New Tutorial: The GRID

In this tutorials we will be creating an intricate Grid animation inside of After Effects without additional plug-ins. We will be using the Advanced Lightning effect along with many other unexpected tools!

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88 RESPONSES TO "NEW TUTORIAL: THE GRID"
PureMotion
March 19th, 2014 @ 11:13 am
HOLY SHIT THAT'S AWESOME
Meet
March 19th, 2014 @ 11:16 am
This is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!
ARE YOU WORKING FOR A MOVIE OR SUMTHING..??
CAUSE YOU ARE WORTH MAKING A VFX MOVIE..:)
AWESOME BRO..
    kobolguy
    April 12th, 2014 @ 9:37 am
    I think he did work on Star Trek Into Darkness :)
    sublinker
    May 11th, 2014 @ 8:27 am
    Uuuhm, if you've watched FRINGE, star trek, Super 8, aaahm, yes and this series called Almost Human , then you'll know this Man is a genius.
    I love his hardwork.
March 19th, 2014 @ 11:19 am
Oh yes! This is something that can be used in a lotta high tech looking stuff :D
Marcus
March 19th, 2014 @ 11:26 am
AWESOME!!! I'll try this right away!
March 19th, 2014 @ 11:46 am
Nice! I saw the preview this morning on youtube. really good stuff.
MbarekAmsoft
March 19th, 2014 @ 11:55 am
very veryy stuniinG TuTorial Bro
Ramzes
March 19th, 2014 @ 11:58 am
Andrew you are genius!You find ways to use this plugins in different ways!Who could think that lightning plugin can be used for spiderweb:)Thanks a lot for your hard work and share with us!we all love you man!
Andrei Balaj
March 19th, 2014 @ 12:31 pm
Finally! Been waiting 1 month for this... Thank's Andrew!
March 19th, 2014 @ 12:31 pm
Great! Thats very impressive creativity and skills right there. As always.
kasto
March 19th, 2014 @ 12:51 pm
wow ! thnx Mr.Andrew Sir....
Jim Gravina
March 19th, 2014 @ 12:57 pm
That was forking awesome!!
March 19th, 2014 @ 2:09 pm
thanks alot man ! you're the man !
Denny
March 19th, 2014 @ 2:32 pm
Is there a way to make the tekst to change en de rest change with it?
    mgt
    March 19th, 2014 @ 11:36 pm
    and the* GRAMAR NAZI STRIKES AGAIN!! :D
IamFilipino
March 19th, 2014 @ 3:01 pm
At last the master is back!!! great tut!
that was Fantastic!!
longkinght
March 19th, 2014 @ 5:26 pm
AWESOME!!A long time waiting for this tutorials,now go try!
ThomasO
March 19th, 2014 @ 5:42 pm
Very creative and inspirational. Really like the way you bring in some of the lesser known plugins. Thanks for taking the time to creating this tutorial.
March 19th, 2014 @ 6:53 pm
thankyou andrew i daily watch our website to see this grid project :) :D
March 19th, 2014 @ 7:09 pm
needs to be more conducive, man. just sayin.
March 19th, 2014 @ 7:31 pm
Again, great job Andrew- thanks for all you do!!
March 19th, 2014 @ 8:06 pm
super ji super ji :) :D
play
March 19th, 2014 @ 8:20 pm
Awesome as always....LOL
March 19th, 2014 @ 8:34 pm
I actually did something similar quite a few years ago, though not as much detail, but similar in concept. http://youtu.be/zDWc_fwxOCw

Great Tutorial, I may try some more experimenting.
Miguel
March 19th, 2014 @ 9:32 pm
Very genius Mr. Kramer!!!!!!!!!
March 19th, 2014 @ 9:50 pm
andrew sir you are too good and awesome.....
you have got a good skill ....
good job
www.movies-now.net
gaurav
March 19th, 2014 @ 10:03 pm
its awesome
thank u
lexiongxiong
March 19th, 2014 @ 10:39 pm
非常感谢 AK大神 ^_^
Badhan Ganesh
March 19th, 2014 @ 11:27 pm
Heyyy, Brilliant stuff and BTW, I kinda noticed a weird thing, that you worked in FULL resolution all the way through the tutorial. Which is weird for me.. :-D
    March 20th, 2014 @ 7:53 am
    Had to. The lightning effect gets weird at half...
André
March 20th, 2014 @ 12:06 am
That was very good!

Thx!
Flo
March 20th, 2014 @ 12:09 am
Once again great work!

I#ve tried to achieve that kind of effect and also looked at the lightning FX. But not deep enough, it seems... ;)

And overall your latest SoundDesign is outstanding! Really stylish and powerful. Can't wait for SoundFX #2 in the ¿near? future.
March 20th, 2014 @ 1:23 am
Hey Andrew!

