Electric Energy

I wanted to try and created some cool energy in After Effects without special plug-ins that looked 3D… Here is a pretty cool AE project file that I came up with for electric energy using fractal noise and turbulent displacement. It’s simple enough but has some complex layering. Have fun with it!

Download CS3 Project

September 16th, 2008 @ 1:46 am
Thanks, I think I will :p
September 16th, 2008 @ 1:47 am
I love this stuff! Thanks a bunch Andrew.
September 16th, 2008 @ 1:47 am
Nice looking effect
September 16th, 2008 @ 1:47 am
Looks pretty awesome! I'll check out the file! Looking forward to see the meteorite updated! ;)

September 16th, 2008 @ 1:47 am
Looks really nice.

September 16th, 2008 @ 1:48 am
dats so kool.thank u Mr Kramer
September 16th, 2008 @ 1:50 am
Thanks andrew, will study your project file and see if i could make something out of it also.
September 16th, 2008 @ 1:57 am
T H A N K Y O U.

Once again you made my life easier.

Cheers from Germany
September 16th, 2008 @ 2:01 am
It looked awesome.
Could you give us more free great preset also.
September 16th, 2008 @ 2:02 am
Cool thanks can't wait to play around with it!!!!!!
Peace from Canada!!!!!
September 16th, 2008 @ 2:06 am
Looks beautiful, thanks!
September 16th, 2008 @ 2:09 am
September 16th, 2008 @ 2:17 am
Wow, looks very cool! Thank you for this free download.
Is there a new DVD in planing? Any new way to support you?
September 16th, 2008 @ 2:25 am
Hey guys - any chance we can get a mac / AE7-friendly version of this project??
Daryl Booth
September 16th, 2008 @ 2:33 am
Pretty cool AK. Cheers.
ömer tatlisoz
September 16th, 2008 @ 2:58 am
Thanks Andrew...
Jared Wineera
September 16th, 2008 @ 3:04 am
AWESOME ... thanks mate. Love your work ;)
September 16th, 2008 @ 3:06 am
lol! Love the fact u incorporated it into yer new Banner! :] just u wait now,mr. AK, for a Horde-pleading for a tutorial on it :]
September 16th, 2008 @ 3:42 am
Hey!!!! Thanks a lot.
September 16th, 2008 @ 3:43 am
That´s really complex :-)
September 16th, 2008 @ 3:57 am
Any chance that a short-cuts tutorial on this could be made, for us AE 6.5/7 users? :) Looks great!
September 16th, 2008 @ 3:58 am
looks very nice and interesting XD
September 16th, 2008 @ 4:19 am
Great some fresh stuff in the site i really can't wait for the meteor tutorials i think they will be awesome! :)
Matt Dunwoodie
September 16th, 2008 @ 4:38 am
hey, great looking stuff, possibly useabe for a harry potter spell?
just downloading now
September 16th, 2008 @ 4:50 am
Oh wow...thanks man.
Just Amit
September 16th, 2008 @ 4:59 am
Very nice. I might actually use this for a idea me and some friends are working on. similar to your iPod streak tutorial except the streaks lock on to the tail lights of my car.
September 16th, 2008 @ 5:33 am
wow very cool. i hope you will make a tutorial for this ;)
September 16th, 2008 @ 5:56 am
Thanks alot, Sir. I needed that...u r a mind reader :D
September 16th, 2008 @ 6:01 am
September 16th, 2008 @ 6:05 am
Wow thats crazy, Andrew how did you come up with this?
September 16th, 2008 @ 6:17 am
Very cool,but can you tell us why you came up with this?
Any special reason? Thanks, anyways.
September 16th, 2008 @ 6:18 am
Reminds me of Ghostbusters!!! I like it! Thanks AK!!
September 16th, 2008 @ 6:44 am
September 16th, 2008 @ 6:44 am
Nice done Andrew!. I can't explain how much i appreciate your work, you have the skills others coul'd just dream of. And you are so good at explaining how things are and work.. You are my superhero Andrew! :D
September 16th, 2008 @ 6:45 am
I really like this as the banner :)
September 16th, 2008 @ 6:57 am
Thanx Andrew.But no tutorial for this :(?
Wayne Cutajar
September 16th, 2008 @ 7:10 am
NO Tutorial????
September 16th, 2008 @ 7:13 am

I havent got CS3 :(

Could it be remade into version 7 ??

