Reflecting on the Past

A long time ago, I made a tutorial on simulating reflections over a watery surface which I had to revisit recently. I cleaned the project up a bit and now you can use it as a template with your own video. Play around with the displacement map and you can get some interesting results.

Download Project (CS3)

Tyle Renake
February 25th, 2009 @ 12:17 pm
February 25th, 2009 @ 12:18 pm
February 25th, 2009 @ 12:22 pm
Dope to the umph degree. YEAH
February 25th, 2009 @ 12:25 pm
February 25th, 2009 @ 12:31 pm
Yeah, I'll try
February 25th, 2009 @ 12:32 pm
sounds great!
David K.
February 25th, 2009 @ 12:34 pm
February 25th, 2009 @ 12:36 pm
very cool
February 25th, 2009 @ 12:42 pm
February 25th, 2009 @ 12:48 pm
Gonna work with this one...i love it!!!
February 25th, 2009 @ 12:56 pm
Great !
February 25th, 2009 @ 1:00 pm
February 25th, 2009 @ 1:03 pm
youre the reason I visit theee internet.
February 25th, 2009 @ 1:09 pm
Many thanks Andrew. I am using this technique in a video I am working on with a client tonight. I will test out the new project file and try to use it instead of the older one. THANKS!!!!!
February 25th, 2009 @ 1:38 pm
thnx andrey and happy anniversary
February 25th, 2009 @ 1:39 pm
sorry ... ;) thnx andrew
February 25th, 2009 @ 2:38 pm
i luv u man... ak is the kinda of guy that everyone trusts and want to know the truth i would have never gotin into after effects if it wasnt for andrew kramer....
February 25th, 2009 @ 2:43 pm
Thank you, I was looking at that tut. recently and couldn't really apply it to anything, this project file is much more versatile and accepting of changes.
Allen Ellis
February 25th, 2009 @ 2:50 pm
Here's an Quicktime for anyone who wants to see:

Thanks Andrew :)
Prodat TV
February 25th, 2009 @ 3:19 pm
Man, you did it again, pretty cool.
and I need.

Look that I need a tutorial where you can show us to integrate musical notes in a real environment. ie text as if they were flying, but with volume, shadows and reflections, if possible. like balloons, with very soft and slow movements between the objects and people or behind of them.

Thanx a lot AK & VC Team
February 25th, 2009 @ 3:19 pm
Thanks Andrew! You're the greatest!
February 25th, 2009 @ 3:25 pm
You are the man my friend, I will rep this site and your products till the end. Great job Andrew and the VP team keep it comin you guys are heros among men.

God Bless
February 25th, 2009 @ 3:31 pm
Sweet dude
February 25th, 2009 @ 3:37 pm
Well you didn't HAVE to.... but you know we love it. thx
February 25th, 2009 @ 5:02 pm
today, i see a comercial in TV.. but was not like others comercials .. was using your ENERGETIC TITLES!! was so funny.. 22.000.000 of people can see it becouse was in a public channel in Argentina... you're my god.. know that..
thanks you all that you do.. i'll see this project.. bye bye!.. i'm sorry.. maybe my english is not good =D..
leave you kisses from Mendoza, Argentina:
February 25th, 2009 @ 5:20 pm
Nice guy!
February 25th, 2009 @ 7:08 pm
Thanks !
February 25th, 2009 @ 7:09 pm
Thanks Mr.Kramer. Mr.Kramer I don't have "Newtown" Text style. How can I find it or download? Thaks
David W.
February 25th, 2009 @ 7:30 pm
Great stuff man, great stuff. It's cool that you look at older tutorials and projects and renew and upgrade them. :)

Shavkat, look it up on Google. You can find it on several websites
February 25th, 2009 @ 7:38 pm
Shavkat, I just googled Newtown text and found it that way.
It is pretty east to find.
Johneg Mnemoneg
February 26th, 2009 @ 2:07 am
Andrew ... looks cool! But why U desaturated it???

I think, orange "VIDEO" with glow looks more cool. No?
February 26th, 2009 @ 2:46 am
Thanks a lot Andrew!
February 26th, 2009 @ 4:15 am
Newtown is a free text download at
February 26th, 2009 @ 4:54 am
good one
February 26th, 2009 @ 5:00 am

Very cool. Andrew can u made me a favour. I hav a commercial work in which i hav a mask peeling effect, i placed the tow videos and used the liquify effect. But im not getting the real peeling effect, it seems like as if ur sliding a curtain. Can u help me to find out a solution

Thanx in advance

February 26th, 2009 @ 5:25 am
how do you un-desaturate it? I want more colour!
February 26th, 2009 @ 6:10 am
February 26th, 2009 @ 6:11 am
February 26th, 2009 @ 6:22 am
dude dude dude dude dude dude dude !!!
u`re awesome)))
February 26th, 2009 @ 6:26 am
Can you put up a sample video with this?
Although I don't own AE, I own all of your products because I can still many of them in Vegas.
I do like to see all that you do with AE and hope that I can purchase it in the future.
February 26th, 2009 @ 7:37 am
Andrew, I sometimes wish I could kiss your mind, especially the prefrontal cortex. You make every fibre in my body rumble which travels down my vertebral column thus giving me thrills and adrenaline rush by %5. You truly are a great man.
February 26th, 2009 @ 7:41 am
hey Andrew, Could you pls make a tutorial on how to link HD pictures with footage to achieve a zoom in effect. So that one could link your earth zoom to footage and zoom into a scene
February 26th, 2009 @ 8:04 am
So far the winning tutorial for most views is.....
43. Demon Face Warp....
with 582,684 Views.

The winning tutorial for most comments...
67. Advanced Car Hit...
with 777 Comments.
February 26th, 2009 @ 8:08 am
thnx continues.........VCP Rocks
February 26th, 2009 @ 8:49 am
A month to late for me, but still awesome
February 26th, 2009 @ 9:01 am
All this rain/water stuff lately has got me curious about what you might be working on. I just happen to be working on a project with a rain/water theme right now. I just set up a very similar comp with the letters reflecting in the water. I used CC drizzle for the displacement map and it worked pretty good, but it was missing a little something. Then I see your project.. Fractal Noise!

Aside from that, I was happy to see that my comp was really pretty close to your setup. It feels good to know I might actually be doing it right!
February 26th, 2009 @ 12:19 pm
Thank you friends
February 27th, 2009 @ 5:30 am
This is just in time for me! I'm doing a nature project, and have been playing around with your easy reflections plug-ins and fractal noise, but was having trouble getting it looking just right.

Thanks, Andrew!
August 10th, 2009 @ 7:50 am
great one dude!!! love it!!!:)
stephen ghartey
June 2nd, 2011 @ 12:36 pm
i like you man for your good works
September 9th, 2011 @ 11:06 pm
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