I added some 3D elements Text and this is what happened: http://youtu.be/SCbE6io2NPM

Hope you like it! Cheers~!
March 20th, 2014 @ 3:58 am
Excellent tutorial, Andrew. You have some kind of gift: you allways upload a tutorial about something I need to do! In the next few days, I have to find some time to make an intro video for a mobile phone store website (they fix mobiles and tablets). This is just the kind of looks I was looking for. Thank you very, very much.
March 20th, 2014 @ 4:03 am
By the way: have you seen my latest little experiment? Another shot about a futuristic Barcelona! I've used some buildings from the free Futuristic Bldngs Pack, Element 3D, Optical Flares... Basically, all your products, he, he. My intention was doing something similar to the Almost Human landscapes or something like that.

Sadly, there's no sound, sorry. This is only one shot of a huge project I'll upload in a few months or so, I guess. Then, there will be sound effects and music, I promise. Enjoy!
https://www.youtube.com/user/CRoblexVFX/videos
    Michael
    March 20th, 2014 @ 12:04 pm
    Great job Carlos! Very impressive!!!
    March 21st, 2014 @ 2:40 am
    Thank you, Michael! I'm glad you like it.
    April 3rd, 2014 @ 5:03 am
    Great stuff Carlos. Your work is quite beautiful. I hope to see a lot more of it!
Alex
March 20th, 2014 @ 5:06 am
AWESOME! Andrew your work is a great inspiration for those who are not blessed... ;-) I'm always enjoying your tutorials. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
mayank(india)
March 20th, 2014 @ 5:51 am
great tutorial andrew kramer sir .
Firoze Melsyte
March 20th, 2014 @ 6:38 am
hey Andrew can i expect a tutorial from you which
could describe the effect as we see in the music
video of michale jacksons black or white.
at about the end where face transformation
occurs
like girl changes to boy etc. and i dont know the
name of the effect so.........
it would be a great help if you create one.
Thank you.
Zee
March 20th, 2014 @ 7:14 am
Yohoooo! A new tutorial! I can get entertained for another 30 mins! A BIG THANKS to Andrew Kramer and his fellow crews!
Federico
March 20th, 2014 @ 8:31 am
Always the number 1!
March 20th, 2014 @ 9:26 am
Sweet! Watching it right now!
JMS
March 20th, 2014 @ 10:44 am
Great stuff...any new development on the 'copter pack & E3Dv2? I'm really looking forward to those shadows.
March 20th, 2014 @ 11:57 am
Amazing! Thank you very much for sharing, this is exactly what I was looking for, short opening, about 5 sec intro to my 3D tutorials. You ROCK!
Sante
March 20th, 2014 @ 1:09 pm
great ... as always! each tutorial shows some of the effects in another perspective
Tim B
March 20th, 2014 @ 3:35 pm
Awesome work as always, i really love the look of the design!! Compliments to andrew you're the man.
March 20th, 2014 @ 4:08 pm
There! I used the technique in my last video :) Here
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ja0dgC9TPos
March 20th, 2014 @ 7:03 pm
Hey Andrew!

Really impressive results with good old effects in AE!
I was wondering, as I watched it, if maybe this is the same technique you used in 'Almost Human' title sequence, you know, the hand with those grids of blue lights on it?
Could you confirm that?
Can't wait for the next tutorial!
almostdarkslide
March 21st, 2014 @ 2:08 am
Thank you for this wonderful tut!
Akbar
March 21st, 2014 @ 2:36 am
Very nice thank you very much !!
March 21st, 2014 @ 11:01 am
Another Cool Tutorial
Thank You Mr Kramer
Gregory
March 21st, 2014 @ 2:21 pm
I may have missed it in a comment, but what about using the grid as the actual text reveal instead of the preset. Use the Alpha of a comp and reveal the text, that way the text doesn't materialize so uniform like. It would actually match the design better.
March 21st, 2014 @ 11:11 pm
that's awesome. Andrew you are the best. Will recreate this myself right now.
March 22nd, 2014 @ 3:46 pm
Soooooo it seems I’m too busy working with after effects these days to explore the basics. This was a fabulous little tut that shows amazing effects with the bare basics WITHIN AE. Fabulous job sir.

