3D Text in 2D!

There are several interesting ways to create “3D” text in After Effects just search for 3D text in After Effects and you will find some crafty solutions. Of course a dedicated 3D program is better but not everyone has access to one.

With all of these creative methods, somehow the aesthetics of the imagery was traded for that fact that it was 3D. In this soon to be Shortcuts Episode I’ll take a look at creating 3D looking text in After Effects that is only 2 dimensional but has many possibilities. The moral being… no matter which method you use, don’t forget to make it look cool too, that is the most important thing. Unless you are in a contest for worst video ever; in which case you can disregard.

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7 years ago
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90 Comments

Looks like an attractive, solution.
Ken
6 years ago
Can't wait for this tutorial Andrew, I was thinking about how to do 3D looking text in AE just before you made this post. Keep the good work up!
6 years ago
umm........... how made it?
6 years ago
Hi Andrew,

Im very happy that there is a guys like you who spend their time by giving people ability to learn.
Maybe its all about family roots? As a REMARK was the famiuos writer in Europe who gave his heart by writing the books. And actualy he is my famiuos. Check your roots, and of course if you like reading, check (REMARK - its his pseudonim, read it from the end to the start).
His book ("3 friends") and the other is realy something!
6 years ago
Nice links Andrew, thanks!
Vandit
6 years ago
Hi can i ask what type of font do you use what we see on the pictures?? Thanks
Noddy
7 years ago
20th of JULY guys!

One month to go!
Kim A. Strandli
7 years ago
Ben, seriously, necessary?
Why do you think we havent heard from A,K the last days? MAAAYBE because they are working to get the new design out? I dont think VC would just forget the date...

"Oh, this guy named Ben, wrote in the commentary section, that the design should come out 2 days ago! We totally forgot! Let's release it immediately! "
Dont think sooo... Just sit back, and relax... And dont look at this post as an angry post, just a... post.. somethingsomething
Ben
7 years ago
Shouldent the new design come this 20 juny??
Smithy
7 years ago
hey everyone, I am making a forum for after effects users and video copiot users. This way we don't hassle Andrew to create one and he can concerntrate on running his business.

I'll let you know when its ready

hope this is okay andrew?
7 years ago
Very cool, and nice links xD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46TbDWkNkZg
copilot fan
7 years ago
thanks andrew for the new links. got myself some pretty nice fonts. If i ever gonna make some money out of your teachings be sure i'm gonna make a donation to you.[(don't know if food or money :)]

ps i fell that the energy tut is comming soon :)
VFX-Anomaly
7 years ago
blog rule:

# 5. Do not ask or beg for forums.

There are rules in life, and there are rules here.
I suppose most of you who are asking for forums also park in the red zone
thinking your special :)
Dayill
7 years ago
Hey Andrew, just wanted to say thanks for all you do and keep up the good work.

I recently browsed around on other tutorial sites and your's is by far the most organized and most professionial... with a comedic flair as a bonus :)

Oh and I already got to use a few pieces from your collection here...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgg4xjloe20

It was for the 48 Hour film project. My first time ever at making a movie of any length. I think it turned out OK i guess (for a bunch of newbs). If anything, it was good practice and i learned a lot.

Thanks again!
The 1 Hit kill
7 years ago
@Peter

don't you think they already know that? and please stay on topic..
7 years ago
wow these guys got some other great tutorials too, seems like they got creative talent aswell.

You should consider teaming up with these guys, maybe get some cool idea's and they could release the same great quality content as your tutorials (referring to the... crappy youtube quality) while in the process!.
Rob
7 years ago
I totaly agree, creative cow is a very fine site but the structure of its forum I dont like that much... AK, do it yourself with the usual quality and that forum will be great!!
Peter
7 years ago
ANDREW! I have a suggestion.

I think you should make a FORUM.

