Rockin’ AE

Sometimes it takes an idea to push the limits of After Effects. The title above is created entirely inside of After Effects using the same technique from the recent Ancient Titles tutorial.

I used multiple copies of the radial blur at different lengths to get a realistic shadow falloff. And although the title is not actually true 3D, it really holds up visually.

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May 21st, 2009 @ 9:28 pm
Awesome! Looks nearly as good as the 3D max one!
Apple head guy
May 21st, 2009 @ 9:29 pm
One day i'll be like you Andrew! all full of rockin! nice work pal
May 21st, 2009 @ 9:30 pm
Awesome! Cool image.
May 21st, 2009 @ 9:31 pm
Rock on!
May 21st, 2009 @ 9:31 pm
this certainly looks clean. I liked the Ancient Titles tutorial a lot and I think it is one of the most interesting uses of text that I've seen in a long time. Nice job on Star Trek by the way, I waited around to see your credit. Congrats.
May 21st, 2009 @ 9:40 pm
It is nice tho looks almost the same, its missing a little bit of reflections on bevel or something, but its perfect!
Thank You for Tutorial and the time you spend on them!!
i like you Jokes on the tutorials tho hahahaha :D

-Sean M.
Josh M
May 21st, 2009 @ 9:49 pm
nice, i didnt think it could be done in AE, but you proved me wrong! i guess anything is possible in AE after all :D
May 21st, 2009 @ 9:50 pm
Wow that takes forever to render. Looks fantastic, though - I can't wait to see it animated. Gonna setup my machine to render out a camera move overnight and see how it looks in full speed!

May 21st, 2009 @ 9:56 pm
May 21st, 2009 @ 9:57 pm
really nice
May 21st, 2009 @ 10:06 pm

May 21st, 2009 @ 10:13 pm
May 21st, 2009 @ 10:37 pm
Kramer, you dog you
May 21st, 2009 @ 10:56 pm
That's amazing!

Would you even be able to warm up a pizza within AE?
Prodat TV
May 21st, 2009 @ 11:03 pm
Hi Mr. Kramer. Looks very impresive
The technique is the base for the creative, thanks for sharing.

Congrats From México
May 21st, 2009 @ 11:30 pm
Looks good, as usual!
May 21st, 2009 @ 11:40 pm
Very nice Andrew!!!
leith G
May 22nd, 2009 @ 12:23 am
looks awesome :)
May 22nd, 2009 @ 12:24 am
Hum ... I think that you are crazy...
Btw your website rock ...

Thom from France
May 22nd, 2009 @ 12:48 am
Andrew, thanks again... :)
May 22nd, 2009 @ 1:04 am
Andrew, thanks for this. What if I want to fly-in some titles, as in tut 34. Will I need to change the position of all the Shadow's & titles? How can I make this look great? thanks
KK kid
May 22nd, 2009 @ 1:22 am
can you make a blog of what you think about terminator salvation?
Gert Buist
May 22nd, 2009 @ 1:42 am

May 22nd, 2009 @ 1:49 am
it will be a tutorial for that? PLEASEEEE
May 22nd, 2009 @ 1:54 am
yeah! really ROCKS!!!
How about a very short tutorial for this one?
I'm sure there's a little difference from the Ancient Title tutorial. Maybe a new technique or some.. and the way it was set up.
I'm glad to here some response to you... :D
May 22nd, 2009 @ 2:00 am
@ Pablo: He said in the blog that this was created with the same technique as the ancient titles tutorial, so go watch that again (see link in blog post or at the homepage)
May 22nd, 2009 @ 2:27 am
May 22nd, 2009 @ 4:24 am
Your wife must hate You never cease to amaze me Andrew :)
David W.
May 22nd, 2009 @ 5:11 am
Very, very cool! You never stop do you!?
May 22nd, 2009 @ 5:27 am
and for those interested, I made a quick tutorial on Shadow Renders (Kinda like soft shadows) in Cinema 4d. Check out
May 22nd, 2009 @ 6:09 am
Thanks Andrew, you are the best.

Regards from Venezuela
May 22nd, 2009 @ 6:10 am
wow nice gonna do the tutorial
May 22nd, 2009 @ 6:32 am
Now lets see some dynamics like the 3dsMax one! :) Looks great as always!
Thorsten M. (tommie12P)
May 22nd, 2009 @ 7:10 am
really good work!

