Tutorial: Image Based Lighting in Element 3D!

After a little bit of work, I discovered an experimental technique for generating Image Based Lighting with Element 3D!

So what is image Based Lighting? Basically is when you use an environment map (or HDRI) to simulate the lighting in a 3D scene without adding any individual lights. The specular highlights and overall illumination is generated from the environment automatically. This is a common technique for dedicated 3D programs for high-end Visual Effects work so they can match the practical lighting as accurately as possible.

This technique uses 2 additional copies of the Element 3D plug-in stacked on top of each other to generate the lighting but you can also add additional lights to your scene as well.

Watch Tutorial on Vimeo
Watch Tutorial on Youtube

Watch on Video Copilot

Apologies for the raspy voice, getting over a lingering cold…

TIP: You can import the environment maps from Element too!

November 13th, 2012 @ 2:10 am
F***ing nice Andrew! :D As allways!
    November 14th, 2012 @ 9:10 pm
    What screen recorder do you use. I use captivate but I can't seem to get that good of a look from mine.
    November 17th, 2012 @ 10:11 am
    I think he uses Camtasia
    November 25th, 2012 @ 12:42 pm
    Check out my video with element 3d!
    Please let me know of any improvements I can make!
    November 29th, 2012 @ 7:17 pm
    Fail Clounds
    January 1st, 2013 @ 6:04 am
    Zack! Where you get this JET model?
    February 6th, 2013 @ 9:54 am
    Cool, that was missing! Thx!
    But it is a bit liek "100 Signs at the highway that the highway is broken" instead of repair it :-) Hope that you can integrate it directly into Element3D :-)
    February 16th, 2013 @ 11:08 pm
    ganesh grylls
    August 3rd, 2013 @ 5:47 am
    andrew is the god for me
Jake The Muss
November 13th, 2012 @ 2:11 am
Excellent, as always. Thanks AK. :)
November 13th, 2012 @ 2:13 am
November 13th, 2012 @ 2:16 am
VideoCopilot Forever!! :)
November 13th, 2012 @ 2:23 am
Very nice tutorial
but when comes metropolitan and industry and when comes the black hawk or the r18 jet from you demo reel??
November 13th, 2012 @ 2:39 am
Mauricio Alzate
November 13th, 2012 @ 2:44 am
thank you Andrew!!!! amazing, like always!!
November 13th, 2012 @ 2:45 am
AWESOME lighting was waiting for it cuz simple light just boring , this technique go beyond ;)
November 13th, 2012 @ 2:45 am
Nice! Now only the cast shadow option and I'm buying this software for christmas
November 13th, 2012 @ 2:51 am
Andrew Kramer LOVE ME (NICE)
November 13th, 2012 @ 2:52 am
    November 13th, 2012 @ 5:32 am
    November 13th, 2012 @ 10:37 am
    Yeah where i can find the model
    November 22nd, 2012 @ 3:14 am
    Messege Us :)
    January 1st, 2013 @ 5:59 am
    Please! Where we can find that model?
    Harun Lisic
    June 19th, 2013 @ 2:06 pm
    You can find this helicopter model(UH-60) at:
Goutham R
November 13th, 2012 @ 2:53 am
where is the tutorial on train extension
November 13th, 2012 @ 2:55 am
Amazing technique, Keep Going!;)
November 13th, 2012 @ 2:55 am
Brilliant stuff, Andrew! Thanks a lot!
November 13th, 2012 @ 2:58 am
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    November 14th, 2012 @ 4:34 am
    Dude.... NICE!! :D
November 13th, 2012 @ 3:02 am
November 13th, 2012 @ 3:02 am
andrew this tutorial is very useful for me..........great..........thanks
November 13th, 2012 @ 3:06 am
does putting 3 layers of Element one after another may slow down everything? anyway... great ideas are coming from VC
November 13th, 2012 @ 3:06 am
AK out of control... Great stuff. If someone would tell me: Come up with great ideas like AK or I´ll put you in prison for 30 years...

