artist out!!! ONE MAN GROUP!!!
September 10th, 2007 @ 8:59 pm

Sounds like you want something like bullet-time (The Matrix Effect). Many people on here already posted that that effect is created using upwards 50 still cameras mounted in a circle around the actor and mounted to a sweeping green screen. If you can manage that go for it. But with After Effects 2.5d with a photo or video freeze frame, it would be impossible to realistically circle your actor considering it's a flat image of your actor in 3d space. So either make your actor and your scene CG, or use the Bullet-Time technique. Neither of which really relies on After Effects. If anyone knows some miracle in After Effects I'm forgetting that would allow what clancy30 desires, please tell.
September 10th, 2007 @ 9:23 pm
Andrew great tut. I dont know why some people are unappreciative but thanks for another great tutorial that you spent your free time on and put up on this wonderful website for us to watch for FREE.
September 10th, 2007 @ 9:48 pm
@DVoc of PRECISE MEDIA GROUP : No, I'm 15, so you are not the youngest visual artist :P

@Tutorial: Very great technique and very great tut.
And I think that you can (at least simulate) the Bullettime-Effect if you use 3-4 Pictures. You can't rotate 360°, but some degrees.

September 10th, 2007 @ 9:54 pm
I've watched it 2 times already...

September 10th, 2007 @ 10:34 pm
"The Kid Stays in the Picture" was a great flick!

I gotta tell you, when you dropped all the "sorry I used photoshop" stuff, I was like, "What? You need photoshop and other programs! Why are you apologizing!?" And then you went into photoshop, I nearly spit out what I was drinking. I think that was the hardest I've laughed on one of your tutorials. SERIOUSLY! And the fact that you didn't address what you just did, made it ten times funnier! BRAVO!

And I'm super appreciative, but I totally loved the whole, "...in case you're doing this for a major company or a free .... FREE tutorial! Free...."

SO FUNNY! Awesome! Can't wait for more to come. But baby comes first, I know.
September 10th, 2007 @ 10:41 pm
are i am stupid but i cant find this tutorial under the tutorials page?
September 10th, 2007 @ 10:54 pm

Basically, it would take making a matte painting of a background. Say you took the background like Andrew did, then clone/paint/stamp the background on a long horizontal image. Make it long enough so you could wrap it around the inside of a 3D can inside Photoshop CS3.

Then in AE you could do a camera move inside that 'can' with the images on 3D layers. I guess that would be a sort of way to do this. A lot of work to play with 2D images, but if you wanted to do something like that, I might start in that direction.

Of course, this is based on the expectation you know how to use Photoshop as well. ;) That damn Photoshop again lol.
September 10th, 2007 @ 11:09 pm

Great tutorial and congrats on the new addition to your family. As someone who's been doing 3D photos for a while, here's a couple other suggestions that may help people. They may have been mentioned already. I haven't had time to read all the replies.

* If you know in advance that you're going to be making the photo into 3D, take a picture of the background so you don't have to clone stamp it, or alternatively, use a different background.

* If you have some edging issues on the layers you've cut out from Photoshop, use Matte>>Simple Choker to reduce your edges and give them that nice clean look

* Another cool trick is to keyframe some of your layers with some motion. Say for example if you had layers with a street in the background, you could keyframe the cars to move across the screen and out of the picture (you'd have to put the cars on their own separate layer).
Tyson Dorrough
September 11th, 2007 @ 12:40 am
Great tutorial and congrats on the new addition to your family!
September 11th, 2007 @ 12:55 am
@ matt and such guys like him, you guys don't deserve Andrew's tutorials the way you act, this tutorial is great. You can't always get what you want 24/7 if it is star wars effects or not, this tutorial is great for people that works a lot with photos. If any of you have something bad to say about Kramer's tutorials, keep it inside yourself, it is for a reason that Andrew is one of the most famous adobe after effects tutorial creater on the internet. Keep it up Andrew and take all the time you want off work to play with your baby:) We will always be here!
Chase Langley
September 11th, 2007 @ 1:47 am
Hey guys just uploaded my attempt at the tutorial... Something you might want to know is that I DID NOT use Photoshop for these clips. I did all of this in After Effects and it turned out rather well. Tell me what you think. If you want I can make a piggy back tutorial in which i explain how I did it. Lemmie know!


