NEW TUTORIAL: Blueprint Reveal

Now that we have released our new compositing collection Action Essentials 2, we can finally go back to sleeping every day and making tutorials.

In this new tutorial, we’ll combine several techniques to self-animate a blueprint style logo right before your eyes. This fun technique uses basic built-in tools and can be used to ‘reveal’ a logo, a product or possibly a power tool.

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July 5th, 2009 @ 10:30 pm
thank. tutorial Nice and good....
July 5th, 2009 @ 10:31 pm
Omg This looks really cool!!!
July 5th, 2009 @ 10:34 pm
very cool
July 5th, 2009 @ 10:35 pm
dang like comment number 4. Cant wait to watch
July 5th, 2009 @ 10:36 pm
Really cool effect! I can't wait to see what other great things videocopilot has in store for us!
July 5th, 2009 @ 10:36 pm
Awesome! JUST WOW!
July 5th, 2009 @ 10:38 pm
July 5th, 2009 @ 10:41 pm
Cool effect, thanks AK
July 5th, 2009 @ 10:43 pm
Sweet, I've always wanted to know how to do something like this, it'll definitely come in handy!
July 5th, 2009 @ 10:46 pm
Andrew, what are you planning on doing for your 100th tutorial? Any hints?
July 5th, 2009 @ 10:54 pm
not awesome...but cool anyway (...kidding!). Just encouraging you for the tutorial Nº100!!!!
July 5th, 2009 @ 10:59 pm
Cool. Thanks
July 5th, 2009 @ 11:01 pm
hey andrew thanks for the next greatest tutorial! i personally cant wait for a tutorial that utilizes your newest product so I can be sufficiently influenced to purchase.. :P
July 5th, 2009 @ 11:04 pm
This looks like a fun tutorial.

Can't wait to take a crack at it.
July 5th, 2009 @ 11:19 pm
Awesome!!! thanks!
July 5th, 2009 @ 11:41 pm
looks so cool
July 5th, 2009 @ 11:47 pm
good tutorial but i'think it's wonderful if find more details about zoom, like go right and go lift then up up
Dark Messiah
July 6th, 2009 @ 12:03 am
July 6th, 2009 @ 12:23 am
thnx andrew i need this im architect thnx again..
July 6th, 2009 @ 12:29 am
nice nice andrew
July 6th, 2009 @ 12:32 am
Nice one. Will come in handy seeing as I am studying Mechanical Engineering besides Computer Animation. Will definitely have to use! Thanks!
July 6th, 2009 @ 12:37 am
awesome !! going to try it =D
July 6th, 2009 @ 12:37 am
I`ve been after this effects for so long!!!
thank you Andrew!!!
July 6th, 2009 @ 12:42 am
Thanx Andrew Kramer,,,,
July 5th, 2009 @ 11:43 pm
Nice tutorial!
July 6th, 2009 @ 12:49 am
Sweet! Where is that background music from?
July 6th, 2009 @ 12:54 am
Cool tool andrew! Thanks lol
July 6th, 2009 @ 1:04 am
yes, this is amazing!

thank you andrew
July 6th, 2009 @ 1:05 am
Very well done! I love the 3D look that you seem to favor now for the Video Copilot text.

Awesome stuff man, I don't know how you manage to do so much. Maybe you are Superman...
July 6th, 2009 @ 1:16 am
Looks nice,

July 6th, 2009 @ 1:19 am
Thank you Andrew!
July 6th, 2009 @ 1:22 am
Hey andrew !
Thanks for this very helpful and inspirational tutoriel !
Keep up the good work as always !
July 6th, 2009 @ 1:29 am
Wow, I just got one of my title sections ready and I thought I don't wanna see anything related to AE but then I had to watch this and now I got even more inspiration and... arrgh! :D
July 6th, 2009 @ 1:37 am
E' semplicemente fantastico...opss I wrote in italian!!!

