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.

August 14th, 2013 @ 8:16 pm
Great, thanks Andrew!
    August 16th, 2013 @ 5:23 am
    Hello ...You know what would be cool....If you can do 3d cameraa projection using element 3d !!!!! Maybe a future update !!!!............. hmmmmmmmm
    August 16th, 2013 @ 5:32 am
    Hello ...You know what would be cool....If you can do 3d camera projection using element 3d !!!!! Maybe a future update !!!!............. hmmmmmmmm
    August 16th, 2013 @ 5:44 am
    Hello ...You know what would be cool....If you can do 3d camera projection using element 3d !!!!! Maybe a future update !!!!............. hmmmmmmmm
    August 20th, 2013 @ 11:07 pm
    Hello ...You know what would be cool....If you can do 3d camera projection using element 3d !!!!! Maybe a future update !!!!............. hmmmmmmmm
    October 13th, 2013 @ 11:59 am
    Hello ...You know what would be cool....If you can do 3d cameraa projection using element 3d !!!!! Maybe a future update !!!!............. hmmmmmmmm
    November 16th, 2013 @ 12:33 am
    so much impresive
August 14th, 2013 @ 8:23 pm
As Always u r the best
August 14th, 2013 @ 8:23 pm
Finally..!! Tutorial was release... Thanks...
August 14th, 2013 @ 8:24 pm
thank you ! can you make more motion graphics tutorials ?
August 14th, 2013 @ 8:24 pm
the best thanks Andrew!
August 14th, 2013 @ 8:30 pm
Oh it's amazing i love that
August 14th, 2013 @ 8:39 pm
MR. Kramer i have a question: where did you get that exciting music?
August 14th, 2013 @ 8:40 pm
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.
    August 15th, 2013 @ 1:14 am
    you right
    August 15th, 2013 @ 12:35 pm
    Yeah, you're right, but you can create another videos base on this one
    August 15th, 2013 @ 12:51 pm
    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.
    August 16th, 2013 @ 5:29 pm
    A tutorial regarding mapping in Element would be great. Having a real problem with it just mapping a Starbucks cup.
August 14th, 2013 @ 8:57 pm
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.)
    August 14th, 2013 @ 10:01 pm
    Me too
    Dave Thomas
    August 15th, 2013 @ 6:57 am
    count me in for the bacon
August 14th, 2013 @ 8:59 pm
Amazing stuff Master Andrew!
August 14th, 2013 @ 9:07 pm
I didn't know your week started wed? :p
Antonio Chamu
August 14th, 2013 @ 9:14 pm
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...
August 14th, 2013 @ 9:17 pm
btw, love the wife joke "had to download the trial" haha
August 14th, 2013 @ 9:19 pm
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.
August 14th, 2013 @ 9:33 pm
wow thery nice!!!
thx you thery much!!!
August 14th, 2013 @ 10:35 pm
really really thanks andrew sir
Brandon Liebenberg
August 14th, 2013 @ 10:50 pm
Sweet. This tut rocks, very versatile
August 14th, 2013 @ 11:08 pm
you should include your Back Grounds those are hard to create lol
August 15th, 2013 @ 12:33 am
Videocopilot Has done it again!
Thanks Andrew-You ROCK!!
August 15th, 2013 @ 2:06 am
Totally Awesomesauce!
August 15th, 2013 @ 2:56 am
gooooooooooooooooooooooooooood job!
August 15th, 2013 @ 2:56 am
you are amazing boy , great , great ♥
August 15th, 2013 @ 4:08 am
Thanks a lot Andrew...
Bhavya Joshi
August 15th, 2013 @ 4:20 am
August 15th, 2013 @ 4:35 am
have been seeing lots of Made-by-Elements graphics on TV and other platforms here in Australia.
August 15th, 2013 @ 4:46 am
These are the real thing! Andrew never stop man NEVER! We love you! (No homo :D )
August 15th, 2013 @ 5:21 am
Please stop creating tutorials about ELE 3D ,Its getting ridiculous,where is your native amazing after effects tutorial?!!!
    August 15th, 2013 @ 2:21 pm
    Element is the future!
    August 16th, 2013 @ 12:46 am
    Jake you are right
August 15th, 2013 @ 5:51 am
Would love to see a tut on how you made the 4k texture for the model.
reza irani
August 15th, 2013 @ 5:51 am
i want to kiss you andrew…!please come forward to me ... a little closer .......'''(kiss)'''.......
August 15th, 2013 @ 6:29 am
Plz show How to animate these typewritter keys in 3d max 2013
August 15th, 2013 @ 7:42 am
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.
    August 15th, 2013 @ 7:55 am
    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!
    August 15th, 2013 @ 9:54 am
    I wanna tutorials for nuke ;D
August 15th, 2013 @ 7:45 am
Check out this video I have made with Element 3D,comment your opinions, thanks.
    August 19th, 2013 @ 1:26 pm
    Nice work! That looks really good.
August 15th, 2013 @ 8:18 am
Euro Buildings? Interesting.
August 15th, 2013 @ 8:18 am
There's really so much meat in your tutorials. Maybe you should release a vegetarian one. Thanks!
August 15th, 2013 @ 9:33 am
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?
    August 15th, 2013 @ 9:55 am
    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
    August 15th, 2013 @ 12:42 pm
    JC - If I'm correct, this only works because all of the keys take their textures from the same UV 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 :)
August 15th, 2013 @ 9:51 am
i used "revolution intro sound" end of the animation
August 15th, 2013 @ 2:41 pm
I saw some Aircraft pack the *_*
When will it come out ? You told us release is this summer !!
August 15th, 2013 @ 3:54 pm
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?
August 15th, 2013 @ 5:25 pm
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.
August 15th, 2013 @ 5:53 pm