I´ll sit in prison for 10950 long days :)
November 13th, 2012 @ 3:09 am
""'thanks a lot amdrew..you're the best
you're my idol!!
AV Ramesh
November 13th, 2012 @ 3:34 am
its really awesome!....
November 13th, 2012 @ 3:39 am
Amazing! Great job! Thanks!
    November 13th, 2012 @ 5:34 am
    Hey, you are the same Jovica from freesound.org?
November 13th, 2012 @ 3:40 am
wow.... andrew you are amazing ,this tutorial is very essential for me
November 13th, 2012 @ 3:41 am
Love it! Hey I always wondered how these people post so fast and get to be forever at the top. I made it to 13 so far. That's pretty good. woo hoo!
November 13th, 2012 @ 3:44 am
4:00 am???????? lol here is 12:00
November 13th, 2012 @ 3:59 am
just in time for me to finish dropping this firetruck on the car! thank you....(and now I know where I got my cold from too!)
November 13th, 2012 @ 4:10 am
hey gr8 info ....really mean alot ..... i got one problem in element or i think may be i am wrong ...I am making an object like human body and on the second object layer i have add a simple plan on which i have applied matte shadow . so when it should give me a shadow on the matte planner but i didnt giving me or when i incress the ambient occulusion nothing happens ..need help
    November 15th, 2012 @ 1:51 am
    You are trying to say you want the shadow of The object what you using Inside E3D ?
November 13th, 2012 @ 4:56 am
I never comment, but this is pretty f'ing brilliant. Well done.

November 13th, 2012 @ 5:05 am
Excellent Andrew , Thanks a lot man .
Basith Calicut
November 13th, 2012 @ 5:20 am
It'd be great if u could provide some free Environment Maps !!! :-)
    November 13th, 2012 @ 7:24 am
    There are plenty on Flickr.
November 13th, 2012 @ 5:24 am
This is just kul, thanks kramer
November 13th, 2012 @ 5:30 am
Great tutorial!
BTW's Andrew, when are you going to get back to normal AE tutorials !?
November 13th, 2012 @ 5:32 am
I hope this will come as a native function.
November 13th, 2012 @ 5:48 am
Thank you, Andrew. This is excellent. How I can get the helicopter :-)
    November 13th, 2012 @ 9:57 pm
    nice question . goto to us army and asked them to give you a gift of us helicopter .And maybe after yelling ..they will give it to you...:D
Ian Leo
November 13th, 2012 @ 6:07 am
Hey Andrew! Awesome tut! Also, I noticed a model pack in your E3D scene setup in the tut, which says Metropolitan, and I believe that's the new model pack coming out..... When's it coming out????? Can't wait for it! :)
November 13th, 2012 @ 6:20 am
That's a useful tutorial! Is this the same as a lightwrap???
reza irani
November 13th, 2012 @ 6:25 am
Hey Andrew!i wish one day you be my Cordial friend!
thank you so much!
Rob Callicotte
November 13th, 2012 @ 6:37 am
Thanks for more of your time and excellent generosity, Andrew. So much to learn!
November 13th, 2012 @ 6:51 am
WHEN will the buildings pack come out
November 13th, 2012 @ 6:54 am
Hi Andrew,
how to create this entviroment Pictures? In Photoshop?
Do you have some Tips?

Eric Kirk
November 13th, 2012 @ 7:05 am

Great tutorial. Just one question. You kept replacing the background with those images but you didn't really touch on how that was set up so you can pan around. Were the images set to the new CS6 horizon thing (or whatever it's called)?

    November 13th, 2012 @ 8:16 am
    You just turn on show BG environment inside Element 3D.
    November 13th, 2012 @ 10:22 am
    if i don't resize the specular and diffuse image, the quality will be better ?
    November 13th, 2012 @ 10:50 am
    Andrew - Roger that. I guess what threw me off is that you were replacing the map within AE, yet it's applied in E3D. Still not sure what I'm missing on that workflow. I definitely understand how to turn on the BG in E3D and select one from a file - it's just that replacement operation within AE that I don't understand. Is that the same type image you can expect when shooting the 360 panorama?
November 13th, 2012 @ 7:08 am
I badly want that helicopter..
November 13th, 2012 @ 7:12 am
Why do you need to resize the images for defuse and specular?
    November 13th, 2012 @ 8:16 am
    To soften/blur the map and make it load faster.
November 13th, 2012 @ 7:19 am
Very interesting techniques Mr. Kramer. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge! :)
November 13th, 2012 @ 7:34 am
Hi, I need help
Why is all my panoramic photos when put to element turn very low res even though they are high quality e.g. 5000 by 2000?
shaswata indra
November 13th, 2012 @ 7:41 am
Sir when is the metropolitan pack coming??
shaswata indra
November 13th, 2012 @ 7:53 am
Sir when is the metropolitan pack coming.Also saw another pack Industry pack..plz will we be lucky?
November 13th, 2012 @ 8:24 am
Thanks a lot - Again a very useful tutorial.
The only thing i´d really like to know is - how i could manage to build my own 360° environement maps based on videofootage or location photos.

