Recreating Complex Bevels

After seeing the impressive Lionsgate title treatment I thought I would try to recreate the intricate bevel in Element 3D. While it is not exactly the same, I was able to use a single extrude object with 5 bevels layers. Here is the previous text tutorial that examines the extrude tool in Element 3D.

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December 3rd, 2013 @ 11:03 am
Cool stuff, as always!
December 3rd, 2013 @ 11:04 am
andrew wen are you going to upload some tutorials...its been long time..
    December 4th, 2013 @ 12:13 pm
    No it hasn't
    December 4th, 2013 @ 5:46 pm
    Where has this guy been...... He is joking, right.
December 3rd, 2013 @ 11:06 am
hey Andrew sorry for asking you again but when is the futuristic city pack going to be released???

Love your work!
Sorry if my english is bad...
December 3rd, 2013 @ 11:12 am
Any way you could release this as a tutorial? I'd like to know how you made the background clouds/sky.
    December 3rd, 2013 @ 11:35 am
    Probably regular jpg with clouds.. nothing fancy :P
    Vinay Shetty
    December 3rd, 2013 @ 9:22 pm see this for great cloud tutorial
    and 3d camera animation
    December 4th, 2013 @ 8:16 am
    I assume the clouds are moving/animated .
    December 5th, 2013 @ 7:06 am
    Beautiful. Thanks Vinay!
    December 8th, 2013 @ 9:09 am
    Useful technique. :)
December 3rd, 2013 @ 11:13 am
Great work, you are the best as usual.
Jake Jabbs
December 3rd, 2013 @ 11:13 am
so much depth and texture. Look forward to next tutorial.
December 3rd, 2013 @ 11:14 am
You for got the ®... :p
December 3rd, 2013 @ 11:16 am
Awesome!! if you can ,could you create the RELATIVITY MEDIA video?
December 3rd, 2013 @ 11:35 am
Element 3D is the best thing ever happened to me as a film maker! I love these tutorials, the more complex the better.
    December 3rd, 2013 @ 11:19 am
    I completely agree. I find it a much easier and faster than what I have seen with c4d too.
December 3rd, 2013 @ 11:45 am
Why isnt "mesh visibility" available to all models????? Applying different texture tags to separate parts of a model makes E3D get crowded when working with multiple objects.
December 3rd, 2013 @ 12:18 pm
Hey Andrew,

Is there a way to keyframe material options in element? Like beveling, extrusions, etc? If not do you plan on adding that feature? :D
    December 3rd, 2013 @ 2:09 pm
    As of right now you can create an extrusion on group 1. Duplicate it and change the settings. Then use the Animation Engine to animate between them. A good workaround!
reza irani
December 3rd, 2013 @ 1:12 pm
i think your version is perfectly beater.
    December 3rd, 2013 @ 3:22 pm
    Of course it is.. He's uses Lens Flares.. That makes everything Better :o)
December 3rd, 2013 @ 1:32 pm
Show off!
December 3rd, 2013 @ 4:37 pm
Will you ever add, physics simulation to e3d, someday?
December 3rd, 2013 @ 4:40 pm
It would be really nice if you could upload the Project file for this example :)
December 3rd, 2013 @ 5:41 pm
can you make tutorial please... because i don't know how to create a background like yours. :) thanks great man
December 3rd, 2013 @ 10:05 pm
wow looking fantastic...nicely done
Deepak Kumar
December 3rd, 2013 @ 10:42 pm
When this tutorial will release.
osama sh.
December 3rd, 2013 @ 11:35 pm
This is amazing :) andrew u r awosem
Tom Dooley
December 3rd, 2013 @ 11:50 pm
Tutorials,Tutorials,Tutorials...We want Tutorials.And one tutorial with a real human pilot in one of your airplanes.And tutorials in new movies special effects.
December 4th, 2013 @ 1:33 am
Tutorials,Tutorials,Tutorials...We want Tutorials.And one tutorial with a real human pilot in one of your airplanes.And tutorials in new movies special effects.
December 4th, 2013 @ 2:19 am
no more tutorials...
RIP VideoCopilot
December 4th, 2013 @ 2:58 am
How do you get that shiny studio look to your text? Have tried a lot of different things in E3D, but can not find a solution to achieve that.