The radial blur causes the title to look really 3D
May 22nd, 2009 @ 7:12 am
unleash the string of ae
May 22nd, 2009 @ 7:27 am
You always surprise us, good way to do it in after effects, your next step y to put your video blog online. It is always nice to see 3d max tutorials and then figure out how to recreate it in after effects.
Keep with your nice work.

Your friends fron South America
May 22nd, 2009 @ 7:35 am
WOW! I can't believe you did all that in After Effects
May 22nd, 2009 @ 7:56 am
Works with vector logos too !

Awesome !
May 22nd, 2009 @ 7:56 am
I was impressed with how 3D-looking the text was in the ancient titles tutorial, but I'm impressed by how far you took it here. Nice work!
May 22nd, 2009 @ 8:23 am
My sample here

Thank you so much Andrew :)
May 22nd, 2009 @ 9:19 am
hey andrew,
looks class! what text do you use? and where do you get it? well done again!
conor, ireland
May 22nd, 2009 @ 10:08 am
That is pretty darn cooool.
May 22nd, 2009 @ 11:34 am
andew kramer,

i wanna play a game.
if u follow my rules and tips,
u will be able to save ur wife.
go to AE directory and delete it.
then make a egg omlet and trow it on ur face and say cheese

saw IV ''andrew's choice''
May 22nd, 2009 @ 11:39 am
Nice job with this!
May 22nd, 2009 @ 12:05 pm
Nice :)
May 22nd, 2009 @ 12:26 pm
But can you animate it? ;)
May 22nd, 2009 @ 1:53 pm
@ bwoogie. you can animate it to an extent but i think the better question is can ur computer handle it. it takes a long time to render w/ a decent computer even. but yes you can. where there is a will, there is a way.

Thank you andrew, nice job as always!
May 22nd, 2009 @ 4:46 pm
I think with simple expression and few copies we can make it 3D .... Anyway it looks so nice
May 22nd, 2009 @ 5:24 pm
now... i love ur work ... i love all of it.. there is no competition left for you, now you are the best!!

we can see that you work very hard and share a lot with us! thanks for that. i think most very professionals wont share so much like u do for FREE!

keep on doing, i am a fan of all u do!
May 22nd, 2009 @ 5:38 pm
top of the heep !!
May 22nd, 2009 @ 6:28 pm
Yep, that image looks really good.

It almost looks like a 3d model rendered with Global Illumination. Very realistic and very impressive! Good job.
May 23rd, 2009 @ 12:08 am
But where's Spider-man?
May 23rd, 2009 @ 12:24 am
May 23rd, 2009 @ 2:44 am
Andrew, you're the AE God.

But really, you're the best of the best. "Thank you"s aren't enough.
May 23rd, 2009 @ 4:07 am
Awesome*10.... great technique Andrew
May 23rd, 2009 @ 7:10 am
I long for the day when we won't need to do ANYTHING in 3DS Max and it'll just be available in AE. That's pretty cool, though.
May 23rd, 2009 @ 12:46 pm
So great that you offer so much free stuff to keep the community beeing happy
May 23rd, 2009 @ 3:44 pm
kOoL-e-O!!!!! lol!

u rok man!

Nice work there, not-so-short, very-sweet, and to the point =)
May 23rd, 2009 @ 10:56 pm
cool- but the font is amazing
May 24th, 2009 @ 12:50 am
Thanks, bro!
May 24th, 2009 @ 1:32 am
very nice. i was wondering if the 3d projection technique would bring it to life a little? but it's text so may not hold up as well?
May 24th, 2009 @ 2:15 am
cool tips i can use for photoshop projects thanks.
May 24th, 2009 @ 12:31 pm
Here is a little test I built from scratch using the principle of the tutorial:

This is again one of Mr. Kramer's ingenious techniques! Thanks!
May 24th, 2009 @ 3:40 pm
Andrew I would be cool if you make a tutorial on how to render different passes of an object on 3d max like occlusion, shadosws, highlights and then compose it in after effects, like for eample in your last 3d max tutorial, so we can be able to control color and so on in after effects.

