New Tutorial: Realistic Rain Drop FX!

In this tutorial we’ll use After Effects to create a realistic water effect without any 3rd party plug-ins! Great for adding atmosphere to a rainy scene or title. This effect is fully customization and can be used to create many cool FX!

In this tutorial:

  • Create a dripping water displacement map
  • Simulate realistic camera DOF

Watch on Youtube in HD!

Download Project File

Rain Drop FX Tutorial! Watch Now! www.videocopilot.net

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154 Comments

ben
36 mins ago
My drips look ok but the drops dont look good as they float across like particles
Fatmir
12 hours ago
Snow Freeze Time
Made with Element 3D v2.2
Hope you like it:D
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_i7GAgdpjg&feature=youtu.be
Beavertron
14 hours ago
Andrew I'm shocked at your Arnie innuendo......... haha!
marc
1 day ago
Many thanks for the great tutorial. It would be very nice, if you would also make the new projects available to the users of older versions (CS 6)
Carla
1 day ago
Awesome tut Andrew. I made my own version and I learnt a lot. Now I'm going to tackled the Destruction ball. Thanks for being such a great generous teacher.
Steffen
2 days ago
New Update

Element 3D 2.2.2 Update - build 2155 January 20th, 2017

https://www.videocopilot.net/products/element2/update/
    2 days ago
    Well spotted and thanks for sharing Steffen, You're the man! I hope this fixes a current challenge with anti aliasing I'm having in a current project :0)

    Christian Michael
    https://vimeo.com/198103166
    Carla
    1 day ago
    Thanks Steffen.
3 days ago
I'm sure I can't be the only one to think of this, but if you duplicate the water layer, tint one of them red, and then ride the opacity, you can get a pretty good dripping blood effect out of it.

I have no idea when or how this would be valuable, but it's inspiring to try it out.
3 days ago
cool, i wass thinking of making something like this for my project, then i saw this.. oh God Am So Blowed up.. Thumbs Up
3 days ago
For the last 42 years I have been lecturing and in the last few years doing tutorials on image editing, and have seen it all. I have to say that Andrew's tutorials are the best I have ever seen. He has the best blend of teaching, satire, and humor that makes you want to come back for more and more. If I had a student starting in After Effects, I would have them come to this site, work through the basic turtorials, then work from tutorial 1 through 163 which has just posted. Then buy everything Andrew has to supliment their work. Great job to Andrew and all his crew. Keep up the good work. You are the MacGyver of Special Effects.
Very interesting this whater drop effects.
Younes
4 days ago
Hi as always great and funny tutorial, i kinda need help @11:08 with the collapse transformation, nothing happens when i click on it!! why?
cristian
4 days ago
Nice tutorial as always! thanks!

Hey @Andrew Kramer.... just to know... is Videocopilot doing the promos for Agents of Shield... or is this an "homage" somebody did? :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaJxM14BLXA
Tom
5 days ago
Here take a look Created with after effect Best efforts to do something impossible

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhtqy3QIlVs
Lee Harry
5 days ago
Always love your tutorials, Andrew. I've learned a lot.

Wish I could open this rain one on my Mac w/AE CS6.
Chris O’Sullivan
5 days ago
I couldn't open this project file fast enough. Being able to check out the individual comps that make up the project is really inspirational. The end result is.....well it's just magic!!. Thanks.
5 days ago
Without a doubt, you are the king of tutorial makers. A perfect blend of humor and useful information. Thank you so much.
progres
5 days ago
Yes - a CS6 project file would be fine!
David Vizurant
5 days ago
Can´t open the project file because I have CS6
6 days ago
love it! Thanks for that tutorial
Malina
6 days ago
I guess created with after effects and masking and tracking maybe... Ha ha

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=dhtqy3QIlVs
Great information here!
Out of principle, I followed this tutorial by the number to learn something new, then was inspired and went on a tangent! So thanks for the inspiration.
https://youtu.be/bWGOhH3zbIs
I just posted a quick visual tutorial on how I got this frosted effect.
Just check the description for info.
Stay Frosty.