Any ideas ??
November 13th, 2012 @ 8:33 am
I hope you are rich, really rich, because you are one smart dude! Very cool technique. Nice tutorial. I'm just guessing that image based lighting will be a built-in feature of Element 3D 2.0, is that right?
very neat!
November 13th, 2012 @ 8:50 am
AWESOME - I'd like to see it taken a bit further with some animation!
November 13th, 2012 @ 9:25 am
Thanks for all you do A.K.
November 13th, 2012 @ 9:36 am
really a big fan andrew. i'm about to jump in the graphic designing world and i owe you big time for all your work that inspired me. another amazing tut mate! Cheers!
November 13th, 2012 @ 9:40 am
Hi Andrew,

Where did you get the Helicopter Model, also the Jet Fighter Model?

    November 13th, 2012 @ 9:04 am
    I don't know where he got em, but here's where I do: http://www.turbosquid.com
    November 13th, 2012 @ 9:13 am
    I'm waiting for the VCP model packs...they look so much better AND they work out of the gate with my beloved Element 3d...not to mention that unlike turbosquid, AK understands that we're not made of money....
November 13th, 2012 @ 9:49 am
Andrew, is there a good resource for the HDRI images that you were using, or a tutorial on how to create them, you had some beautiful ones!
    November 13th, 2012 @ 10:44 am
    Jason - he did a tutorial a while back about the bkg images... per Andrew, go to Flickr and search under The Commons for 'equirectangular'. They aren't all 32 bit, but they serve this purpose.
November 13th, 2012 @ 9:56 am
Saw two packs, Industry and Metro :)
November 13th, 2012 @ 10:30 am
Hi Andrew, great tut as usual. As opposed to resizing the the HDR image to 4 x 8, why not apply a Gaussian blur to it instead? That is how we tone things down over in V-Ray. The basic idea is to reduce detail right?
November 13th, 2012 @ 10:31 am
Great tutorial again! Which is the best way to create those equirectangular images? Which camera lens and software lead to such good results as in your tutorials and the Element BG scenes? A tutorial on this topic would help users a lot to make their own environments. Thank you!
November 13th, 2012 @ 10:38 am
Awesome. I wish it was built in somehow, streamlining the process.
November 13th, 2012 @ 9:40 am
I see that someone went to Japan recently. The "yellow train"(sobu-sen) reminds me of some souvenirs.
November 13th, 2012 @ 10:27 am
When are we going to get a sweet vechicle model pack?
November 13th, 2012 @ 11:35 am
Any ETA on the vehicles pack? Can't wait to get my hands on that!
November 13th, 2012 @ 12:22 pm
this workaround is very smart! maybe we could have this as a checkbox in an update for upcoming versions?
November 13th, 2012 @ 12:47 pm
cool tutorial! but why do we need to make the comp size smaller? thank you... :)
November 13th, 2012 @ 12:49 pm
Hello ...! greetings from Ecuador, excuse my English, I want to know if you can import an object or scene with animation pre established, for example: import a robot that is running, thanks and I hope to help me. Success ...
    November 13th, 2012 @ 3:23 pm
    I'm pretty sure the answer to this is no. The OBJ requires all its animation to be done once in Element (same with Trapcode Form). That would be a nice feature.
November 13th, 2012 @ 12:53 pm
how the heck do you figure this stuff out? or even realize element is capable of it? that's awesome. very well done.
November 13th, 2012 @ 12:54 pm
Hey, concerning the Industry and Metro packs: what VCP-products can we expect for christmas shopping, or should I start looking to spend my money elsewhere?

