Overgrown Bonus Tutorial!

Last Friday I posted a new tutorial called The Jungle where we created a chipped title along with a detailed jungle scene. Today, using the basic idea, I added some CC Hair effects to create some overgrown bits of grass. What’s cool about the technique is the grass bits grow out of the chipped parts of the text and the entire process is 100% procedural so you can change the title at any time. Check out the short tutorial now!

Watch the Bonus Tutorial
Download the Project (CS5+)


June 3rd, 2012 @ 9:17 pm
i love what can be done with cc hair
    June 3rd, 2012 @ 11:30 pm
    Really nice effect! Will go try it out immediately.
    June 5th, 2012 @ 2:44 pm
    cool I thought I would never find a use for this effect and now i am starting to think of so many possibilities.
June 3rd, 2012 @ 9:18 pm
Haha cool stuff!! Again... cannot wait for Element 3D... and am dying for any amount of news regarding it!! (hopefully soon right?)
    June 4th, 2012 @ 12:46 am
    Hey Wren, Really nice work man, Huge fan of your videos keep up the good work!
    June 4th, 2012 @ 3:44 am
    Haha thank you! I'll do my best.
June 3rd, 2012 @ 9:18 pm
I will look sure is great
June 3rd, 2012 @ 9:29 pm
looking great, thnx man
June 3rd, 2012 @ 9:30 pm
AWESOME! Very Indiana Jones-ish! Did you also use CCHair for those vines on the Concrete wall(BG)?
June 3rd, 2012 @ 9:48 pm
A I just love for you'er inspiring us. Thank YOU!!!
June 3rd, 2012 @ 9:53 pm
That was incredibly awesome! Thanks for always inspiring me with these endless possibilities.
June 3rd, 2012 @ 10:00 pm
Very Nice
And When The Element 3d Coming ?
And When U are Using Ae Cs6 in Tutorial ?
June 3rd, 2012 @ 10:03 pm

This isn't a particular application mastery, this is real creativity!

I'd love to see what you could do with traditional material.
Cotton Duck, Gesso, Oil Paint, Japan Drier, Some diy Glaze Medium and regular studio stuff...
June 3rd, 2012 @ 10:13 pm
great bonus tutorial :))
June 3rd, 2012 @ 10:14 pm
NEVER knew what to use that effect for! Thanks AK ;)
June 3rd, 2012 @ 10:22 pm
so VC is still alive...
I hope u post new tutorials every week
June 3rd, 2012 @ 10:31 pm
Each time it's like a discovery of a new world.
Thank you.
June 3rd, 2012 @ 10:41 pm
jungle... on concrete wall... you series? oO
June 3rd, 2012 @ 11:01 pm
This is awesome I like how you use simple techniques to create great stuff.And one thing more you are the reason I hate my studies. In fact you boosted it.
June 3rd, 2012 @ 11:20 pm
Bank gothic 4 life.
    June 3rd, 2012 @ 11:23 pm
    Actually it is called Agency and I have been using it too much lately. I'm not going to stop but maybe someday.
June 4th, 2012 @ 12:03 am
There are so many CC Plugins which do crazy things with spectacular results!
Andrew Vida
June 4th, 2012 @ 12:09 am
This was impressive! I didnt even know that this CC Hair exists until now...

Andrew Kramer, will you upgrade to CS6? We all can see that you love playing with big titles, and in CS6 you would have the ability to make it real 3d, give it a texture, transparency, etc..
Im asking this because I would love to see some CS6 tutorials with the new features..
June 4th, 2012 @ 12:31 am
very very gooooood
Thanks to Professor
June 4th, 2012 @ 1:02 am
When I try to use the CC hair effect it doesn't go down, but instead goes out away from the center of the letter.
    June 4th, 2012 @ 1:54 pm
    You'll need to go back to the TITLE HOLDER comp and turn the eye backk on the first layer. Then when you back to the Comp, it should be solved.. Also toggle the Map Strengh value..
June 4th, 2012 @ 1:10 am
Thanks andrew for the free tutorials :)
I'm afraid CS4(32 bit AE users will be left over) how sad..
June 4th, 2012 @ 1:34 am
"It's all about simple solutions to creative problems."
Really, really nice.
Thanks for everything you're providing us, it's really amazing!
Siavosh Mehraein
June 4th, 2012 @ 2:41 am
we should call this week,surprise week.Andrew you are like private Ryan,you always fight for visual effects because of people like us.and we love you...
    Siavash Shahlaei
    June 4th, 2012 @ 7:35 am
    oh yeah! this week was really awsome (after a lot of time!)
    and I cant wait for Element 3D!!!
Doug Wilson
June 4th, 2012 @ 3:13 am
Wow, I've been using AE for years and I never knew it could do this! Thanks! You the man.
June 4th, 2012 @ 3:22 am
very nice tut, never knew how to use CC hair