It's fantastic!!!

Bye Andrew.
July 6th, 2009 @ 1:57 am
Awesome! NEW TUTS! (sorry for caps; I am just excited)
July 6th, 2009 @ 2:02 am
great outcome :)
Dave Vegas
July 6th, 2009 @ 2:23 am
Where are my blueprints!!!????
July 6th, 2009 @ 2:32 am
July 6th, 2009 @ 3:03 am
Looks nice,

July 6th, 2009 @ 3:17 am
Looks awesome. Will be watching!

And what!?
AE2 is released?
July 6th, 2009 @ 3:25 am
looks awesome andrew :). Looking forward to the Video-Blog too.

PS: Action Essentials II = THE BOMB! (pardon the pun).
Iv noticed that Action Movie Essentials isnt in the shop anymore, is this simply because you think AEII is all you need?
July 6th, 2009 @ 3:33 am
reall ygreat tutorial Andrew. keep it up
July 6th, 2009 @ 3:35 am
Yeah Saxon...Andrew said it somewhere...AE1 has been taken out because AE2 gives you all you need 100 times better.
July 6th, 2009 @ 3:55 am
What I don't understand is that Andrew said that most of the elements are shot in 4K from Action Movie Essentials 2. But the Red One can't shoot 4K size at 120 fps. Now is my question, has the team of Videocopilot used a real 35mm filmcamera?
Vladimir from Russia
July 6th, 2009 @ 3:59 am
Andrew, why you work in AE CS3?
July 6th, 2009 @ 4:03 am
thanks MELLE. I agree with that decision, because AEII is bigger (in frame size as well as content size) and therefore better.
jim hines
July 6th, 2009 @ 4:40 am
You're a trip bro. Love the section in the middle about baking a cake. LOL. Great tutorial. Thanks a million.
July 6th, 2009 @ 4:40 am
AWESOME! As ever!

And i used to LOVE home improvement! Where h as it dissapeared to?!?

Thanks Andrew!
July 6th, 2009 @ 4:46 am
That is in my opinion one of, no.. THE funniest tutorial you've ever made. And yes, I do believe I have watched them all.

Also, great effect, you somehow always manage to come up with something new.
July 6th, 2009 @ 5:28 am
I do agree, too, saxon..and I guess the quality of the elements is much better. I think no one would buy After Effect 6.5 when there is CS4 for the same price....Makes sense to take it out....greetings from sunny Germany
July 6th, 2009 @ 5:43 am
AWESOME! And you didn't let on about it. :)
Vladimir from Russia
July 6th, 2009 @ 5:47 am
Andrew, you work in XP or Vista (32 or 64)?
July 6th, 2009 @ 6:03 am
You guys are always making my day !:)
July 6th, 2009 @ 6:05 am
Great effect Andrew!

I was always wondering how to make this effect after seeing this:

your version looks even better.
July 6th, 2009 @ 6:07 am
Nice tutorial Andrew. You.´re the best. :)
July 6th, 2009 @ 6:09 am
This looks brilliant, it will be awesome if I can figure out how to then match this with some cinema 4d stuff to get some extrusions coming out once the blueprint is finished. Nice work... Thanks!
July 6th, 2009 @ 6:25 am
Hey Andrew, just a question. Wouldn't it have been easier to use a 3d camera instead of all the 2d animation? Awesome tutorial anyway! :)
Jody Cochran
July 6th, 2009 @ 7:18 am
Looks nice, I really appreciated the power tool link. Perfect inspiration for a project I am working on. Thanks for the tutorial.
July 6th, 2009 @ 8:06 am
WOW! Cool and unexpected.
July 6th, 2009 @ 8:41 am
Really cool tutorial Andrew!

For some inspiration I recommend to search for the Home Remedy font, which gives some hints about lines to be drawn and where, and by the way, it's a cool font, but surely overtaken by this techinque when doing computer animation.

