New Tutorial & Free iPhone 5 Model!

If you wanted to get your hands on the new iPhone 5, “Congratulations”, we have a free 3D model just for you! Along with this free model I also recorded a short tutorial that focuses on animating the screen and preparing the model for Element 3d.

The iPhone model is in the OBJ format so you can use it with any 3D program such as 3D max or Cinema 4D.

Watch Tutorial
Download iPhone 5 Model

Davlet Linares
September 17th, 2012 @ 5:00 pm
Just black color? Is there any possibility you're gonna make a white one? =)
    September 17th, 2012 @ 5:07 pm
    Well i haven't see it but i know is a 3D Model and Pretty sure the Texture/Shader Can be change to a different color.
    September 17th, 2012 @ 5:15 pm
    i will download this file, edit the textures a little and make it white and put it up somewhere. I'll link the download if that's ok with VCP ofcourse :)
    September 19th, 2012 @ 1:44 pm
    Uhhh! Its free! why dont you go buy a white one geese the guy gives us free stuff and you complain about it.
    September 20th, 2012 @ 12:24 pm
    Open the Defuse png file in an image editor and change the dark grey sections to White. I did this and changed it in Photoshop CS6 until it looked right. I know have a white and black defuse png file which I can swop out as I need.
    September 20th, 2012 @ 2:10 pm
    he wasn't complaining at all he was just curios if they color could be edited in element at all
    September 22nd, 2012 @ 2:29 pm
    Hi,i have a problem,when i import the iphone in cinema4d,cinema 4d import the iphone without textures.
    September 26th, 2012 @ 3:34 am
    ionut, then apply it by yourself!
    September 26th, 2012 @ 7:07 pm
    MGT You still planning to upload the white one?
    December 19th, 2012 @ 6:10 am
    holy shat guys... if you cant change black to white, you should not be doing motion graphics. i cant believe how much hand-holding people expect on this site... especially on stuff that is being given to you for free! god knows you probably wouldnt be able to place vert 1 if you had to build the model yourself.
    June 4th, 2013 @ 5:44 pm
    Hi guys! I've made a white diffuse pass for this model. Check it out and leave me a comment and I'll share it with you! :)
September 17th, 2012 @ 5:00 pm
This is amazing, it will be great for many people that are going to create these fake apple ads
September 17th, 2012 @ 5:03 pm
Great .. thanks a lot !
September 17th, 2012 @ 5:04 pm
Excellent as always!
September 17th, 2012 @ 5:04 pm
SH!T HOT! This will be a huge selling point for element!
September 17th, 2012 @ 5:04 pm
woooooow amazing,
good job Andrew =)
September 17th, 2012 @ 5:09 pm
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAhoooooo number 6, or 7 - shoo by the time is stop typing number 10! Nice job anDrew!
September 17th, 2012 @ 5:09 pm
How did you design your iPhone model ?
3D program or AF ?
cause I've seen a tutorial before on how to make it using AF and i would love if you showed us how =) Thnx
    September 17th, 2012 @ 5:14 pm
    Sorry I mean AE
    September 17th, 2012 @ 5:24 pm
    Tutorial show 3DS Max so i bet he did it in 3DS Max...
    September 18th, 2012 @ 6:43 am
    Modeling in AE with 2D pictures or by drawings masks and extrude them with element?
    September 20th, 2012 @ 4:39 pm
    it was in made in a 3d program
    i know this because its an obj model and you cant export from element

    could you please add a feature to export from element
September 17th, 2012 @ 5:13 pm
Thanks so much for the model. I haven't found a good, free iPhone model since element 3D has come out, thanks for giving us one, and the new one at that!
September 17th, 2012 @ 5:32 pm
YEAH! Thanks for this one! ;)
September 17th, 2012 @ 5:34 pm
andrew you need to check this out? this a creative way to use element, i know that doesnt replace any 3d program but what if with some time you can make your own models inside AE only with mask? like this or
pls check it out its an awsome job and tell me what do you think
    September 17th, 2012 @ 11:48 pm
    amazing work.............
    September 18th, 2012 @ 1:16 am
    Good job, man! Keep on working!
    September 18th, 2012 @ 9:51 am
    Thanks for plugging my videos! I've actually created a few tutorials on how I create things in AE using Element. You are right, it's not a replacement for an actual 3d program, but you can get some pretty nice results. They are available here if anyone is interested;=plcp
Bob K
September 17th, 2012 @ 5:40 pm
Too amazing Andrew .... you're spoiling us rotten!
Ron Carlson
September 17th, 2012 @ 6:06 pm
hmmmm. Did anyone notice in the video when he was applying the element effect there was another plugin named "LiveCam"? Is there perhaps another product coming in the near future?
    September 19th, 2012 @ 9:10 am
    I did... and I'm still searching for that one...
September 17th, 2012 @ 6:31 pm
.. just in case you missed it .. here is another short clip done with Element 3D .. feel free to comment & share .. cheers !
Joey Morelli
September 17th, 2012 @ 6:33 pm
Andrew & crew,