I feel like everything I make in E3D are so dull...

Studio look:
    December 4th, 2013 @ 10:54 am
    Hi Jes,

    You will never achieve that look in this version of Element 3D. Maybe in E3D V2.. What you see there is a render of few shinny balls made with a ray-tracing engine. It has everything: reflections, global illumination, ambient occlusion (real AO, not SSAO)..

    So, you can achieve it in C4D or 3DS Max.

    Vinnie K
    December 5th, 2013 @ 5:55 am
    @ Alaindeloc

    I am not that convinced that it isn't possible in this E3D. Yes, you do need to take a very good look at settings per bevel, like shininess, reflections (custom environment) and lighting.

    I don't doubt that E3D v2 will make it much easier to create but the current E3D should also do the trick.
    December 7th, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

    A lot of us tried to achieve that. You can come somehow closer, but only if you can trick yourself and declare satisfied. But the look from the picture sent by Jes, can't be achieved.
    But if you can.. please share with us the settings.

    December 14th, 2013 @ 8:34 am
    I totally disagree. You can easily create this in 3D element. It all about using materials and altering specular and reflectivity. and how u set up the lights

December 4th, 2013 @ 3:37 am
Are you guys for real? There's almost 150 video tutorials alone (the most recent one a mere 6 weeks old), plus a wealth of tips and tricks on the blog, plus the beginners' training, plus an abundance of awesome products, plus an amazing forum where you'll get all the help you could possibly need... "RIP"? "We want"? The man's got a family and a job and needs to earn a living somehow, why not give him some rest?

Sorry for venting; ungrateful, ignorant comments like these really get my blood boiling.
    December 4th, 2013 @ 3:17 am
    So true!
    Where is the like button?

    December 4th, 2013 @ 4:03 am
    Jules I'm wit you on all this ignorant selfish comment "I want" "We want" "RIP" "Give me for free" It remind me of spoiled little kid in shopping center screaming "I WANT THIS " Just be happy that he teaching us all new skills for free and that we share all same thing.. love for video efects. But you must understand that for us old Videocopilots followers who follow VideoCopilot from Jan 2005 that 150 video tutorial in this 8 years we already see them all. It use to be 1 tutorial minimum per months and if we lucky sometime even 4. Andrew is for us a part of family nearly 8 years and if we don't see him or hear from him many of us wonder if he is Ok ? What He is up to ? There is many tutorials around on internet but for us is only one Andrew. Also I didn't see Sam injured for loooooong time :) For me only problem with Videocopilot is deciding which is the funniest tutorial i think maybe number 13 Assisted Suicide or number 43 Demon Face Warp or any with Sam ? Until than for all Video Copilot fans check this... Andrew Kramer and Sam Loya singing 'California Dreaming' and 'Holiday Road'
    December 4th, 2013 @ 5:52 am
    I get you, LJ. It's an easy thought to have, like "Man, these used to come out so much more often...". I'm just wondering, what more do people want? Tom/Ibrahim says "a real human pilot in one of your airplanes". Well, that tutorial is already there. It has the numbers 10, 21, 45, 49, 57, 63, 72, 84, 87, 93, 102, 106, 118, 121, 126, 131, 133, 136, 137, 138, 144 and 145. Just because it's not called "A real human pilot in one of my airplanes (which I'm sure you'll find for free somewhere, please don't bother buying my model pack!)" doesn't mean that the necessary techniques haven't been covered. It's a bit like getting the Harry Potter Wizard's Collection for Christmas, throwing it in the trash without even looking at it, slamming the door shut behind you and screaming at your parents that, what you really wanted was the movie "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince". It's unjust, it's ungrateful, and it doesn't make any sense whatsoever.