-Matthew
Steve Parker
6 days ago
Loving your work always sir! Looking forward to the craziness! 👊🏼👍🏽👏
Keith
6 days ago
Holy moly! Always thought something like this might be possible, but wouldn't have come up with it on my own... Such a great effect. Terrifically inspirational!
TJ
1 week ago
Hey Andrew,
Technical question. I notice in your tutorials that you use the PC controls when using AE. Have you always used Windows PC's. If so, what makes them better to work AE on than a Mac OS system. I am a Mac user since 1988 and haven't looked back, but if the PC is a better fit I'd appreciate some input.
Thanks again for all you do.
    7 days ago
    He use a windows pc....I thinks is a HP Z800
    6 days ago
    Hi TJ,
    Andrew has mentioned a while back that the PC yields more performance when it comes down to price, and showcased his Z800 (which made me drool). Then Film Riot went PC and made a video about it saying that for the money, they literally had no choice but to move over from Mac now that 4K was a 'thing'. I suppose if you have limitless funds, you can get a powerful Mac and 'never look back', or you could build a MONSTER rendering machine and create the future!

    Disclaimer: The thoughts of my rambling mind are not necessarily the thoughts or views of Video Copilot
    TJ
    6 days ago
    Thanks for the input Roger and Wayne. Hard to change, but you can't argue with power and a good price.
    Jesse
    4 days ago
    At work, our studio is all Mac, but I've always chosen the PC route for my home workstation, so I've got a great view of both systems. Mac is great, but, at least to me, Apple's support for the professional market seems to be eroding... makes me wary of banking on their hardware.

    If I had to pick a favorite, PC would edge out in most categories for one reason or another, but as always... work in the system that is most productive for you... trying Windows couldn't hurt... and with Windows 10, many Mac-like features have begun to turn up. Flipping from one OS to the other every day never feels awkward to me anyway...
steve
1 week ago
Andrew... once again a killer tutorial... is there a project file for AE CS6 ?
Mykola
1 week ago
Many thanks for you tutorials!
1 week ago
Hey there

Is there a way to open (or convert) the Rain-project that it is able to open it in AE 5.5 ???

Thank you
Thomas
muruga
1 week ago
may i know your pc spec?
1 week ago
Removing most of the sweat from Shwarzenegger's blow..... i like it :0)

Christian Michael
https://vimeo.com/198103166
    Christian Michael
    6 days ago
    brow* :o/
kims
1 week ago
How do you come up with this shit?
Radice
1 week ago
Thank you AK and VC for your awesome tutorials and stuffs! :D Really really appreciated :)
Mia
1 week ago
Can I use the materials of your project file in my project?
eric wadsworth
1 week ago
Finally! Good one, thanks!
1 week ago
Maybe some tiny detail, but if you do a heavy focus change like this one, the image will zoom in or out a tiny bit, which helps in selling the shot
http://schwarzgrau.com/zeug/OutOfFocus.gif
Quantay
1 week ago
2 Missing projects files
    1 week ago
    Just relink them. Had to export the project for 2013.
Alfonzer harvin
1 week ago
https://youtu.be/sxx3Tp26wMQ
Look at what I was able to come up with let me know what uou think guys had to use box blur cause my laptop sucks
1 week ago
Your tutorials has been a huge help in my VFX career! Thanks for being there brother!
bobomet
1 week ago
Super, thanks. I don't see the glass texture file .... is it on another page?
Simon Thorley
1 week ago
'Can you be offended by your own joke?' - class act Mr K
Quality tutorial.
1 week ago
Andrew, you are my idol. Thank you sooo much!
Vitor
1 week ago
How do you make this gradient glow in the edges of the text?
Quinton
1 week ago
What are your PC specs? Anytime I try and do things like this in AE, it takes forever. Yours looks like it update right away, in great quality.

