NEW TUTORIAL: Reflection Plug-in

In this tutorial we will take a look at our brand new free reflection plug-in that allows you to create great looking 2D reflections. We will examine a few examples and customize the reflection with a few easy steps.

Watch Tutorial Download the project to get plug-in!

NOTE: We recently migrated to a new server so we are working on balancing the load. Things should be in better shape later today. Thanks!

November 17th, 2009 @ 11:07 am
Going to watch it now, undoubtedly going to be awesome!
November 17th, 2009 @ 11:10 am
Great thing :) thank you
November 17th, 2009 @ 11:10 am
Useful plugin! Nice!!!
November 17th, 2009 @ 11:12 am
Great tutorial!!

Thank you!!
November 17th, 2009 @ 11:13 am
looks amazing.!
November 17th, 2009 @ 11:14 am
I was just looking to pimp my text in AE, and saw this tutorial, you're timing has been amazing a lot of time.
Last time I was working on electricity when you posted the tutorial.
How do you do it? :D
November 17th, 2009 @ 11:18 am
great stuff. speed up reflection workflows very quickly. thx for this.
November 17th, 2009 @ 11:20 am
NIce nice.... keep em coming...
November 17th, 2009 @ 11:22 am
Done watching, that was awesome! Thanks a lot! :-)
November 17th, 2009 @ 11:51 am
Awesome Thank you Andrew. :D
November 17th, 2009 @ 11:56 am
Thank you for the great tut and plug-in.
November 17th, 2009 @ 12:05 pm
Adobe should give you an award!
November 17th, 2009 @ 12:12 pm
This will help a lot. Thanks so much for all the work!
November 17th, 2009 @ 12:16 pm
Thanks for the FREE After Effects Plug-in Andrews. Can't wait to watch this one tonight.
November 17th, 2009 @ 12:30 pm
thanks andrew ... thats great from u ...

wish u best on ur current project
November 17th, 2009 @ 12:39 pm
Great tutorial. Thank you Andrew.
November 17th, 2009 @ 1:04 pm
Great stuff.... thanks Andrew!

I guess the old preset is not longer needed.
November 17th, 2009 @ 1:07 pm
Thanks Andrew

Wish you luck with further tutorials, also plug-ins in the future
Marko Ilic
November 17th, 2009 @ 1:14 pm
Great tutorial thanks
November 17th, 2009 @ 1:21 pm
Andrew thank you for this tutorial and for plughin, and also thanks for the reply to question, you and your team are the best, I said to my friends and I will say more about this site, when I wake up in the morning and turn on the computer first thing I do, get to a site because it is my favorite, I love you guys, Thank you for your work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Remington M
November 17th, 2009 @ 1:26 pm
It's like your some kind of mind reader. I was just making reflections last week and remembered your reflect plugin, but it wouldn't work for me. So, I figured Oh well, I might have to actually do something for myself, but then the next week you come out with an updated plugin that works amazing. The scew and angle are incredibly helpfull, I ran into that same problem when creating my own reflections.Thanks!
November 17th, 2009 @ 1:33 pm
nobody does it like you, thanks
November 17th, 2009 @ 1:44 pm
Awesome, is the tutorial search button new ?
November 17th, 2009 @ 2:16 pm
Can any confirm if this plug-in works on PPC Mac. Thanks.
November 17th, 2009 @ 2:17 pm
ooooooooooh yeah .. new tutorial I'll watch it Noooooooooooooooow , thanks Andrew :D
November 17th, 2009 @ 2:20 pm
Another free plugin, woohoow. thanks man!
November 17th, 2009 @ 2:28 pm
You're back! Man I thought I was going to die without see the next VC tutorial.
November 17th, 2009 @ 2:44 pm
Thanks for your work, and for the awesome tutorials!!
November 17th, 2009 @ 2:51 pm
Very nice Andrew thanks for the tutorial, i think it's not you tutorial it's may be your brother or somebody. i don't think it's your tutorial. noway any way it was very good.

thank you
November 17th, 2009 @ 2:53 pm
Thanks for the free plug-in. Much appreciated!!!
I´m eagerly awaiting Optical flares.
Do you guys have a release date yet?
Anyway, love your site.

