NEW TUTORIAL: Light Glow

In this quick motion graphics tutorials we’ll create a natural light glow illuminating from your title onto a 3D surface. This tutorial also includes tips for generating a simple chromatic glow effect.

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Sample Video

105 RESPONSES TO "NEW TUTORIAL: LIGHT GLOW"
November 29th, 2010 @ 10:39 am
Looks like something that can actually be useful, thanks.
November 29th, 2010 @ 9:42 am
This is awesome Mr. Kramer thank you
Sunny
November 29th, 2010 @ 10:44 am
Wow... another tutorial, lets see what we have got here, btw i was expecting something more exciting this time... Andrew please come up with some tutorial of incorporating 3ds max with after effects. that would be great. Thanks

Regards!
alec
November 29th, 2010 @ 10:46 am
wow. that's cool....
Jeff
November 29th, 2010 @ 10:47 am
Whoa! That's amazing! =D
PtoJ
November 29th, 2010 @ 10:48 am
Awesome!! Gonna have to trie this one!! :D
vikash
November 29th, 2010 @ 10:48 am
it's very nice, like something different... thanks
oras
November 29th, 2010 @ 10:49 am
WOoow that helpfull for my christmass tree !
neloman
November 29th, 2010 @ 10:50 am
very nice, 1 question though, how do you reduce the banding of that gradient background? tnx.
    Omar
    December 3rd, 2010 @ 4:49 pm
    AK mentions this in the video, "Change from 8bit to 16 bit" he was refering to the glow but this would fix the bg also...
Gladwin
November 29th, 2010 @ 10:51 am
Wooooww!!!! realy very usefull !! Andrew U rock !!!!... Missing SAM !! LOL
LifeType
November 29th, 2010 @ 10:52 am
"i know this one guy who didnt like it he used levels ,
now he is dead"

LMFAO!
Adrian
November 29th, 2010 @ 10:53 am
Did you just watched the Harry Potter tutorial at AEtuts+ ?
The guy the used the same blur technique to create his glow.

Greetings from germany, you are awesome
Jorn
November 29th, 2010 @ 11:04 am
The first thing that comes to my mind after seeing the pictures is "Hey, the PlayStation Move!"

Gonna watch the tutorial now!
Jorn
November 29th, 2010 @ 11:05 am
Having seen the sample video now, with "Sonya", I'm pretty sure where Andrew got the inspiration from ;)
BST
November 29th, 2010 @ 11:08 am
I'm sure, that you'll get your new TV.
Daniel
November 29th, 2010 @ 11:08 am
Awesome! Now did Sam die or something?... I recall an Axe Tutorial in the making awhile back(plus haven't seen Sam for a few hahaha)
James
November 29th, 2010 @ 11:12 am
Looks Awesome! So can we expect any Cyber Monday discounts today?
kid
November 29th, 2010 @ 11:14 am
wow,cool,thank you
November 29th, 2010 @ 11:34 am
Great colors, thank's for this another nice and great tutorial.
bizkit
November 29th, 2010 @ 11:37 am
kramer iz def. d bestest. . . . .thaxxx a billie
AE.fx
November 29th, 2010 @ 11:42 am
thxxxx....nice!!

plzz MORPH Tutorial Andrew!!!
oliver
November 29th, 2010 @ 11:44 am
dude I really, really love your humour!!!
November 29th, 2010 @ 11:44 am
Nice work, as usual. Can't wait for the next tutorial ;)
Bart
November 29th, 2010 @ 11:44 am
I have nothing to say....Absolutely great!!! thanks for the new tutorial. But I have some problems with previous one, the MagicTraking...
Matt8teen
November 29th, 2010 @ 11:47 am
good stuff
ak & team
Bart
November 29th, 2010 @ 11:49 am
Look at this comment, please!
Andrew, please help!!! I'm messing around with MagicTraking tutorial. The technique of planer tracking and using its data for a null object is brilliant! I did the tutorial and everything looks great. Then I thought what if I add a 3D object to the scene just like we did in the Advanced Time Freeze lesson. I made our Futuristic Ball in 3d max and tried to create a camera with Reference point in AE. But it doesn't work! Is there any way to get data from Corner-Pin_to_Null for a camera? Is it possible? Or am I going the wrong way? Maybe using this particular technique I cannot place any 3d objects?! Thank You anyway!!!
November 29th, 2010 @ 11:51 am
Nice looking video!
Sonya XD
ben
November 29th, 2010 @ 11:52 am
anyway. well done andrew. that was the best tutorial you made funny wise in a year or two. its like your back, you never left, but your back.
November 29th, 2010 @ 11:53 am
Nice ^^.... thanks master!
November 29th, 2010 @ 11:55 am
thanks andrew

