New Tutorial: Translucent Glass!

View Tutorial and get the project file here

In this tutorial we’ll create a cool translucent title design with real 3D displacement using just built-in After Effects Plug-ins. Project file and official tutorial page upload will be up later today!

Final Result with some minor variations.

June 4th, 2013 @ 12:38 am
Woot! Great way to end the night ;)
June 4th, 2013 @ 12:42 am
at last, thnx andrew.........
June 4th, 2013 @ 12:43 am
Another useful tutorial!! Good Morning Andrew!
June 4th, 2013 @ 12:44 am
AWESOME. I love this tutorial!!!! Thank you VC
Check out my youtube channel
June 4th, 2013 @ 12:50 am
I am gonna watch it right now!
June 4th, 2013 @ 12:50 am
I love it, I did plan to make some photos (htttp:// in the same style. Maybe I use Poser and AE instead)

    June 4th, 2013 @ 2:13 am
    Super! Thank you Andrew!
June 4th, 2013 @ 12:56 am
I love it...
June 4th, 2013 @ 1:05 am
This would go great with some keyed out footage of a human, under the right lighting, pounding their fists up against the ice. Excellent horror fodder.
June 4th, 2013 @ 1:13 am
Hi Andrew,

Can we add some water drops on glass to make even more cool ?
    June 4th, 2013 @ 5:02 am
    nice try!
    June 5th, 2013 @ 3:38 pm
    For the water drops you could look at the mercury effect and as long as it's on top of the ice comp it should replicate the look. You would have to duplicate the ice but not a big deal. Andrew did a version and using it for water droplets on the 'lens' tutorial; should still be available.
Vikram Sharma
June 4th, 2013 @ 1:15 am
June 4th, 2013 @ 1:28 am
"..princess Leia is having some kind of.. issue.." :D :D :D
Alexandr Voinkov
June 4th, 2013 @ 1:45 am
Thank you! A useful lesson in how finely can you work with regular plugins!
June 4th, 2013 @ 1:46 am
It's been so long time since your last tutorial,maybe you are so busy lately, may I ask what have you done lately.And man, I miss your blog show stuff so much, of course, miss you too.
June 4th, 2013 @ 1:51 am
I know this is not a place to talk about E3D but sometimes when I want to use glass shatter of E3D in a scene, I need a displacement created by glass like refraction on the env map, if you know what I mean I want to know how to make that.
Great tut by the way!
And of course, we are too silly to make FumeFXs ourselves so if you got any results and renders of FumeFX that you're not using fans will appreciate it :D
    June 4th, 2013 @ 5:13 am
    I second that!!! Any spare fumeFX clips you may have lying around would be a great addition to your ever expanding free database of goodies. :) (or of course you could do the right thing and give us a pack of 30+ 3D fumeFX renders along with 3D sparks, 3D falling debris, 3D Water splashes, 3D muzzle flashes, 3D nuclear mushroom clouds, 3D skies and 3D scenery etc in an upcoming Action Essentials 3:The Elemented editon pack? Complete with animated obj versions for the 'Ready to Render' version)
    June 5th, 2013 @ 4:52 pm
    Gee, you make it sound like you want everything done for you
June 4th, 2013 @ 2:03 am
awesome... being waiting for this.
thanks AK :-)
klaus brandenburg
June 4th, 2013 @ 2:08 am
If you add some "Hey whassup..." in the VO track you could even add this to the regular tutorials ;)
June 4th, 2013 @ 1:19 am
great, thanks Andrew
June 4th, 2013 @ 2:21 am
Thanks Andrew, great technique. I'm going to experiment with some of the other normal maps from the Pro Shaders pack to see what I can come up with.
June 4th, 2013 @ 2:57 am
Perfectly the type of title effect I wanted for the screenplay I'm working on for a short horror film called Hotel Purgatory. Thanks Andrew for helping me put the cart in front of the horse by getting the title graphic done first. Keep the tutorials coming. They're awesome.
June 4th, 2013 @ 3:07 am
must watch andrew sir . thanks for this tutorial :-) realy happy :-D
June 4th, 2013 @ 3:25 am
Thanks for tutorial.
the tecniqe is nice and pro
June 4th, 2013 @ 3:33 am
I love you, Andrew, you are amazing!
June 4th, 2013 @ 3:40 am
its realy Awsome What is the Released Date of vehicle pack please i Am Waiting For This
    June 4th, 2013 @ 8:27 am
    Yes! The vehicle pack and the Advanced Car Rig Tutorial would be SO helpful about now...
    June 4th, 2013 @ 6:17 pm
    I need 2 f-22s and a large commercial airliner...(no onions)
    June 5th, 2013 @ 3:35 pm
    James, have you tried TurboSquid? I downloaded several jets some time ago that went into E3D perfectly and was a hit with my client. Unwrapped UVs and textures too.
June 4th, 2013 @ 3:46 am
my phone was ringing after watching this tutorial and a voice said..."7 Days"
June 4th, 2013 @ 3:59 am
Looks like it would work for that creature lurking beneath the ice.
June 4th, 2013 @ 4:12 am
nooooooooo you didn't show us the new plug in!!!
you are a bad kramer!
June 4th, 2013 @ 4:58 am
It's so great to watch your tutorial and listen to your voice again
June 4th, 2013 @ 5:03 am
Great stuff.. Your humour is at such a professional level, inspirational! Content is exceptional as always. Even the lead up over the last few weeks was a mouth watering exposé complete with dashes of Element 3D wonders. Another great presentation, thank you x
Rutu Raval
June 4th, 2013 @ 5:24 am
Hi! Andrew