November 17th, 2009 @ 3:13 pm
Thank you Andrew (from France)
Michel Boissonneault
November 17th, 2009 @ 3:26 pm
Well, seems to has a problem with Mac PPC G5 AE CS3. Says "After Effects error: Couldn't find main entry point for VCReflect.plugin (48::72)"

November 17th, 2009 @ 3:35 pm
Yeah... no PPC support. Plug-in architecture changed a lot from PPC.
November 17th, 2009 @ 3:54 pm
I have a Question. where r ours VC Banners? when will they appear on the top?
anyway.great tutorial thanks for the useful tips.
November 17th, 2009 @ 3:59 pm
NOW oooow ... What ... THE HELL ... Is That ??

That Was One Plugin That You Want To use Again AND Again And Again !!!

Thank you King OF The Motion Graphics (AK) You're Awesome!!

PS: You Guys Won't Believe it but I'am a big fan from PALESTINE !!
November 17th, 2009 @ 4:11 pm
Thanks for the update. Is it safe to assume that all the new VC plug-ins for AE will NOT work on PPC?
November 17th, 2009 @ 4:14 pm
Great! Thanks Andrew & the rest VC team for useful plugin. You're the best))
November 17th, 2009 @ 4:16 pm
Any word on when Optical Flares might make it's debut? I have $140 with your name on it Mr. Kramer. :p
November 17th, 2009 @ 5:04 pm
Almost at 100!
November 17th, 2009 @ 5:13 pm
A huge thanks from Portugal... You’re the best!!
November 17th, 2009 @ 5:22 pm
Thanks Andrew,

Your tutorials continue to inspire me and I'm sure 1000s of others. Keep 'em comin'! (did I just sound bossy? anyway, keep 'em comin'!)
November 17th, 2009 @ 6:23 pm
WOW love u. man
Morpheus Qiu
November 17th, 2009 @ 7:14 pm
Very very nice, Andrew! It's almost to 100! Thanks for your free plug-in!
November 17th, 2009 @ 7:33 pm
Thanks, Andrew!

I actually needed this today on a project at work.

Now please hurry up with Optical Flares, I have money burning a hole in my pocket waiting for it.
November 17th, 2009 @ 7:50 pm
hey, what's up!!!

i really love the new and very great tutorial. . and

the very fantastic plug in. .

by the way Andrew,

what happen to your last project?
you told us that you will post some blogs about it. .

anyway. .

really waiting for the optical lens flare. .
can't actually wait for that. .

thanks. .
more power VCP!
November 17th, 2009 @ 8:02 pm
Wow..amazing this is free. gotta say i love the products too...can not wait for the lens flare one..

i also thought I would randomly point of the usefulness of twitch, to those that dont have it....It is the most meaningful and needed plug ins...and yet its fairly simple! (well not really)

thanks andrew Kramer! you got me into after effects, and now i can say i love it
November 17th, 2009 @ 8:20 pm
Andrew, it just doesn't get better than your group of good folks. I hope you crank as many great meals out of that new oven as you do SFX for us!
November 17th, 2009 @ 9:11 pm
That is a very great tutorial. It inspired me alot. But I have downloaded it. And I have tried to drag it into the support files area. But it doesnt work. What is the proper place to do it. I am on a pc and am using cs3. It should work. I dont think I am doing it right. Please help.
November 17th, 2009 @ 9:49 pm
I just have to say,.I just starting learning After Effects,..taking some classes online and looking at all the related sites..... this one is one of the best.
Not only do you share your process but the free presets and and plug-in's are awesome!
Most sites charge you your freedom! and then some!

Thanks Andrew
You are the man!
November 17th, 2009 @ 10:33 pm
awesome ! Thanks Patrick !

BTW who`s Patrick...?
November 17th, 2009 @ 10:54 pm
Thanks you Andrew for the great work you do!
November 17th, 2009 @ 11:26 pm
Hahaha great man thx
Alex Nonnato
November 17th, 2009 @ 11:54 pm
Man Thnx a lot:

Again you did it.
Jason D
November 18th, 2009 @ 12:48 am
Hey Ummm One Question, Where Did You Get The Stars picture? Or Can You Use Any Star Picture? Please Respond A.S.A.P
Jason D
November 18th, 2009 @ 1:12 am
I Meant The Star Texture
November 18th, 2009 @ 1:18 am
Thanks a lot for the tutorial Andrew!!! (from Spain)
November 18th, 2009 @ 1:19 am
Thx for the plugin. U r gr8.:D
November 18th, 2009 @ 1:47 am
Another awesome tute.
November 18th, 2009 @ 2:14 am
Gud man
Love it
Frank Busch
November 18th, 2009 @ 2:18 am
Already used the Plug in a Production... Does a great Job.

Thank you.

