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.

94 RESPONSES TO "NEW TUTORIALS: DEAD PLANET SERIES"
Yasen V
November 25th, 2007 @ 9:44 pm
DAMN!

whoa is all i can say at the moment
Fahd
November 25th, 2007 @ 9:46 pm
Whoa cool graphics cant wait to watch it
November 25th, 2007 @ 9:46 pm
hey guys. i cant believe i am actually awake to refrsh and see this go up. looking forward to it.

Trapcode Form Tut Please?
November 25th, 2007 @ 9:56 pm
I'M WRITING WITH ALL CAPS TO SHOW HOW EXCITED I AM ABOUT THISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.
klaus
November 25th, 2007 @ 10:07 pm
that looks cool. you´re always surprising, mr. kramer.
November 25th, 2007 @ 10:33 pm
Wow, can't wait to check these out!!!
Justin Productions
November 25th, 2007 @ 10:37 pm
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.
Kim A. Strandli
November 25th, 2007 @ 10:44 pm
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.
knakrz
November 25th, 2007 @ 10:45 pm
I love what you did to the wild animals!
November 25th, 2007 @ 10:56 pm
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.
November 25th, 2007 @ 11:00 pm
This looks pretty awesome. I have to stop typing so I can watch them.
Thomas
November 25th, 2007 @ 11:01 pm
DYNO-MITE!!!!
Helge Kallevik
November 25th, 2007 @ 11:02 pm
wow, can't wait to see it! (can't watch it on my ipod touch)
November 25th, 2007 @ 11:28 pm
Looks sweet! Can't wait to try it out.
wayne
November 25th, 2007 @ 11:36 pm
AWESOOOOOOOOOOOME!!!!thank you!!!
Timon
November 25th, 2007 @ 11:55 pm
YEEE. Awesome Andrew.
November 26th, 2007 @ 12:54 am
wow really really amazing............ ;)
Luke
November 26th, 2007 @ 1:30 am
Nice tutorial as always, but I was expecting something more realistic ;) You can achieve this effect much easier in 3D studio too.
November 26th, 2007 @ 1:35 am
Yeah... but then again blowing up planets is a bit sophomoric anyways; the idea is to experiment with various filters in After Effects.
Suvir
November 26th, 2007 @ 1:48 am
but cool as ever
titor
November 26th, 2007 @ 1:58 am
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.
Nono
November 26th, 2007 @ 2:05 am
I can't say a word...It's so amazing ! Thank you so much !
tankman37
November 26th, 2007 @ 2:15 am
looks awesome---any chance of a planet zoom with SAM on the surface before it blows up????????????????.....sam is dead---long live sam....
Fedegomez
November 26th, 2007 @ 3:56 am
Muchas gracias Andrew! muy buenos tutoriales! fede de Argentina.
Tom
November 26th, 2007 @ 4:04 am
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
FromHolland
November 26th, 2007 @ 6:49 am
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.
Kingku
November 26th, 2007 @ 7:14 am
This looks ridiculously awesome. Thanks. :D
Juan
November 26th, 2007 @ 7:24 am
Thank you so much ! Andrew
=D
=)
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Chris
November 26th, 2007 @ 7:25 am
Amazing as usual! You´re the man Andrew!
November 26th, 2007 @ 7:46 am
How come you didn't use CS3?
Craig T
November 26th, 2007 @ 7:49 am
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 :)
November 26th, 2007 @ 7:50 am
With a little creativity and tweaking, even the simplest filters and plugins can create fantastic results. Excellent work as always.
Orc Master
November 26th, 2007 @ 9:01 am
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?
Micke
November 26th, 2007 @ 9:01 am
Really nice tutorials!
black_dust
November 26th, 2007 @ 10:51 am
Cool! these look really good thanks Andrew! you made my monday!
XedLos
November 26th, 2007 @ 11:06 am
Your the man andrew
November 26th, 2007 @ 11:13 am
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)
November 26th, 2007 @ 11:25 am
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?
Matt in MO.
November 26th, 2007 @ 11:25 am
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.
November 26th, 2007 @ 11:33 am
AWSOME AWSOME AWSOME! I dont know how you do it andrew.......well i do, you just showed us. Thank you soooooo much!!!!!!!!
November 26th, 2007 @ 11:47 am
cool tutorial as always. Hows that kid doin.
November 26th, 2007 @ 12:40 pm
I just blew up the earth (heah..), but it didn't look as cool as the planet Andrew blows up.
bwoogie
November 26th, 2007 @ 1:35 pm
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!
illegalD
November 26th, 2007 @ 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...
November 26th, 2007 @ 3:03 pm
I thought the same thing when I watched the wizard of OZ, I was thinking "Wait a minute! Monkeys can't fly!"
bwoogie
November 26th, 2007 @ 3:36 pm
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.
Juan
November 26th, 2007 @ 3:49 pm
Andrew, you never know
Maybe the flying monkeys came from the future, and they have much more advance technology.
November 26th, 2007 @ 3:52 pm
You must have had a troubled youth if you hung out with squirrels :) Just kidding of course, squirrels are awesome.
McLovin
November 26th, 2007 @ 4:17 pm
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
illegalD
November 26th, 2007 @ 4:24 pm
LOL
Ok I "D´Ho" myself for that Question :)
2nd place is the 1st looser
November 26th, 2007 @ 7:18 pm
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
November 26th, 2007 @ 7:57 pm
The light may just be refracted back by another nearby planet, or a moon....
November 26th, 2007 @ 9:16 pm
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 ^^).
Andrea Lanza
November 27th, 2007 @ 12:21 am
Great tutotrial!!!