September 11th, 2007 @ 2:00 am
Gianni (ITALY)
September 11th, 2007 @ 2:13 am
Hi Andrew great tut as always!!

I'm just waiting for another one...
Chris from UK
September 11th, 2007 @ 2:45 am
Hey mate,

Awesome site - Awesome tutorials!!!...

Keep up the great work


September 11th, 2007 @ 4:05 am
Heh I was thinking about sth like this tutorial last time... and you're first this time...
September 11th, 2007 @ 4:55 am
want that matrix effect? look at project white rabbit by ryan wieber.
its a "cheap" method to create a similar effect and even more.

September 11th, 2007 @ 5:20 am
mr.kramer, nice tut, thaught of that before, but great to see some tips n tricks in photoshop(paste via cut and so on )

allso, u are so noobish in minesweeper, put 1 bomb where u surely know it is, lets say with some "1" mark, and than bothCLICK(left and right together) on that "1" mark, and observe the magic ; )
September 11th, 2007 @ 5:22 am
Great tut as always man! I am thinking 3D images will be great for people who use a lot of photos in their YouTube work. Personally, I am going to use your technique on family photos for a genealogy DVD I am working on.
September 11th, 2007 @ 5:45 am
Don't worry about the new site, take all the time you need. I bet you have a lot on your mind right now ;)

Cool tutorial btw :)
September 11th, 2007 @ 6:28 am
@Titso: if u dont read all me responses plz dont
Chris Cruise
September 11th, 2007 @ 6:37 am
Billkelly-- good ideas!
September 11th, 2007 @ 6:51 am
About the matrix effect.....you can do it with only one camera. You simply get a few stills from a different angles and morph it together, though i think it should be a great tut to composite it!
September 11th, 2007 @ 7:49 am
dude my life would be so boring without your tutorials, i think that its great that you intergrate photoshop into the tutorials as everybody knows After efects and Photoshop are very much connected! Keep up the good work and giving us more of your ace tutorials!

Congrats on the baby too!!!

September 11th, 2007 @ 7:49 am
This is great, btw plz do trutorial how add good efects colors =D to movie ( games movie ) this will be cool !!
September 11th, 2007 @ 8:04 am

very nice.
September 11th, 2007 @ 8:32 am
Hey Andrew for Riot Gear II you should make some smoke puffs like you see in X-Men with Nightcrawler.
September 11th, 2007 @ 8:35 am
this tutorial is ok.
September 11th, 2007 @ 8:51 am
I just discovered this site. I literally starting skipping of joy.

I'm an infant when it comes to after effects, so all your tutorials are a wealth of information to me.
I'm not even a newborn, i'm like a premie...and yet to your teaching credit, i can follow and understand, (in a basic way im sure).
Thank you so much for sharing your experience.

Congrats on your new family!
September 11th, 2007 @ 9:41 am
Great tutorial as usual! And it feels really good to hear your voice again, feels like it was a long time ago, too long :,(

Take care!

September 11th, 2007 @ 11:29 am
You are the MAN!!!

i just serch that waY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you bro~
Mr T
September 11th, 2007 @ 4:47 pm
Andrew you made some sick(by this i mean great) tutorials so far for AFx!!!
What about doing some things in c4d mixing with Afx?
This is what i want to see...