Thanks anyway ;)
September 16th, 2008 @ 7:13 am
Is there gonna be any tutorial???
September 16th, 2008 @ 7:14 am
Awesome stuff, Andrew. This reminds me of Ghostbusters as well! If you do make a tutorial (which is widely unnecessary, but if you do), a quip like "Sam ain't afraid o' no ghost" would make my day.
September 16th, 2008 @ 7:14 am
nice dude! :) keep it going!
September 16th, 2008 @ 7:16 am
Like to see a tutorial that is made without an important plug-in....
September 16th, 2008 @ 7:21 am
Why ? why are you so cool with us ?
are-you Santa Claus ?
It's christmas everyday with you.
thanks a lot !!!
September 16th, 2008 @ 7:21 am
So Andrew...what exactly are "COPMS?" haha :)
September 16th, 2008 @ 7:50 am
Hey ANdrew I will Try it by me own XD
Your Fan #1
September 16th, 2008 @ 7:56 am
just a good way of proving After Effects usefulness without plugins.
September 16th, 2008 @ 8:06 am
Kramer, UUU' are the best, forget the rest!!!
September 16th, 2008 @ 8:13 am
cool thx

looks nice
Thorsten Miess
September 16th, 2008 @ 8:13 am
looks awesome! But for people like me who dont have the latest AEfx version its not possible to open the file.
Could you post a screenshot?
just want to see how complex your layer really are, I can do it by myself but just want to know how you did it because you always do it the easy way.
September 16th, 2008 @ 8:18 am
I don't know what is more interesting. Your tutorials, or files like this. I like checking out all the layers. *How did he do that?* *Why did he use that effect?* *What if I change this parameter?* :-)

Anyway, I have something to play with until the Meteor tutorials arrive. *HINT*

September 16th, 2008 @ 8:18 am
U are a saint andrew!!
September 16th, 2008 @ 8:21 am
Jeez Kramer, how the hell do you come up with these projects! you rock!!!
September 16th, 2008 @ 8:31 am
''how the hell do oyu come up with these projects''

well i guess he experiments.
September 16th, 2008 @ 8:49 am
when are the tutorials comin'???:(
September 16th, 2008 @ 8:54 am
by AfterEffectsJUnkie
September 16th, 2008 @ 6:57 am

Thanx Andrew.But no tutorial for this :(?
by Wayne Cutajar
September 16th, 2008 @ 7:10 am
NO Tutorial????


Same here could you make a short tutorial for the basic
setup of the whole.
Thanx in advance Andrew

September 16th, 2008 @ 9:18 am
Thank you so much.
September 16th, 2008 @ 9:27 am

September 16th, 2008 @ 9:34 am
Any tutorials coming soon... ?
Luther (aka) biglou (aka) king mayback
September 16th, 2008 @ 9:35 am
can't seem to open the file andrew Oh i see its a cs3 file I only have cs2 affter effects 7.0 ...... how about a 3d max file insted ... hahahaha .looks cool though...
September 16th, 2008 @ 9:43 am
This reminds me of when you did the 3D Caustic Lighting. It was a simple experiment, glad to see results used in such a cool way.
September 16th, 2008 @ 9:48 am
Thanks Andrew. I definitely appreciate it. I love learning how to create things like this, without using extra plug-ins.
September 16th, 2008 @ 9:59 am
Thx Drew, you're a pimp. Bump a tut too for anyone who's askin. New tuts on the way in case you forgot how to read.
September 16th, 2008 @ 10:06 am
Yeah that sucks, My comp isn't able to have CS3 so I haven't bought it yet (until my new comp arrives January). I don't care so much about not having the file for CS2 but a QT preview would be nice to see. I might be able to figure it out from there.
Jim Crown
September 16th, 2008 @ 10:30 am
Bummer, don't have CS3. Can it be created in previous versions of AE?
September 16th, 2008 @ 10:31 am
maybe he used some stuff from CS3 .
September 16th, 2008 @ 10:47 am
It must be built in CS2 for it to open in CS2.
September 16th, 2008 @ 10:59 am
Thanks Andrew!! you are GREAT guy!!
September 16th, 2008 @ 11:19 am
Wow. Andrew you just totally p*ssed my computer off with that file. It really can't handle the amount of awesome that is happening in that project. It looks amazing!
September 16th, 2008 @ 11:25 am
wow am loving it & i love the new website header very nice ;)
September 16th, 2008 @ 11:30 am
Yeah, never mind the enery field....post the Meteor tutorials!..(LOL) :)~ Great energy effect!
September 16th, 2008 @ 11:35 am
Hey Andrew.. NICE font you've used for the new title image... what are the font's... especially the font of your name in the image?
September 16th, 2008 @ 11:50 am
Oh thats so nice!