My PC isn't a slouch by any means
i-7 5820K 3.3GHz OC'ed to 4.0Ghz
64GB G.Skill DDR4 RAM
MSI GODlike Gaming X99A MOBO
EVGA FTW GTX 1080
240GB SSD (AE installed here)
4x4TB 7200RPM HDD
    Alfonzer
    1 week ago
    He's skipping ahead in the tutorial
Tony. C.
2 weeks ago
Welcome back Andrew, we missed your epic tutorials. Happy New Year!
Mark
2 weeks ago
Amazing. Thank you.
Talha
2 weeks ago
Looks great...
andy
2 weeks ago
absolutely brilliant!!!
Ratra
2 weeks ago
So fresh and authentic looking...gonna have a great weekend! THANKS!
Al
2 weeks ago
He's back and with a breath of fresh air! Wait a effing minute, it's raining.
jeff
2 weeks ago
So appreciate this tutorial. Can't wait for the project file.
chris
2 weeks ago
Can we have a tutorial of how you make your tutorials! I like all the editing you do lol
    Dayo
    2 weeks ago
    And the project file as well.
    Lmao!
Darkarmy
2 weeks ago
Amaizing! Great year for everyone! That code could become a plugin...and maybe extrude it in Element, export it as .OBJ, 3D print in, cast an ice mold and watch it melt!...
Choi PD
2 weeks ago
It's been a long long while!!!!
Reaally hope to see much more tutorials in 2017.
Thanks.
Skinny Penis
2 weeks ago
dAMN, ANDREW KraMER alWAYS MAking ME haRD... oHohoho
Miguel Angel
2 weeks ago
The Force is with you, you are one with the Force... Thank´s from Madrid (Spain) man, another amazing tutorial.
2 weeks ago
Amazing Tutorial,thanks andrew
Artemus
2 weeks ago
Great to see you back doing Tutorial again brotha Andrew!
Oh btw..how's Intercept coming? * wink wink*
Gabriel
2 weeks ago
About time, man! And it's great. x
sean
2 weeks ago
you know what really amazes me everytime is how easily you find a name for precomps . I'd love a tutorial on how to call precomps. Every time I precomp I go one level up and think: ok so this is going to have the same name as the one inside but it's going to be called xxx _MAIN and then 5 mins later I find out I need to precopm again, and again, ...and then not only I need a name that makes sense for the new precomp, but I also need to rename the ones inside whose names now don't make sense any longer!!! c?mon!! How do you do that??? I'm sure you rename and re-record every tutorial over and over just because you also screw up names while progressing !
leonardo
2 weeks ago
Muchas gracias Amigos.. tu tiempo que dedicas es ORO para los que apenas iniciamos.. esto es verdadero poder del cine.. Seguí el proyecto y superbien .. mucho por mejorar de parte mía.. debo aprender mas
por que nos nos regalas el proyecto amigo
David
2 weeks ago
This tutorial is my new favorite due to humor.
Hi VC
Happy New Year
Very Useful Tutorial
Thanks
Ackers
2 weeks ago
Awesome Tutorial as usual AK, Thanks for your time & Creativity ....
Videophex
2 weeks ago
Great tutorial as always, thank you so much Andrew, nice to see you back and exciting to see the new thing you are preparing!!!