September 11th, 2007 @ 5:20 pm
@ Mr T: There is a tutorial request page for...you guessed it, requesting tutorials. You might have better luck getting what you want if you request it the way Andrew wants.
September 11th, 2007 @ 5:21 pm
thanks aron for your input i know what are you talking about and i know its hard ,any way forget the matrix lets talk about the explosion in sowrdfish ,if i throw my stunt man in the air and i took 3 pictuers from 3 angels basicly its going to be still fram when i snap it while he is in the air and i put thes 3 togather and rotate it almost half a circle and i will add the dust and explosion from andrews dvd and make them still frams i think it will work ,what you think
September 11th, 2007 @ 6:04 pm
@Chase Langley

I like the composite you came up with on that matte painting. The sky is too flaky for me. Looks too much like a fractal noise generated sky, instead of clouds.

Overall though, the 2.5D move and composite looks good.
Matthew Materazzi
September 11th, 2007 @ 8:27 pm
Hey Andrew,
Thanks for making this tutorial, I know I was busting your chops about the whole "Man Vs. Wild" thang...lol...thanks a bunch dude. Congrats again on your baby, and for everyone who is bashing him...how dare you? This man is doing this stuff on his own dime and not charging us for any of it, so please...be cool and be grateful.
Andrew...much love brother,
September 11th, 2007 @ 10:09 pm
Thanks for all the great tuts, my friend and i have used many of them in short films for school and 1 of our films is touring the state, much appreciated!
September 11th, 2007 @ 11:32 pm
To: PhilLab

September 12th, 2007 @ 12:29 am
Congrats Andrew,

n btw, nothing goes away in life. So dont give importance to those who expect too much. Your doing a great job till now and have affected lots of people. Relax man
September 12th, 2007 @ 3:28 am
Thanks for another tutorial!
Keep up with Photoshop tut and if needed Illustrator! I appreciate them :)

Congrats on your new family!

Bye from Italy
September 12th, 2007 @ 5:30 am
Thank you sir!! I've been wanting to do this effect for a while now!!
September 12th, 2007 @ 7:01 am
Great stuff Andrew, I really enjoyed this...

And by the way, that minesweeper video posted above is HILARIOUS!!
September 12th, 2007 @ 9:04 am
thank you men!! great like always!!
September 12th, 2007 @ 9:24 am
Thanks for the tutorials. Every single one of them is great.
One question that's been hunting my mind since this tutorial was posted.
How different is this technique (3d pictures) from the projection mapping (camera mapping) tut you did for AE 7? What about AECS3?
Can the same effect be achieved using camera mapping?

I found this video on xpslv.tv way before your latest tutorial was available and was fascinated by it.

If i'm not mistaken whoever made it used the same techniques you used on this tut, am i right?


Let me know what you think Andrew and congrats on the new member of the family!
Colin thomson
September 12th, 2007 @ 9:43 am
Great tutorial,thanks
September 12th, 2007 @ 10:28 am
great tut.
"I apologize for taking you elsewhere when YOU came here for after effects tutorials, so... let's get started I go over here to photoshop.." made me laugh quite hard.
September 12th, 2007 @ 12:20 pm
Hey, nice tutorial mate im liking the effect along with all the tutorials you have created and i am currently ttrying to save up to buy all your cd/dvds wen im slightly older
September 12th, 2007 @ 4:32 pm
Nice one Andy, you never fail to entertain and inform. Though ain't it about time you started doing a few exclusive DVDs and making a little cash, i feel a little guilty watching them knowing i'd be glad to pay cash for the same tutorials :)

A few suggestions for other tutorials:

How do you create really creative camera moves? with really tight eases?

How do you transition around different scenes, especially in 3d?

How do you do an array effect in AE without plugins?

Cheers - Dave.
September 12th, 2007 @ 7:36 pm
@Renzo Reyes - The projection mapping tut dealt with simulating 3D by using the vanishing point tool in Photoshop. This tut doesnt use that, and doesnt try to imitate 3D in that way. Most of the time, photos for this type of tut, imo, are ones with people in them, or points of interest that you want to use to give depth in the image. I'm not really explaining it all that well, but the tuts are very different, and would be used on different types of photos generally.