Looks even better than the Trapcode Flow presets, and doesnt take much rendertime as Flow.

Thankx a lot VC!
September 16th, 2008 @ 12:00 pm
I'll probably make a little shortcuts tutorial on it, just finishing the Meteor stuff ;)
September 16th, 2008 @ 12:03 pm

Mr. Andrew, maybe its possible to make this effect with "47. Audio to Animation " effect? What do you think?
September 16th, 2008 @ 12:11 pm
Wow, thats really cool.
September 16th, 2008 @ 12:11 pm
WOW! cool! I swear it is like you read my mind. I will be working on a vid and need something specific and Bam you post a tutorial or a project that fits right in. Has happened over and over!

Thanks Mike
September 16th, 2008 @ 12:11 pm
Why's everyone keep asking for a tutorial for this file? Dig in there and figure it out. Do you guys need help taking a leak too? C'mon get serious.
September 16th, 2008 @ 12:23 pm
Thanks you a lot, another enlightment
September 16th, 2008 @ 12:41 pm
the meteor stuff must be a lot of work to do. the two shots are very complex for AE and for teaching IMO.
Rus Paul
September 16th, 2008 @ 12:45 pm
Keep up the good job :]
September 16th, 2008 @ 1:17 pm
Cool one :)

Keep us posted on news and tutorials! And cool VFX!
September 16th, 2008 @ 1:42 pm
September 16th, 2008 @ 9:27 am



then you havent seen much dont you? ;)
September 16th, 2008 @ 1:45 pm
ooh! if you stroke on all the different elements individually (and make sure you put your stroke effect ABOVE the turbulent displace), It makes it look like a high tech laser beam firing. Try adding some animation to the particle generator and the glow adjustment layer as well to make a danged awesome-looking beam.

AK, your creativity abounds... I can't even list how many things you've proven possible with fractal noise and some imagination.
September 16th, 2008 @ 1:59 pm
Wow! I love the twist -- that really sells it. Looks great with some extra glow and a vector blur, too.

Thanks, Andrew! March on!
September 16th, 2008 @ 2:03 pm
hi andrew kramer comon men were a new tutorial i m waiting a lot of days............
September 16th, 2008 @ 2:08 pm
Take it easy. I've been WORKING a lot of days :)
September 16th, 2008 @ 2:18 pm
...working like a dog :)
September 16th, 2008 @ 2:25 pm
... in heat.
Peter Wong
September 16th, 2008 @ 2:26 pm
In my opinion, I think a project file is enough for us to learn how Andrew did this effect. I don't understand why people keep begging for tutorials and don't try to apply what Andrew has done so hard to teach us with all his previous tutorials.
September 16th, 2008 @ 2:33 pm
Man o man, that's awesome. By the way your intro to Fringe was outstanding, your an inspiration to me, and I am sure to others as well. Thank you.
September 16th, 2008 @ 2:52 pm
Look guys, I think Andrew is gonna stop doing anything for us soon if you keep on at him. He is just trying to make a living but still finds the time to pass on his passion to us. All I see as I look down the comments are ungreatful people. Come on give the man some space.
Phew !
September 16th, 2008 @ 2:54 pm
This tutorial is going to be fun I have a feeling.
September 16th, 2008 @ 3:31 pm
Cool. If you brake down the project files, you can use it as a cool, and realistic blood spatter effect. Thanks Mr. Kramer!
September 16th, 2008 @ 3:33 pm
Haha, very cool

Also noticed you've used it for the new header on the website.. looks good!
September 16th, 2008 @ 3:35 pm
o snap thats awesome
September 16th, 2008 @ 3:38 pm
Damn, when you arrive you bring the fire. Awesome.. awesome to the max!

