New Tutorial: Animating Typewriter Keys

In this tutorial we’ll learn a cool technique for writing words with 3D objects using the super-fast Element 3D plug-in.  Once setup the keys can be animated in a variety of different ways with only 2 key frames!

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Typewriter Model Pack:
To follow along be sure to download the FREE Typewriter model pack.





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1 year ago
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90 Comments

stevie biko
9 months ago
i enjoyed the tutorial and like it
David
10 months ago
Andrew,

You have helped me take Valentine's Day up a notch this year. Thank you for the tools and inspiration! She loved the video I was able to make using your typewriter and paper downloads.

http://youtu.be/JnYYCFITRBE
12 months ago
Wow it is very nice for the buttons, which are diagonally.
Again, as always, was fantastic. :-)
1 year ago
I am new After effect, its really awesome tutorial.
1 year ago
ANDREW, any way to create models or products build ups, like in the LEGO page? Would like to see a tutorial about that, like scattered pieces on teh floor flying to a finished model.
a.
Cheers.
1 year ago
Hi!AK,veyr like your works,I am honest fans,from china of little city.
aju
1 year ago
Hello i am downloading element 3d and typwriter but i can't see partical order option so aliment words is not correct anybody help me please
Charles
1 year ago
Viewed one of your tutorials, like it, you got class.
How does one register or sign up to purchase a template
for After Effects?
Sanchez
1 year ago
Awesome job Andrew... what font did you use for the individual keys?
Riz Qiy
1 year ago
helppp......!
how to install this for mac ? please tell me..
Thx :D
RUTVIK
1 year ago
Now here's what I have created with the help of PhotoShop and AE.
https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/1175013_574502602611993_1950233581_n.jpg

Thanks Andrew, for your amazing plugin and this model.
Justin
1 year ago
Hey Andrew, love the model. Here is a quick segment I put together. keep up the great work VideoCopilot!
https://vimeo.com/72744563
1 year ago
Awesome Tutorial, element is such a useful tool! here is a sample animation I created for my Aerial Video business.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4BChso-7KQ
ONYEJIAKA
1 year ago
HELLO PLS IS IT POSSIBLE CHANGE THE COLOR OF THIS TYPEWRITER
IMMANUEL FRANCY
1 year ago
andrew kramer can you upload 3d max or maya tutorial
1 year ago
Hi there,
I just created a new intro for my Youtube channel with a couple of technics what you showed earlier. Also it contains the newest technic what you showed in this tutorial! :D
Check it out: http://youtu.be/dAmUxaZqp9A
rob frost
1 year ago
speaking of future city...This is pretty hot:
http://siamon89.deviantart.com/art/Intergalactic-Meeting-197880260
khubaib
1 year ago
Only time I wish I was queen of England is when I watch you tutorials, so that I can knight you. hehehehe
reza irani
1 year ago
Andrew,what about the Vehicles pack?i can't Wait for it!When will be available?
reza irani
1 year ago
hey! it's sam's birthday!!! Happy Birthday Sam !we love you!!!!!Hope your 120 years old !
WM
1 year ago
Super! Ok, now for the vehicles. It's August already. I have c-note with your name on it.
1 year ago
It's cooll!!!!!!!!!!!
hey my name Is Muhammadkhuja, i am its funny
Andrew Kramer you is GREATE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
Kenneth
1 year ago
Hi Andrew!

I love how the textures of the keys have lots of shadows and am having trouble creating directional lighting on 3D titling created by element.

Ideally I'd love to even have the 3D title in complete darkness and then just light one side/point with the back of the object falling off into darkness. It seems to me that the environment map ensures that there is always some ambient lighting washing out the dark parts of directional lighting added later. Is there a trick to solve this? Perhaps something for another tutorial? To synthesize truer directional lighting, would it be best incorporated into the 3D environment or is it possible to create a completely black environment and then add AE lights?
Deepak Mistry
1 year ago
Hi
I try Replication Shape-plane and Particle Order-Forward option that time its not work proper its came mirror like first row U V W X Y
second row P Q R S T
last row A B C D E

and when select backward option than first raw E D C B A
second raw J I H G F
last raw Y X W V U