(Please don't say there'll be a bunch of amazing stuff without being more specific. I'm starting to get really turned off by the whole hoo-have-we-got-something-[add overthetop superlatives]-for-you-but-we-can't-just-yet-tell-you-what-it-is-for-reasons-we-won't-explain-since-it-would-kill-the-buzz-we're-just-now-trying-to-build-up-with-exactly-our-secrecy Apple-marketing technique you see popping up everywhere right now, like I'm going to beg a company to take my money).

    Thats 2.5 Dahlas
    November 14th, 2012 @ 1:38 am
    Intriguingly enough, Video Copilot is the one and only company I actually do beg to take my money.
    November 14th, 2012 @ 6:35 am
    I like VCP products as well, otherwise I wouldn't be asking this question.

    (But rereading my comment, I realise it could come across as overly negative towards VCP's introduction of products. It wasn't meant that way, I was actually speaking more generally. In contrast of all the brouhaha going on everywhere nowadays around new products, I was hoping VCP comes with straight answers).

    Also, I forgot to say thank you for another great tutorial.
November 13th, 2012 @ 1:04 pm
Very nice! I see it's labeled as an "experimental technique". Any chance Element 3D will get modified to reduce the number of steps involved? Would be nice to have true HDR lighting within Element.
November 13th, 2012 @ 1:23 pm
amazing and good work! thanks...
Emmanuel clottey
November 13th, 2012 @ 1:27 pm
Great. Thnks a lot. Video copilot always gives the best.
November 13th, 2012 @ 1:34 pm
I get it now! Quite cool indeed. Thanks for sharing.
November 13th, 2012 @ 1:35 pm
thanks Andrew for the tutorial and for this great plugin you are the best
November 13th, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
I have created a camaro in 3dsmax...I know how to export an obj files but how do i export mentalrays car paint shader to go with it? Thanks for the help...
November 13th, 2012 @ 2:06 pm
Andrew Forever !!! Thank Video Copilot
November 13th, 2012 @ 4:01 pm
Nice tutorial, but why isn't it posted on your site?
    November 13th, 2012 @ 5:00 pm
    I'm wondering the same thing... why is it not on the tutorial page?
    November 16th, 2012 @ 12:58 pm
    Because He Said that he figured it out when he was p[laying with it. What you do by daily basis it post in blog.
    Tutorial making means he had to decide first and record it to have that perticullar day. What i guess he didnt do that this time :)
    That what is common thing meaning of blogs.
November 13th, 2012 @ 5:49 pm
I dunno man. A blurry specular is still a specular is still a specular. Diffuse lighting doesn't behave the way reflections do. It's a nice cheap workaround but I think calling it image based lighting is a stretch.
November 13th, 2012 @ 7:19 pm
Hi everyone. Here it is. The free 3D model "HELICOPTER UH-60". It is almost the same as you see in this great tutorial. Go for it .. Cheers !

    Bill WorkZ
    November 15th, 2012 @ 9:11 am
    I have created a car model in 3dsmax.Can some one point me to a tut that show how to render the car paint shader that i have applied to it to a texture map..I would like to use it with element 3d but i dont know how to set this up. Thanks
    November 16th, 2012 @ 1:08 pm
    Messege Us Hope we can help you @Bill Workz
November 13th, 2012 @ 7:26 pm
We can't watch Youtube and Vimeo,
What a poor thing,please be Pitiful for us from China,Andrew~~
November 13th, 2012 @ 7:59 pm
Great idea Andrew. Becomes a bit annoying if you want to swap out the 3D model, but exciting to see functional image based lighting in AFTER EFFECTS. Imagine having this plugin 6 years ago. Imagine what Element 2's gonna be like....
November 13th, 2012 @ 10:00 pm
"...nice sunset missile attack... very nice."
November 14th, 2012 @ 2:27 am
cool its like in 3ds max