Video Copilot... buy it for me mom!

September 16th, 2008 @ 4:03 pm
I am stunned about how some people are just talking here!

"hi andrew kramer comon men were a new tutorial i m waiting a lot of days…………" <<< are you kidding? andrew maybe wants to have his own life besides giving you guys always new tutorials..

ouh man.
great AE file by the way!

sorry for my bad englisch, greetz from germany!
De Huzz
September 16th, 2008 @ 4:09 pm
FINALLY a cool banner for VCP!! :D
Noman khanzada
September 16th, 2008 @ 4:12 pm
Can u please tell me some about jumper film effect. and day to night lapes
Ahsan Qurashi
September 16th, 2008 @ 4:15 pm
randi ki nasal tu bey fazol mei logon ko free mei industry k secret bata raha hy choto ki ulad. mei hon ju choopta choopta mar gaya or tu sab kuch khool raha hy
September 16th, 2008 @ 4:17 pm
Andrew, your a legend! thankyou so much :D
Chris Finn
September 16th, 2008 @ 4:45 pm
Is it possible to make another preset of the same thing that works for after effects 7?

Thankss! Love your work Andrew!
September 16th, 2008 @ 5:38 pm
Someone who can open the cs3 file will you just render out a clip and post it for the rest of us?
September 16th, 2008 @ 5:40 pm
andrew, can you show me this? andrew, can you show me that? andrew, where is the new tutorial you promised??

EVERYONE needs to relax. the man has always delivered and has provided us all with so many helpful and inspirational tips. if you want to know how to do something, take what you've learned from here so far and then figure it out yourself!! or else wait humbly like you should be doing...
September 16th, 2008 @ 5:55 pm
Thanks for sharing.
awesome ........ !!!
September 16th, 2008 @ 8:06 pm
Wii Yatani, we have tried this before to no avail
but you are indeed sir correct :)
Peter Wong
September 16th, 2008 @ 8:36 pm
Yes, seriously stop begging Andrew for new tutorials. He isn't the only one who can provide you with AE knowledge. Try other forums like Creative Cow while Andrew rests.
September 16th, 2008 @ 8:43 pm
One question---On the "small displacement" adjustment layer... what is the CC composite FX for? I dont think it was doing anything and Ive never used it myself. Its set to Copy and the opacity is at 100. I know that the composite originals default is "in front" but when I turn that effect off I see no change...
Am I missing something?
September 16th, 2008 @ 9:07 pm
Hurry up Andrew, otherwise I'm gonna start buying only Gnomon tutorials...haha jk....seriously though....
September 16th, 2008 @ 9:24 pm
So, Andrew... have you upgraded to CS4 yet? ;)

[note for all who feel compelled to tell me how stupid I am: yes, i know it's not out yet...]
September 16th, 2008 @ 9:51 pm
I learn something new every time here.
September 16th, 2008 @ 10:07 pm
@ DiggerDave

i agree with you. so many people dont get it. this what Mr. Andrew does is somethign to be grateful for.
noone should comlain. too greedy.

thx Ak.
Edd Black
September 16th, 2008 @ 11:01 pm
Thank you very much. :)
September 16th, 2008 @ 11:08 pm
This is why I need CS3
September 16th, 2008 @ 11:23 pm
Very creative AK
De Huzz
September 16th, 2008 @ 11:39 pm
Andrew in his tutorials and this has given this fractal noise a good job :P who knows what else u can make it into!!
September 17th, 2008 @ 1:21 am
so, no answer means: no new dvd...
September 17th, 2008 @ 1:32 am
I see you've changed the banner to some thing that looks like that.....i personally like the one before though.....
Not the one with the star....the one that looks like a dark warehouse with rusty steel.....kinda like twitch maybe....
September 17th, 2008 @ 2:25 am
We are working on 2 new DVDs, but there are also other projects that we are doing too. I just finished all the 3D stuff for the Meteor training tonight!
September 17th, 2008 @ 3:01 am
Please Andrew, can you host a AE CS2 project, because I don't have the CS3 version yet. Thank you very much
September 17th, 2008 @ 3:17 am
September 17th, 2008 @ 3:41 am
Hey Andrew. Tell me more about the 2 new DVDs ;-)
September 17th, 2008 @ 3:57 am
so you finished the tutorials?
Daryl Booth
September 17th, 2008 @ 4:38 am
@ Andrew Kramer,

Please, please ignore the beggers. Us normal people can wait as long as it takes. Life is for living...