please help me for solve this in correct order

Thanks
Deepak Mistry
1 year ago
Hi
I try Replication Shape-plane and option that time its not work proper its came
mirror like
oposh
1 year ago
i can't wait to start on it, thnks DD!
micheal
1 year ago
You are just awesome ANDREW. Am still waiting on KNIFE tutorials
1 year ago
try clicking on the facebook link and it turns out I found it extraordinary.
Kent
1 year ago
Could you make a tutorial on how to light a scene? the shots you put together have a level of detail I just can't seem to get.
Tomjhons
1 year ago
HELLO ANDREW ME I REQUEST CAN YOU CREATE A TUTORIAL FOR BUILDING COLLAPSE.


THANKS I LOVE YOUR TUTORIAL...
pierregagne98
1 year ago
Thank you very much Mister Andrew Kramer !
This is greatly appreciated! :o)

I got a question, was this typewriter created from a blueprint ?
It would be nice to get a few drawings if that is the case.
It looks like an "Underwood Standard Portable Typewriter".

I'm trying to rig the printing hammers to be able to animate them with the different keys press in Softimage 2011 Sp2, but the hammers have a stem that is too long to simply animate the rotation from the tip.
So if there are any pictures of the inner workings, that would be great to have rigging purpose.

I will of course send you the modified file of the provided typewriter so you can offer it as well on your blog.

Also on an another note; in Autodesk Softimage,if I use the typewriter rubber feet's bottom vertex to align the origin to the center of the world, the position of the typewriter object is:

X: 127,4966, Y: -5,5819 Z: -69,1744.

Is that a prerequisite for Element 3D objects to function properly in After Effects ???

See both images: I also included the Softimage scene files so you can check it out if you have it.

http://www.screencast.com/t/sxBzdDA7OS6
Darren
1 year ago
Just wanted to say: Very, very cool. Thanks so much Andrew and the rest of VCP. You guys rock!

Can't wait to see this mysterious new plugin. Would you like my Credit Card number now, or later?
Tobi
1 year ago
I saw some Aircraft pack the *_*
When will it come out ? You told us release is this summer !!
1 year ago
i used "revolution intro sound" end of the animation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyWkSfD7mHY
JC
1 year ago
In reference to consolidating the textures, what exactly is that doing? There wasn't much explanation but it seems like an important step to understand. Is it rewriting a baked texture for all the textures? What other circumstances would that be useful in and why do it in the first place?
    1 year ago
    It is simply to make it easier to change all of the materials at once. Otherwise each copy would need to be modified if you wanted to change the reflectivity or specular amount.
    Neil Ruff
    1 year ago
    JC - If I'm correct, this only works because all of the keys take their textures from the same UV map...so when Andrew added the 4 keys for TYPE, the same texture map was loaded 4 times. You wouldn't use this 'apply to all models' for, say, five different models which each had their own, different texture map. This also relates to VC supplying the 'blank key' texture map - you can modify that single map in photoshop, but the individual key models the map is applied to will take their own little part of that map. The result is the same, but it's a much more elegant solution for this set up when compared to having a unique map for every key :)
Fozz
1 year ago
There's really so much meat in your tutorials. Maybe you should release a vegetarian one. Thanks!
LordEdington
1 year ago
Euro Buildings? Interesting.
NLantean
1 year ago
Check out this video I have made with Element 3D,comment your opinions, thanks.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwbBh-ESxik
    Dan
    1 year ago
    Nice work! That looks really good.
Kevin
1 year ago
I think what everyone wants is a tut on how to model in a 3D editor like 3DS max or Blender (would be best since it is free), and import that textured model into Element 3D.
    Nio
    1 year ago
    So what are you waiting for? Go on the net and you will find tons of tutorials about how to model, texture, etc.
    I like the tutorial, it showed me some tips I've never thought about that I can tweak...
    Good one!
    Nikolaus
    1 year ago
    I wanna tutorials for nuke ;D
Gaurav
1 year ago
Plz show How to animate these typewritter keys in 3d max 2013
reza irani
1 year ago
i want to kiss you andrew…!please come forward to me ... a little closer .......'''(kiss)'''.......
Maui
1 year ago
Would love to see a tut on how you made the 4k texture for the model.
Iman
1 year ago
THANKS
Please stop creating tutorials about ELE 3D ,Its getting ridiculous,where is your native amazing after effects tutorial?!!!
    Jake
    1 year ago
    Element is the future!
    Tob
    1 year ago
    Jake you are right
1 year ago
Dayumn!
These are the real thing! Andrew never stop man NEVER! We love you! (No homo :D )
Alex
1 year ago
have been seeing lots of Made-by-Elements graphics on TV and other platforms here in Australia.
Mahdi
1 year ago
Thanks a lot Andrew...
نیما
1 year ago
you are amazing boy , great , great ♥
hakui
1 year ago
gooooooooooooooooooooooooooood job!
Javasport
1 year ago
Totally Awesomesauce!
Liron
1 year ago
Videocopilot Has done it again!
Thanks Andrew-You ROCK!!
Charles
1 year ago
you should include your Back Grounds those are hard to create lol
Brandon Liebenberg
1 year ago
Sweet. This tut rocks, very versatile
prathamesh
1 year ago
really really thanks andrew sir
tcbr
1 year ago
wow thery nice!!!
thx you thery much!!!
1 year ago
Awesome tut and model. I haven't bought Element 3D yet but will soon. I was wondering do you plan on releasing a vegetation pack, rock, animals, etc. These packs or models are some of the best that I've ever seen.