very useful nice
November 14th, 2012 @ 2:55 am
Amazing job Andrew. Love it
November 14th, 2012 @ 3:51 am
Hey Andrew, if I have a budget of about $130, what graphics card should I buy?
November 14th, 2012 @ 7:13 am
f***ing AWESOME !!! you're the best Andrew!
November 14th, 2012 @ 7:18 am
Very interesting. Starting to make me want Element. I'm assuming for VFX work you mostly want to combine Element with Foundry's Camera Tracker, or imported camera data from another match mover.
November 14th, 2012 @ 8:14 am
so awesome. very cool, will have to try it out today
November 14th, 2012 @ 8:27 am
If I found it interesting?
God, you just showed me heaven!!
Thanks for that... I need to get Element ... but it's so expensive.. :/ Well for me atleast.
November 14th, 2012 @ 11:05 am
this is our fifth short film...watch and enjoy
November 14th, 2012 @ 1:11 pm
When the bundle with this models (helicopters and other vehicles) will be released ?
November 14th, 2012 @ 1:37 pm
Are you ever going to have a vehicles model pack (with helicopters, cars, tanks, jets etc?)that would be awesome!
November 14th, 2012 @ 2:07 pm
Can this be done with a 2D layer? like a green screen shot instead of a 3D object only?
November 14th, 2012 @ 3:25 pm
Very cool Thanks for this
November 14th, 2012 @ 5:26 pm
I want that Metropolitan expansion on my desk by 9am friday, or else...ok monday....tuesday at the very latest..yeah tuesday
November 14th, 2012 @ 6:34 pm
Nice! Somebody visited my neighborhood; is that Akihabara you had up there? I think I saw Shinbashi, and the Sobu and/or Yamanote line too. You didn't come visit Tokyo and tell us?
Can I ask what you are using to make your backgrounds? Photosynth or did you just pick those up somewhere?
November 14th, 2012 @ 8:02 pm
" Here we got 1 sunset missile attack... very nice " !!!

I know you're speaking about light effects, and so on... but how americans could be so inclined for fascination about weapons, and just say so naturally "sunset missile attack : very nice"... ahahaha !
After all, and why not, you could choose a complete different and no warlike object... but mainly it's always bullet, pistol, gun, helicopter, missile, etc... And it'll never stop to amaze me, lol !

Anyway, very good tips and tut', as usual !
Thank's Andrew.
    November 15th, 2012 @ 1:48 am
    Hi Tehri,
    I hope this message will not be deleted.

    I think the missile attack object was used because of the specific shape that is hiding the closing points of the small "diffuse" and "specular" environment. Try to make the tutorial with the football helmet or with an apple from the Fresh Food pack. You will notice that the specular map and the diffuse one are closing somewhere on the object, giving a strange look. The missile has a conic top where those maps are closing, so it looks ok. Changing the values for diffuse and specular map width and height will help probably if you want to integrate a green apple, but also you will notice that in the end the apple looks like a metal apple. If you switch the blending modes and the opacity of the layers and you play with various settings, you will be able in the end to integrate other objects than the missile (let's say objects built from some other material than metal).

    November 15th, 2012 @ 1:40 pm
    I know exactly! All my work has some kind of explosion or something... I even edited someone's wedding and was begged for no explosions... I have a very violent friend from Finland and he thinks I have aggression... haha. Great point, well taken!! I did make some flowers, but... I blew them up.
November 15th, 2012 @ 4:48 am
Mr. Kramer you should do a 3D kit with military aircrafts. It would be awesome!! Great tutorial
Bill Workz
November 15th, 2012 @ 10:06 am
I have created a car model in 3dsmax....Can some one point me to a tut that show how to render the car paint shader that i have applied to it to a texture map.....I would like to use it with element 3d but i don't know how to set this up.... Thanks
Luis Martin
November 15th, 2012 @ 2:28 pm
Hello VideoCopilot Crew, Just one question, Is there any way to create materiasl or shaders for Element 3D? Thank you Very much, greetings from Argentina.
Luis Martin
November 15th, 2012 @ 2:36 pm
And I´m sorry for being repetitive, but I just rememebered one thing, I just wannted to know if is there an estimated date for release of Building Pack and the Vehicle Pack?
November 15th, 2012 @ 2:43 pm
Andrew Kramer,
aha, just when I thought, I'm good, I can take a frame of my movie and set it as the environment layer, I"m a bad ass, and then you give us this... I do wonder like the others, I like the process going on, tweaking this, mixing diff stuff; I have been layering elements, too, but so that I can get different pieces to animate independently of the entire model, in one instance, anyway. I put rotors on the halloween skull, flying skulls over kilimanjaro... had to be there. I wasn't, im just sayin.. asante sana awesome tutorial, door opener...
November 15th, 2012 @ 4:08 pm
Hey Andrew! Amazing! Just one thing! I´d like to learn how to make an environment map. Can you make a tutorial of this? Another thing, I think will be easy (and funy), a tutorial of "The bullet", but using Element 3D. Big hugs from Argentina!
November 15th, 2012 @ 4:35 pm
Very useful tutorial, as ever! Thank you. Would also love to see more E3D integrated into actual shot footage.
November 15th, 2012 @ 7:35 pm
You are a nice man AK
November 15th, 2012 @ 11:49 pm
This is a great tutorial, but it has a lot of steps, Lol!
November 16th, 2012 @ 4:19 am
Ask me How much i do Like u man :)
U are awesome i wish i be like you :)
creative ......keep it up
    November 16th, 2012 @ 1:03 pm
    We all love Him :D I think i am biggest fan :p
November 16th, 2012 @ 8:28 am
Does it matter what size you shrink those specular and diffuse comp to?
    November 16th, 2012 @ 1:06 pm
    Not really !!! But Smaller the Speular And The Diffuse comp/layer : It will load faster and it is good for not use so much detailed on those things :)
November 16th, 2012 @ 2:11 pm
Nice tutorial..
This December may be will get new Update from Most Popular Plugin From VCP Element As well as New Model Packs.
And One more thing Cant wait for new plugin Next year : Optical Flares 2 :D
November 16th, 2012 @ 7:22 pm
Andrew you should make a tutorial to help us create our own enviromental maps. Thanks for all the help and lots of blessings from PR
November 16th, 2012 @ 10:09 pm
Hi Andrew this is my very first making the program:a littles

