In this mini-tutorial I’ll show you how I created the Riot Gear Promo Title and a few cool colorize tips.

This week really has turned out to a busy one, luckily I found a little time to put together this mini-tutorial. It doesn’t really count towards the 50, but I sure had fun making it. I’ll keep you updated on new things.

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October 10th, 2007 @ 6:00 am
Man, i remember the good old days. I started in 5.5 i think. Thanks :)
Salmon Sandwich
October 10th, 2007 @ 6:03 am
Go After Effects 4.1!
I really enjoy using old programs, I installed Windows 3.1 on an spare PC just to be able to see it, the start-up time is almost instant.
Kim A. Strandli
October 10th, 2007 @ 6:04 am
Did you use AE 4 just because the loading time is less? :P since you had little time ^^
Jacob Dyer
October 10th, 2007 @ 6:33 am
After Effects 4.1. Wow, I feel privileged that the first version I used was 7! And it also makes me feel so young....
Some Guy
October 10th, 2007 @ 6:35 am
The tutorial from the past millennium. :-)
Thanks a bunch.
October 10th, 2007 @ 6:42 am
Nice work Andrew. I'm always impressed. Anxious for your new DVD that will soon be unveiled!

October 10th, 2007 @ 6:42 am
Nice work Andrew. I'm always impressed. Anxious for your new DVD that will soon be unveiled!

October 10th, 2007 @ 6:45 am
Turbo button! Haha thats awesome, I had forgotten about that. Great job!
October 10th, 2007 @ 6:52 am
Can't wait for Riot Gear 2!!!!
October 10th, 2007 @ 7:05 am
What the hell were you smoking? But yeah, fun to do this, recently put the side scrolling duke nukem on a P133...haha, good stuff.

Take care,

Marc Biorklund
October 10th, 2007 @ 7:16 am
Haha, back in the old days :)
I remember I asked you about that nice flame you made in the Riot Gear promo. The blur make all the difference :) Thanks for the tips :)

ps: Why purchase AE CS3 when 4.1 is that great :D
October 10th, 2007 @ 8:11 am
Back in the old days? c'mon ppl, you have NO idea what the old days are... Adobe NEVER built AE you know??? Aldus did! as most of Adobe's cool products were bought from Aldus... except PS, but it never got really cool until they bought PhotoStyler...

I've been using AE since before you guys knew who Adobe were, let alone Aldus... If you wanna think back, think harder...

Oh, and Andrew, give me more free stuff now, I'm sick of this stuff, I want a new tute or FORUM or else I'm gonna screem.... [ sarcastic BS from me ; ) ]

Love your work AK, I just feel you're being sucked dry from some of these freeloading, software stealing "fans" you have...??? Some kids around here need to be GRATEFUL & GROW UP!
Dustin James
October 10th, 2007 @ 8:54 am
I like the mouse pointer in the screenshot... I assume it is there to show the difference between the product and tutorial.
October 10th, 2007 @ 9:07 am
Awsome. I was hoping for some more tutorials using your products.
October 10th, 2007 @ 9:07 am
Awsome. I was hoping for some more tutorials using your products.
October 10th, 2007 @ 9:14 am
Whoo, thanks Andrew, I was wondering how you did some of those effects.

Keep up the good work, and can't wait for the Golden 50th Tutorial...
Helge Kallevik
October 10th, 2007 @ 9:28 am
Pretty cool! Is this the tut of the week?
Daniel Watts
October 10th, 2007 @ 11:04 am
Man, I like this one! I have all the VCP Products appart fro this mystery DVD and DSFX came with the promo project file - riot gear didn't but Im happy now! Here it is!

I love ur stuff
October 10th, 2007 @ 11:18 am
Thanks Andrew, Like another poster stated..."You are a Machine"
or a clone of the "Energizer Bunny" :)
October 10th, 2007 @ 12:32 pm
Are you going to sell your first 50 on dvd???
October 10th, 2007 @ 1:00 pm
if you look to the top right of the R (in gear) you can see a face in the background. I noticed that last night while messing around with the riot gear textures.. it kinda freaked me out and I'll never look at that texture the same way again.
October 10th, 2007 @ 2:12 pm

I'm thinking of buying the package but I was wondering how I could use those movie clips to masks in objects?

ie, using the smoke effect in this tutorial to build a logo or reveal objects.

