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.

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5 years ago
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114 Comments

Evan
1 month ago
I haven't been able to make VC reflect export in After Effects CC, haven't found a solution online, anyone else encounter this?
5 years ago
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 www.gholgholaart.com
Istav Nile
5 years ago
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..=)
jenzung
5 years ago
extremely sick! I like that stuff!
nidhal
5 years ago
thank you andrew it is a great job
tsuyoshi
5 years ago
thanks alot andrew!!
it fâ—‹ckin nice!!
Mico Solon
5 years ago
thanks andrew..
Benjamin Eshagpoor
5 years ago
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!
German Jones
5 years ago
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 (:
Dax
5 years ago
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 Copilot.net

- Dax (Creator of The Devil's Minstrels)
- http://www.devilsminstrels.com
- http://www.devilsminstrels.com
- http://www.devilsminstrels.com
5 years ago
Reno, in theory, you could animate the text layer. Pre-Compose, Then make 3D...
Reno
5 years ago
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.
av.rishi
5 years ago
1000000000000000000000000000000000 times, thanks to my God of CG, Andrew Kramer.
gooD job videocopilot CS5
Jordy
5 years ago
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!
5 years ago
Thanks! You rock Andrew!
5 years ago
hi I am from INDIA . And i watch all your tutorials regularly Andre Kramer u r the best..... Please reply me something andrew kramer
Timinator
5 years ago
You ROCK AK!

You ROCK Andrew Kramer! Evidently, this is more useful. haha
Howard
5 years ago
Tim:

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.
5 years ago
the tutorial is so great.. what a talent you have Andrew.. from Philippines.
Unknown5796
5 years ago
nice stuff dude!
Loay Emad
5 years ago
Sounds Great. I'm Gonna watch
Joraph
5 years ago
Ak you are one sick guy.........better u remain uncured....maybe guys like us can contract this AE sickness From You.......
Better than Ever...........
nixon
5 years ago
Andrew you are such a nerd!!!!!

I really suport you men!!!!!!

greetings from argentina...

groso el plug in papaaaaaa!!!
Tim Stewart
5 years ago
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?

Thanks

Tim
Kamui
5 years ago
Great!,working on it
Alby Smith
5 years ago
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!
5 years ago
very helpful.
I hope you make a tutorial about reflection in breaking mirror and glass .
thank you
5 years ago
Woah!! what a great improvement on the old reflections preset, I was using it often but now it is obsolete :)
5 years ago
Great plugin.

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

Thanks
Matthew Park
5 years ago
Epic... All the way.
5 years ago
UPDATE is out: http://www.videocopilot.net/blog/2009/11/vc-reflect-rev-14/

Should support PPC architecture now!
Serghei
5 years ago
Andrew how much will cost Optical Flare ?
5 years ago
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
AMS
5 years ago
Very useful. Gonna have to remind myself not to abuse this one. Not everything needs to look like the Album View in iTunes.
daniel
5 years ago
loved the tutorial but i wish you could of threw in that nice texture in the project file :(
Andrei
5 years ago
I meant "exception", sorry.
Andrei
5 years ago
I got a crash in AE 7. "Esception occured. Generated minidump." Then AE shuts down shortly after.
Vin
5 years ago
Andrew if you ran for president of the universe I'd vote you in.
5 years ago
You are a sick, talented guy Andrew. Thanks for this. :D
5 years ago
Used it and was super easy like it alot. Heres the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZYSbAq3uvU
gabriel k
5 years ago
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.
Alex
5 years ago
seriously does anyone know the answer to my question
Tokidoki
5 years ago
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
Hitnewell
5 years ago
Keep up the good work man.lovin these tutorials!
TJ
5 years ago
Sweet! Can't wait to watch it!
5 years ago
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.
5 years ago
Thank Andrew, great tutotial and Plug-in!!!
Vikcy Shah
5 years ago
G8 something new...
5 years ago
I love this plugin Jisus...
5 years ago
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

Kazakhstan
gabriel sangell
5 years ago
i miss the video intros you had in the beginning of your tutorials put them back!
Wick
5 years ago
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...!
Cheers

Wick
Chris
5 years ago
usefull plugin, love it, good job andrew :)
- germany
Frank Busch
5 years ago
Already used the Plug in a Production... Does a great Job.