Behind the scenes

November 16th, 2012 @ 11:15 pm
This is the awesome plugin that i have seen :D
November 16th, 2012 @ 11:58 pm
These are the type of videos that make me want to start getting into VFX lol
abhay sharna
November 17th, 2012 @ 8:02 am
we use other compositing softwares at work but I still love after effects and regularly visit your website just to have some good news about AE.
I am following you since creativecow.net days!. and one thing I want to say you care about after effects more than adobe do.
November 17th, 2012 @ 9:23 am
why no more tuts on anything but element 3d... i cant afford it and since it came out your website has been useless to anyone without element 3d, bring back normal tuts
November 17th, 2012 @ 1:34 pm
Hey Andrew Begging you To Bring This Request To Prominence
Please Make a tutorial How to Animate a Moving Zet or something where the fire/flame should follow its back engine part like your Element Demo video zet ??
Cause when I tried to set these up like these
[ Trapcode particular connected with 2 emitters placed exact near engine where it should be & it parent with Single null 3D (container) ;
Null 3D (Container) >> effect - Separate XYZ Linked to element ]
Problem : When i animate X,Y,Z positions of element layer ; I think the null container should move as i parented its XYZ position with Element. That is the main problem ocuring.
I can see in effect panel - Null object's attribute are changing when i animate the element layer. But its not moving in preview comp an inch so i cannot animate emitters connected to it :( How to fix this problem.
Or can i send you the whole file you can solve this out Andrew please ??
November 17th, 2012 @ 2:39 pm
I have a doubt that is not the issue but I hope and I can respond, I have problems with the rendering of after efects simply not processed and the cursor is placed on hold, it is this?
November 18th, 2012 @ 11:37 am
great.. but i want just asking how to Making animation and Moving Objet in 3D Element .....??

thank you :)
November 18th, 2012 @ 1:09 pm
3D stuff is quite scary for me to play with, but after watching Element 3D in action.. I'm getting confidence.. you are not just a genius, you are more then that..
BlesSings :)
November 18th, 2012 @ 3:59 pm
I have a (offtopic) question for you, Andrew...

I really don't have enough money for an Canon 5D Mark II, what can you tell me about Canon 550D (T2I) ?! Is a good camera for FullHD Movies?! You have other recommendations?

Thank you!

PS: Good job with everything you do, i'm visiting this site from your first tutorial...
November 18th, 2012 @ 11:22 pm
This reminds me of a youtube vid I saw that showed how to animate helicopter blades in, say, Blender, and stick that over footage of an ordinary scale model kit helicopter. Can't find it again, though. Anybody see that one?
November 19th, 2012 @ 12:55 am
Hello Andrew,

now you've discovered this technique, you can surely implement it in the next version (or update) of Element 3D!
Other wished for element:
- Deform objects (bending or 3d points of model shatter)
- Shadow casting
- Image based lighting as shown but simpeler in plugin.
- blur-amount option for environnement picture inside of environment window in element or indisde of plugin (keyframeable)
- option that sees for example logos or texts of different masks in 1 layer as different parts that can be animated with the multi object option.