Anyone else want to comment on that?
September 12th, 2007 @ 9:27 pm
هلا والله الدرس في غايه الاهميه يوجد عندي اشياء في الدرس هو الافكر هذهي تجعل الواحد يصمم بشكل اسرع واجمل
September 13th, 2007 @ 12:32 am
you think this could be incorporated with live action footage? such as the actor firing the gun then speed ramp the footage down almost to a still frame(insert 3D image composit) then you orbit around the muzzle flash for a sec then zoom back out the the original frame then speed ramp back up to normal speed....

just a thought.

September 13th, 2007 @ 1:15 am
as usual, excellent !!!!
but what about the paint fx in AE ? can you make an example with it and some tracking stuff, please ? like removing a tracking mark etc...
and thanx a lot for everything.
Andre Prior
September 13th, 2007 @ 2:33 am
Hi, here a example of a good 3d image composit.

September 13th, 2007 @ 5:30 am
Nice i just wanna point that when i saw what we`re gonna be create i know exact how to make it :)) I think that it`s a good idea to make some tutorials for advanced use of particular plugin also some morph and reshape tutorials and so on.. you know you`re the man! Great stuff and cheers for the baby :)
September 13th, 2007 @ 8:39 am
hey Andrew, congratulation with your baby!! It will be great great part of your life now, hope you'll be able to make another tutorials!
David P
September 13th, 2007 @ 8:42 am
I did a similar effect about 6 months back.. Occurs about 35 seconds in. Nice tutorial


Thanks Andrew.
September 13th, 2007 @ 10:16 pm
Hey Andrew, I'm having trouble this this tutorial loading.
September 14th, 2007 @ 12:28 am
September 14th, 2007 @ 12:39 am

Congratulations for the baby girl, take time to enjoy...!
The two latest tutorials semms to be down, couldn't saw them... and i can't wait !

Keep up the good work, thanx a bunch for all and long live Riot Gear (damned i use it all the time)
September 14th, 2007 @ 1:58 am
Thanks for all your tutorials!
I have Designer Sound FX, Action Movie Essentials, Film Magic Pro and
300 epic presets!!!!
There is cool!
ADD me please
Good Luck
September 14th, 2007 @ 2:49 am
He Andrew,

Congrats with your little girl.

Just want to say that your tutorials are funny as hell and very useful!

keep up the good work!


p.s. ever considered to become a stand up comedian?
September 14th, 2007 @ 4:38 am
Andrew! I had had you as a teacher back at school now i would be picking up a nobel prize
Learning has never been so much fun. You are just the best!!!!!
Congrats from Spain!
September 14th, 2007 @ 5:25 am
sei veramente un grande.
September 17th, 2007 @ 1:13 pm
Fantastic new site! Congratulations!
September 18th, 2007 @ 5:37 am
Hi Andrew,

first of all I would like to thank you for your amazing video-tutorials. Really great work!!!!
They helped me a lot in getting better in After Effects.
Is there any possibility to download these tutorials, because i have no internet at home. So i would like to download them at the company i am working to watch them at home.

Thanx again... Good on you!!!

September 18th, 2007 @ 8:51 am
Looking good Andrew. Good stuff. I'm diggin' the new content too. You've been my main source of everything I have been learning about After Effects and you never fail to impress dude. The basic training is really good stuff for learning for the first time and for brushing up. Thanks a bunch and I hope your wife and daughter aree doing well!
September 18th, 2007 @ 2:41 pm
Hey Andrew :-]

I gots to say cheer very muchly for your amazing goodwill to share your knowledge! Nice one the Kramer - Don't stop the positive flow!

On the shoulders of your giganticness (is that a word?) I have used many, many, many of your teachings for several projects and have always had amazing results.

One such project animated almost entirely in After effects (edited in smoke, with help from JP, superbly illustrated by my good friend Andy Weather, grade by Luds) is a music promo for the superb band Malakai, check it out here on you tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgqVpCd_oLo (Hope this is the place to put this link) It would be good to get a much higher res version hosted somewhere, if anyone has any suggestion please give me a mail.

Credit where credit is due... Andrew, I've stolen your superb globe tutorial at the end and loads of techniques throughout.