Greetings from Berlin
November 18th, 2009 @ 2:36 am
usefull plugin, love it, good job andrew :)
- germany
November 18th, 2009 @ 4:53 am
Wow great plugin, i had my own tricky ways of accomplishing the same, this is more simple, and faster! :)

I see you have a pretty big list of videocopilot plugins, guess theyre in development as well?
Looks really interesting..!
if you may even feel the needs of having betatesters... ill tell my girlfriends its AE time! :):)

Plus...Cant wait for the flares to come out...!

gabriel sangell
November 18th, 2009 @ 5:02 am
i miss the video intros you had in the beginning of your tutorials put them back!
November 18th, 2009 @ 5:10 am
Goog Staff...

As far as I know, you have same presets in your VC stock, and I this that is better than this plugin, but I don't remember how it is called...sorry dude, but anycase its grate stuff.

Nurassyl Nigmetov

November 18th, 2009 @ 5:17 am
I love this plugin Jisus...
Vikcy Shah
November 18th, 2009 @ 5:59 am
G8 something new...
November 18th, 2009 @ 6:27 am
Thank Andrew, great tutotial and Plug-in!!!
November 18th, 2009 @ 6:33 am
It's the free stuff that makes me happy to shell out 100 plus on the products. If the free plugins have great quality it makes you feel like you are definitely getting your money's worth. Even if you did purchase action essentials 1 weeks before action essentials 2 came out (I'm over it and placing order now....smh)!
Thanks Andrew for the great products and attention to detail.
November 18th, 2009 @ 7:37 am
Sweet! Can't wait to watch it!
November 18th, 2009 @ 6:50 am
Keep up the good work man.lovin these tutorials!
November 18th, 2009 @ 7:54 am
very sweet !!! but the destiny is against me in the after effect bushiness cause my aftereffect cs4 screwed
and my inter also not working I'm commenting on my mobile

but TY Andrew you'r the best
November 18th, 2009 @ 7:59 am
seriously does anyone know the answer to my question
gabriel k
November 18th, 2009 @ 8:03 am
guys you are great you are doing a great job you tutorials have helped me a lot. i do graphics for my church and the work looks beautiful now with effects(Adobe after effects)God Bless you all. when i got enough money i will buy all the plugins.
November 18th, 2009 @ 9:32 am
Used it and was super easy like it alot. Heres the link:
November 18th, 2009 @ 9:41 am
You are a sick, talented guy Andrew. Thanks for this. :D
November 18th, 2009 @ 10:29 am
Andrew if you ran for president of the universe I'd vote you in.
November 18th, 2009 @ 10:54 am
I got a crash in AE 7. "Esception occured. Generated minidump." Then AE shuts down shortly after.
November 18th, 2009 @ 10:56 am
I meant "exception", sorry.
November 18th, 2009 @ 11:04 am
loved the tutorial but i wish you could of threw in that nice texture in the project file :(
November 18th, 2009 @ 11:08 am
Very useful. Gonna have to remind myself not to abuse this one. Not everything needs to look like the Album View in iTunes.
November 18th, 2009 @ 11:14 am
People with AE 7 or PPC processors: We're testing out a new build that should support PPC and AE7. If we get it working today, expect an update soon. AK
November 18th, 2009 @ 11:20 am
Andrew how much will cost Optical Flare ?
November 18th, 2009 @ 11:30 am
UPDATE is out:

Should support PPC architecture now!
Matthew Park
November 18th, 2009 @ 12:00 pm
Epic... All the way.
November 18th, 2009 @ 12:04 pm
Great plugin.

Wish we could find a way to get away from having to use an adjustment layer to fix the rendering problem.....

November 18th, 2009 @ 12:17 pm
Woah!! what a great improvement on the old reflections preset, I was using it often but now it is obsolete :)
November 18th, 2009 @ 1:12 pm
very helpful.
I hope you make a tutorial about reflection in breaking mirror and glass .
thank you
Alby Smith
November 18th, 2009 @ 3:40 pm
Very useful plug-in, it did save a lot of my time..
and the best thing is, it's from you Andrew!

Thank you so much...

all hails AK & Video Copilot!
November 18th, 2009 @ 4:41 pm
Great!,working on it
Tim Stewart
November 18th, 2009 @ 5:08 pm
Hi VC Team,

Quick Question about this plugin - is there a way to animate the reflection? For Example: if i want to fly my text in from the top and have it land on the floor plain is there a way to animate the reflection so that it looks realistic like the reflection is being correctly represented on the floor plain while the text is flying in?


November 18th, 2009 @ 8:33 pm
Andrew you are such a nerd!!!!!