looks interesting
Polymr
November 29th, 2010 @ 12:04 pm
I have been here, following the pied piper since about tute 10.. What a STRANGE tutorial Andy; did u sample some of ur kids cold medicine? brill as always and thx, i owe a lot to u, a msg no doubt reciprocated by 1000's. JK
zin_onos
November 29th, 2010 @ 12:04 pm
LOL! Your jokes and hilarious, and your tutorials are also amazing! it's 2 birds with 1 stone! Laugh and Learn. That should be your slogan!
Alex
November 29th, 2010 @ 12:09 pm
Big thanks, man.
JIK
November 29th, 2010 @ 12:17 pm
Not sure if it's just me, but I THINK I saw product placement somewhere in the middle there
November 29th, 2010 @ 12:17 pm
Really nice one.
Just a question...

Shouldn't the bright be born exactly where the circles are crossing the floor?

Just a detail.
Dan
November 29th, 2010 @ 12:21 pm
"I knew a guy that used levels... hes dead now." That made laugh. Another great tutorial.

By the way, what ever happened to the roto brush tutorial?
November 29th, 2010 @ 12:32 pm
hey thank andrew for a great tutorial, i have done something similar.

I USED ACTION ESSENTIALS, OPTICAL FLARES AND THIS TUTORIAL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toT9FpPT3ZY&hd=1
    December 11th, 2010 @ 2:42 pm
    Very nice
November 29th, 2010 @ 12:43 pm
That was Cool, and it is very useful for Me.
Thank you, Andrew. ;)
Payam
November 29th, 2010 @ 12:45 pm
WOooO... That's amazing .. Very useful.
tx Mr. kramer
Zipwind
November 29th, 2010 @ 12:46 pm
I support the idea of making some tutorials about after effects and 3ds max. Maybe you can make something about blowing up, exploding, destroying.
I think it will be useful for many people who want learn what cool thing it is possible to do to make some kind of Hollywood like film with impressing FX.
Marley Bishop
November 29th, 2010 @ 12:47 pm
haha this tutorial had me laughing so much
thomas
November 29th, 2010 @ 12:48 pm
niceee andrew honestly this is a godd work
but whats with the sony subliminal commercial ?
have you started working with sony ?
November 29th, 2010 @ 12:50 pm
Andrew,