Keep on rocking!
Scott kope
July 6th, 2009 @ 9:01 am
nice homie...p.s. your wife is smokin'!!!!
July 6th, 2009 @ 9:51 am
Nice tutorial, man
i've been trying but failing for a few months
July 6th, 2009 @ 9:58 am
The only thing this tutorial is missing is a reference to "The Aviator" with Leo Dicaprio.

"Show me the blueprints Show me the blueprints Show me the blueprints Show me the blueprints Show me the blueprints Show me the blueprints"

Thanks for the awesome tutorials man.
July 6th, 2009 @ 10:14 am
Aweosme tutorial as always! Seriously, where would any of us be without AK?
Boss I have a question about the new website, though. How come it takes 4 clicks for me to watch this tutorial? :(
Ray burton
July 6th, 2009 @ 10:15 am
Thanks Andrew for all your works. You and your Team are the greatest. Bit thanks from germany!
July 6th, 2009 @ 10:18 am
July 6th, 2009 @ 10:19 am
How can I get the song Andrew?
July 6th, 2009 @ 10:48 am
is that music from FRINGE ? :)

July 6th, 2009 @ 11:10 am
When you autotrace the title layer in CS4 it does not create a new layer?
July 6th, 2009 @ 11:11 am
Hello Andrew! I like your tutorials!this tutorial very cool, but i don't have the song. Where can I get the song ?
July 6th, 2009 @ 11:11 am
Chad, it does, just check the "Apply to new layer".
July 6th, 2009 @ 11:29 am
thanks Andrew :)
July 6th, 2009 @ 11:31 am
i must be getting quarter timers... and a little bit of glucoma.. looked and didnt see thanks ANDREW!
July 6th, 2009 @ 11:38 am
looks very cool!
July 6th, 2009 @ 12:44 pm
I always like when Andrew is with us on the comment site. Very helpful to his fans. It's not like hes somewhere in California and doing his thing. He trys to be with the fans....sorry so hard to describe when you are not a native speaker but i hope you got what i mean..melle (germany)
leith G
July 6th, 2009 @ 12:58 pm
I commented here last 7 hours, where is it? gone! LOL
Anyway awesome tutorial like always.
July 6th, 2009 @ 1:25 pm
July 6th, 2009 @ 2:34 pm
Muchas gracias, excelente tutorial
Thanks a lot, excellent tutorial
July 6th, 2009 @ 2:59 pm
Man! how do you come up with this stuff? it's great! and the yokes you make... if they are jokes... spy....

Thank you very much for making this tut's

greetings from the netherlands. (Thats in europe...)
July 6th, 2009 @ 3:10 pm
Matthew Park
July 6th, 2009 @ 3:50 pm
July 6th, 2009 @ 3:54 pm

July 6th, 2009 @ 3:33 pm
If only the iPhone could see the sample video...
Matthew Sabia
July 6th, 2009 @ 4:00 pm
Wow that looks amazing! Great job! And great to see your using vista, I find that vistas much better for working with visual effects and after effects myself ;)

Matthew Sabia
Sabia Productions
July 6th, 2009 @ 5:07 pm
OMG! THANK YOU SO MUCH ANDREW! I am an architectural engineering student, and this tutorial really helped me make a EXTREMELY impressive presentation for my professors. Dude, you made my career with this one! A Million thanks my friend!!!!!!
July 6th, 2009 @ 6:08 pm
Nice, clean, Great!
Matthew Sabia
July 6th, 2009 @ 5:20 pm
Wow that looks amazing! Great job! And great to see your using vista, I find that vistas much better for working with visual effects and after effects myself ;)

Matthew Sabia
Sabia Productions
July 6th, 2009 @ 7:47 pm
incredible o.o
July 6th, 2009 @ 8:21 pm
Nice tut.