this is a good start :D
    June 4th, 2012 @ 7:41 am
    ME EITHER!!! I knew that you could use hair in Maya to create grass or is it grass to create hair...either way thanks Andrew!
June 4th, 2012 @ 3:25 am
I haven't even finished watching this tut because I had to just stop an say...great teachneique and I did enjoy this tutorial.
June 4th, 2012 @ 3:44 am
Amazing as always :D
Still waiting for Element 3D.....
June 4th, 2012 @ 4:35 am
Wow, I came up with a bunch of ideas on how I could use this effect for my own productions, just by watching this tutorial.
Thanks a lot for constantly showing us how much potential is in effects I didn't use or just used a few times.
Keep up your great work!

Greatings from Germany.
    Sam Totman
    June 13th, 2012 @ 5:59 pm
    I agree. Just curious...I've read several people say they have other ideas for this technique. I would like to hear some of these ideas.
June 4th, 2012 @ 5:03 am
Cool. If any of you want the Grass to MOVE. Then be sure to PreComp an Animated Fractal Noise Effect and Utilize your Hairfall Map. Just set your Map Property to the appropriate setting and play around with Map Strength!
June 4th, 2012 @ 6:53 am
Awesome! I really like these natural organic titles. Thank you very much!
June 4th, 2012 @ 7:16 am
please watch this video and reply pls
    June 15th, 2012 @ 1:59 am
    nice to see the tamil name
Gregory Hooker
June 4th, 2012 @ 7:34 am
Would it be possible to get a hi-res of the picture. I like to look at them for inspiration when working on the tuts. Thank you for all the free stuff. You guys are amazing.
June 4th, 2012 @ 11:29 am
When I see things that are simple and effective the word that comes to mind is "elegant." Andrew, you never cease to amaze with your elegant solutions. Well done sir! (BTW, I am hanging on to some cash for Element)
June 4th, 2012 @ 12:25 pm
Cool grass ! This make me think to Stephen King in Creepshow (I was young and scare to see this grass growing on his face !) Thnak for this tips and your new site looks more clean !
June 4th, 2012 @ 2:30 pm
Hi Andrew
very cool , thanks
June 4th, 2012 @ 3:01 pm
you read my mind ? I had an idea to get more plants to put on jungle title !
Eric Lin
June 4th, 2012 @ 3:52 pm
Are you able to animate CC hair? so it looks like there is wind blowing?
June 4th, 2012 @ 4:07 pm
This is awesome. Looks great. I woud have spent hours in C4D trying to get the hair to look this good. Also love the new site layout. Something tells me this means Element is coming.
June 4th, 2012 @ 6:54 pm
wow. what is this, you fantastic
June 4th, 2012 @ 8:00 pm
Great Tutorial as always!
June 4th, 2012 @ 9:46 pm
its great.... i live CC Hair...
June 4th, 2012 @ 11:58 pm
Here's my mod of this cool bonus
June 5th, 2012 @ 1:01 am
Great! I'd never tried that effect before. Thank You!
June 5th, 2012 @ 4:01 am
Hey Andrew seems theres a bug on video preview whenever a mouse hover the preview comes and doesnt go away just a white circle stays!
June 5th, 2012 @ 4:50 am
This was very cool! thanks!
June 5th, 2012 @ 4:52 am
can you do a tutorial on clones overlapping i need help on that
June 5th, 2012 @ 7:14 am
is good may be the text offset alittle bit or amissing text is good
June 5th, 2012 @ 8:37 am
Quick question: What command do you use to get the main window maximized? :)
I know you usually are very thorough with saying how you duplicate layers, but you know, the most important stuff like maximizing a window, why is that a secret! :(
    June 5th, 2012 @ 9:01 am
    Maybe he has saved his own workspace on a shortcut... maybe
    June 5th, 2012 @ 9:20 am
    Just hit the Tilda key (The one beside "1" on the keyboard". That maximizes whichever window has the focus.
    June 5th, 2012 @ 9:33 am
    Even for a mac? That tilde key doesn't do anything for me
    June 16th, 2012 @ 12:37 am
    Hi again I have tested this one : ")" braquet in english ? parenthese fermée en français.
June 5th, 2012 @ 8:51 am
Nice one-up to yourself Andy!
June 5th, 2012 @ 12:23 pm
Wow... for some reason i just didn't get it... :/
June 5th, 2012 @ 2:24 pm
I really really enjoyed.. Thank you very much! so creative.. ;)
June 5th, 2012 @ 2:35 pm
Hey Andrew, this is great but I really wanted to see the grass animate--maybe sprout, grow, and semi-rot over a two-second sequence. It's really my fault I wanted this though. It's great the way it is.
    June 5th, 2012 @ 7:53 pm
    Maybe just keyframe some of the effects from 0 to where they are in the video and magic! Growing grass
    June 6th, 2012 @ 11:15 am
    David, I said I wanted to SEE it, not do it! ;-)
June 5th, 2012 @ 6:30 pm
Good stuff, pumped for element!
June 5th, 2012 @ 7:51 pm
I love these short tutorials just as much as the in depth ones.
In five minutes of down time I learned some new stuff. Thanks!
June 6th, 2012 @ 1:11 am
looking greate,
June 6th, 2012 @ 9:46 pm
This may only be a "bonus tutorial," but the info and concepts in it are really helpful. I'd never given CC Hair much of my time, but now I see all sorts of potential for it. Thanks, Andrew.
June 7th, 2012 @ 4:24 am
Andrew, you could put a link to download this tutorial Thank you very much for all your knowledge
June 7th, 2012 @ 8:01 am
check out my new video guys, do leave a comment if any.
thank you.
Austin Omoria
June 7th, 2012 @ 9:54 am
Really cool AK and helpful too. God bless you really good
Jesse Head
June 7th, 2012 @ 6:59 pm
If you use this on your text in the first tutorial, a nice extra touch would be to add some CC Hair to the vines. While you're at it add some 3d layers with grass coming up from the floor to tie the elements together.
June 8th, 2012 @ 2:51 am
Hi, Andrew! Very i like your lessons. Please show me how to make titles (with a stone plets wind blows the sand and the name appears) as Michael Jackson's music videos if you have seen. I would be very grateful. Thank you!
June 8th, 2012 @ 7:17 am
You Magnificent Bastard!! You've done it again!
June 8th, 2012 @ 12:49 pm
This is so awesome.... So going to use this....
June 8th, 2012 @ 2:31 pm
Reminds me of Portal 2...
June 10th, 2012 @ 1:42 am
Victorm Frerichs
June 10th, 2012 @ 11:23 am
I would love to see element 3D, it might be usefull for the short film I am going to make.
    Victor Frerichs
    June 10th, 2012 @ 11:23 am
    Spelled my name wrong...
Fabiano Peres
June 11th, 2012 @ 10:34 am
Even better than the last tutorial.
This one by itself is a great tool.