Thank you.

Greetings from Berlin
WaQaS
5 years ago
Gud man
Love it
Codemonkey123
5 years ago
Another awesome tute.
5 years ago
Thx for the plugin. U r gr8.:D
Random
5 years ago
Thanks a lot for the tutorial Andrew!!! (from Spain)
Jason D
5 years ago
I Meant The Star Texture
Jason D
5 years ago
Hey Ummm One Question, Where Did You Get The Stars picture? Or Can You Use Any Star Picture? Please Respond A.S.A.P
Alex Nonnato
5 years ago
Man Thnx a lot:


Again you did it.
Wassim
5 years ago
Hahaha great man thx
5 years ago
Thanks you Andrew for the great work you do!
5 years ago
awesome ! Thanks Patrick !

BTW who`s Patrick...?
Kyoteart
5 years ago
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!
Alex
5 years ago
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.
5 years ago
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!
5 years ago
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
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!
crumpy
5 years ago
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.
Morpheus Qiu
5 years ago
Very very nice, Andrew! It's almost to 100! Thanks for your free plug-in!
5 years ago
WOW love u. man
5 years ago
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'!)
Ricardo
5 years ago
A huge thanks from Portugal... You’re the best!!
personman
5 years ago
Almost at 100!
.
5 years ago
Any word on when Optical Flares might make it's debut? I have $140 with your name on it Mr. Kramer. :p
ArenVenenatus
5 years ago
Great! Thanks Andrew & the rest VC team for useful plugin. You're the best))
Themallin
5 years ago
Thanks for the update. Is it safe to assume that all the new VC plug-ins for AE will NOT work on PPC?
CczZ
5 years ago
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 !!
caps
5 years ago
Hi..Andrew
I have a Question. where r ours VC Banners? when will they appear on the top?
anyway.great tutorial thanks for the useful tips.
Takecare
5 years ago
Yeah... no PPC support. Plug-in architecture changed a lot from PPC.
Michel Boissonneault
5 years ago
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)"

Michel
Akeenoya
5 years ago
Thank you Andrew (from France)
Klas
5 years ago
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.

//Klas
ashok
5 years ago
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
Bence
5 years ago
Thanks for your work, and for the awesome tutorials!!
Gareth
5 years ago
You're back! Man I thought I was going to die without see the next VC tutorial.
Tom
5 years ago
Another free plugin, woohoow. thanks man!
Zak
5 years ago
ooooooooooh yeah .. new tutorial I'll watch it Noooooooooooooooow , thanks Andrew :D
Themallin
5 years ago
Can any confirm if this plug-in works on PPC Mac. Thanks.
5 years ago
Awesome, is the tutorial search button new ?
Serghei
5 years ago
nobody does it like you, thanks
Remington M
5 years ago
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!
Serghei
5 years ago
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 Videocopilot.net because it is my favorite, I love you guys, Thank you for your work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Marko Ilic
5 years ago
Great tutorial thanks
Bradley
5 years ago
Thanks Andrew

Wish you luck with further tutorials, also plug-ins in the future
5 years ago
Great stuff.... thanks Andrew!

I guess the old preset is not longer needed.
Requer
5 years ago
Great tutorial. Thank you Andrew.
5 years ago
thanks andrew ... thats great from u ...

wish u best on ur current project
5 years ago
Thanks for the FREE After Effects Plug-in Andrews. Can't wait to watch this one tonight.
5 years ago
This will help a lot. Thanks so much for all the work!
ShoeToad
5 years ago
Adobe should give you an award!
David
5 years ago
Thank you for the great tut and plug-in.
JB
5 years ago
Awesome Thank you Andrew. :D
Segia
5 years ago
Done watching, that was awesome! Thanks a lot! :-)
Suvir
5 years ago
NIce nice.... keep em coming...
5 years ago
great stuff. speed up reflection workflows very quickly. thx for this.
Jenovation
5 years ago
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
Thx!
suvil
5 years ago
looks amazing.!
5 years ago
Great tutorial!!

Thank you!!
Hassel
5 years ago
Useful plugin! Nice!!!
Qra
5 years ago
Great thing :) thank you
Segia
5 years ago
Going to watch it now, undoubtedly going to be awesome!
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