New Tutorials: Dead Planet Series

Welcome back! Today we have 2 brand new tutorials that should be a lot of fun. First we’ll create a dying planet with lava so that we can blow it up. Enjoy and don’t forget to check out Evolution our exciting new product.

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7 years ago
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94 Comments

You just helped many Star Wars fanfilms.
Kent Edwards
5 years ago
Where can i get this background image for the space i like it more than the other stuff im finding it matches more with the cg look of the planet but i cant find the image can anyone help me?
7 years ago
Here is a video that i used your idea for shockwave in.

http://www.jmmc.biz/jmmcsite_swbf3/swbf3_vid_1.html

Tell me what you think. Its a test for a game that JMMC - GAMEs is working on.
xBeatlesx
7 years ago
Lawrence, KS. Reminds me of my boring days at KU :) Just kidding. Nice place (not as cool as videocopilot.net though ;)
Dustin James
7 years ago
7 years ago
This, and pretty much every other, tutorial is being used as After Effects teaching in my girlfriend's sister's art college in Dublin! We had a conversation today that went... Her: "Oh, there's this guy whose tutorials we're using to learn After Effects". Me: "Andrew Kramer?". Her: "Yeah! He's excellent. Miles better then my tutor."
McLovin
7 years ago
Wait, wait, wait...What?
Derrick van Niekerk, you won’t hear the explosions in space?
what have you been smokin? :)

Of course explosions in space can be heard, you just need to be there, just like the tree in the forest, But we will soon be hearing more from space than or trees falling in the forests.

Anyway I wont get all scientific on you, just because your not listening :)
Derrick van Niekerk
7 years ago
hie hie hie hie, well you won't hear the explosions in space either, but hey, that's why we call it the movies. it looks stupid without the "mistakes". sometimes making something technically wrong, it makes it more appealing.

- Derrick
Dustin James
7 years ago
@ Matt

I am originally from Lawrence, KS. I go to school in Springfield, MO.
Chris
7 years ago
Such an awesome tutorial. It said on the blog rules that we could express our opinions about you, it seems to be a copy and paste job but its true, 'I think Andrew is delightful and witty” lol. I swear everytime I see one of these tutorials I learn so much and laugh so hard.
Matt in MO.
7 years ago
@ Dustin:

Kansas City....
Bo
7 years ago
First my friend you have great comic wit. I thought the squirrel joke was going one way....it went the other. Good stuff lol. Second, this is probably my favorite tutorial, the actual explosion of the planet. Awesome stuff man. I hope your wife and kiddo are doing well. Also that was pretty cool about the Call of Duty blood you found....Godbless.
7 years ago
Fantastic! I've been wanting to make a hero's style planet for such a long time and now I know how. You are amazing. Now i'm just waiting for the twitch plug-in to come out so I can yet again spend all of my money on more amazing Video Copilot products.
7 years ago
hi , thanks for the tut!
and chek this out
new indiana jones stuff!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/34908
7 years ago
Evolution is Bad Ass, I've been playing with it for 8 hour straight and i'm not bored with it.
Vango
7 years ago
OMG, very cooooooooooool!!!!!!

thanks andrew, :)
franco
7 years ago
andrew kramer, you are a funny funny guy
WiRXMAN
7 years ago
Tnx Andrew for making these. They look awesome. I worked up the first one last night. Pretty good pacing, had to pause it here and there to check out the settings you were using and play around/experiment on my own without the tut getting ahead of me. Overall, this really is a cool tut.

Its amazing how much the thought process of using AE is like Photoshop. I am more of a Photoshop guy and still really learning AE, but it translates over to AE pretty well. You make it that much easier, and funner, to play around and figure out how to do stuff in AE that we could get anywhere for this price. And then the products just make the cake.