By the way, are you still working on the Short-Film, as you posted here: ?
July 6th, 2009 @ 8:22 pm
Hey Andrew. Can you PLEASE HELP ME!!! When I bust out the text tool and start typing. Nothing appears! I made sure that the color wasnt the same as the BG. I cheecked everything. When I click and drag I can see the text, but when I drop it I can't see it again. Any way of fixing this? Oh and it acts like this on my prfile, but when i go to another user name and open up AE it doesnt do it. Ive even reset the windows and everything.
July 7th, 2009 @ 12:01 am
Andrew u r the best thanks for all.if there's a god for visual fx i think it should be u.
July 7th, 2009 @ 3:00 am
same problem...sometimes i post comments and they are not published....I don't know why
July 7th, 2009 @ 3:20 am

btw I've asked for it at forums long time ago :)
July 7th, 2009 @ 3:26 am
Thx Andrew,
Once again looks like a great tutorial.
I've been wanting to get something similar for a while.
July 7th, 2009 @ 8:01 am
Hey nice tut andrew! , i've made something similar like two weeks ago, here's the link:

I used the same technics for revealing and creating the grids and that, but I used glow enstead of track mate the lines.

I would love to read some comments.
July 7th, 2009 @ 9:29 am
Thanks, looks very nice! I had a go at it this morning and here is the result:
July 7th, 2009 @ 9:30 am
Amazing amazing, just amazing. Thanks Andrew!!!!!

July 7th, 2009 @ 9:44 am
Wow that looks so amazing thanks so much!
C.S.McNABB Productions
July 7th, 2009 @ 9:56 am
Great tutorial. Perfect timing for a promo video I am doing. changed it up a bit and it looks awesome.
Thanks heaps for all the tuts and tips Andrew.
From Aus.

P.S. Cant wait till me AE II gets here hope it doesn't take long to cross the sea.
July 7th, 2009 @ 3:56 pm
Really great tutorial! But I got a problem on it. When I apply the "paper_03" texture on the text and lines, the half up of the texturized part stays really odd. But half down of the drawning stays perfect!

Thank you! (:
July 8th, 2009 @ 2:53 am
Great tutorial!
It will be great for my new logo. But where do you get the writing sounds from? (I'm just a hobbyist and I want to impress my friends :P).

Greetings from Holland!
Peter Somers (TC-Productions)
July 10th, 2009 @ 3:18 am
Excellent tutorial !

Explosions are nice to look at, but for people working in broadcast graphics (like me), these are the kind of tuts that are really useful!

Morten Enoksen
July 10th, 2009 @ 2:29 pm
What do you guys think about my filmtrailer? It's kind of like James Bond, Johnny English, Austin Powers, and Cops :)

Thank you kindly.
(The tut above helped me out recently, btw)
July 10th, 2009 @ 8:55 pm
Awesome!! thanks!

Eres un genio Andrew!

July 13th, 2009 @ 8:11 am
I have been religiously watching this site for quite some time now and the sheer idea that you can do just about anything your twisted imagination comes up with is truly a gift. Since I am a beginning VFX artist I have read a lot of books and watched a lot of tutorials but I worry that there is no way to remember all of these tips and tricks. How long did it take you to become proficient in after effects? I have been using it for about 6 mos now and i still struggle with anything that is not a basic title. I doubt you keep a notebook next to your workstation like I do, but what tips could you give us newbies to learn and retain these tips? Great TUT by the way.
July 26th, 2009 @ 10:27 am
This is the one that i want to's like logo or title of a film co.G.I Joe title from the trailer's pretty awesome!thanks a lot Sir Andrew!!!!
August 1st, 2009 @ 5:41 am
Here is my take:
March 4th, 2011 @ 3:56 am
Very good post.
vg from Germany
March 29th, 2011 @ 7:41 am
Cool Tutorial, thx Andrew!
Helps me a lot!
December 17th, 2011 @ 10:37 pm
The tutorial was splendid! Thanks for sharing :)
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