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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6 years ago
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94 Comments

G N K
5 months ago
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.
3 years ago
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.

Thanks
3 years ago
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!
Adj
4 years ago
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.
asser
4 years ago
u r the maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan
realy am dreaming for ur show
Jorge
4 years ago
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.
david
5 years ago
This title reminds me of the Syfy logo.
fred
5 years ago
You r always fresh
dell
5 years ago
cool..thanks 4 the tutorial..
V.C
5 years ago
woow...Awesome...
5 years ago
wow that is amazing is there a tut for this :)
andrew Kramer is the closest thing to God since Jesus
Dev
5 years ago
Elite man in earth..well done Andrew
Shane
5 years ago
Amazing :D
Say hello to my new wallpaper :P
5 years ago
Thanks Andrew! You're amazing! Without your tutorials i couldn't make the movie i am planning now! Thanks!
5 years ago
GRACIAS
5 years ago
Darrious
5 years ago
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.
Arshad
5 years ago
Nice Lo0ok
5 years ago
@ Jussi: You did that 3D in AE only?! Looking good man, how did you do it?
5 years ago
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*
dle_75
5 years ago
I'm crying with incredible happiness. Thanks my man.
5 years ago
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!
dilli
5 years ago
thanks
5 years ago
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!
Andrew
5 years ago
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 info@videocopilot.net and still have not recieved an email back. Please reply to my email.
terminatorvf
5 years ago
lol why did you took off the the 20% off post you posted after this one?
5 years ago
Wow! Nice work AK, and nice work Jussi! That clip is pretty awesome!
TJ
5 years ago
Andrew Kramer is the most interesting man in the world. After all, he lives vicariously through himself.
5 years ago
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.
PhantomLord
6 years ago
Andrew,u are After Effect GOD ;)
josue
6 years ago
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.

Thanks
6 years ago
Here is a little test I built from scratch using the principle of the tutorial:

http://www.jkemppainen.com/index.php?anim=3DTextTesting1

This is again one of Mr. Kramer's ingenious techniques! Thanks!
6 years ago
cool tips i can use for photoshop projects thanks.
aidan-paul
6 years ago
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?
peterpiper
6 years ago
Thanks, bro!
6 years ago
cool- but the font is amazing
6 years ago
kOoL-e-O!!!!! lol!

u rok man!

Nice work there, not-so-short, very-sweet, and to the point =)
6 years ago
So great that you offer so much free stuff to keep the community beeing happy
personman
6 years ago
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.
amer
6 years ago
Awesome*10.... great technique Andrew
6 years ago
Andrew, you're the AE God.

But really, you're the best of the best. "Thank you"s aren't enough.
6 years ago
WOOOOOOOOOOOOW
Wonderful
Tyler
6 years ago
But where's Spider-man?
Tim
6 years ago
Yep, that image looks really good.

It almost looks like a 3d model rendered with Global Illumination. Very realistic and very impressive! Good job.
6 years ago
top of the heep !!
Phil
6 years ago
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!
Voyager
6 years ago
I think with simple expression and few copies we can make it 3D .... Anyway it looks so nice
Lyndon
6 years ago
@ 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!
6 years ago
But can you animate it? ;)
Martin
6 years ago
Nice :)
DUGG
6 years ago
Nice job with this!
6 years ago
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''
6 years ago
That is pretty darn cooool.
Conor
6 years ago
hey andrew,
looks class! what text do you use? and where do you get it? well done again!
conor, ireland
6 years ago
My sample here http://www.vimeo.com/4784368

Thank you so much Andrew :)
6 years ago
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!
6 years ago
Works with vector logos too !

Awesome !
Matthew
6 years ago
WOW! I can't believe you did all that in After Effects
pablo
6 years ago
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
6 years ago
unleash the string of ae
Thorsten M. (tommie12P)
6 years ago
really good work!

The radial blur causes the title to look really 3D
6 years ago
Now lets see some dynamics like the 3dsMax one! :) Looks great as always!
Jason
6 years ago
wow nice gonna do the tutorial
6 years ago
Thanks Andrew, you are the best.

Regards from Venezuela
6 years ago
Wow---Awesome
and for those interested, I made a quick tutorial on Shadow Renders (Kinda like soft shadows) in Cinema 4d. Check out noisejunkies.net
David W.
6 years ago
Very, very cool! You never stop do you!?
matt
6 years ago
Your wife must hate AE...lol. You never cease to amaze me Andrew :)
pev
6 years ago
Andrew, BIG THANKS FOR EVERYTHING!
6 years ago
@ 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)
IJAHman
6 years ago
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
Pablo
6 years ago
it will be a tutorial for that? PLEASEEEE
Gert Buist
6 years ago
AWESOME!

YOU ROCK
KK kid
6 years ago
can you make a blog of what you think about terminator salvation?
Kevin
6 years ago
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
Andrew, thanks again... :)
6 years ago
Hum ... I think that you are crazy...
Btw your website rock ...

Thom from France
leith G
6 years ago
looks awesome :)
Andrew
6 years ago
Very nice Andrew!!!
Tim
6 years ago
Looks good, as usual!
Prodat TV
6 years ago
Hi Mr. Kramer. Looks very impresive
The technique is the base for the creative, thanks for sharing.

Congrats From México
6 years ago
That's amazing!

Would you even be able to warm up a pizza within AE?
WIll
6 years ago
Kramer, you dog you
brawk
6 years ago
stunning.
6 years ago
Gangsta..

![0_o]!
Salvador
6 years ago
really nice
Salvador
6 years ago
nice
Allen
6 years ago
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!

Thanks!
Josh M
6 years ago
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
6 years ago
Kramer!!
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.
Jeff
6 years ago
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.
6 years ago
Rock on!
6 years ago
Awesome! Cool image.
-David
Apple head guy
6 years ago
One day i'll be like you Andrew! all full of rockin! nice work pal
Bjomesphat
6 years ago
Awesome! Looks nearly as good as the 3D max one!
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