Tnx again.
7 years ago
HaHa its always fun blowing Stuff up with Shatter Emitter. I Love it with 3d Invigorator but i dont have the Money to buy it because Andrews DvDs are much better :)

I'd really like to see what people did with evolution. I have something in peto, a special christmas present for my girl, but i will wait till its perfect ( even if she does not care if there perfect shadows and field of depth ;) ) - i think you'll like it
Dustin James
7 years ago
Matt in MO? where in MO? I'm in Springfield...

and.. umm.... I like the squirrel thing in the tut.. and I actually watched the intire Flash presentation of that flying squirrel thing... mmm..
Superman
7 years ago
Dude Kramer you are a genius. Check out the vid i constructed and destructed last night. Like your work...im still kinda gettin the hang of things...
peace

My Dead Planet
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQo02TgWdnw

My demon face...old i know
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQo02TgWdnw
Kevin
7 years ago
AWESOME! I felt a great disturbance in the force.
7 years ago
haha this has turned into a forum..


i like it (:
klaus
7 years ago
@matt. thanks for this, let´s call it, parabel.

be "graceful" for andrew´s input, the creative process and the output are all ours.

that´s a lot.
Hi Andrew Kramer
your my favorite AE artist.
robert mccalister
7 years ago
cool stuff good sir.

i am curious, where do you get your planetary textures?


be well,
rob
Matt in MO.
7 years ago
Can't anyone just watch it and learn... if you want to render the planet realistically then do so. Stop hounding Andrew for not being "accurate" and just learn the techniques and applications of the plug-ins.

To recall a conversation from The Office (US):

Stanley: I hope these ice cream sandwiches aren't the surprise.

Michael: Well its surprising... since you didn't expect it

Stanley: Because we've been having a really crappy day

Michael: Why don't you just eat it.
Morten Enoksen
7 years ago
@ Jesse

..LOL xD



Oh and to you AK. Nice tut. Your tutorials have made me famous in my town! The local paper just interviewed me:D I was discovered by my demonic film from your demon tutorial. Here's my try
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1RO6BzuNew
tryx italy
7 years ago
hey andrew make a next tutorial one simpli motion graphic tutorial....
i have buy evolution is greattttttttttt
tryx italy
7 years ago
hey andrew make a next tutorial one simpli motion graphic tutorial....
i have buy evolution is greattttttttttt
Mikey Fresh
7 years ago
Hello! *Put in the wrong email* First time poster. Another great tutorial. I really like the shatter technique! I would like to use it in things such as a wall blowing up. i made a 3d room in aftereffects, i applied the effect to a wall, but then i realised that the wall needs to be a 2D layer to work properly. (BTW, Between the camera and the exploding wall are a couple of columns) What I really want is the look of the debris jutting from the exploding wall. Do you know how to get around this problem?
Smily
7 years ago
Awesome, thanks for all tutorials, I learn sow much with this thanks again
7 years ago
@Tom- really innovative use of the shatter effect, especially the ice caps. looks very nice and your sound design is spot-on. well done... i need to play around with that technique myself.

woot for the new tut. i second andrew's sentiment that there's always something in these things that can be used somewhere else for an entirely different reason. the best part about them is learning more about after effects while doing a project that is entertaining. after all, i'd rather learn about track mattes by using them to blow someone's head off (assisted suicide) than to create a promo video for some bed & breakfast in connecticut (ripple training, i think...).

this is also why i liked tom's shatter techniques. he's using knowledge of an effect to do something different with it.

once you plant the seed...
illegald
7 years ago
@ Jesse, what blending mode did u use?
Codemonkey
7 years ago
I beg to differ....
Squirrels can fly..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRR4bOquEKQ

Awesome tute Andrew as always....

But when are you going to put them all on a DVD in high quality and sell them?
7 years ago
Hey, illegalD was right. I made a comp with the only light behind the planet. It looks something like this:

http://www.thetimecomputer.com/Pictures/Black%20Square.jpg

Much better...
xBeatlesx
7 years ago
Yeah, and the Demon warp tut has no sense or logic ! People warp into demons only after 6 pm, cold nights and only... but only after a good meal of blood and guts.... none of which seem to be present in the tut ! unforgiveable. Come on, the tuts are great. He teaches the technique. You add any "lacking" sense or logic.
Novastorm
7 years ago
"illegalD Says:

November 26th, 2007 at 2:51 pm
Whow, thats really blowing away!!!

Thank u AK for sharing your skillz with us!!!

But, there is one thing about the logic in this scene im wondering:

If the Sun is behind the planet, how can the Planet be lit that strong from the front, if you look closer at it, it is lightened from the left and right side ( u have a shadow in the middle)

I mean I like the Look at all, but thats somehow not logical or am I wrong?