From where are you creating this amazing sounds effects.
June 4th, 2013 @ 5:27 am
Remake of the Videocopilot project with projectfiles to download !!!

June 4th, 2013 @ 6:38 am
it would be awesome if we could melt some parts of the ice ( since its look like ice) revealing the pictures behind....well doing a AE template right now
June 4th, 2013 @ 6:46 am
anyway thank you andrew for the tutorial
Daniel Valdemar
June 4th, 2013 @ 7:06 am
Could it be possible that in the nearest future you could make a tutorial on how you are making your sound/music editing?
June 4th, 2013 @ 6:11 am
Where is the look at the new plugin?
Raxip studios
June 4th, 2013 @ 8:51 am
What university do you have?
June 4th, 2013 @ 8:53 am
Sorry, this video is currently only available on
June 4th, 2013 @ 9:46 am
Nothing about sound design. Okay. :(
June 4th, 2013 @ 11:48 am
Excellent Tut. as always Andrew, the City Glass Sample you show up , just remains me to " The Avenger " when the Chitauri were traveling through the Portal.
shaswata indra
June 4th, 2013 @ 12:01 pm
Sir Andrew would love to see more tutorials on element 3d and metropolitan...please.
June 4th, 2013 @ 12:17 pm
Well, if you don't plan to announce officially Element V2 release date, could you let us know a release date for your next plugin or even your next Element 3D model Pack ? Salivating on my keyboard since months !
June 4th, 2013 @ 12:44 pm
you are amazing . Thanks very much... :)
June 4th, 2013 @ 3:53 pm
Really useful tutorial - thank you!
June 4th, 2013 @ 4:15 pm
thank andrew kramer and VC i've learned engough to produce movies that got nominated at film festivals like this true story, using optical flares.

hugs from your fan
    June 5th, 2013 @ 1:28 am
    Nice to see someone here with the same name 'Golan' :)
June 4th, 2013 @ 4:17 pm
June 4th, 2013 @ 4:15 pm
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thank andrew kramer and VC i’ve learned engough to produce movies that got nominated at film festivals like this true story, using optical flares.

hugs from your fan
June 4th, 2013 @ 4:21 pm
Great technique, Andrew! This is very interesting and can also help create excellent backgrounds in a very unique way. Congratulations for a valuable tutorial!
Ben Jones
June 4th, 2013 @ 6:12 pm
nice... very helpful, thank you.
June 4th, 2013 @ 9:03 pm
How are you accomplishing the flicker in the light/exposure? I have tried a wiggle expression on the opacity of a curves adjustment layer and a few other techniques, but cannot achieve the effect. I feel you showed something in the past, but I cannot track the tutorial down.

Really enjoyed the tutorial. Trying to imagine what else this could be turned into.
    June 5th, 2013 @ 3:31 pm
    There are a few methods to accomplish this. It may be as simple as a wiggle with a shape layer that has the opacity way down and feathered out and a potential blur; could also be optical flares with a transfer mode and the built-in flicker, or a simple adjustment layer with a mask using a flicker effect in AE from Red Giant or Sapphire. Most likely though something very simple like the first examples.
June 4th, 2013 @ 9:40 pm
Very cool. Here is my test
How did this happen
June 4th, 2013 @ 10:43 pm
I am surprised to see that within moments of your uploading of the tutorial the number of views crossed over 3,500!!! How does this happen so fast?
Anyways, great tutorial as always ^_^
June 5th, 2013 @ 12:28 am
very good ! !
what, in the name of zeus, give you the idea of creating a under ice effect?
June 5th, 2013 @ 4:03 am
Thats my Version with Projectfiles to download and textures ...