Once more, thanks Kramer.
June 12th, 2012 @ 1:57 am
Thanks for all that you make for bigger Graphic Community
June 13th, 2012 @ 11:09 pm
Hi Andrew kramer your the beast in VFX I love your works
and Thanks allot For this beast and porffect Projects.
June 14th, 2012 @ 10:47 am
if somebody wants to learn how to make 3d text in after effects , please suscribe to my youtube channel and soon i will upload a tutorial.
if you can see what i have done.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6-0VxJmwdA&feature=plcp
Ivan from Tula
June 14th, 2012 @ 10:58 am
Hi, Andrew, hi Sam)
Very useful tutorial, cool! I like the idea of short tutorials in which we could find many great trick and techniques, thanks! Keep on!)
June 15th, 2012 @ 12:37 pm
reminds me of my favorite TV Series, Lost. any way you could include some DLC of a crescendo like Giachinno's heard in like, 1:20 of shannonigans from the soundtrack?
June 15th, 2012 @ 11:28 pm
Mr. Kramer you never cease to amaze me. The way you keep pushing AE to its limits and figuring out all its goodness is very VERY inspiring.
Please keep up the amazing work.
Greetings from Spain.
Gabriel ke9
June 17th, 2012 @ 4:37 am
the new web site is quite cool bt can't seem 2 download any tutorials. why?
June 19th, 2012 @ 9:41 am
Your stuff is as cool as always, Andrew!
But, what got me the most is that some grass strands look like cracks, and it is perfect!
Once again you presented a simple solution for a complex look - worn out/cracked and grassy. I bet the devs of CC grass are scratching their heads saying "Sh**t, look at that..."
    June 19th, 2012 @ 9:44 am
    I meant "CC hair" not "CC grass", apologies ;)
June 26th, 2012 @ 6:57 am
Cool stuff! Learning new things every day. :)
June 27th, 2012 @ 6:49 am
Please, post this tutorial in tutorials section of Video Copilot Mobile site.
I always download your tutorials on my mobile and try them out on my PC.
I don't have internet connection on my PC.
Thanks, Andrew & Video Copilot Team
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