I see the same problem at the earth tutorial, somehow it looks weird with the lightnig… "



Did you know that andrew kramer is also a after effect creation? There goes your logic theory.
jorberg
7 years ago
Thanks for the great tutorial Andrew!
Mikey Fresh
7 years ago
Hello! First time poster. Another great tutorial. I really like the shatter technique! I would like to use it in things such as a wall blowing up. i made a 3d room in aftereffects, i applied the effect to a wall, but then i realised that the wall needs to be a 2D layer to work properly. (BTW, Between the camera and the exploding wall are a couple of columns) What I really want is the look of the debris jutting from the exploding wall. Do you know how to get around this problem?
Andrea Lanza
7 years ago
Great tutotrial!!!

I'm really amazed how much stuff is possible with AfterFX!

THANKS!!!!
7 years ago
Looks good after a few changes (gravity=0, other explosion core, glow from the lava). =)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTb46ApzIms

Thx for the tutorial! But I keep searching for a more detailed way to blow stuff up (in AE ^^).
7 years ago
The light may just be refracted back by another nearby planet, or a moon....
2nd place is the 1st looser
7 years ago
logic ...ha! ha! whats that crap? and who uses it these days?
only fiction has to make sense ( i believe Thomas Clancy said it), you know like the bible. ..and for other things there`s master card.

awesome tutorial
illegalD
7 years ago
LOL
Ok I "D´Ho" myself for that Question :)
McLovin
7 years ago
Andrew Kramer Says:
“Wait a minute! Monkeys can’t fly!”

Well Andrew, maybe Monkeys can't Fly but....

Those those friendly "Squirrels" you used to dine with as kid sure can!
or sure used to :)

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0010/av/flash_engine.swf
7 years ago
You must have had a troubled youth if you hung out with squirrels :) Just kidding of course, squirrels are awesome.
Juan
7 years ago
Andrew, you never know
Maybe the flying monkeys came from the future, and they have much more advance technology.
bwoogie
7 years ago
WAIT! Maybe there is a giant mirror behind the camera reflecting the sunlight back onto the planet! and not only is there a giant mirror but also a giant magnifying glass which heated the planet so much it caused the lava to start flowing and eventually causing the whole thing to explode.
7 years ago
I thought the same thing when I watched the wizard of OZ, I was thinking "Wait a minute! Monkeys can't fly!"
illegalD
7 years ago
Whow, thats really blowing away!!!

Thank u AK for sharing your skillz with us!!!

But, there is one thing about the logic in this scene im wondering:

If the Sun is behind the planet, how can the Planet be lit that strong from the front, if you look closer at it, it is lightened from the left and right side ( u have a shadow in the middle)

I mean I like the Look at all, but thats somehow not logical or am I wrong?

I see the same problem at the earth tutorial, somehow it looks weird with the lightnig...
bwoogie
7 years ago
great tutorial! i dont really understand what eating micro meals with squirrels has to do with blowing stuff up.... but i dont care! i can use this in something im sure! thanks!
7 years ago
I just blew up the earth (heah..), but it didn't look as cool as the planet Andrew blows up.
7 years ago
cool tutorial as always. Hows that kid doin.
7 years ago
AWSOME AWSOME AWSOME! I dont know how you do it andrew.......well i do, you just showed us. Thank you soooooo much!!!!!!!!
Matt in MO.
7 years ago
Orc Master,

I believe you can set a negative amount for the strength.

It would just be one heck of a render bottleneck.

Also, the tutorial is supposed to help inspire you, so if you can do that to add on to the tutorial, I'm sure Andrew would love it. That's what they are here for, to inspire others by helping give them a basis for building off of. Like the light streaks one, I took the first half of that tutorial, changed the colors to fit my design project, and made the fractal loop so I had a motion background for a DVD I was working on.

If you can do both, please upload a link on youtube or something so I might see. I am at work right now and they don't allow After Effects in the data entry field.
7 years ago
I like how you incorporated some Action Movie Essentials. I wish you would incorporate more of your products in future tutorials. Thanks for another awsome free tutorial. By the way is your tutorial DVD with all 50 coming out before Christmas?
7 years ago
That was wicked. Were we trying to get some frustration out about the squirrels abandoning you? Or did your little girl poop on your leg? :) (j/k)
XedLos
7 years ago
Your the man andrew
black_dust
7 years ago
Cool! these look really good thanks Andrew! you made my monday!
Micke
7 years ago
Really nice tutorials!
Orc Master
7 years ago
Jesus Christ, dude! That was one sick tut... However, it bothers me to imagine all those microwaved squirrels and the fact that you didn't make the pieces of the planet that, instead of heading towards the camera, go out into space, you know, since the planet is spherical...