Hey heres a thought, why not try doing the effect yourself and see what you come up with instead of badgering the great one for your own needs.
Mr K has a family & job and LIFE so get off the mans back for goodness sake.

Kramer & Team.... YOU ROCK!!
September 17th, 2008 @ 5:36 am
"Give them an inch and they'll take a mile..."

Thanks again AK, superb stuff. Frankly anyone who has sat through your tutorials should be able to figure this one out - really clever idea, very effectively executed.

BUT... yet again instead of a simple thanks, instead of appreciation, a number of moaning, complaining, ungrateful little snots pester you for more, more, more!

Do any of you people know how much time it takes to experiment around with ideas, then figure out a useful way of incorporating these ideas into a useful project, then make a tutorial based around the project?

And then work that around the hours of work the guy does in his professional life?

Not to mention the most important time of all, that which he spends relaxing with his family?

Clearly some of you haven't been brought up to appreciate hard work, dedication and good manners.

If you had, you'd either:

a) be working on your own stuff and grateful for the extra help given to you by sites like these and people like Andrew

or b) at least have enough common decency to thank the man for what he already has done - instead of whining about what he hasn't.

Frankly, I wonder whether Andrew thinks about getting people to pay to subscribe to this site - (I know I would), and at least that way you'd get rid of these lazy, ungrateful wretches who seem to want somebody else to do all the hard work and then break it down so they don't have to spend time or effort doing work themselves.

AK's tutorials should be seen as a jumping-off point, an inspiration for your own experimentation whilst helping to give you the tools and skills necessary to become a better VFX artist.

"Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. give him a fishing rod, you feed him for life."

To all the people who just want a fish - fine, chow down, enjoy it and be grateful.

Some of us are happy to learn to fish ourselves and are thankful for the help we get.


Daryl Booth
September 17th, 2008 @ 5:53 am
@ Byrnee

Could not put it better myself. Bravo man, bravo..
September 17th, 2008 @ 5:57 am
why do some people think that Kramer needs people to defend him?
ohhh now i know. its they who bring this blog down.

BRAVO you haters
Daryl Booth
September 17th, 2008 @ 6:15 am
@ Bob

Ok, I will humour you...

How does stating that constant badgering is hateing?
September 17th, 2008 @ 6:28 am
Ahhhhhhhhh. Loud Noises!!!!
September 17th, 2008 @ 6:33 am
I'm trying some stuff out right now.. couldn't open the file either but I think what I'm creating looks okay!

to bad andrew can't be beat..

I'll upload it later
Daryl Booth
September 17th, 2008 @ 6:49 am
@ Tim

Cool, Hope to see the results soon.

September 17th, 2008 @ 7:39 am
andrew you said you are working on 2 new DVD's. will it be something like action stock footage? or like evolution?

i am right now watching The Bullet. really like that you explain cinema 4D and even some tricks in blender.
September 17th, 2008 @ 7:58 am
What's the font that Andrew has his name on the title banner?
September 17th, 2008 @ 8:44 am
Thank you Andrew, this stuff is useful!
I'll look through the project in a minute.
September 17th, 2008 @ 8:57 am
this is what I came up with.. it's not as cool as I have hoped haha but I had fun expirimenting with the effects

http://vimeo.com/1752609?pg=embed&sec=1752609" rel="nofollow">Untitled from http://vimeo.com/1752609?pg=embed&sec=1752609" rel="nofollow">Tim Schiphorst on http://vimeo.com/1752609?pg=embed&sec=1752609" ?pg=embed&sec=1752609" rel="nofollow">Vimeo.
September 17th, 2008 @ 9:00 am
Can't wait for the tutorials!
September 17th, 2008 @ 9:07 am
it's not really working..
September 17th, 2008 @ 9:11 am
Andrew you're awesome, Byrnee take it easy. The real VCP fans get ya.
Christopher Oliver
September 17th, 2008 @ 9:56 am
I love it, I love also the comps withing the comps within the comps lol. Nice way to save your layer space. :)
September 17th, 2008 @ 10:20 am
Andrew! You need a assistance, a PADAWAN! MEEEE!!!!!!!!
September 17th, 2008 @ 10:21 am
Riot Gear 2.....:)
September 17th, 2008 @ 11:07 am
hey andrew,
that effect looks really awesome

BUT: the header "Tutorials hosted..." doesn't look good with it. sorry.
Just Amit
September 17th, 2008 @ 11:24 am
2 new DVD's!?!?!