I am semi-knowledgeable in C4D...I want to know how I can create these multi-texture files like "Iphone5_specular.png" and "Iphone5_diffuse.png". Any chance of a tutorial or a link to one online?

You are the best - Thanks.

~ Joey
    Joey Morelli
    September 17th, 2012 @ 6:36 pm be more specific...I want to be able to create multi textures that are EASILY RELINKED IN ELEMENT like you did here for the iPhone5 and the other assets / models I purchased with the plug-in package. I try bringing in C4D project files with the shaders on the pieces & parts and Element strips everything off - making it extremely difficult to relink everything successfully. Please help. Thanks so much.

    ~ Joey
    September 17th, 2012 @ 11:39 pm
    Perhaps you would find this useful:

September 17th, 2012 @ 8:10 pm
Thank you Andrew for this free 3D Model. Really usefull :D
September 17th, 2012 @ 8:14 pm
nice, i loved the jokes. you sounded scared when you said ill take the trash later:)
September 17th, 2012 @ 8:37 pm
I Love Andrew Kramer.. Im a married man, but she'll just have to get over it!! :)
September 17th, 2012 @ 8:39 pm
how awesome! freebie plus a tutorial :)
September 17th, 2012 @ 8:48 pm
Great, ‎​†h♌kڪ for carrying us along
Mark K.
September 17th, 2012 @ 9:07 pm

I tried using your technique of using video or footage as the texture map, but I can't get it to work.

I'm using the Sphere HD model from the primitives pack and I made a precomp with Particular and some different effects to use as my map, but it won't work! I followed all the directions in the vid, but it's not working. Any suggestions? I want to create a sphere with some cool effects inside without using CC Sphere like you did in your other tuts.

September 17th, 2012 @ 10:15 pm
Hey, this is another great tutorial for the best plugin of the century.

September 17th, 2012 @ 11:05 pm
Very Good as always !
September 17th, 2012 @ 11:33 pm
you are great man, thnx for the model......
Eric Y Lin
September 17th, 2012 @ 11:42 pm
this is awesome!
I think I'm gonna use this model and render with real photo as background, and see if I can trick my friend that I already get iPhone 5! lol!
September 18th, 2012 @ 12:03 am
I Love U Master Andrew :)
Thanks For Everything :)
September 18th, 2012 @ 12:23 am
I can't have real iPhone 5 in my hands , but with Element i can have iPhone 5 in my PC :D , thanks Andrew
Javokhir Khasanov
September 18th, 2012 @ 1:08 am
Thank you Andrew for this free 3D Model.
September 18th, 2012 @ 4:03 am
Awesome Tut! Anderw....
Thanks for the Tut & iphone Model...

VC the BEST !
September 18th, 2012 @ 4:28 am
Hey, thx to you and the Video Copilot Crew for this really awesome and free iPhone 5 model. It's much fun to watch you tutorials and i really love your jokes.

With you and your wife... all ok so far? ;-)
September 18th, 2012 @ 6:05 am
Thanks Andrew and the Video Copilot team! BTW, just saw Revolution last night and several of the effects looks like your handiwork.
September 18th, 2012 @ 6:40 am
Thank you Andrew, I hope all is well with you, wife and the kids. Cheers from Portugal/Singapore
September 18th, 2012 @ 7:20 am
Excellent - loving Element more each day.

Making tutorials gets you out of housework? Guess we can expect more :)
September 18th, 2012 @ 7:50 am
Awesome stuff Andrew.. but what the heck is LiveCam ? :D :D
September 18th, 2012 @ 7:54 am
Just on time!!! Thank you so much!
September 18th, 2012 @ 8:38 am
U are the King !! Nice Job.
September 18th, 2012 @ 11:21 am
Always awesome to get a free iPhone
September 18th, 2012 @ 11:32 am
Slick Tutorial!!

