SHORT-CUTS Episode 01: Bump Maps

Our first Short-Cuts episode is online. Now there is an outlet for all the little things that would otherwise get buried in my backyard.

In this new Short-Cut tutorial, I’ll cover a cool tip for generating bump mapping with 3D light as well as utilizing 3D position with 2D effects.

This one ran a little long but in the future expect 1-5 minute videos with short tips and tricks.

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12 months ago
Real helicopter... i don's see the different.
Frank Carlos Huamán Cartagena
1 year ago
I would like to make a splash with liquid tutorial, it would be very interesting. I have seen all the tutorials but I have not found. thank you very much
Whatever happened to your Short Cuts series? I liked them...
7 years ago
Hello ...
I´m represent the Brazilian´s guys !

Thank´s very much man !!!
We loves your tutos ....

Paulo Cauca
7 years ago
thank you very good it s ok
7 years ago
Are you never going to do a full length tutorial again? I mean yeah the 1-5 minute things are ok, but I was really diggin the longer ones!
7 years ago
hi Andrew, I want to be like you. I am practicing with your tutorial. How can I thinking like your. sorry my english is bad.
7 years ago
Hey Andrew, I've been trying to figure out how to get an effect where like the arrows in evolution grow in a 3D space, while the camera follows it along as it grows, at a different speed.... I'm trying to think of an example of where I've seen this done, but I can't think of one. Do you think you could do a tutorial on it possibly? That would be an AWESOME short-cut..... :)
7 years ago
Professional looking stuff!
Thank you Andrew.
7 years ago
You guys are awesome. Really.
DÃ¥ Spence
7 years ago
last to post!!!!! yay...

wait, how lame is that!
7 years ago
"I can see the *misspell* was corrected."
7 years ago
I can see the error has been corrected.
I've tried generating a texture in photoshop and then apply it like a planet skin. It worked out well after some tweaking.
7 years ago
Thanks for the question Travis, I've posted some new info that should help answer your question.
Travis O’Donnell
7 years ago
I get the tutorial, but I don't get what this would be used for... It looks like a bubble with indents.

7 years ago
I love this tutorial...I learn a lot from all your videos....Thanks heaps!!!
7 years ago
ASANTE SANA...........(Thank alot in swahili)

Very humble, amazing creativity, humorous while teaching, God sent!!!!!!!
The kramers must be very proud of you.

ASANTE TENA ( Thanks again in swa) NA TENA ( and again) NA TENA.........AN TENA.....NA TENA.
7 years ago
7 years ago
Simply amazing! I made a Promo for my next DVD with this, just testing it out and it turned out great! I've never used the 'light' effect in Adobe After Effects before and will definitely be using it more! I added the DVD title as a 3D layer and didn't put in the Lens Flare. Great stuff! Thanks Andrew! I'm really interested in the bullet tutorial, but have no experience with any 3D software [Have Cinema 4D], hopefully you'll show step by step for the newbie users how to work them, cause chances are, I'll just be doing exactly what you do throughout the tutorial!
7 years ago
I want to see someone use this bump mapping on the "Demon Face" tutorial. Give the demon a wet and slimy skin texture. Any ideas?
Catchy name - [ SHORT-CUTS!] niceee.
7 years ago
this is great. I am very excited for your blender ones. Im a blendey and use it all the time (especially since im too poor to get anything ese) It is an awesome program and gets better by the minute as newer and newer experimental builds come out each day
7 years ago
Excellent excellent. this is simple stuff but makes operating in the A.E. world very effective.
Once again I totally appreciate the insights you give and the work you create. You have continued to turn the mograph world upside down. Keep up the good work.
7 years ago
Hello Andrew, great stuff! thanks for sharing the tutorials and resources, is very great know that you are using blender! Regards!
7 years ago
Great! I do have a suggestion though, Andrew! You should give the short cuts their own page or at least identify them on the tutorial's page (Short-Cut: Bump Maps)

Anyways love the idea!
7 years ago

So Cool

7 years ago
oh by the way
i'm sure U are not lazy 2 make long tuts
we can't wait for your next tutorial ( specially long one ) ;)
آموزش هاي فارسي و محصولات افتر افکت
7 years ago
Nice tut
thanks again ;)
7 years ago
20th comment!
7 years ago
i love it :X . when is the next one?
7 years ago
Thanks for this great Tutorial,
can't wait for more short-cuts
7 years ago
These will be quite helpful. Thanks!
7 years ago
ah again again, AK is gonna Boom the whole VFX World.

Wat a Genius! No words to say.

Awesome, Keep them going. Thnx. ----- Sandy
7 years ago
7 years ago
Thanks Kramer

Never cease to amaze..

The only thing missing is medium-cuts...
7 years ago
very cool...
7 years ago
Great! Thanks alot man.

Also, you can make them shorts as looong as you want. :D
Michael K.
7 years ago
Hi Andrew,

Very helpful tutorial, thanks!

May I suggest that you create a new section on the website for Short-Cuts? Just like you have a page for Basic Training, you should have a link to short-cuts under MORE STUFF. This way it will be more organized, and visitors will know which tuts are short and which are full length.
7 years ago
Joe W
7 years ago
thanks so much, great stuff!!
Matt in MO.
7 years ago
Hey Andrew. Love the tut and also love the graphic.
7 years ago
Excellent. That expression will come in handy.

Happy halloween!
7 years ago
Hey Andrew thanks a bunch. I'm a parent as well so I understand busy in just that aspect alone. Thanks for taking the time man.

Florian Zeitler
7 years ago

Thanks again to Mr. Kramer...

you rock
Ben Wotton
7 years ago
bump maps sweet! going to watch and enjoy! ;)
Do you ever sleep, Oh Andrew, lord of VFX?
7 years ago
Andrew, your wife can be pretty happy to have you - nive work! :-)
7 years ago
Wooohooo! :)
Going to watch it now. Thanks!
7 years ago
At least one today for sure :)
Kim A. Strandli
7 years ago
Nice! How frequently will these episodes come?
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