Once again, without suckling up too much..... nice one the Kramer :-D

`the Wolf
Sergey Tsandekov
September 20th, 2007 @ 1:10 pm
Hey Andrew... we can translate your tutorials to Russian. You will have a great audience.. lets talk about it... email me
Alexandre goncalves
September 22nd, 2007 @ 3:08 am
Hey Andrew, At First XXLLent Tutorial !!!
Wich you great Thing with the New Baby Born, I Might Be A Father Has well Soon.
Well I Wanted to Ask, Would you be able to make e Tutorial about How to make a Movie Shaking Following a Song Track ...
I whould understand If you'd say .... mmmmmummmm, Well, No !

Anyway Exllent Work Men !
Safe. @lex
Amir Sharafeh
September 22nd, 2007 @ 10:26 am
Last July, I co directed a music video and for two choruses, I used AE and keying. I took one of the tutorials here and did something with it and I wanted to share that with everyone, and hope for a feed back. I think you would enjoy it as well Andrew. My question is do I load it elsewhere and link it here?

Great new website, by the way. Congratulations! and also the baby girl. You sound like a proud father.
September 22nd, 2007 @ 2:04 pm
Hey Andrew,
Been all over the net looking for inspiration in helping me learn AE. I’ve purchased some good books, but it’s tedious reading. I love you’re bite size tutorials! The quality of sound and audio out shines anything out there. I have AE 6.5 so sometimes it’s frustrating to follow along, but I make the best of it. I’m a print creative director trying to make the transition over to on-air and your site is helping me do that.

Thanks again for an awesome place to visit over and over again. Please keep the tutorials coming!
September 22nd, 2007 @ 4:50 pm
Hey Andrew and other talented guys around here.

First of all, thanxs endlessly for all the work you share. You're so talented, willing, and fun !! ;-)

Secondly, congrats for your tiny-little daugther! She looks so cute.

And finally, here's some links to some of my works that I dare to share with all you guys. There is mainly "personal" stuff, but as I am a hobbyist, I would greatly appreciate to have feedbacks from professionals like you:

- "The Horse Whisperer" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR-699OLNQs): This is my last "big" project, and is 16 minutes long (on 2 parts). Many girls cried watching this movie (I promise I did not hurt any of them !! ;-) So be prepared, you have been warned ;-)

- "Friday, the 25th" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR-699OLNQs): This is the birth of my daughter. It was my very first video "montage". It is now 5 years old, so please forgive the visual mistakes and "amateur" looking...

- "My Brother Hero" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR-699OLNQs): This one is the birth of my boy, seeing throw the eyes of his sister.

- "Atlantis" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR-699OLNQs): This is a kind of France Tour

You can also browse for other little materials on my youtube.

Thxs in advance for any feeds, advice, or comments.

And as we would tell in French:
"Bravo les gars et vive videocopilot.net !!!!"

October 8th, 2007 @ 10:31 am
Thankyou 4 all the new Stuff

Best Regards
December 19th, 2007 @ 6:55 pm
hey andrew! keep up the good work, i've been watching your tutorials for awhile now, but there is one thing i need help on; your Light Streaks tutorial. i want to know if i could maybe write a messege using these lights? what you did was add an expression, i wanted to write something in my footage and as i apply the light streak, it would maybe motion track on to my hand and start fading in as i write.

for example:

like that maybe? but better timing. please email me back so i know you've read this.
November 27th, 2010 @ 2:26 pm
I love your Indiana Jones-related tuts haha.
Ronny Wright
April 2nd, 2013 @ 12:36 pm
Hi Andrew,

I'm new to After Effects & am actually still running version CS3. The interface looks like I'll still be able to create this effect if I am able to import my project as a "Composition". Because I don't have photoshop I used Gimp to create the layers & am happy with the results; only trouble now is, I don't know how to save the file so that After Effects will allow it to be opened "as a composition".

Any thoughts? Thanks much, sir!
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