I think you can create an even larger community for After Effects if you opened a forum.
Johndis
7 years ago
Aharon made a tutorial on the 3d text using the shatter effect. I hope it's something different. Otherwise I will be disappointed. Just a little though :)
Pawel
7 years ago
Camaraman - LOL
drobins
7 years ago
Sorry to double post but i just realized he spelled his own name wrong in the opening credits. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
drobins
7 years ago
Andrew, this is a follow up to a post from a while back and is possibly THE WORST VIDEO EVER.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7V8z9Mi330&feature=related

Can we learn the amazing 3D effects they used from you????

I sure could use a hug right now!
Smithy
7 years ago
hey speed breaker,
brilliant work there my friend. Now that would make a fantastic tutorial to learn.
just curious does 3d max have a motion tracker?
Peter Valcanas
7 years ago
It's funny how things change, when I watched that series I thought it was great !

I also knew that there was something different about Mr. Sulu but couldn't figure out what.
7 years ago
The worst fight scene ever was hilarious. I remember watching that when it aired when I was a kid. I was terrified.

Looking forward to what's next AK!

c
7 years ago
HI Andrew Kramer NICe tutorials
Rob
7 years ago
Hi Guys, I have a question about one of the tut's from AK (Planet), can someone please tell me where to ask?

Thanks

R
Smithy
7 years ago
hey andrew,
you thought that fight was bad check out this link, its funny.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wnjb8Hx76u8&NR=1
7 years ago
Speedbreaker, send me an email. I have a blog post coming up on the subject and we can talk about it more appropriately. Thanks.
Foo Fighter
7 years ago
pffffhahaaaaa! i still can´t breath from laughing!!!
your "kirk vs. lil godzilla - slow-mo" fight-link had lead me to another one >>
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wnjb8Hx76u8

i´ve wet my pants today watching it!! laughing is such a cure!

Thanks man!
Speedbreaker
7 years ago
@Andrew

Oh my god, after postig 2 short test shoots I'm now able to imagine the traffic you must have on this site! unbelievable! I had to take the shoots down or my provider will kill me :-)

But here is the freehand track with some improvements on the rendering:

www.speedbreaker.de/tischfreehand.avi

I will post up a little write up of the steps tomorrow if Andrew doesn't mind!
7 years ago
Speedbreaker!!!

O m g.. that video is sick.. listen send me an email so we can talk or just post it here.. listen my friend, how the heck did you do that amazing motion tracking?? What are these "steps" that you speak of????????

Dude, please do tell b/c that is super sweet!
Peter Valcanas
7 years ago
I was looking for the font that AK used and I think it's called Expressa EF Heavy and it's not a free font.

Just thought I'd let you know! If I'm wrong or if anyone finds a similar font for nada please let us know!
7 years ago
I really wish they'd integrate 3D text into AE soon. That was one of my hopes for CS3. Other apps have had 3D text for years, so it shouldn't be so difficult for a top of the line program like AE to include it in the program.

Speaking of worst video ever, does anyone need a movie?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC0sR5_NTFo
7 years ago
Hey Adnrew.

I don't know where to write this so Ill write it here.

Partially because of you and your knowledge and insperation I am now employed at at an awesome post production studio in Toronto. Its literally my dream job and I feel like you are partially responsible for me making it come true. I can't give you all the credit though :D I had some great 3D Teachers in school and I self taught my self lots of things- but you are definitly in the top 3.

So
THANK
YOU
!