Thanks. Sure could have used this tut a couple weeks ago. The thing I like about your tutorials is that you make them "real-world" in appearance, which adds to my inspiration. Thanks for all you do.
cheekylilbasterd
November 29th, 2010 @ 1:05 pm
That's what I would like , if I were making fun of how I sound like. I didn't watch the rest of the tutorial but it was worth it.
D3FO3
November 29th, 2010 @ 1:08 pm
Beautiful effect. *****/*****
AJ
November 29th, 2010 @ 1:21 pm
So happy to have Andrew Kramer in my life...at this point, I feel as if he is my brother...or maybe a 2nd cousin...or at least a far removed distant relative!
November 29th, 2010 @ 1:47 pm
Great stuff in the tutorial.I just feel how i can make a preset out of this :)
November 29th, 2010 @ 1:48 pm
Awesome tutorial Andrew, although I was expecting a more advanced method for the lighting instead of using blurred layers.
Mads A
November 29th, 2010 @ 1:59 pm
You are the most awsome guy on the earth! Nice tutorial BTW!
Tony
November 29th, 2010 @ 2:02 pm
That chromatic abberation effect is really nice.
Jonathan
November 29th, 2010 @ 2:15 pm
This is really great stuff. I love your tutorials! Keep them coming!
November 29th, 2010 @ 1:45 pm
thanks for the tutorial it was really useful. :)
November 29th, 2010 @ 1:57 pm
Sweet Beings This is Awesome! I can't think of a better source for Kick Ass-ery than Video Copilot.Net.
November 29th, 2010 @ 2:01 pm
soz to take up real estate here but i want a blue name too. does this suffice?
November 29th, 2010 @ 2:03 pm
"not if u clik it and c u bit ALL my stuff :/" im learning from the best, can't b whipped 4 that.
November 29th, 2010 @ 2:16 pm
Very nice, it is the little tweeks that makes thing extra awesome!
November 29th, 2010 @ 2:48 pm
Sweet! Already got some projects I can update with this this week. Thanks man.
naijaboy
November 29th, 2010 @ 3:50 pm
your name should be changed to Andrew E. Kramer as in A.E.K. Meaning After Effects King. U r a legend even in countries like Nigeria.
Dominik
November 29th, 2010 @ 4:06 pm
Andrew, why don't you use your plug in VC Reflect for this one?
November 29th, 2010 @ 4:36 pm
I imagine these glow balls flying in as the I'es in my logo! This was actually not the coolest tutorial ever, but definitely one of the more useable ones!
November 29th, 2010 @ 4:40 pm
SONY.....A HAHA!

That was great, and im sure they wouldnt mind considering your site traffic is probably getting close to there site traffic wich is crazy LOL

you teach us things i wouldnt even think was possible in after effects so thank you andrew!

and thank you videocopilot.net team!
November 29th, 2010 @ 6:16 pm
Look'n good AK! Can't wait to watch when I get home!!! :)
Mike D
November 29th, 2010 @ 6:55 pm
Looks suspiciously like my video copilot banner that I submitted a while back lol
Joraph
November 29th, 2010 @ 7:28 pm
Won't have expected any thing less from AK.
Hey andrew.. When are we getting a cs5 update for the free Videocopilot plugins..
Am tired of switching back & front. i.e cs4 - cs5..
Guy u still rock as ever b4.
Eric K
November 29th, 2010 @ 7:45 pm
Very very cool! And useful!
rasoolAsal
November 29th, 2010 @ 7:51 pm
very cool baby
it seems very nice
ehab
November 29th, 2010 @ 8:58 pm
That’s amazing!
Oscar
November 29th, 2010 @ 10:06 pm
Ey what's up mr. Kramer....you are awesome but what's happen with the tutorials...... i can see In my iPhone.....!!!!Aaaaaaa. I'm sorry. But my English is not gooood. ----- Bryan tx----
Debasish
November 29th, 2010 @ 10:45 pm
Nice Effect Sir......
Isaac
November 29th, 2010 @ 11:52 pm
Did you get the free tv?
roro
November 30th, 2010 @ 12:27 am
Oh my god, where are my Royalties ? I've just deposed Sonya© ^^
November 30th, 2010 @ 12:41 am
hey andrew...

i live in iran.you'r after effects leader in my country and 80% of you'r teachings used in IRAN broadcasting.
my idea is : andrew and sam traveled to IRAN and get their much money.

you know how much money to make a Special Effects Movie gave to one korea person ? his works very very very weaker than you . if you see this Movie and specially Special effects , sure hate after effects and select another work.