    And see what it has done to me. I'm hijacking another person's blog to vent my anger at the internet's populace. That feels a bit rude because, it should probably rather be about his blog. :-) Good job there with that extrusion magic, by the way. :-)
    December 4th, 2013 @ 8:13 am
    So true and for Tom and Ibrahim "a real human pilot in one of your airplanes" Just need to have look at tutorial 126. Mid-Air Emergency!
    Composite footage into Airplane interior and he can put a copilot as a second person or just use one person and use tutorial 49 Magic Glass to create the illusion of camera passing through glass and zoom in on pilots and than use tutorial 84 Futuristic HUD and just modify for fighter jet. This is why I love video effects because only limit is imagination.
    December 7th, 2013 @ 12:33 am
    You are so right jules! That kind of Comments i cant take seriously. Sorry thats kids for me. The same who write on Jetstrike release: "Andrew when does the Future City Pack Release i wait so long" or better "please please sir andrew give us a new model Pack, best for free"

    Now i need a beer! :-)
    December 7th, 2013 @ 11:51 am

    I’m going to try to make this reply as short as I can… I 100% agree and I had the same argument about 14 months ago or so. The “ I want, show me how, teach me EVERY step ” people on here were driving me nuts! All the knowledge is here why do they need their hands holding?

    Let me back up an inch. I stumbled across VC about 3 years ago on you tube where the “earth zoom” taught me what I was needing for that immediate project. A few short years later and after buying from, and learning from VC I’m on my second full time motion graphics position. The knowledge I have learned along with the creativity to make it my own has earned my family and I a comfortable living. For that I’m internally grateful to VC and the team and I show this, by implying everything I have learned and making it “somewhat” my own.

    All the information is here on this site, these “kids” need to grab a soda, dig a little, and spend time going through the older stuff and have their learning ears on. I actually enjoy being given a project that I didn’t know how it was going to be put together than realizing…wait….I saw “something” on this subject about 12 months ago and digging back in time to find the answer. Its like mini refresher courses.

    Now…forward an inche… As for the fact our boys used to churn out X amount of videos a month, the only reply I have to that is THAT is when they had the time. The reason the tutorials are getting few and far between is our boys are being noticed, creating work for the big boys and providing for their families and I personally don’t think it could happen to a better set of guys. If they aren’t here with us, they are creating big titles for TV shows and movie titles….I guess some just don’t get that. For me when they fall off the map for a while, It’s because I KNOW something big is about to happen, and happen in style!

    Now like Tob said.....its grab a beer time for us adults in the room :0)
December 4th, 2013 @ 4:40 am
Hey there Andrew!

Do you have a release date yet for Optical Flares 2.0? Will it cost to upgrade from the previous version to 2.0?

Thank you Andrew!

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December 4th, 2013 @ 5:08 am
Great technic. Looks impressiv. I have to try this after work.
mayank goswami
December 4th, 2013 @ 8:51 am
awesome work andrew kramer sir.please watch youtube channel RSVFX1 i am big fan of you.please give me guys most watch RSVFX1. Thank you for suggestion in advance.
December 4th, 2013 @ 8:53 am
must watch rsvfx1 channel.
December 4th, 2013 @ 9:02 am
Can you do a tutorial for this?
December 4th, 2013 @ 9:47 am
Congratulations. Your work seems better then lions'.
I think we'll see Kramer Studios soon. It'd be nice, too.
December 4th, 2013 @ 10:33 am
Hi, Andrew. Look at this brazilian soap opera opening. Can that logo reflection be done on Element? I mean, those bevel highlights. Thank you :D
December 4th, 2013 @ 1:27 pm
We are fortunate that we've got Element 3D. I couldn't realize my projects efficiently without it. It could even take years to build a project, considering the complexity I want. I am confident you guys will boost the revolution with the V2. May be fewer but I can see some non-element 3d tutorials too, they're not over. Andrew tries to do his best for it. Good luck and wish you people the best!
December 4th, 2013 @ 3:10 pm
Andrew, I know you made the new Universal logo sequence with Element, there's no getting around it! You are and will continue to be a huge influence in my life. All Hail Kramer!
Bayu Rahmawan
December 4th, 2013 @ 7:03 pm
Better opening digital flight school than lionsgate...
Guo Chao
December 5th, 2013 @ 3:17 am
Has been to physical dynamics, rigid body, cloth, etc., you can not do everything E3D, although you use is quite good, but I can not put it to good use, perhaps a very simple thing that I can get in the 3Ds, E3D I need physical dynamics
Misael Torres
December 5th, 2013 @ 3:25 pm
hey boys
my last title with Bevels
Leo B
December 5th, 2013 @ 11:14 pm
Nice one, but it gets me wondering how these titles were created b4 now, (y)
December 6th, 2013 @ 6:38 am
Nice!!! I'm going to try it recreate this myself.
Also I'll like to let everyone here at video copilot Know that I'm currently directing my first film,which would have a lot of effects based on nearly every tutorial Andrew has taught us.Please Follow seal of the gods for info on my new movie VESUVIUS at
Thanks guys.
December 6th, 2013 @ 8:29 am
    December 7th, 2013 @ 10:13 am
    I just watched this on my girlfriends laptop (small screen, low video playback) I must say the beginning was pretty good,
    good colour balance. The dragon and flames however could seriously do with some colour correction to match the rest of the scene. Good work though :0)
December 6th, 2013 @ 1:04 pm
sorry for asking but andrew sir when you will reaslise futuristic buildings model pack ???
December 7th, 2013 @ 11:30 am
Thanks for showing what can be done, but why not include the project file??
December 7th, 2013 @ 11:25 pm
Hi Mr Andrew
Can you help me teach how to create animated Lionsgate 2013 Theatrical Intro HD :