Tell your wife I'll be the house maid in exchange for you to provide me with one on one AE Training!! Its a win win win situation - I get personal training - your wife gets more free time - and you well.... I guess it's a just a win win - ha! Thanks for the quick yet awesome tutorial!
September 18th, 2012 @ 12:58 pm
Thank you Andrew, this model is really well made, It's great of you to put it out for free when you could've charge like $70 on turbosquid or something. You rock dude
September 18th, 2012 @ 1:03 pm
any other phones???? why it's only iPhone?
    September 19th, 2012 @ 10:25 am
    Because it's free.
Turker Metingul
September 18th, 2012 @ 1:52 pm
My comment must have been 5th.Is this very important?Yes it is!Why?Because this is obsessive community,not joy.So how we can love Andrew so much unless being some maniac :) Shining tutorial?What could be else?
September 18th, 2012 @ 1:57 pm
I know it is off topic, but while i was searching tutorials i found proshader on youtube
But i´m still not able to bring it into AE ^^
Rusty Shackleford
September 18th, 2012 @ 2:03 pm
I still want to know what LiveCam is!!
Jeremy Abbott
September 18th, 2012 @ 2:57 pm
Couple of interesting models in his my models folder there..apache and 50k liquid mesh test. Surprised no one's mentioned this yet..
September 18th, 2012 @ 4:24 pm
Beautifully done...all the way down to the high detailed text on the back of the phone! su-bloody-purb!
September 18th, 2012 @ 6:41 pm
Thanks Andrew and Video Copilot for downloading of the 3D file. I've edited a project and insert small test videos and family photo. Extremely interesting layers with the integration of the Element. This gives us more options to create new ideas and possibilities. Great done!! Congratulations!!
September 18th, 2012 @ 7:58 pm
Element 3d just made 3d renders on my machine literally 1000% faster. LITERALLY!

Check out what I made with this model already:

The possibilities are ENDLESS!
September 18th, 2012 @ 7:31 pm
September 19th, 2012 @ 12:10 am
How about a Suretarget update...
September 19th, 2012 @ 12:46 am
thank you very much for everything, especially for the plugin Element and here's a little test I did with the iPhone 5
September 19th, 2012 @ 2:26 am
Thanks for the 3d model! and I create this:
    September 19th, 2012 @ 8:42 pm
    September 20th, 2012 @ 5:24 pm
    Very Clever
September 19th, 2012 @ 6:10 am
Hey Andrew till now Element is a powerful plugin to import 3d obj files but i wondering could the plugin import a 3D model with its own animation .. for Example i have a running 3d character model can i import it with element to AE ?!
    Hussein Mostafa
    September 22nd, 2012 @ 6:47 am
    Thanks .. i will check it
Thomas McDonald
September 19th, 2012 @ 8:31 am
Do I have to sign a two year contract before downloading?
Ben Faingold
September 19th, 2012 @ 12:07 pm
Greetings Andrew!

Your work is unparalleled and you have amazed me again. My small inquiry showed me that you have made some mistakes with the materials and colours of the iPhone 5. You can check it on Apple's site :
I tried to fix it myself with Photoshop but I'm lacking of skill in that program, although it is quiet similar to After Effects.
Is there any chance you post an updated version of the model or just tell me how to fix it myself? It is kind of odd that I am the only one who has noticed on that mistake. Anyway, please respond.

Thanks in advance.
September 19th, 2012 @ 11:14 am
cool tutorial , i think thats is the best plugin for after effect, greetings from arequipa peru.
September 19th, 2012 @ 12:32 pm
nice, and I see I have a lot to learn.
Gurjote Sansoa
September 19th, 2012 @ 12:33 pm
!HELP! For some reason, its coming up as plain black, the screen shows up and the camera but nothing else. the specular map doesn't show up. I tried adding it on the specular tab on the material editor as a bitmap and clicked on the image but nothing happened HELP!
September 19th, 2012 @ 1:33 pm
This makes me want to bash my head against a wall. I just finished a job for an iPhone case company where I spent hours making one myself because I couldn't find a pre-made one...Guess I should check VCP more often.
September 19th, 2012 @ 2:45 pm
You definitely have a great wife...greetings to her.
September 19th, 2012 @ 4:41 pm
Please Andrew, next tutorial on the wonderful city sce posted yesterday in twitter
Onkar H
September 19th, 2012 @ 9:40 pm
just 1 question
If i made animation in 3ds max with camera set up and animating body and export in element 3d would it get that animation?
Means can i use element 3d as a render engine?
    September 21st, 2012 @ 5:24 pm
    sorry, no. Element doesn't support animated files of any sort. It's too hard on the GPU memory or something like that... Read the help guides to find out more.
September 19th, 2012 @ 11:00 pm
Where we can get other phone models ?
September 20th, 2012 @ 12:09 am
Great. It's good. We can change color to make white. It's simple. If you can't do please buy white option. It's only for stuff.
September 20th, 2012 @ 12:56 am
It was just yesterday that I bought this iphone 5 model for 30 bucks. This one looks better than what I have. Cheers Andrew!
September 20th, 2012 @ 2:25 am
Hej Andrew. I need to recreate a bottle and add a label on it, then whack it through element. Have you got any tutorials planned for something like this?