Greetings from Argentina.
MASTERKOALA
2 weeks ago
Andrew is an alien
2 weeks ago
Amazing! Thanks Andrew
2 weeks ago
Thank you so much, Andrew! :)
Noise Oner
2 weeks ago
Thank you Andrew and thanks for the amazing advanced snow effect ! I love it
Good to hear you again
Chris
2 weeks ago
Great tutorial Andrew!
Can you do a ocean effect or something similar to the vfx they did with the Titanic? The ocean along with the foamy water.
Julian
2 weeks ago
Great Job! Awesome Tutorial and nice to see something looking this beautiful without any plug-ins!
Kimo
2 weeks ago
I love this, This is exactly what I was looking for for my short film!!!!! Thanks, Andrew.
dANNY
2 weeks ago
you help so many people! Great job Andrew! Thank u!!!
Chris O’Sullivan
2 weeks ago
Wow that's a beautiful look!!. Great Job VC and thanks for sharing!!
felipe
2 weeks ago
Impresionante, vaya manos. Thanks
2 weeks ago
for those of you who dont want to create the map you can download a nice realistic Map fro here
http://www.4dm-works.com/content/porsche_cayman_s_gt4.html
Dayo Lawal
2 weeks ago
Can we get a chance to edit our typographical errors? You might need to create a social media platform for Video Copilot users.
Well done!
    Kal
    1 week ago
    @Dayo Lawal show us wat ya got if u are too big for proj files
Tommy
2 weeks ago
that was an awesome tutorial andrew. can u create this for "snow" ? like : Realistic snow fall FX Tutorial!100% After Effects! :)
Antoine
2 weeks ago
Awesome ! I always wanted to do advanced snow !!
Where do you find your so high quality background ?
Awesome tutorial ! I love it !
Kal
2 weeks ago
@ dayo lawal pls don't come now and discourage my mentor of being generous the project files also serve as reference and for critical analysis just in case you don't get it right from the tutorials pls master we need proj files master thanx for the tutorial awsome as always my regards to your family and VC Team
    Dayo Lawal
    2 weeks ago
    @Kal your mentor know better than being discouraged. One thing that might encourage him though is if you do him a video of something guys mentorship has helped you create. I'm sure he'd be proud!
Duncan
2 weeks ago
Thank you Andrew, it's so good to have you back :)
2 weeks ago
Nice!
And useful, as always :)
It's the little details and tweaking that makes a difference.

Thanks for sharing.
Ali
2 weeks ago
Thank you Andrew,
You are the best, I can't wait to see this amazing tutorial (as always of course). :)
2 weeks ago
You are the best thanks a lot. Saludos desde Ecuador.
mario
2 weeks ago
Hi Andrew! It is nice. Is it possible to make something similar by Element 3D? For example animation water on the bottle? It would be great. What do you think? Thank you. Mario
Sandi Caranovic
2 weeks ago
You are the best :)
2 weeks ago
uauu! I never thought I would use CC glass in my entire life.
2 weeks ago
Thanks! Great tutorial.
Way to make a rainy day into sunshine with a tutorial.
Ryan
2 weeks ago
Holy Shizzle! That was an awesome drizzle! Thanks for making great tutorials. Can't wait to see what's next.
Emiliano
2 weeks ago
Hey Andrew. I haven't been around your blog for a long time, maybe since that crappy rain effect that you show in the tutorial (LOL), and i am amazed of how your talent and skills evolved. Incredible! And the good thing is that you don't keep stuff for yourself, you just share! Thank you, really, thank you!.
eliseo
2 weeks ago
Simplemente Genial!
pavan
2 weeks ago
Awesome tutorial Andrew
But where is the project file
2 weeks ago
Awesome as all ways Andrew!
Alex
2 weeks ago
when you type in "Glow", you can see the Effect "Video Copilot - Cinema Glow". What is it :D?
    Chris
    2 weeks ago
    I wanna know also!
    StratG
    1 week ago
    :O just noticed this as well. PLEASE! Getting good glow effects in compination with E3D just isn't efficient and is complicated. If this plugin is what I think it is, it's going to be a game changer for sure. Really hope this gets released.
    Alex
    1 week ago
    i think we'll never get an answer :D
Lester
2 weeks ago
Andrew is back with a BANG, and it's awesome!
Results look great, can't wait to watch the tutorial and do this ASAP.
Nizar GHRAIRI
2 weeks ago
Thanks for the toterial , very nice
There is a tutorial for snow ?
Chris
2 weeks ago
I just gave it a try. This was something I wanted to learn. But for some reason my camera lens blur effect barely blurs anything in the picture.
    Alex
    2 weeks ago
    Hey, check the resolution of your file. It is probably way bigger than your comp (which should be at most 1080p for learning purposes). If you use a very big file as a background and you scaled it down a bunch to fit your comp size, then just precomp the background with move all attributes checked and apply the camera lens blur to this precomp.