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

THANKS!!!!
Mikey Fresh
November 27th, 2007 @ 1:12 am
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?
jorberg
November 27th, 2007 @ 3:59 am
Thanks for the great tutorial Andrew!
Novastorm
November 27th, 2007 @ 4:28 am
"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.
xBeatlesx
November 27th, 2007 @ 4:46 am
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.
November 27th, 2007 @ 5:20 am
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...
Codemonkey
November 27th, 2007 @ 5:24 am
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?
illegald
November 27th, 2007 @ 6:18 am
@ Jesse, what blending mode did u use?
November 27th, 2007 @ 6:20 am
@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...
Smily
November 27th, 2007 @ 7:42 am
Awesome, thanks for all tutorials, I learn sow much with this thanks again
Mikey Fresh
November 27th, 2007 @ 8:15 am
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?
tryx italy
November 27th, 2007 @ 8:35 am
hey andrew make a next tutorial one simpli motion graphic tutorial....
i have buy evolution is greattttttttttt
tryx italy
November 27th, 2007 @ 8:35 am
hey andrew make a next tutorial one simpli motion graphic tutorial....
i have buy evolution is greattttttttttt
Morten Enoksen
November 27th, 2007 @ 8:42 am
@ 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
Matt in MO.
November 27th, 2007 @ 8:53 am
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.
robert mccalister
November 27th, 2007 @ 9:34 am
cool stuff good sir.

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


be well,
rob
November 27th, 2007 @ 9:55 am
Hi Andrew Kramer
your my favorite AE artist.
klaus
November 27th, 2007 @ 11:06 am
@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.
November 27th, 2007 @ 2:34 pm
haha this has turned into a forum..


i like it (:
Kevin
November 27th, 2007 @ 2:50 pm
AWESOME! I felt a great disturbance in the force.
Superman
November 27th, 2007 @ 4:19 pm
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
Dustin James
November 27th, 2007 @ 5:07 pm
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..
November 27th, 2007 @ 5:23 pm
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
WiRXMAN
November 27th, 2007 @ 7:41 pm
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.
franco
November 28th, 2007 @ 2:12 am
andrew kramer, you are a funny funny guy
Vango
November 28th, 2007 @ 3:48 am
OMG, very cooooooooooool!!!!!!

thanks andrew, :)
November 28th, 2007 @ 9:44 am
Evolution is Bad Ass, I've been playing with it for 8 hour straight and i'm not bored with it.
November 28th, 2007 @ 11:29 am
hi , thanks for the tut!
and chek this out
new indiana jones stuff!
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/34908
November 28th, 2007 @ 12:35 pm
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.
Bo
November 29th, 2007 @ 5:48 am
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.
Matt in MO.
November 29th, 2007 @ 7:07 am
@ Dustin:

Kansas City....
Chris
November 29th, 2007 @ 7:11 am
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.
Dustin James
November 29th, 2007 @ 9:54 am
@ Matt

I am originally from Lawrence, KS. I go to school in Springfield, MO.
Derrick van Niekerk
November 29th, 2007 @ 12:44 pm
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
McLovin
November 29th, 2007 @ 1:10 pm
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 :)
November 29th, 2007 @ 1:19 pm
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."
Dustin James
November 29th, 2007 @ 3:01 pm
xBeatlesx
November 29th, 2007 @ 3:22 pm
Lawrence, KS. Reminds me of my boring days at KU :) Just kidding. Nice place (not as cool as videocopilot.net though ;)
December 3rd, 2007 @ 10:06 am
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.
Kent Edwards
September 7th, 2009 @ 12:47 pm
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?
November 28th, 2010 @ 10:29 am
You just helped many Star Wars fanfilms.
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