Many thanks

September 20th, 2012 @ 2:46 am
HEY ANDREW I WANT white one too can you please tell me textures to be used there ?
    Rock Point
    September 20th, 2012 @ 9:00 pm
    Drop the Diffuse png into Photoshop & replace the black textures with white & reassign the drop down- worked for me.
September 20th, 2012 @ 1:05 pm
hey i made this :D sorry for bad quality and w/o sounds but still its ok ok..
September 21st, 2012 @ 3:14 am
Andrew! You probably will not read this, but hey, here's to trying.

I use a lot of your stuff to teach my students. You don't maybe offer like educational packages or something like that? Would really love to get Element 3D for the lab!

Keep up the fantastic work, from your South African fans.
September 21st, 2012 @ 3:28 am
Why not 3d track it to sams hand and have payment plan guy facetime sam? I would love that haha.
September 21st, 2012 @ 11:59 am
What do you guys think about this model?
Eric Y Lin
September 21st, 2012 @ 9:54 pm
So I did it, I render out an image of iPhone 5 with element and bunch of post work, posted on fb, everyone thought I bought the phone lol, simply awesome, thanks Andrew!!
kenan sönmez
September 22nd, 2012 @ 1:53 am
Hi Andrew,
I really wonder if element could be used with object tracking,i mean like replacing a cardboard sword with a 3d lightsaber or such.not for static objects but moving ones.i watched your tutorials about the use of camera tracing with E3D and it would be so great if you could make a tutorial about using element with object tracking(if possible) love the work and effort you put it in this plug in,it is really a genius invention for AE :) best wishes for now...
September 22nd, 2012 @ 4:03 am
Hi Guys, can someone knows how to do the UV Mapping in C4D with all texture save as a jpeg then add that material into 3D element, just like that iphone texture wrapped around in just one click. Any tutorial link? thanks in advance. God Bless
September 22nd, 2012 @ 1:13 pm
September 22nd, 2012 @ 1:21 pm
God Bless you richly Andrew Kramer! You are a BIG blessing to VFX and Motion graphics guys. Thank you for this wonderful iPhone 5 model. I've seen lots of them offered for sale, but here it is, FREE! I'm looking up to purchasing element 3d soon. Its awesome. Great thanks for the tutorials and many more tutorials you've been offering in the past. My VFX and motion Graphics career had its teenage from your basic tutorials online. Now my career is in it adulthood. Great thanks to you Andrew Kramer. Great Thanks to VideoCopilot. Greetings to Sam Loya, and the others. I love you all so dearly. Im Palmer Noah
September 23rd, 2012 @ 2:26 pm
I'm sure this question may have been asked before, but is there a way to add more than "5 groups" to element 3D? if not is there a work around way to be able to manipulate more than 5 groups in the same layer?
Thank you for any and all help
September 23rd, 2012 @ 9:27 pm
Very great work! Keep it up :)
September 25th, 2012 @ 12:23 pm
In this tutorial AK Sir you using Element version 1.0.351
When you giving us update on that :D And whats new on this update please classify :]
September 25th, 2012 @ 1:15 pm
Hi Andrew and VC Group. I created a puzzle in C4D, but when I use shatter the Element not only unravels the puzzle, each piece is individually dismounts. How can I solve this problem in C4D for the element?
September 27th, 2012 @ 1:56 pm
Hi guys! Just one question, is there any "opacity option" for each group?
It would be great. Im doing some text any they come in and disapear in distance, and dont want to use a lot of copies of Element, so I set each word in a diferent group, the problem is there is no opacity option for each group!
September 29th, 2012 @ 12:52 pm
Hey Guys, i have a problem when i render the Iphone Comp.