Awesome tutorial, these have been really helpful!
Jay G
October 10th, 2007 @ 2:44 pm
i dont see a face... is it a girl? is she hot? is it hot girl?
October 10th, 2007 @ 2:48 pm
For the latest and greatest in After Effects 3.1 click here...
Scott Bishop
October 10th, 2007 @ 3:05 pm
HAHA awesome stuff andrew
Scott Bishop
October 10th, 2007 @ 3:07 pm
I cant believe you still have that version anyway!! Do you have every version since, running on your computer???
Marc Biorklund
October 10th, 2007 @ 4:04 pm
As far as I know After Effects was originally created by the Company of Science and Art before Aldus aquired it in 1993 ;)

Actually you right, I didn't knew AE at the time of Aldus, I started playing with it in 1996. I used *OLD DAYS* because I was a young kid and that period... nothing else.

I will try to not make you sick next time I post a comment :)
October 10th, 2007 @ 4:47 pm
Hmmmm... while you some of you extremely well rounded folks are bumping chests (and god knows what other unmentionables) over who has been the longest standing AE user, one can't help but wonder why aren't you aren't out there teaching AE rather than hanging around here demanding more free tutorials?
Some Guy
October 10th, 2007 @ 4:47 pm
Yepp, Marc is right. AE was created by Company of Science and Art. So, knakrz, "if you wanna think back, think harder…" ;-)
October 10th, 2007 @ 5:01 pm
great stuff! keep it up!!
October 10th, 2007 @ 5:04 pm
Yeah, I actually got the Medical Zoom finished:
Bader Ahmed
October 10th, 2007 @ 6:20 pm
that's really good .

Awaiting for More great things
October 10th, 2007 @ 7:42 pm
I outlined where to look for the face.
October 10th, 2007 @ 8:35 pm
Hey Andrew! Great tutorial as always. =) Oh by the way, I could swear your earth-zoom tutorial was used to create the end of the trailer for Jumper. Here's the YouTube link...
October 10th, 2007 @ 10:51 pm
October 11th, 2007 @ 5:22 am

Yeah man looks like it doesnt it. Dunno, hard to be sure, after all its not a new effect.
October 11th, 2007 @ 5:24 am
Soz for the double post, but i went back and checked out the earth zoom tutorial and it they have used it they have not ripped off the project file as the zoom comes from a different part of the globe...but hey, may have used the technique, anythings possible
October 11th, 2007 @ 6:26 am

That guy who did the tutorial for AE 3.1 only had 18 meg of RAM. Now THAT'S funny.

Thanks for the quickie tutorial Andrew.

BTW, since we are talking about old days....been using 3DS Max since DOS days...3d Studio 2 (pre "MAX").

October 11th, 2007 @ 6:29 am
It's not very likely that they ripped off the Earth Zoom project for the Jumper trailer. They probably used similar techniques, however. That effect has been around for a while.

Generally speaking, most feature films are not composited in AE. They are usually done in Inferno, Combustion, Fusion or Shake and others like that. Feature compositing tends to lean toward node-based compositing programs. Not that AE couldn't do it, it's just the way things are.

AE is found more commonly in television projects than features, although it's definitely been used in features here and there.

Kind regards,
October 11th, 2007 @ 12:00 pm
tutorial riot gear promo complet....
October 11th, 2007 @ 3:26 pm
Certainly could be a coincidence, although remember Trailers do not only include images from the film, it doesn't seem like that was part of the film but rather a graphic. Movie trailers often contain stock footage and additional FX and many movie trailers absolutely use After Effects.
Helge Kallevik
October 11th, 2007 @ 4:12 pm
Andrew, you should put a lot of cool stock footage on a dvd and sell it as a product on your site ;) I love stock footage!
October 11th, 2007 @ 6:00 pm
andrew do you do any commercial work ? because ive seen some stuff that looked simliar to the style of your tuts ..
October 11th, 2007 @ 6:30 pm
Andrew, what are the chances of a bundle with the new product, action essentials, and film magic?
October 12th, 2007 @ 12:46 am
I remember the good old days Andrew i worked at dicksmith electronics and the first 286dx arrived ha ha ha good times....
October 12th, 2007 @ 3:27 am
Hi Andrew,
very nice tutorial. Thank you very much for your great work.
I have an idea for a new tutorial an dont know where to write it down so i do it here.

