In this in-depth tutorial, you will learn how to create a vast 3D city in After Effects using images from real buildings. It’s Friday and I hope everyone has a good weekend!

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You may also notice that our Plug-in Twitch was used on the video sample to give the city a flashy look.
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April 3rd, 2009 @ 11:31 am
Cool Tutorial!
Do you have the Copiright for "New York City".
:P No, man! You`re great!

April 3rd, 2009 @ 11:32 am
Nice ! I gonna watch it :)
April 3rd, 2009 @ 11:36 am
UHU! Awesome.
timo truyts
April 3rd, 2009 @ 11:37 am
AMAGAD, luv you andrew!!
nice tut
April 3rd, 2009 @ 11:37 am
TY SOS MUCH! FINALLY A NEW TUTORIAL :P Can't wait to try it. Lol. In Denmark the time is 20:36 :P You're in the future!!!
April 3rd, 2009 @ 11:38 am
Wow thanks Andrew ! Gonna watch it right now ! Thanks again and have a great weekend you to ! :D
April 3rd, 2009 @ 11:41 am
wow. keep them awesome tutorials coming..!!
April 3rd, 2009 @ 11:48 am
you know Andre,
I can't describe my happiness when I see the word "NEW TURORIAL:" in my RSS feed because you always make special tutorials.
Many Many Many thanks Andrew
April 3rd, 2009 @ 11:48 am
OMG thank you so much for this tutorial. Wanted to make a city in AE. Was thinking of something like in the movie hackers where they have the super computers. This will defiantly help create that!!!
April 3rd, 2009 @ 11:55 am
Looks amazing! I'm going to watch it now. :D
April 3rd, 2009 @ 12:02 pm
nice as usual! thx Andrew!

just keep it in touch and give more rythme to particle birth! euh sorry! tutorials birth :D a thing like 5 per month should be a nice value :)

PS: what about Action Essentials 2?

greetings from Algeria
April 3rd, 2009 @ 12:09 pm

You're so Crazy! :)
April 3rd, 2009 @ 12:31 pm
excellent work!!
thank you very much andrew
April 3rd, 2009 @ 12:36 pm
ohh! man, i loved the tutorial... i do not know how can you think things like this.. good luck you're amazing.
April 3rd, 2009 @ 12:37 pm
You mentioned about games that you can build cities. If you're interested in that, check out Second Life:
Tanner D
April 3rd, 2009 @ 12:49 pm
Thanks watching it now!!!
April 3rd, 2009 @ 12:49 pm
Yes Finaly!! Love you man
April 3rd, 2009 @ 12:51 pm
You might not want to go too fast. Somewhere at the end of the tutorial you add 3 effects in around 4 seconds. :) I know it otherwise takes a bit long, but don't want to confuse everyone. Anyway, great tutorial!
April 3rd, 2009 @ 12:58 pm
I'm gonna watch it now...
April 3rd, 2009 @ 12:59 pm
Wow! It's like you read my mind. I was looking for a tutorial on this a few days ago (not that I really need a tutorial for this...)
Jake The Muss
April 3rd, 2009 @ 1:37 pm
Just watched it. Another great tut.

Many thanks :)
April 3rd, 2009 @ 1:41 pm

You are the Bob Ross of the digital generation. Amazing work as always.

April 3rd, 2009 @ 1:43 pm
Your tutorials are always very detail. I like how you also have a sense of humor. Why do you precompose so much though? Just started it.
April 3rd, 2009 @ 1:48 pm
I have a good feeling about this tutorial. My parents are going to hate me (and you :D ) in the morning cause I will trie and trie untill I get it right.
April 3rd, 2009 @ 1:48 pm
I literally went like this when I saw that there was a new tutorial, "OH MY GOD! YES! YES!"

I love when new tutorials come!
April 3rd, 2009 @ 2:06 pm
Did you do the 3d text sugestion that i gave you :)

Haha, now....about that transformer?

Great work man! u da man!

I started watching your tuts before i even had after efects, i was 12 years old, and am 13 years old now. will be 14 soon :P

Thanks for you help! I actualy memorized all your tuts, for the most part :)
April 3rd, 2009 @ 2:17 pm
Great tutorial! I don't see Spidy in there but I'm sure he will show up again some day! lol
Point Blank
April 3rd, 2009 @ 2:25 pm
This is in my list of top ten reasons to buy a better computer :/
I'll go watch it right now!
April 3rd, 2009 @ 2:39 pm
Again, Thanks, mae demasiado tuanis (translation: dude that's too cool!) cheers, thanks for sharing this with everybody.
April 3rd, 2009 @ 2:41 pm
Yayyy! That was fast!
April 3rd, 2009 @ 3:22 pm
Crazy Thing.
Thanks A.K.
Some Guy
April 3rd, 2009 @ 3:36 pm
That was fast. I expected this tutorial next week. You are great, Andrew! Thank you very much!
April 3rd, 2009 @ 3:40 pm
Would you please make a project file of it so I wouldnt need to make the building? Please Andrew.
April 3rd, 2009 @ 3:44 pm
thanks kramermaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!!!
thank you very much...
PLEASE don't forget the SyFy quick 3d lighting tutorial...

you are the man
April 3rd, 2009 @ 3:48 pm
same software,
different result,

take a look at that

thx andrew
April 3rd, 2009 @ 3:52 pm

This could come in handy with something I'm currently working on...
April 3rd, 2009 @ 4:16 pm
Very nice work ,loveed it .
April 3rd, 2009 @ 4:18 pm
Hi Andrew, you said its render slow on your dual pentium 3, i have intel p7350 with 4go ram and very long too. Are those precomposed suppose to help?
Anyway, very nice job
You made my day:)

Salutes from Québec
April 3rd, 2009 @ 3:30 pm
Was looking forward to watching the tut as always but was no option to watch on my iPhone. Was gonna watch it on bed before going to sleep. Ok just have to watch my girlfriend play cooking mama 2 on her ds instead! Not quite as much fun!
April 3rd, 2009 @ 4:51 pm
thanks bro
April 3rd, 2009 @ 4:53 pm
awesome man! good tut! The first and the last effect that u created on the video can be very useful... very cool effect!