    If your comp is like 4k or something huge, you need to really dial up the numbers for the blur, but it will get extremely slow, so I don't recommend that.
2 weeks ago
Omg how cool! Where was that tutorial when I was making my very first short film about water?
https://youtu.be/4D1R4kiqtEo

Okay to be honest, VC helped me out back then already ;D
Evo
2 weeks ago
Hey whatsup? I'am a vfx designer in my country, working on some cinema projects and other things and i didnt take any training about that. I mean, i didn't go university or course for this job. It was just my hobby and since i found the VideoCopilot, that hobby grew up seriously. Learned alot things, cool tricks and all that time i combined these tricks together piece by piece. Of course sometimes i needed to watch any other channels for some different tutorials but mostly VC! So that way, in a couple of years i found myself as a designer, taking jobs some production companies etc. And i am still learning new things, this is an endless way. And i own that mostly Andrew Kramer, just wanna share. :) Thx for the tutorial.

Hey by the way, that FX Console! its a REAL ADDICTION man. :D Using it since first day and I forgot to built-in fx search engine. If you say that: allright its not free now and price is 340509347593745 dollars, i buy it becouse worth it. :D
wim
2 weeks ago
Thanks for the tutorial
Andrew Alexander
2 weeks ago
Hey Andrew, go ahead and stop releasing Project Files :)
Since people come here to "learn" it's better learning by doing not by downloading and using :D
That's jut my opinion. The tutorials are great.
    2 weeks ago
    I hear ya! We know there are also a lot of people that like to learn by deconstructing project files... but following along with a tutorials and experimenting on your own is still the best way to get experience!
    Dayo Lawal
    2 weeks ago
    Do they really learn from breaking project files down? I don't think so!
    Nevertheless, it's your shot.
    Alex
    2 weeks ago
    @Dayo Lawal: they do, i do, i learn a lot of seeing why people use that effect or a different one, why they chose a specific value for an effect or something similar. Sometimes you find no Video but a Project File and you can learn a lot from it
    Dayo Lawal
    2 weeks ago
    @Alex, in the event where there's no tutorial to teach you how, having the project file might not being a bad idea. But c'mon, Andrew Kramer always delivers on tutorials. He even takes them as if everyone is new to after effects. Explaining every basic step.
    If a person can learn from simplified tutorials as the ones Andrew does, won't the project files themselves be harder to figure out?
    Nick
    2 weeks ago
    @Dayo Lawal. I know many people that have the hardest time following along and learn better by rooting around inside someone's pre-made project. (I personally learn by following along, but I understand why project files are necessary.)
    1 week ago
    Your right project files are a waist of time. They don't learn and makes them lazy.
    David
    5 days ago
    Lol... why not just ignore them if you don't like them XD
Filip
2 weeks ago
Andrew, you are the god of After Effects! I can't stress enough how much I appreciate all work of yours. Plus your sense of humor! Don't ever change!
Dayo Lawal
2 weeks ago
Thanks Andy for loads your depositing in our lives. But I'll appreciate if you STOP giving project files.
Tutorials are more than enough to make us better. Project files make many lazy.
2 weeks ago
I love the art decò/Bioshock looks of those logos, man. Very nice tutorial. I always wondered about how to use propertly CC glass but never spend much time with it. I guess we could get something even more realistic using real wáter footage for the bump map. Cool!
Spring
2 weeks ago
bravo
Rv
2 weeks ago
Welcome back dude
2 weeks ago
Awesome return \^^/