You rock!
DoogieHowserMD
7 years ago
Sorry its completely unrelated but did Andrew Kramer and Co do the VFX for 'Wanted'? Check out the final bullet shot http://www.apple.com/trailers/universal/wanted/large/final.html im sure the lil black sheep does much he doesnt tell us/brag about here. Looks a lil familiar!
Speedbreaker
7 years ago
@Jive turkey:
ok, but for what do I need that?
7 years ago
OK Guys, I am going to let you in on a huge secret--not going to tell you how it works because it's so damn obvious.. but check out the utility called RSG Grow Bounds! It comes with Cycore FX in CS3 and guess what? It allows you to render outside of the bounds of an import regardless of the size.. AK knows what I am talking about, just purchase TWITCH and you will know what I am talking about
C Dub
7 years ago
@Steve - Just animate the light position.
Daryl Booth
7 years ago
So a tute on this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eqn78CaswyI might be useful then?
Speedbreaker
7 years ago
@Daryl Booth
Yeah that would be awesome! perhaps someone could record a tutorial about compositing 3D Objects with live action footage without a fringe around the object. see my earlier post :-)
Daryl Booth
7 years ago
@ ARTone[z]


This is why I suggested a tutorial comp to entice the VCP visitors to `think out of the Kramer box`

;-)
ben
7 years ago
you should record that engergi tutorial soon
Speedbreaker
7 years ago
@Lawrence

I alreay tried that. :-(
The problem is the alpha cuts the parts of the motionblur which are outside of the object.
But thank you anyway!
Aaron
7 years ago
dude....more like best fight scene ever. I can't decide which is my favorite part....the mean axe-handle hit, or when the intensity builds and Shatner (in an effort of desperation) throws the rock.

This reminds of something I was working on recently, in that it was a space captain vs. lizardman fight on a distant planet, and I was shocked to not find some quality lizardman ambience, nor boulder crashing sounds (at least not of this caliber) on my designer SFX DVD. Will there be an update for this?

-a
steve
7 years ago
When using the shatter effect, is there a way to use a light with reflection along with a camera move?
Lawrence
7 years ago
@Speedbaker

You can render out a seperate alpha channel and put it on top to use as a mask for your composited shapes.

@AK... Hmmmm! delicious 3d can't wait, I love using C4d but but sometimes it's overkill. This looks like a good old fashioned in house reach around. When I get out I'm going to have a stab at it...
jeroen
7 years ago
@ Speedbreaker nice one, actually yesterday i did the same :D but i was 2 lazy 2 share it online :P up to matchtmoving :DD
Speedbreaker
7 years ago
In the last few days I get more and more in compositing 3D Objects with liveaction footage. When I render out my 3D elements as png with alpha and import them into afterfx I always get an ugly fringe around the object, if I use shrink mate the shadows of the object disappears. Same with motionblur! Does someone knows a good workaround for that? I could render out the shadow pass separately but that doesn't work for the motionblur, any idea?

Thank you in advance
7 years ago
Been waiting for 3D-like text for a looooong time.
Karim
7 years ago
Concerning this check http://maltaannon.com/articles/after-effects/ce-shapeextruder/
it is real 3D, free and you everything you can do with your 2D letters you can use the same effects here... so can be very cool too :D
click on the CE Extruder image to acces the tutorial and be sure to check out the follow up article for even more advanced uses...
Andrew Kramer has a great site and huge quantity of cool tutorials but be sure to check out Malta Annon it's the best European motion graphic site at the moment
he's busy with some really cool motion graphic scripts and creative workflow methods
7 years ago
I got a pair of Adidas 'Trons' to celebrate getting a new job.... they are mint... they glow in the dark and everything... they've got velcro too...

I'm 27.
Speedbreaker
7 years ago
very cool! And the right topic at the right time! After one year of trying and nearly throwing the computer out of the window I finally know how 3D tracking works! It's not that hard if you know the steps! Here are the results, ok there are some rendering issues, but I it's just a test:

http://www.speedbreaker.de/040508_1.avi

http://www.speedbreaker.de/040508_1.avi
ARTone[z]
7 years ago
ANDREW IS THE BEST....LEARN FROM HIM..DONT COPY AND PAISTE...
AND COME ON GUYS...SEARCH FOR A BOOK OR TRAINING....
ANDREW WANTS TO INSPIRE NEW ARTISTS NOT FEEDING KRAMER CLONES....
Rmax
7 years ago
finally !!!
Thank's
Sandy
7 years ago
very helpfull thnx
Mark Miller
7 years ago
off subject, do you plan on doing tutorials on using automator and after effects? That dvd would be worth it's weight in gold.

do you know of any sites that do?