April 3rd, 2009 @ 6:35 pm
those of who needs buildings texture image can find it here:
some of you may know this like andrew, but still is new for some people.
btw thanks andrew.
alex coffy
April 3rd, 2009 @ 7:28 pm
Wonderfull. I like it! Is the inspiration coming from NY?
April 3rd, 2009 @ 7:53 pm
wow gr8 Andrew, SUPERB
April 3rd, 2009 @ 8:07 pm
oh my god, andrew you are my hero, I was soooo needing this effect.

thanks a bunch for this tutorial, keep up the great work man and give us those action movie essentials!!!!!
April 3rd, 2009 @ 10:33 pm
thank you sir
alex coffy
April 3rd, 2009 @ 11:01 pm
Done watching it, It is just clever!!! You can even make your camera fly through the buildings or such. GREATTTT!!!
April 4th, 2009 @ 2:07 am
Awesome tut AK, was well worth the wait d(O_o)b
April 4th, 2009 @ 2:28 am
Thanks for yet another great tutorial! Wouldn't it be an idea to leave the two sides pointed away from he camera out to decrease render time?
April 4th, 2009 @ 4:16 am
Bravo Andrew!!
Very cool work, thanks!!
April 4th, 2009 @ 4:50 am
thanks Andrew..ver good..( I very missed little katie :) )
David W.
April 4th, 2009 @ 9:18 am
This is soooo cool! I thought the tutorials were coming next week. Thanks for cheering up my day! :)
Jim Hines
April 4th, 2009 @ 6:05 pm
Cool man. I think I just had an epiphany about the clone tool. Also, it's nice to have that lens anomaly technique somewhere as a reference. I just now used texture no. 4 from the NY download and got a nice result using that lens blur technique and 3 different mini max effects. I animated the radius, changed the color and horizontal/vertical parameter and it made a kind of police siren look or blinking neon sign effect.
April 4th, 2009 @ 10:18 pm
That's a good point Bastiaan. Someone should try that and see the difference in render time, if any. Seems like it could possibly cut it in half?
April 5th, 2009 @ 2:10 am
Bastiaan, That's exactly what I did for the project file. I just haven't uploaded yet but I will.
April 5th, 2009 @ 3:19 am
thank you. good tutorial. like the cg-textures texture. VCP rulez!
matt s
April 5th, 2009 @ 11:20 pm
looks good andrew .......

i think this and the 3d fall off plug-in will go quite nicely together
April 6th, 2009 @ 12:48 am
April 6th, 2009 @ 4:27 am
just rulez :)
April 6th, 2009 @ 5:37 am
I have a tip for you: By using the font CAPTURE IT its better to put an I in before the b,... so it looks like a B and not like a 3,...
aparajith guha
April 6th, 2009 @ 6:07 am
andrew you always rock can you post more tutorials for titleling
April 6th, 2009 @ 11:15 am
This is amazing! Thanks again.
April 7th, 2009 @ 2:00 am
Dude u da bomb bro....
awesome man.....
keep em comin......
thanx a mill dudeeeeeeeeeeeee
April 7th, 2009 @ 6:04 pm
Keep up the good work...
I worship you
April 7th, 2009 @ 6:05 pm
Keep Up the good work
I worship you
Moin Shahid
April 9th, 2009 @ 3:17 am
Hey Andrew, It's awesome tute man..
April 11th, 2009 @ 4:02 am
No its not right! You said you are in Denmark and USA is in the future...I think you are in the furture because sun goes from east to west. International date line is between USA and Asia and not between Europe and America.
April 12th, 2009 @ 1:58 pm
Just found out that you all have an iPhone version of the site, if you'll come up with a way to get the tutorials on the iPhone so the user can watch them anytime without a connection to the Internet would be CRAZY ( in a good way) LOL ....
Thanks For the iPhone version !!
April 13th, 2009 @ 3:26 pm
Very high quality and detailed work!
Joe Avino
April 15th, 2009 @ 8:22 pm
Did anyone else notice that this "Capture It" font is the font used in the opening titles for the Bond movie "Quantum of Solace"?
April 21st, 2009 @ 7:39 am
Are you going to post the project file, Andrew?


Dean Jaeger
April 24th, 2009 @ 6:00 am
Dying for Action Essentials 2 to arrive. Any ideas on how soon...can wait...
khaled iQ
July 11th, 2010 @ 6:52 am
great tutorial
but i can't complete it because i don't have the "vector paint effect"
can anyone tell me where can i find it
October 21st, 2011 @ 6:04 am
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August 10th, 2013 @ 12:11 am
Great tutorial, thanks for tips ;)
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