Thanks & Have a nice day!
November 20th, 2012 @ 8:03 pm
Do i need Cinema 4D or 3d Max to use element 3d?
November 20th, 2012 @ 8:52 pm
Did i got an option to import moving Environment map ? (etc, .mov, .avi or using actually layer that i have in comp)
November 21st, 2012 @ 4:57 am

Your plugin is already amazing and still you are able to get it better and better ! I agree with Christiaan, now you know how to add IBL, i'm sure you can transform it to a new feature for your E3D plugin as a new tab : "IBL : on/off /advanced parameters".
If you go further, Maya and 3DSmax will be useless ! ;-)

Thanks for all Andrew !
November 21st, 2012 @ 1:53 pm
So I was playing of some Title With using Element 3D. Here are some of the Still Rendered Images.
November 22nd, 2012 @ 10:31 am
I recently purchased element 3d, I just want to say, that it's FREAKING AWESOME!!!!! Thank you for helping us indi filmmakers create professional effect with your fantastic plug-ins! I'm looking forward to purchasing more of your products. Thanks again!
November 23rd, 2012 @ 3:48 am
Recently Worked With This Tutorial's Idea On My Military Chopper.
So Here Is What IT Looks Like. Well there is no word of perfect in anything. But I tried hard in this. Check this out please :] And comment
November 23rd, 2012 @ 5:32 am
Hi Andrew Kramer Where We Download The Helicopter 3D file.
And Where Do you download the Hdri Images Please Tell.
November 23rd, 2012 @ 4:33 pm
Cool! This plugin does work for Mac to right? Thanks
November 23rd, 2012 @ 4:44 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQVbGQnL9ok&feature=plcp Listen to this song , and LIKE IT , please it will be very helpfull
November 24th, 2012 @ 5:48 pm
Hey Andrew,

Is there a way to fill a mask with 3d objects with element 3d? The "Point Cloud" option only enables mask's outline to be covered with particles, but not the inside
    November 25th, 2012 @ 1:17 pm
    Point Cloud Mode enables only points (as "mask" as you called it ) where the vertices are !!! Andrew told that. And If you are not familar with 3D softwares buddy then you should know A model ( even High Detailed model ) only designed from outside and it contains vertices (points) & Faces ( planes ) & Lines.
    Point cloud mode enable only points ( vertices ) And Hide the faces & lines of the object.
    So there is no inside points, any of the model have.
November 25th, 2012 @ 1:53 am
Hey Andrew!
Could you make a Tutorial on creating own 360°-Background-Images? That would help me a lot to integrate Element into my own footage.
November 26th, 2012 @ 6:11 pm
hi , i need Element Model , where we can find ? (Helicopter)
November 26th, 2012 @ 11:07 pm
Hey Andrew!
When will you be showing your favourite matte paintings from the challenge a few months ago?

Really keen to see them.
BC Rice
November 27th, 2012 @ 4:40 pm
How do I import a 3D sequence so that I can apply this effect to it? Thanks!!
November 28th, 2012 @ 5:17 am
It was the Awesome Tutorial Andrew Kramer You Always Rocks.And What was the different between the environment tips tutor & This Image Based Lighting Tutorial
November 28th, 2012 @ 12:20 pm
Hi Andrew Thanks For Tutorials I love You
November 30th, 2012 @ 10:15 am
Man... i wish i could afford element 3d :\
December 2nd, 2012 @ 3:30 pm
The best university thanks so much
December 4th, 2012 @ 4:25 am
Hey Andrew,

this looks pretty good! But, to go to the next level. How can we assign this to a "video based lighting"? A guess it's a bit more tricky. But to do real animation, it will be necessary.
David Kessler
December 5th, 2012 @ 2:26 pm
Hi Andrew,
I have challenge that is sort of related to this tut. I want to shoot a live action scene and composite 3d elements into the scene that reflects the actor. would it make sense to shoot a second angle from the perspective of the object? and can I make that into an environment. What would that look like?
December 6th, 2012 @ 5:27 am
Hello Andrew,

Fantastic plugin.