i think this is a very nice effect and i would find it very intresting how to do things like this.
October 12th, 2007 @ 8:46 am
@Stuvis - there is a morph tutorial at creative cow that may help you out.
Andre Prior
October 12th, 2007 @ 8:49 am
Week soon done. Where are the news? ^^
October 12th, 2007 @ 9:04 am
I can't wait for the new tutorial, but this one reminded me that I used a little bit of you, a little bit of Dan Ebbert, and a little bit of me to create the new intro to our website.

You can check it out here:

Thanks for all the great ideas and for putting up with some of the not-so-gracious people who can be a little rude. You have a great attitude!
The Comment God
October 12th, 2007 @ 10:35 am
1. Great Tutorial! I’m going to use this right now.

2. Here is a link to a video I created using this tutorial specifically.

3. I saw this technique used in a video and I’m glad you posted a video.

4. Couldn’t you do it this way instead of that way?

5. @ Brian, Nice job on the video, I think if you made it a little darker it would looker more realistic.

6. @ Jon, I think it looks pretty good the way it is, but we all have our own tastes

7. Andrew, another good idea would be to add some grain to the background.

8. Thanks for the tutorial. I just bought Riot Gear and it is great.
October 12th, 2007 @ 10:59 am
Here's a news promo I put together using everything I learned here and at CreativeCow. The sound effects are from the DESIGNER SOUND FX dvd.

Thank you Andrew.
October 12th, 2007 @ 12:01 pm
I bought the "Serious FX & composing" DVD, and I haven't found anything like that in the market. It'd be great to see a 2nd part with new VFX tutorials such as those found on the Video Copilot Demo Reel (ei: Car hit -walking & driving, more motion tracking, etc).

Greetings from Puerto Rico,
the land of the "Chupa Cabras".
October 12th, 2007 @ 7:15 pm
I can't wait until the new product!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
October 12th, 2007 @ 9:01 pm
Sorry to be off topic, but what do you guys use to make the dvd case images? (the ones on the site)
October 13th, 2007 @ 1:45 am
This do remember me of those days I started off with a Tandy, then a Dragon followed by a Commodore... those where the days.
Thanks Andrew, and by the way, sundaynight I am going to see Mister Indiana Jones Ford in Blade Runner, the final cut (my favorite cultfilm, next to the Indiana series). Greetz.
October 15th, 2007 @ 11:21 am
Nicely done Andrew. Here's a quick suggestion.

Perhaps if you made the text flash and then scale up so that it is more engaging and fast, that might have looked good. Other than that though, very nice indeed.
October 16th, 2007 @ 9:30 pm
Since this was a lil fill in tutorial I thought I'd post this tigerdirect copied one of your tutorials rather poorly though ^_^
October 31st, 2007 @ 6:54 am
@ Marc & Some Guy, yes, sorry, my bad... I will think back harder... must have been the dr ugs of that time in my life?

@ Bob, yes I do teach multimedia s/w. I'm here to buy products NOT watch tutorials
December 11th, 2007 @ 7:15 am
Have you noticed, while watching the CSI New York promo, they've used your ink bleeds at some parts?

Kinda cool, right?
January 11th, 2008 @ 2:28 am
We used Riot Gear in a Swedish Commercial.
July 13th, 2008 @ 9:15 pm
Hey Andrew, What is the sound you used in riot gear? The chanting noise that goes HA HA every so often sounds like gregorian.

Could you tell me where i could find those sounds?
thx bud
November 28th, 2010 @ 10:15 am
Whatever happened to Riot Gear 2?
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