I guess you can just duplicate the planet layer and invert the force, right? Or is there any other way?
7 years ago
With a little creativity and tweaking, even the simplest filters and plugins can create fantastic results. Excellent work as always.
Craig T
7 years ago
IM WITH YOU ON THAT ONE BRANYE, CAPS ON FOR THIS TUT!

THANKS ANDY RU!

on a serious note Andrew, my boss here at our media company liked Evolution so much he reimbursed me the money! So I got it free basicaly :)
7 years ago
How come you didn't use CS3?
Chris
7 years ago
Amazing as usual! You´re the man Andrew!
Juan
7 years ago
Thank you so much ! Andrew
=D
=)
=0
Kingku
7 years ago
This looks ridiculously awesome. Thanks. :D
FromHolland
7 years ago
People should be aware of the fact that what AndrewKramer is showing us is not something to be taken lightly, instead.. think about the stuff he shows u and try to be creative in your own way instead of just copying his excellent art and use it for your own purpose! :x
Respect man, i feel lucky that someone like u came up and decided to share his tutorials with the rest of the world FOR FREE! .. man i really dont have any words to describe this. This site has become my homepage and im really looking forward to future tutorials.
Tom
7 years ago
Shatter is a very powerful effect in After Effects. I use it most of the time to create 3D scenes.

Check it

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=KGZh3_9rfJo

and

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=KGZh3_9rfJo
Fedegomez
7 years ago
Muchas gracias Andrew! muy buenos tutoriales! fede de Argentina.
tankman37
7 years ago
looks awesome---any chance of a planet zoom with SAM on the surface before it blows up????????????????.....sam is dead---long live sam....
Nono
7 years ago
I can't say a word...It's so amazing ! Thank you so much !
titor
7 years ago
Another great performance of Mr Kramer.
Since the article about the new plugin trapcode, i was a bit "sad" that tere weren't any other news, and what a better way to start the day than to look at your two new tutorials.
Suvir
7 years ago
but cool as ever
7 years ago
Yeah... but then again blowing up planets is a bit sophomoric anyways; the idea is to experiment with various filters in After Effects.
Luke
7 years ago
Nice tutorial as always, but I was expecting something more realistic ;) You can achieve this effect much easier in 3D studio too.
7 years ago
wow really really amazing............ ;)
Timon
7 years ago
YEEE. Awesome Andrew.
wayne
7 years ago
AWESOOOOOOOOOOOME!!!!thank you!!!
7 years ago
Looks sweet! Can't wait to try it out.
Helge Kallevik
7 years ago
wow, can't wait to see it! (can't watch it on my ipod touch)
Thomas
7 years ago
DYNO-MITE!!!!
7 years ago
This looks pretty awesome. I have to stop typing so I can watch them.
7 years ago
Wow. Will defiently be watching these as soon as I get back from school. Forget about the homework. I'm sure its goingto be another amazing Tutorial.
knakrz
7 years ago
I love what you did to the wild animals!
Kim A. Strandli
7 years ago
Great tutorials!
Not super realistic, but hey? who have actually seen a planet explode, so who can tell whats realistic or not? :p Im just think it would be awesome to use this technique to blow other stuff up! Like logoes and such, as the grand finale or something.
Justin Productions
7 years ago
Excellent job Andrew. - I liked the part where you used a "reference mask" (alpha matte) for the ellipse "shock wave" instead of creating a mask on the ellipse itself. Clean way to mask/rotoscope.

Great work.
7 years ago
Wow, can't wait to check these out!!!
klaus
7 years ago
that looks cool. you´re always surprising, mr. kramer.
7 years ago
I'M WRITING WITH ALL CAPS TO SHOW HOW EXCITED I AM ABOUT THISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.
7 years ago
hey guys. i cant believe i am actually awake to refrsh and see this go up. looking forward to it.

Trapcode Form Tut Please?
Fahd
7 years ago
Whoa cool graphics cant wait to watch it
Yasen V
7 years ago
DAMN!

whoa is all i can say at the moment
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