I tried to link the diffuse/specular layers to the element layer for matching animation of position and rotation of that layer. I used a pickwhip to link Particle Replicator>Position XY/Z for the lighting layers to the element layer and it works, but it doen't work for Rotation X/Y/Z.

I had to link those rotation parameters by pickwhip to a Null, instead, which works. Any idea how I can get the Particle Animator>Rotation X/Y/Z of the lighting layers to link to those of the element layer - and work? I am baffled.
Andrew Kang
December 14th, 2012 @ 7:01 am
Hi Andrew
appreciate for ur all works first.
here is a question. I double checked my OBJ file regarding to where object's pivots are in 3D program(MAX), but the each group objects in "element 3D" are not right on the spot for rotating. like propellers, tank head and so one. hope there is gona update more tutorials instructing object control in detail.
December 14th, 2012 @ 7:57 am
Your are the most successful man i have ever seen
fantastic, excel, Perfect, awesome, great
Your are my favorite teacher of after effects
thank you
December 24th, 2012 @ 1:35 am
Haggai Nwokolo
December 28th, 2012 @ 4:17 am
A little design with Element 3D that I did...
Rossie Braten
December 31st, 2012 @ 10:33 pm
Hey Andrew,

First off I wanna say what you`re doing is great and I own most of your products,but I must ask where you get your 3d models like the helicopter and the jet?
January 8th, 2013 @ 7:34 am
Andrew, do you create that model?
Suraj Green Flame FX
January 9th, 2013 @ 7:00 pm
hi andrew,

Is there any possibility of Unwrapping the materials using element. Just like 3Ds max. If there is any possibility just make a basic tut for that. Its my kind request.
January 13th, 2013 @ 9:56 pm
Hey Guys, Free Unique Element 3d “Interior” Pack made by me, for everyone! Have fun! Huge Respect for every VC member!
January 19th, 2013 @ 2:54 pm
Hi Andrew and everybody,
I'd like to know if we need a simple cylindric panoramic photo, or 360° pano equirectangular (Spherical) but, above all, always HDRI or you can generate Image Based Lighting also from a normal photo correctly esposed (but of course with a limitated dynami range)?
Many thanks for answer!
January 28th, 2013 @ 1:51 am
Hallo again,
I think is a good idea also to replicate a Sun light direction (that you can see in you HDRI 360" photo) adding a further light (Parallel) or replacing the Ambient Light used in this tut. This is very helpful to CAST RIGHTLY SHADOWS on scene in relationship with a true sun position (in your HDRI scene, of course, when you HAVE a HDRI 360° pano taked in the same location (and in the same time) you filmed you video.
February 6th, 2013 @ 5:32 am
Hey! Nice tutorial Andrew! That helicopter looks real and tough :D
Richelly Italo
February 24th, 2013 @ 3:14 pm
how to perform this effect without the 3D element?
March 8th, 2013 @ 9:04 am
Hallo Andrew,

I'd like to buy the helicopter's 3D-Model and the texture. How's that possible?

Please answer to my question when you can,

Best Regards,

Jesper Johansson
March 9th, 2013 @ 11:35 am
I wish I where a genius....It looks like fun!
March 23rd, 2013 @ 12:32 pm
How do I get this image ( image light )
April 7th, 2013 @ 11:21 am
Can you use element 3d with AE 3d Stereo Camera Rig?
April 15th, 2013 @ 11:16 am
i liked the tutorial a lot,
thanks for it,
you are very creative
Kevin Lynch
April 27th, 2013 @ 5:15 am
Fantastic tutorial, as always. I'm just wondering, if one were to use this technique and then bring the model into some live action footage, could I take a still frame from the live footage and use THAT effectively for the environmental background so the model would be more accurately matched to the scene? Because if that would work you've just opened up a whole new world of creativity for me!!
June 22nd, 2013 @ 8:34 am
Where can i get that helicopter model
and if u did that model can u show us how ?
and awesome as always Anrew :)
September 10th, 2013 @ 2:28 am
andrew. i'm from africa and i want to know how to use a camera from different angles
Júnior Porciúncula
August 25th, 2014 @ 7:02 pm
Please, where I can get (or buy) this AMAZING helicopter model? Please, answer us! Andrew is the Best!
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