yeah , 300,000$ dirty money for this Movie. :)
-------------------
andrew we love you'r work and you'r mind .
November 30th, 2010 @ 12:59 am
"Hey, What's up? Andrew Kramer here" - Was Dying to hear this for weeks!! Finally a new tutorial!! Thanks a lot AK!!!
Mayor
November 30th, 2010 @ 1:14 am
This is so awesome!
November 30th, 2010 @ 2:44 am
Great
Thanks Andrew
What is "Sonya" ?
I am waiting for new blog show !
November 30th, 2010 @ 3:36 am
You always have new stuff up ur sleeve. Thank Man!!! Cant wait to try it out....
November 30th, 2010 @ 4:40 am
Hehehe... SONY...A
Funny!!!!
Hj
November 30th, 2010 @ 5:58 am
Very nice
The training program mocha Please Give More
November 30th, 2010 @ 7:36 am
Geniallll :D
mirandolo ;)
mktnet
November 30th, 2010 @ 8:28 am
wow! you did better than SONY entertainement logo intro and trapcod lux
professionnal work!! thanks
Mani
November 30th, 2010 @ 8:28 am
soo cool work!. Sony => Sonya, What a clever!Lol ;D
ravtom
November 30th, 2010 @ 9:12 am
so simple...no 3 party stuff...
purely procedural...
yet so enormously magical.....
htetnaing
November 30th, 2010 @ 12:58 pm
Hey!Congratulation for your blog update and thanks a lot for your tutorial.
Your online student..:
:)
mikdavy2
November 30th, 2010 @ 3:17 pm
just want to say thanks for all your time that you put into this site and allow us to see whats going on in your world and seeing what your doing with experiments in after effects and such. super fantabulous man!

anywho.. just wanted to make a suggestion, not super important, but after seeing your last tutorial I was think that you can do so much more with type with the character palette there to give it some interest. Such as changing the spacing from metrics to optical which is based on mathematical increments that determine how the characters should be spaced. I don't exactly know why I am telling you this other than that I am studying graphic design and notice these types of things all the time.
November 30th, 2010 @ 4:28 pm
Nice work, thanks for sharing and I hope you get that new TV.
Rob
November 30th, 2010 @ 4:42 pm
I guess you cant teach old dogs new tricks... no one has actually replied to a comment yet haha
marcello_f
November 30th, 2010 @ 5:49 pm
Hi Andrew, I'm from Brazil and I always watch yours tutorials and based on those tutorials I produced a school project called "Posimusic" in which I had to create a parody of a music.
I'd like to tanks the amazing tutorials.
This is the link of the movie-clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF9IeMys9js
Tanks!!!
SAGGU
November 30th, 2010 @ 9:14 pm
i always like under the tutorial, what is required to create the tutorial, i.e. trapcode particular, thx :)
December 1st, 2010 @ 2:47 am
nice and colorful...
Or
December 1st, 2010 @ 6:19 am
Cool tutorial,
thanks :)
doni
December 1st, 2010 @ 3:50 pm
is it that cool!
m0Nte
December 1st, 2010 @ 10:18 pm
Thank You so much! Mr.Kramer this is very cool tutorial . Waiting for more ;) . Good job respect
oz
December 2nd, 2010 @ 4:31 am
your tutorials are mostly too confusing for me. but this one is so simple and versatile too. thanks.
Alexy
December 2nd, 2010 @ 1:50 pm
You chose a GREAT combination of colors! ;)
December 3rd, 2010 @ 3:49 am
We are following VCP for years now since the beginning it started and we must say the quality level of this site's tutorials and its products have gone from GOOD - BETTER _ AWESOME

Just amazing, VCP, Andrew and his team ROCKZ!

Kind Regards
SAN
9dlabs.NET
Omar
December 3rd, 2010 @ 4:52 pm
Im just wondering how come you did not use VC Reflect here? As always. Nice wor. Andrew Kramer is my hero...
December 4th, 2010 @ 7:47 am
Philip Yeldhos
December 10th, 2010 @ 3:26 am
Awesome effect dude.. but i thought the glowin stuff were spheres..
December 12th, 2010 @ 2:46 pm
the final Result look Pretty Cool Andrew nice job man !
shuvo
December 13th, 2010 @ 2:27 am
Hi Andrew Nice Works But what is the Pro Shop
Phill
January 15th, 2011 @ 7:12 am
Can this be achieved in CS3?
Lucas
January 20th, 2011 @ 1:39 am
hey, i'm new on your website, so can anyone help me ?
where's the download of the Stone_Wall.jpg
March 14th, 2011 @ 2:57 am
This is awesome Mr. Kramer thank you!
I would like to see a tutorial that simulates the death of
invaders like the movies The Invaders, a Quinn Martin Production(1967).

From Brazil - São Paulo
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