Mark
7 years ago
Andrew, as a Trekkie, I take offense to that last video. :P

Captain Kirk Vs. The Gorn is a classic. But something about you, Andrew tell me you might be a Trekkie, at least in a casual fan sense, yourself.
David Stepus
7 years ago
can anyone tell me that font? =(
Diegomh
7 years ago
By the Way my mistake, Andrew, not Andrey so sorry....
Diegomh
7 years ago
Hey Andrey how you doing? there is that technique using a texture or a layer, a title and the shatter effect applied on the texture, It works pretty well, but I suppose you already know it, cause you are the After Effects Guru!! :)
WiRXMAN
7 years ago
I thought that Star Trek fight scene was awesome. Did you see how Cpt Kirk fell without even scratching his transponder. And then he dodges that bolder at the last second! Wow, that was suspense at its best! Last time I saw suspense like that was watching Martha Stewart decide whether to make her cake with pink frosting or fuscia. Man, too much!

BTW, the text looks nice on this AK. Cant wait to see how you play around with it. Tnx
noone
7 years ago
Awesome to see so many blog posts, oh and my motto is :As long as it looks cool...
7 years ago
how about you show us in blender how to do some 3d text and we can pick it up from there that if you dont mind of course and i already got a robot at my door so dont bother sending another one.
Carlos
7 years ago
YES!!! SWEET THANKS ANDREW! i've been searching all over for something like this!
Sweet!
Mohamad
7 years ago
I've be waiting for this!
Some Guy
7 years ago
Looks good. And nice links.
7 years ago
As usual, you are amazingly awesome and helpful!
7 years ago
dude.you're incredible.thanks ak!
Paul
7 years ago
I'll correct myself:
of course is this one of the worst movies ever...
NINJA SQUAD!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f-1-YVBuXE
Paul
7 years ago
Wait a minute, I thought this the best of the worst videos ever.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxkr4wS7XqY&feature=related
Flubber
7 years ago
Nice! Good news, I was wondering what happend with the SHORT-CUTS Episodes, glad to know that you sir (Andrew Kramer) continue to make those episodes.

Keep up the good work VideoCopilot team as always.
Juiced
7 years ago
I presume that those colors above are going to be the new websites colors? lol
They look smooth. Nice job!
Eugene Opperman
7 years ago
Tis looking good guys!
The perspective on the 3d depth is what's really attractive though. As always, not only does it look cool, its realistic.

Shout out to everyone from Johannesburg, South Africa.
7 years ago
Damn, I need this tutorial yesterday! Ah well, I'll do with max for now ^_^
Jman
7 years ago
If that font isn't Bauhaus, it's pretty darn close.
THE ONE
7 years ago
hehe worst video ever... hey thank you for all this VIDEO COPILOT!!!!
David Stepus
7 years ago
Hey! i like that font. Can someone tell me the name of that font?
Donald
7 years ago
Haha funny!
tommie12P(Thorsten Miess)
7 years ago
yea i use shatter too for 3D text in AE because its easy and renders fast enought!

Your text looks pretty cool, looking forward to it! But everyone can have access to a powerful 3D programm: remeber BLENDER! yeah i use it too.

omg that was the worst fight scene ever!
7 years ago
Thanks Andrew! Great..
7 years ago
Just use Shatter !
DiiLMaN
7 years ago
nope daniel.. your number 4 =P simon is 1 and 2 :/
just kidding..
DiiLMaN
7 years ago
nr 5 for first time :)
coool..
Malte
7 years ago
Very cool, and nice links xD
7 years ago
Im number 2
Simon Sweden
7 years ago
Or actually thanks soon :P
Simon Sweden
7 years ago
Cool, Thanks Andrew!!! :D
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