Andrew you ever stop be awesome do you? Haha. Nice new banner, wonder where you got it...

But really, i wonder what those new DVD's might be? Another nice texture would be nice : )
September 17th, 2008 @ 12:08 pm
a little off topic but i am curious.Can you tell us what was that "Call of Duty" project you were working on? Would that be part od the DVD?
September 17th, 2008 @ 12:21 pm
I'm not working on any Call of Duty project.
September 17th, 2008 @ 12:25 pm
Rafael, I think the thing you mean to do with COD is that they used Andrew's Blood from Action Movie Essentials.
September 17th, 2008 @ 12:28 pm
Could you give us a clue to what the DVD's will be? A tutorial DVD like The Bullet, a plugin like Twitch or A product like Riot gear, Designer sound effects or Action movie assesntials.

Or maybe Series 2 DVD! That would be good.
September 17th, 2008 @ 12:48 pm
Hey Andrew,
Andrew you’re awesome.....
that effect looks great.
Cheers from India.
You Rock My Life....
thank u.
September 17th, 2008 @ 12:48 pm
When "The meteor" tutorials are going to be launched??
September 17th, 2008 @ 1:07 pm
i had the same doubt but who am i to say..
September 17th, 2008 @ 1:25 pm
Ooooh, the anticipation. I have this strange feeling that this is going to be the most amazing free training ever released, period. I mean the kind of training some people pay 70k a year for. So ya all the beggars, shut it.
Andrew Kramer(AKA La Machina), he's the man.
September 17th, 2008 @ 1:29 pm
Dear Andrew thanks for the time you spend for us!

You & your products (present and future) are very important for my new activity, I want begin a new experience in Digital Signage that in Italy is very poor.

September 17th, 2008 @ 1:54 pm
Sorry, I didn´t explain myself properly. This quote is from the post "Smashed":

"I’ve been meaning to post some new stuff lately but I’ve been smashed working on a couple of projects… One aspect involves emulating the look of a first-person-shooter like Call of Duty…"

Sorry if this is pointless, i don´t want to be off topic.
September 17th, 2008 @ 2:14 pm
@ thomas_017

No, he means the FPS animation Andrew was working on.
He tracked the enviroments from Call of Duty to get a more realistic aim in the animation.
I think at least.
September 17th, 2008 @ 2:25 pm
yes P4INKIller, that is what I am talking about...you got it
Peter Somers
September 17th, 2008 @ 2:59 pm
Looking at television in Europe these days, I can see a lot of spots influenced by Andrew's work, which can only be the biggest compliment to his creative uniqueness.

As for people begging for tutorials :
I've only recently switched over to CS3. Before that I was plodding about with an old 5.5 version. Now ... the good thing about that is : if you want your stuff to look great, you need to start thinking creative if you don't have the exact plugin. Look at what you have and EXPERIMENT !
You don't have Turbulent Displace? How about trying to combine some Wave effects with a Glass effect to emulate the same thing ... Be inventive !!

Tutorials are only good if they teach you a technique which you then turn into something new.
Tutorials are NOT meant to be "ready to go templates" ...
If you blindly follow a tutorials, you're nothing more than a parrot.
Start the tutorial, use the parameter settings, and before moving to the next step, play around with them first to see what EXACTLY it is you're doing, and how things interact.
If it doesn't look exactly the same as the original, no problem : tweak it in such a way that it keeps the spirit of the original, but has your own stamp on it.