Thank You for sharing you knowledge.
Mike
1 year ago
btw, love the wife joke "had to download the trial" haha
Antonio Chamu
1 year ago
Hi Andrew. Very educative tutorial, and all your site.
When you have time, would you like to do a tutorial on "freeze time" using Elements 3D...
Thanks.
Mike
1 year ago
I didn't know your week started wed? :p
1 year ago
Amazing stuff Master Andrew!
shawnbooth
1 year ago
Thank you for the FREE model and tutorial on how to use it. New techniques are great. (I also loved checking out your model browser. I want bacon.)
    Tob
    1 year ago
    Me too
    Dave Thomas
    1 year ago
    count me in for the bacon
Julian
1 year ago
I like the tutorial, I like the 3d model, but I think now we will see hundreds of videos with this model on youtube. Personally I prefer the old days, when you learned techniques to use in so many ways. I would like to see tutorials of 3D modeling, MAPPING, for then use it in E3D of course.
    israelhp7
    1 year ago
    you right
    Jc
    1 year ago
    Yeah, you're right, but you can create another videos base on this one
    harryo
    1 year ago
    exactly! modeling and mapping a 3d object to look as great as those that andrew does has been a nightmare to me. i wanna see more on that.
    BlankaLi
    1 year ago
    A tutorial regarding mapping in Element would be great. Having a real problem with it just mapping a Starbucks cup.
israelhp7
1 year ago
MR. Kramer i have a question: where did you get that exciting music?
husseinmohy
1 year ago
Oh it's amazing i love that
1 year ago
the best thanks Andrew!
1 year ago
thank you ! can you make more motion graphics tutorials ?
1 year ago
Finally..!! Tutorial was release... Thanks...
Mohamed
1 year ago
As Always u r the best
Mike
1 year ago
Great, thanks Andrew!
    megaman
    1 year ago
    Hello ...You know what would be cool....If you can do 3d cameraa projection using element 3d !!!!! Maybe a future update !!!!............. hmmmmmmmm
    Rapheal
    1 year ago
    Hello ...You know what would be cool....If you can do 3d camera projection using element 3d !!!!! Maybe a future update !!!!............. hmmmmmmmm
    rapheal
    1 year ago
    Hello ...You know what would be cool....If you can do 3d camera projection using element 3d !!!!! Maybe a future update !!!!............. hmmmmmmmm
    Bilal
    1 year ago
    Hello ...You know what would be cool....If you can do 3d camera projection using element 3d !!!!! Maybe a future update !!!!............. hmmmmmmmm
    Miniman
    1 year ago
    Hello ...You know what would be cool....If you can do 3d cameraa projection using element 3d !!!!! Maybe a future update !!!!............. hmmmmmmmm
    1 year ago
    so much impresive
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