August 15th, 2013 @ 6:57 pm
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.
August 15th, 2013 @ 7:13 pm
try clicking on the facebook link and it turns out I found it extraordinary.
August 15th, 2013 @ 7:22 pm
You are just awesome ANDREW. Am still waiting on KNIFE tutorials
August 16th, 2013 @ 12:22 am
i can't wait to start on it, thnks DD!
Deepak Mistry
August 16th, 2013 @ 1:51 am
I try Replication Shape-plane and option that time its not work proper its came
mirror like
Deepak Mistry
August 16th, 2013 @ 1:56 am
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

August 16th, 2013 @ 4:21 am
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?
August 16th, 2013 @ 4:44 am
It's cooll!!!!!!!!!!!
hey my name Is Muhammadkhuja, i am its funny
Andrew Kramer you is GREATE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
August 16th, 2013 @ 6:02 am
August 16th, 2013 @ 9:48 am
Super! Ok, now for the vehicles. It's August already. I have c-note with your name on it.
reza irani
August 16th, 2013 @ 11:36 am
hey! it's sam's birthday!!! Happy Birthday Sam !we love you!!!!!Hope your 120 years old !
reza irani
August 16th, 2013 @ 11:44 am
Andrew,what about the Vehicles pack?i can't Wait for it!When will be available?
August 16th, 2013 @ 2:53 pm
Only time I wish I was queen of England is when I watch you tutorials, so that I can knight you. hehehehe
rob frost
August 16th, 2013 @ 3:29 pm
speaking of future city...This is pretty hot:
August 17th, 2013 @ 1:20 am
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:
August 17th, 2013 @ 10:20 pm
andrew kramer can you upload 3d max or maya tutorial
August 19th, 2013 @ 8:54 am
August 22nd, 2013 @ 6:30 am
Awesome Tutorial, element is such a useful tool! here is a sample animation I created for my Aerial Video business.
August 24th, 2013 @ 7:34 am
Hey Andrew, love the model. Here is a quick segment I put together. keep up the great work VideoCopilot!
August 27th, 2013 @ 10:35 pm
Now here's what I have created with the help of PhotoShop and AE.

Thanks Andrew, for your amazing plugin and this model.
Riz Qiy
August 28th, 2013 @ 11:00 am
how to install this for mac ? please tell me..
Thx :D
September 19th, 2013 @ 9:39 am
Awesome job Andrew... what font did you use for the individual keys?
October 6th, 2013 @ 1:03 pm
Viewed one of your tutorials, like it, you got class.
How does one register or sign up to purchase a template
for After Effects?
October 7th, 2013 @ 3:16 am
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
November 2nd, 2013 @ 4:59 am
Hi!AK,veyr like your works,I am honest fans,from china of little city.
November 22nd, 2013 @ 7:07 am
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.
December 1st, 2013 @ 3:34 am
I am new After effect, its really awesome tutorial.
January 4th, 2014 @ 2:27 pm
Wow it is very nice for the buttons, which are diagonally.
Again, as always, was fantastic. :-)
February 14th, 2014 @ 6:02 am

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.
stevie biko
March 17th, 2014 @ 9:51 am
i enjoyed the tutorial and like it
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