Output settings are:
Multisampling 0
Supersampling 0

I also render it in
Multisampling 1
Supersampling 0
the problem is the same. I also try Supersampling 2, the same bad result.

My System is weak, but i render the Biohazardlogo and other projekts without problems. Could it be the Reflaction?

Thank you for any help
    October 2nd, 2012 @ 7:42 am
    For all who has the same problem. The Support give me the Tipp to try disabling Multiprocessor Rendering in AE. I done it and now it works pretty well.
October 3rd, 2012 @ 11:47 am
i'm trying to get this model into C4d but can't seem to get the textures to work properly.

I applied the diffuse.png to the Diffusion texture and the Specular.png to the specular colour texute. but its nt right. can some one point me in the right direction?

many thanks!!
October 3rd, 2012 @ 9:02 pm
Ah dude thanks so much! Used it here already!
October 4th, 2012 @ 11:07 pm
Hey Andrew, no front, but you should add some scratches on the corners to the Iphone. You know i mean? :) Greets.
October 5th, 2012 @ 7:27 am
Could anyone post the white version of the diffuse png ? I can't make it look right.
October 7th, 2012 @ 9:02 am
talking about objects and logos... I did not find a way to import my Illustrator Logo into Elements 3D and extrude it. Does this just work with fonts?
I even tried to create an obj in Photoshop CS6 and import to Element 3D, but it looks wrong. Any tutorials on that how to create a 3D Logo from a 2D logo in Illustrator CS6 as we use this all the time?

thanks for any response....
October 17th, 2012 @ 7:17 am
Andrew, check this ad:
October 22nd, 2012 @ 11:53 am
Hi ANdrew,

I really enjoy your tutorials and humor. I an curious if it is possible with Element 3D when showing multiple instances if the iphone to have different screen images of movie files on each. If so, please provide an explanation or point me to information already posted.

October 27th, 2012 @ 6:26 am
Hi Amdrew.
Tried loading the .obj into photoshop. the diffuce and screen textures load, but not the specular. have i done something wrong, or shall i add the specular manualy and how...

Luis Min
November 2nd, 2012 @ 4:39 am
Is there any way to make material for 3d Element?
November 13th, 2012 @ 10:41 pm
i have followed your tutorial but still i have a problem.
i cant insert the mode into after effects cs6 after doing the screen setup..!!! after clicking ok...nothing comes in the after effect screen
    February 19th, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

    i have followed your tutorial but still i have a problem.
    i cant insert the mode into after effects cs6 after doing the screen setup..!!! after clicking oknothing comes in the after effect screen_______________________*********

Edison Junior
November 19th, 2012 @ 6:53 am
I actually enjoyed using elemen 3D and find it usefull hope ya find this animation useful
Thanks to Andrew Kramer
December 3rd, 2012 @ 12:24 pm
Just wanted to say a quick thanks, E3D and this model helped me meet a rush deadline that was sub 24hr turnaround quickly and easily for a short 15 sec commercial.

Eben Sowaety
January 17th, 2013 @ 6:42 am
wow...Kramer u really making it easy for the creative industry....awsome
February 7th, 2013 @ 7:46 pm
Really really nice!

Any plans for an iPad model too (paid or unpaid)? :D
khuphe fanuel
February 10th, 2013 @ 2:27 am
man i was watching the series Revolution,what u did with intro was tight man
March 1st, 2013 @ 2:23 pm
Hi there! If somebody still need a file for white iphone please check the link. I have done for myself it in few minutes, so it is not so perfect and might want to fix some details, but it will give the idea.
October 1st, 2013 @ 4:04 pm
I agree with you, eikon. But plugins and freebies have peaked open the curiosity of a ton of people who never were interested in or capable of 3D and motion graphics prior. So yes, they expect everyone to provide them with everything because they can't make anything. And some see no reason to even try since they can grab models. I personally do not like using models, but have to on occasion at my boss' request. However, I know 3D, studied in in college and study it daily. I am not as good as Andrew Kramer at anything and appreciate his work, but I also aim to be a master of it myself one day. That should be the goal. People using this stuff who don't know what they are doing come to me all the time with questions that could be answered if they studied the craft.
January 22nd, 2014 @ 11:25 pm
Thank you so much for this tutorial and free download. Sincerely.
September 13th, 2014 @ 11:49 am
Hi, i purchase an iPhone 6 3D model from a website, but i cant import correctly to element 3D... if someone want to help me export (bake) the model to element i will give you the 3d model of the iPhone 6 for free...
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