I really suport you men!!!!!!

greetings from argentina...

groso el plug in papaaaaaa!!!
November 19th, 2009 @ 12:57 am
Ak you are one sick guy.........better u remain uncured....maybe guys like us can contract this AE sickness From You.......
Better than Ever...........
Loay Emad
November 19th, 2009 @ 2:08 am
Sounds Great. I'm Gonna watch
November 19th, 2009 @ 4:20 am
nice stuff dude!
November 19th, 2009 @ 8:04 pm
the tutorial is so great.. what a talent you have Andrew.. from Philippines.
November 20th, 2009 @ 4:52 am

Maybe you could duplicate the layer. Then delete the reflection on the first one and change the mode to reflection only on the second. Then you can animate each one individually controlling the position scale and rotation etc. Just a thought to try.
November 20th, 2009 @ 7:05 am

You ROCK Andrew Kramer! Evidently, this is more useful. haha
November 20th, 2009 @ 8:56 am
hi I am from INDIA . And i watch all your tutorials regularly Andre Kramer u r the best..... Please reply me something andrew kramer
November 20th, 2009 @ 9:42 am
Thanks! You rock Andrew!
November 20th, 2009 @ 9:56 am
Hi, I just did a project that lasted 10min. with reflections. Without your plug-in, all with 3d rotations. I wish I had seen this before. It would have been so useful! Thanks!
November 20th, 2009 @ 11:14 am
gooD job videocopilot CS5
November 20th, 2009 @ 8:37 pm
1000000000000000000000000000000000 times, thanks to my God of CG, Andrew Kramer.
November 21st, 2009 @ 11:18 am
The one tease of this plug-in I've found is that you really do (in most cases) need to pre-compose a text layer when using it (when making a text layer 3D it's pretty much mandatory). But, when you pre-compose you loose the really nice ability to have the reflection animate with any text animation.

For example (without pre-compsoing and with the text not set as a 3D layer) you can rotate the text in from 180 degrees to 0 degrees. It looks really nice and it takes almost no work. If you make the text layer 3D, the blur looks like crap. If you pre-compose to fix that, you loose the animation ability of reflection.

I'm not in anyway complaining though. This plug-in is freaking awesome. Thank you Andrew.
November 21st, 2009 @ 11:32 am
Reno, in theory, you could animate the text layer. Pre-Compose, Then make 3D...
November 21st, 2009 @ 1:58 pm
Holy cow! sry I mean *cough* Holy Reflective COW!!!

Once again thanks Andrew - truly amazing work. I see a perfect spot for this in our project :-)

If ya ever wanna blow up a Heavy Metal puppet band let us know! Hopefully when we get funded we can make you our official "Blow Carl up guy" - and in the vein of this tutorial - "Blow Carl up on a marble floor reflectively guy!"

Our project went through a day / night change when I found Video Copilot and it's products - we have learned so much from you and appreciate your work to where we will always tout up Video

- Dax (Creator of The Devil's Minstrels)
German Jones
November 21st, 2009 @ 4:55 pm
u make a great job. Ur tutorials are the reason for i spend so much time in After Effects CS4. It makes so much fun to see the cool thinks u do with After effects and than some times later i can do the same cool stuf.

greatings from Germany and Thanks :)

German Jones (:
Benjamin Eshagpoor
November 22nd, 2009 @ 2:48 am
Thanks alot! Of course, AFTER I finish a job that I spent hours painstakingly adding reflections to things, you come along with a plugin...that's free!

I love it!

Thanks for the wonderful tools!
Mico Solon
November 22nd, 2009 @ 6:11 pm
thanks andrew..
November 23rd, 2009 @ 2:44 am
thanks alot andrew!!
it fâ—‹ckin nice!!
November 25th, 2009 @ 1:57 pm
thank you andrew it is a great job
December 1st, 2009 @ 1:49 am
extremely sick! I like that stuff!
Istav Nile
December 2nd, 2009 @ 10:55 pm
Nice plugin, loving it! But i have one issue with casting shadows, when I put the adjustment layer, my shadows went off, how can I correct this? Thanks, and sorry for my bad english..=)
April 27th, 2010 @ 11:21 pm
OH God u r the extremer Andrew Kramer
can u please make a tutorial on how to create an real ink writing coz i am an artist and i really need this u r most welcome to check our website
October 14th, 2014 @ 3:13 pm
I haven't been able to make VC reflect export in After Effects CC, haven't found a solution online, anyone else encounter this?
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