So ... now that we got that out of the way ... here is my text breakdown of how this effect was achieved for all the whining wimps out there ... ;-)
(Broken up into several posts for easy reading ...)
Peter Somers
September 17th, 2008 @ 2:59 pm
OK, you want a tutorial?
Here goes a quick dirty breakdown of how it was created:


First create a composition with the following measures : 1600 x 200. (a thin long box). Call the comp THIN LIGHT.
In here, create a black solid, on which you add a Fractal Noise (Dynamic, Soft Linear) with high contrast (250+) and low brightness (-50) so you get whispy long thin streaks.
Mask off the middle 1/3 of the layer.
Duplicate the layer and use the top to LUMA the bottom layer.
Add a rich blue color fill to the visible layer.
Peter Somers
September 17th, 2008 @ 2:59 pm

Create a new Comp with the same measurements as above.
Drop in your ThinLight comp and add a fill in deep red to this.

Create a new solid on top. Call it Noise Map.
In here, create a fractal noise (dynamic, soft linear).
Make this the luma matte for ThinLight (which should be underneath).

Create a new layer, call it Particles.
Using Particle World, use the following settings :
Birth Rate : 0.1
Radius X : 0.5
Radius Z: 1.1
Velocity : -0.09
Gravity: 0
This will create short line particles emitting from the x-axis up and downwards.
Add an pale orange fill, and a glow. Duplicate the glow again.

Add a new solid, call it Small Displacement
Add a CC Composite effect, set to COPY.
Add a Turbulent Displace.
Amount : 63
Size : 15
Complexity : 4.4
Add another Turbulent Displace.
Amount : 50
Size : 100
Complexity : 1
Pinning : pin all
Add a Curves effect, and blow out the RGB values a bit so the image looks like burning embers.

Insert another copy of your Thin Light Comp.
Add a pale peach fill.
Add a Turbulent Displace (copy the values from the first displace above.)
Add a Glow.

Duplicate the Noisy Map layer and put it on top of this second Thin Light Comp.
(Remember we're adding layers on top - working from the bottom upwards)
Make this the Luma matte for the 2nd Thin Light comp.

Add a new adjustment layer, call it Glow.
Add a Glow effect with 75% threshold, 10 Radius and 0.2 Intensity.
Peter Somers
September 17th, 2008 @ 2:59 pm
Step 3 : STREAM

Create a new 16:9 comp called STREAM.
Insert 3 copies of the Power Stream comp you made above.
Turn layers to 3D.
Set the scale for the 3 copies as follows :
Set the layer style to Screen for all three.

Add a solid on top called Twist.
Make the layer 3D and parent the 3 copies of Power Stream to the Twist layer.
Turn on Motion Blur for all layers
Peter Somers
September 17th, 2008 @ 3:00 pm

Add a solid, and create a nice deep burgundy radial type gradient
(You can use ramp color to black, or as Andrew did it in the CS3 comp : give the whole layer a deep color, mask an elipsoid, feather the edges and move the layer up to create only color at the top of the comp)

Insert your Stream comp. Make sure it's a 3D layer.
Collapse transformations.
Scale the layer down a bit so it sits in the top 1/3 part of the window.

Create a new camera.

Insert some text, apply a colored ramp to it and ...

There ya go !
Peter Somers
September 17th, 2008 @ 3:10 pm
(Now let's see how long it takes for someone to ask why Step 4 doesn't look right ...)

Pop quiz : which very obvious instruction was omitted in Step 4 ?

September 17th, 2008 @ 5:35 pm
forgot the fx's (curves and tint)for the Stream comp
September 17th, 2008 @ 8:50 pm

September 17th, 2008 @ 10:41 pm
Please discuss this kind of information in the forum.
September 18th, 2008 @ 12:13 am
I was just thinking the same thing A K peace out.
September 18th, 2008 @ 12:30 am
Andrew - This is really great man! Just one question though... why do you always use tint and curves to color correct footage rather than something like hue and saturation? Is it just an "I've always done it that way kind of thing?" or is there an actual benefit that I'm obviously not seeing?
September 18th, 2008 @ 12:51 am
Andrew Kramer I apologize if you are referring to my post, I would hope you are referring to "Peter Somers" Rant.

Anyway I know I don't need to say sorry, but I am.