June 5th, 2013 @ 4:30 am
I don't get the letters go the z space when I change there Z position. Is is because I work on cs5?
June 5th, 2013 @ 6:12 am
Thanks Andrew. That 7 days comment really cracked me up. So i decided to change my text to 7 days. lol. Check it out.
June 5th, 2013 @ 8:49 am
Hey Andrew,

I know that you like to use the vignette effect a lot. A very quick and nice shortcut in AE to place the mask "centered" on your solid layer is to simply double-click the "Ellipse Tool" in your "Tools" window. The resulting mask will be sized automatically to the dimensions of your solid layer, centered.
    June 5th, 2013 @ 10:30 am
    Wow, how did I never know that? Thanks!
    June 5th, 2013 @ 11:56 am
    He knows that, he used that shortcut in the past, but maybe forgot this time.
June 5th, 2013 @ 9:20 am
Next Time... dun dun dun
June 5th, 2013 @ 11:58 am
Hey Andrew,
will you by any chance cover the glitchy outro animation? I really like those patterns, they look like real TV noise.
    June 5th, 2013 @ 3:34 pm
    I believe they are part of an older series of footage / effects VC offers. I could be wrong but Twitch was possibly used too; great tool. There are plenty of distortion effects pre-keyed to place on top of footage available out there.
June 5th, 2013 @ 1:39 pm
this is my simple car rig test with element 3d and my car collection
June 6th, 2013 @ 12:41 am
Nice Tutorial Andrew Kramer.
June 6th, 2013 @ 1:19 am
i rendert a massiv e3d Scene (3 Element Layers, one with animated flat Boxes created with Extruded Mask, one with 3 Videowalls which all had differnt animated Textures/Vids like the Iphone Tutorial, one as Floor Layer to create World Null)
rendertime with my Laptop....... 7 Minutes BÄÄÄÄM !!!

Lightning FAST, i can´t believe. Good Work Andrew
June 6th, 2013 @ 1:26 am
Oh i forget, the Scene render with Motion Blur and depthfield
Raju Mahto
June 6th, 2013 @ 4:05 am
nice morning i have completed this tutorial. Output is so good. Thanks Andrew for this tutorial
June 6th, 2013 @ 3:22 pm
Thank you for another awesome tutorial..I've never been this excited to learn anything before finding video a link to YouTube you guys can check out my gentle with the
June 7th, 2013 @ 4:52 am
Very entertaining. And Kramer is still not tired of explaining Precomping and cmd+d ;)
Esteban bustos
June 7th, 2013 @ 9:58 am
i made a free template using halloweenpack and element 3d.
5 placeholders of text and video or image.
you can switch it to day or night by switching the background!

Version: AE CS6

feel free to download!

if you like it suscribe!
Joris Strickx
June 8th, 2013 @ 9:53 am
20 min well spent. Great tutorial, again. Thx
June 9th, 2013 @ 12:36 am
hye guys this is my new model pack hop you like to download .
Animal model pack for element 3d . it work on Windows and Mac .
June 10th, 2013 @ 10:04 am
New favourite tutorial. Thanks!
June 11th, 2013 @ 2:20 am
Free Car model for ELEMENT3D from my vehicle collection
download and enjoy
June 14th, 2013 @ 4:04 pm
was playing with a footage's color correction for diferent timing scene. Would you please check it out and comment what should i focous of
June 14th, 2013 @ 6:28 pm
good tutorial, but it just went a little bit too long. also this tutorial seemed a lot harder then it really was. just a tip, instead of creating something and then deleting, make sure you have it planned as to what you are going to show. to much work and didn't come out like the final product. thanks for your time.
June 16th, 2013 @ 2:25 pm
My Project of this Tutorial with Projectfiles to download ...

June 17th, 2013 @ 7:55 am
Andrew, u re simply awesome I just wish I can be YOU! u ve made me love AE like mad. thanks a million dude
June 18th, 2013 @ 1:04 pm
Andrew can you say how we Get rid of this Artifacs ?
If we make solid and feather it out OR optical flare and blur that layer out ; We see some pixel stuff.. that cannot blend with BG.
Even if we do 32 bit project it still somewhat Can be figureout when we zoom the Image / Video. Is it Aftereffect problem or I doing something wrong ?
Ben H
June 18th, 2013 @ 6:28 pm
fantastic tutorial. can I ask a strange question? what did you use to create that bad television streaking during your endtag? I know it's not just the AE presets for Bad TV. any chance there's a tutorial on this you could throw out? or a project/preset?

as always. huge thanks VC!
    February 4th, 2014 @ 1:58 am
    Also interested about the plug-in you've been working on. Any news about when it might be published?
July 12th, 2013 @ 3:09 am
guys your tutorials are so good if you have more tutorials about 3ds max can you please send me an link good luck
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