I seriously need to find time between working with this great program, to explore all its little nooks and crannys that I always skim by :0)

As for my new piece that’s attached to my name above, Its for adults only. If you cant view as an adult you have no right to peek :0)
jack
March 22nd, 2014 @ 6:03 pm
super nice, makes me hot.
Amar
March 22nd, 2014 @ 9:48 pm
Thanks for Great tutorial Andrew.
yes experimentation is must inside the after effects for creating these kind of titles and motion graphics stuff..you are right...
March 23rd, 2014 @ 5:37 am
This is another exciting tutorial. This is so generous sharing these with us. Sure, its tough for our ego and it give me a complex of inferiority but its my problem. I'll try to find a tutorial to deal with this. Thank you very much.
Anthony
March 24th, 2014 @ 3:51 pm
I know it's unorthodox, but will you ever do a sound design tutorial??
March 24th, 2014 @ 4:38 pm
With all the advanced plugins, Andrew Kramer makes a sweet effect using Lightning….. That's why he's the master
captain
March 27th, 2014 @ 1:11 am
The project doesn't open up in AE CS5.5.Could someone please upload CS5.5 version too.I think AE CS6 has option to save for CS5.5.
March 27th, 2014 @ 5:51 am
Thanks to you i have a job
March 28th, 2014 @ 3:04 am
Andrew Andrew ANDREW!! I have a question! I'm trying to figure out how to use the alpha level of say, a persons head! does the principle apply in that case to allow them to materialize out of the grid work? I've tried doing it, but the effect just isn't working out like the text does in your tutorial.... i know your awesome and busy, but if you have a spare two seconds, i would greatly appreciate it sir..thank you!....or if any one here has any suggestions for me i would welcome the help!. thanks all- Tim
    Stephen Kennedy
    March 29th, 2014 @ 9:48 am
    Tim - Alpha is not the same as a luminance or color value. Imagine Alpha as being "nothing". When you write text using the text tool, all the space around your text is "nothing." It is Alpha. It is a "non-color". It is the absence of any color value. If you are using video, you will need to either key out some of your footage or create a custom mask before applying the lightning. The nice thing about doing a custom mask is that you can animate your mask shape for the lightning to bounce off of.
    Hope that helps! -Stephen
Kannan
March 28th, 2014 @ 10:40 am
Hi Andrew.
This the one of your best tutorials. I love it, and its amazing. I was wondering whether you can upload the project file of promo like video which you showed at the start of this tutorial. Its kinda good. Thanks.
March 30th, 2014 @ 1:46 pm
Products intro animation .. created in Adobe After Effects using similar techniques with "advanced lightning" .. Take a look:

https://vimeo.com/90261983
    March 31st, 2014 @ 4:28 pm
    Nicely done Art. Pleased to see you are still at it. Nice transition between shoe to the next section :0)
    April 1st, 2014 @ 10:42 am
    Hi Christian
    Thanks a lot for your kindly comment.
    Sure .. I'm still on it .. It's always fun .. Cheers!
heinz denial
April 4th, 2014 @ 1:11 pm
Hi Andrew I am very big fan of you.
So when will you put new tutorial. I am waiting for that.
toComp
April 9th, 2014 @ 7:33 pm
thanks for share!its very helpful and i like it very much!
April 10th, 2014 @ 6:00 am
CYSIS HUD _ Aftereffect Composite
done in Element 3D

http://tinyurl.com/lvrh3af
April 10th, 2014 @ 6:03 am
ELEMENT 3D
Motiongraphics Title Works Screenshot

http://tinyurl.com/mf8ok9q
http://tinyurl.com/mf8ok9q
April 10th, 2014 @ 6:05 am
Planet Formation Scene : Rendered in AE
(Element 3D & Particular)

http://tinyurl.com/nw5balm
Anurag
April 10th, 2014 @ 11:52 am
i have registered to video copilot account, but i am unable to log in for vc download section. plz plz help me why i am getting this trouble... thank u so much..
Ralf
May 1st, 2014 @ 2:54 am
Im not good at After Effects but i edit the GRID text to my Channel name. But how can i render the whole video like i see in the beginning of the tutorial? when i render the comp i have only the ending. Help pls^^
zhouyang
May 9th, 2014 @ 7:22 am
大神,好厉害,我的偶像
Tim
May 17th, 2014 @ 5:11 am
This green grid effect is currently being used on NBA TNT playoff coverage.
Charlo
May 30th, 2014 @ 5:04 am
Hey great video, but I was wondering what font type you used because I am having a hard time finding it?
    May 30th, 2014 @ 11:46 pm
    Charlo, there is a great free font finder tool called: what-the-font. You just upload a screenshot and it will match the closest fonts to it. Here is the site: http://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/
May 30th, 2014 @ 10:43 pm
I bet you can create a cool cracking glass or ice effect using this method with the lighting.
Awal
June 7th, 2014 @ 11:14 pm
Andrew, can I kiss you?
Shreyas
June 23rd, 2014 @ 9:39 am
Reg : The Grid

The Rendered *.mov files aren't working. Kindly help me out. I have AE CS6.
July 2nd, 2014 @ 1:46 am
Here is my version of The Grid:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaLw4GbzKtI

I hope you like it!
TaleK
July 15th, 2014 @ 1:41 am
can anybody tell,how to render this awsome Grid!
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