Looking at the above images, you have such a good eye. They all look just so nice as still images, but then there's the added bonus that they not only move, but are procedural too.
M7A1
2 weeks ago
Rain drop!
designer too
2 weeks ago
nice to have you back dude :D
karan
2 weeks ago
Cool rain droplets
Lunga
2 weeks ago
That moment when the video tutorial is far superior than the example reference haha. Great tutorial Andrew much appreciated.
2 weeks ago
I’ve learned over time the busier I get the less time I have to play in After Effects and the more I just have to buckle down and work. So I guess that means I haven’t actually done anything outside of work for maybe well over a year plus. Heck I only had time to watch this as I was waiting on an hour long render. lol

My point is, Andrew is way busier than the rest of us so I’m curious to see what relevance this has to either a future project, or a future movie. I also noticed from his comment on the change of the name of tools in the latest AE CC2017… he is as impressed with some of the upgrades as I am. I’m curious to know if he is experiencing some of the latest weird bugs that I am to that never showed up in the last several versions. Lower 3D layers, effecting upper 3D layers when effects are added for one.

Anywho, Great tut, can’t wait to see where this leads and thanks for the funky tip on the strange tint. That was actually pretty cool. I liked it :0)

Christian Michael
https://vimeo.com/198103166
dean ouazaa
2 weeks ago
this was awesome, thanks again Andrew and welcome back.
amit
2 weeks ago
Hey Andrew, can i make rain drops 3D as i want the same effect on a 3D Orb..
2 weeks ago
Amazing! Wow so many little things that I learned out of this tutorial! Thanks a lot!
Ben
2 weeks ago
Great way to start the year. Thanks for the tutorial and the inspiration!
2 weeks ago
From fellow night owls a few timezones over. Thank you! :D I can't wait to watch.
2 weeks ago
DUDE. Everyone comments on it when they come over! Best present ever. Thank you!
2 weeks ago
Sometimes I just really miss that rain guy (Andrew) who used to show up at all major time in VC website. I miss that.
    Luke Abraham
    2 weeks ago
    He's the founder and owner?
    Sandip
    1 week ago
    Yup I know but He is quite absent through out the year 2015 - 2016 recently... busy in his own works (projects) We miss him being here more.. May be he is in the platform he can sell the tutorials now. But we want him here regularly..
2 weeks ago
wooohhhh im so happy now guys let watch this together check out my youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5EnEmcg7YMeaQ2STb7o7fA
2 weeks ago
Hey Andrew I got a question can I take this same strategies with the texture of a soda can An load that texture as a coustom texture in elements 3D on a 3D model soda can An have the same effects. Would it work ? You think ? 😬
    2 weeks ago
    100% There is an option inside the normal bump channel to use a greyscale image.
    2 weeks ago
    That's cool I working on something just like that but I was using a image. But I saw that An think I can using the same strategies thanks ???? Andrew
Jason Brown
2 weeks ago
I like 3rd party plug ins too Andrew!!! Maybe we can get a few Tutorials involving some this year. If not, you are still the best!!
TomG
2 weeks ago
Just what I need for a rainy day! Thanks!
Kevin
2 weeks ago
Thanks, AK!
Vladimir
2 weeks ago
Yes!
    Johan
    4 days ago
    Thanks for another great one Andrew! Fun to see raindrops 2.0 :)
    I was thinking if you could do a expression for the Camera Blur to do the reverse value of the blur amount. And I found the trick!
    If you link Layer Bs Blur to be negativ from the Layer As blur. You could have one layers blur to be the opposite from the other without having to keyframe two layers. Off course

    maxBlur = 20;
    maxBlur-thisComp.layer("Layer A").effect("Fast Blur")("Blurriness");

    I guess Dan describes it better here
    https://forums.creativecow.net/thread/227/18824

    Thanks!
    Johan