May 25th, 2009 @ 8:13 am
Andrew,u are After Effect GOD ;)
May 25th, 2009 @ 10:57 pm
It is really time than adobe create a REAL extrude object in AE. I guess they could trick it, even if this feature have to be very heavy to render.
Great render Andrew.
May 26th, 2009 @ 11:49 am
Andrew Kramer is the most interesting man in the world. After all, he lives vicariously through himself.
May 26th, 2009 @ 12:24 pm
Wow! Nice work AK, and nice work Jussi! That clip is pretty awesome!
May 26th, 2009 @ 2:50 pm
lol why did you took off the the 20% off post you posted after this one?
May 26th, 2009 @ 4:32 pm
Andrew, what are the full specs of your PC. Where did you get it, and what was the round about price you paid. I have a budget that should cover something equivalent to yours or more. I need a new computer for school. I am starting my Bachelors Degree in Computer Animation and was wanting a good machine here at home to work with. I sent you guys an email to your and still have not recieved an email back. Please reply to my email.
May 26th, 2009 @ 7:24 pm
He wants us to "stay thirsty my friend!"

Andrew, I love the Dos Equis commercials, even the radio commercials make me laugh.

Long live the most interesting man in the world!
May 26th, 2009 @ 11:23 pm
May 27th, 2009 @ 10:03 am
Nice image - liking it.
I took it one step further. By creating a NULL and parenting the centre point of each CC Radial Blur on each Shadow layer to that NULL, you can then animate it and create moving shadows....just like a light is passing overhead.
Looks really realistic too!
I then animated the Ramp start/end point on each of the TITLE layers to match the light movement - the same for the background. Then it looks even more realistic.
Go on, try it!
May 27th, 2009 @ 11:03 am
I'm crying with incredible happiness. Thanks my man.
May 27th, 2009 @ 12:37 pm
I just want to say after coming here for over a year now, I still laugh my ass off to your video tutorials, so funny, and so awesome, keep it up... *currently laughing at the beginning of the disintegration tutorial*
May 27th, 2009 @ 1:34 pm
@ Jussi: You did that 3D in AE only?! Looking good man, how did you do it?
May 27th, 2009 @ 4:19 pm
Nice Lo0ok
May 27th, 2009 @ 7:30 pm
I wonder how often Andrew looks at these comments? Will you reply to this one?... I know random, but I couldn't put a comment on every blog post.. or could I?

Ehh, don't wanna be a spammer.
May 29th, 2009 @ 9:33 am
May 29th, 2009 @ 9:30 pm
May 31st, 2009 @ 10:59 am
Thanks Andrew! You're amazing! Without your tutorials i couldn't make the movie i am planning now! Thanks!
June 2nd, 2009 @ 7:47 am
Amazing :D
Say hello to my new wallpaper :P
June 7th, 2009 @ 10:52 pm
Elite man in earth..well done Andrew
June 13th, 2009 @ 12:39 pm
wow that is amazing is there a tut for this :)
andrew Kramer is the closest thing to God since Jesus
June 23rd, 2009 @ 7:17 pm
October 23rd, 2009 @ 12:42 am
cool..thanks 4 the tutorial..
December 3rd, 2009 @ 11:09 am
You r always fresh
May 5th, 2010 @ 6:59 pm
This title reminds me of the Syfy logo.
October 10th, 2010 @ 6:37 am
Sense I start with my special effects at after effects I found you are the master for me.
My old 16 years old daughter is doing part time working to advertising-company like a professional, thanks in big part to this tutorial and projects, Thank you very much.
From Portugal.
December 15th, 2010 @ 3:34 pm
u r the maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan
realy am dreaming for ur show
February 13th, 2011 @ 8:23 am
Please guy, i am a new person here and i want to be getting ae & motion project templates. What do i do to get it? Thanks.
August 27th, 2011 @ 2:12 pm
now… i love ur work … i love all of it.. there is no competition left for you, now you are the best!!

we can see that you work very hard and share a lot with us! thanks for that. i think most very professionals wont share so much like u do for FREE!

keep on doing, i am a fan of all u do!
August 27th, 2011 @ 2:13 pm
Andrew I would be cool if you make a tutorial on how to render different passes of an object on 3d max like occlusion, shadosws, highlights and then compose it in after effects, like for eample in your last 3d max tutorial, so we can be able to control color and so on in after effects.

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