December 8th, 2013 @ 5:16 am
Great stuff, Andrew. As it always is! Cheers,
December 8th, 2013 @ 5:36 am
One thing you guys should also try is combining Element 3D with Sure Target 2. It gives you more control over the 3D Movement and a more natural camera motion feel. Here's a simple test I did
December 9th, 2013 @ 11:07 am
Andrew has given us all the key to his ability and here it is. Notice what he said in his opening: "... I thought I would try to recreate the intricate bevel in Element 3D". He sees something that he likes and then he tries to recreate it. He thinks about the process and tries different things until he gets it like he wants it. That's what one has to do. Tutorials are great but he's already given us all the tutorials we need (not that I want him to stop) but it's simply a matter of learning techniques, then applying what you've learned. While I certainly appreciate his tutorials, I prefer to try it on my own first, using what Andrew's already taught us and what I've learned from other tutorials. If I get stuck, I scour his previous tutorials and/or the "interweb" for others. What Andrew does is what we all need to do. Find a title/intro/whatever that you like, then think about it. How did they do that? What steps were taken to achieve that result? How can I do it myself? Then start on your journey. You'll learn a lot more trying to do it yourself than simply doing everything by tutorial. It's like the difference between learning how to spell by memorizing every word in the dictionary vs. learning how to spell by learning phonics. Learn the "phonics" of using After Effects and Element, and then you can create whatever you want. Andrew seems to be one of those people who is very inquisitive and creative but he doesn't refuse to do something because no one's taught him how to do it. Instead, he sees what he wants to do (either in photo/video or in his own mind), then he sets out, step by step, trying to recreate and/or modify it. Everyone here can do the same thing. Experiment!!! You may create something even better than you imagined! Don't wait for a specific tutorial, just do it!
December 9th, 2013 @ 12:02 pm
Hi Andrew :-), on your last post on element 3D v2 you wrote "we will come to this later this year..." Are we going to get some information about that soon? :-)
December 9th, 2013 @ 5:50 pm
Footnote: there are other great tutorial gurus such as Rabinowitz et al at Red Giant and Zaxwerks. These sites were found by me as a result of recommendation by Kramer. I'll miss him when he makes it big and will always remember what he selflessly passes on to me on a regular and frequent basis. Merry Xmas VC crew!!!!!
December 10th, 2013 @ 12:16 am
Great work, you are the best as usual.
Tutorial please.
December 10th, 2013 @ 12:41 am
Element 3D is an amazing plugin for after effects. I cannot wait to see what people can do with it next. For what it's worth here was my Jetstrike test with Element 3D.
    January 18th, 2014 @ 6:17 am
    realy cool man.good job.i want to ask u someething.1st time i am going to buy 3D element.can u explain more about it.bez i am new
December 10th, 2013 @ 3:46 am
Very cool Andrew...!
December 21st, 2013 @ 12:26 am
These tutorials that bring us back to focusing on detail and technique for getting things looking better is good stuff.

Please keep bringing us more like this.
lagu Stephen
March 21st, 2014 @ 10:25 am
Hi I love your site. I learnt great things with your tutorials
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