Now can we get get a new tutorial tomorrow :)
September 18th, 2008 @ 12:56 am
September 18th, 2008 @ 1:01 am
I was referring to Peter, although I do appreciate the work he did, I think it would be more valuable in the forum where people can discuss and elaborate.
September 18th, 2008 @ 1:09 am
Ausum! :D
September 18th, 2008 @ 1:46 am
very nice effect. Cheers. Thanks Peter for your input and see you in the forum.
September 18th, 2008 @ 1:48 am
Thanks Peter?
Okay now I'm lost, and my posts are being moderated :P
September 18th, 2008 @ 3:21 am
Fantastic stuff!

I just noticed that whoever designed the new QuarkXPress promo has seen the VCP energy tutorial. Check it out right at the end. It even has the bits of paper flying around.

[...] another free project file that uses the electric energy along with some other cool fx.  The layers aren’t terrible organized but you can probably [...]
Peter Somers
September 18th, 2008 @ 9:32 am
Oops !

I didn't mean to "spam" here ... and yes, I totally forgot about the forum.

No, it wasn't supposed to be spam. I was just tryin to help out those people who can't read the CS3 file ...

But if people are so annoyed about it, fine ... that'll be the last of my posts then.
Thanks VFX-Anomaly! :-(
September 18th, 2008 @ 10:32 am
Don't get so butt-hurt Dude. You know your intentions. If he is wrong, he's wrong and vice-versa. No worries and thank you for helping the CS2 folks out.
September 18th, 2008 @ 11:32 am
No worries Peter, I think a lot of people appreciated it actually. I just thought it would be a good resource in the forum. Don't mind VFX... you'll get used to him :)
September 18th, 2008 @ 3:31 pm
Holy ..

The energy looks really cool. It seems i won't need Trapcode Form after all to get this much fun.

September 18th, 2008 @ 3:31 pm
I agree about the forum Idea too. Best thing to do is make a post in the forum and link that post here. As for the issues of 'spam' and 'loyalties'...whatever. I am loyal here yes but overall I am loyal to after effects and, more over, THE INFORMATION. Once again, thanks for sharing Andrew and Peter (though I don't know of peters site). What you guys do for use noobs and dabblers is wicked awesome!...all we need now is a QUICKTIME *wink hint*
September 18th, 2008 @ 6:17 pm
noel- great find! that's awesome.
September 21st, 2008 @ 10:00 pm
Interesting stacking; and simple expressions. Love the simplicity.
October 14th, 2008 @ 11:48 am
KCRA 3 in Sacramento is using this exact graphic for a promo video for their newscast. They've also used the exact graphics from Tutorial 23: Making 3D Lines, they just put their logo over the center. Since they are using your exact graphics, don't you need to get compensated for this? I really enjoy learning from your products and tutorials and I thank you for offering the free tutorials. However, they should be used to learn AE and apply those skills to new projects, not just grab your files and use them. That is stealing. I just wanted you to be aware of this. Let me know your thoughts on this.


October 14th, 2008 @ 12:02 pm
It's not stealing! I put it out there for people to use.
October 14th, 2008 @ 1:38 pm
Ok. My bad. I'm just looking out for you.....I got your back!

I just thought that a television network would at least put a little effort into their graphics instead of taking the easy route of using free stuff from your fine website. I use your site as a learning resource and then add my creativity to create new graphics.

Keep up the good work! Peace!
November 9th, 2008 @ 6:03 pm
this is great as always AK, I am a teacher of an instructional television program and I use your stuff to tech my kids AE all the time. We often modify or follow along with a tutorial and use it as an intro, or show opening. keep up the great work. you can check out some of our video winners on i-tunes search the store for polk county instructional television,last years winners are there. I hope to have our crew win an award next year, thanks to all I have learned, from you, and others.
February 28th, 2009 @ 3:03 am
gr888 sir.
Nice i love it....master mind......
March 2nd, 2009 @ 10:17 pm
How do I enlarge this Comp to a 5000 by 2000 px format without losing any quality? or better yet how can i export this to photoshop to a 300dpi setting?
Lee House
August 8th, 2009 @ 8:39 am
This is perfect but can someone tell me a resource or how i can turn this into a circle effect to surround a logo. Not looking for a step by step, but a pointer to how i can learn to do this.

Many thanks

December 14th, 2010 @ 11:36 am
That looks beautiful.
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