New Tutorial: Advanced Electric FX! 100% AE

In this 3-in-1 Tutorial we get the high-voltage action! This massive 56 min tutorial has so many tips and tricks you are sure to learn something new!

Techniques:

  • Direction Lightning Movement
  • Dynamic Reflections with realistic falloff
  • Sub Surface Illuminated Clouds
  • Interactive Lightning bolts
  • Nice Soft Glow recipe
  • No extra Plug-ins needed! 100% After Effects!

Project files and Footage:
Download Project File CC2015 + CC2017

POSTED:
3 weeks ago
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157 Comments

Korre
2 days ago
Hi Andrew & team,

Question? Layering capability in the texture channels in E3D. Is this a future possibility? Of course you can with custom layers / layers in comp, but inside element would be a huge time saver. Thnx!
creatif sanju
5 days ago
    Hack
    5 days ago
    Stop spamming this, nobody wants to make your shitty robot...
    Beau
    5 days ago
    Seriously, dude, you don't need to post here every day. Go check out the videocopilot forums for stuff like that.
6 days ago
Anyone saw the Flash season 3 finale? The last scene looks like this lightning tutorial LOL! Andrew did you do the effect for The Flash or are you Neo from the Matrix?
Marten
6 days ago
POWER TO THE EFFECTS CONSOLE!

I suggest we kidnap Shantanu Narayen and keep him in a closet as long as necessary to get Adobe to integrate this plugin into After Effects!!!!

Who's with me???

By the way, great tutorial ;)
Abdirahman Ahmed
1 week ago
Full Tutorial After Effects Element3D Robot/Drone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CI_y0vYrB7Y
Daluz
1 week ago
Any news about FBX importer for ELEMENT 3D?
Abdirahman Ahmed
1 week ago
David Vizurant
2 weeks ago
Is there a way how I can import the project file in CS6. After Effects told me that I can´t import it, because it was made with CC17.
    Gianni
    1 week ago
    Since you can only save to a previous version you need to go from cc17;16 or 15 to cc12 and then from cc12 to cs6 but will need all the necessary versions implied. Have no idea why adobe would not just let you save to any version...I guess it is just to follow the world trend of being unreasonable and making life harder than it already is.
Bob K
2 weeks ago
So nice of you Andrew and VC for giving us both the project and the superb education.
Akash
2 weeks ago
I was finding NAB 2017 Andrew Keynote. Can anybody help me find the video.
solaiappan
2 weeks ago
plz anybody share the link of andrew Video of Abobe nab 2017
Abdirahman Ahmed
2 weeks ago
The NAB video is released by Adobe i think!
Chris
2 weeks ago
Wheres the 2017 Nab video?
Abdirahman Ahmed
2 weeks ago
aftereffects Tutorial HOLOGRAM Element3D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BMnJM8mvjU
Martin
2 weeks ago
Andrew, can you include the project files in CS6? Not all of us have the money to spend on new software every year or so.
    christopher shivers
    2 weeks ago
    after effects is subscription based now, everybody can afford it
    David V
    1 week ago
    Yeah I have the same problem.
2 weeks ago
Hi Andrew ! Thank you so much again for this creazy tutorial.
For de sequence of the lightnings on the wall, it's a different technics, right ?
Mike
2 weeks ago
Could you place a few lights in the E3D scene behind the logo, and set the colour and intensity based on certain points from the background layer? So that way the light will react to the lighting in the background, and thus light the logo accordingly?
DouglasG
2 weeks ago
My little attempt to understand even part of the tutorial from Mr. Kramer. I used Particular along with the sprite from the project file for the clouds. I need to run through the tutorial a bunch of times just so I can understand even some of it. Thank you Andrew for all you do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaM4AcVZUzk
Hüseyin Emre Altunay
2 weeks ago
ANDREW KRAMER I love you ins your classes, the more your income... thanks to you I'm very much enjoying everything I've learned Thank you very much <3 :)
Steve J
2 weeks ago
Had a quick look at the clouds tutorial and came up with this...
https://youtu.be/Epjh6CTVoRs
I used Saber instead of advanced lightning and also used bits of what I could remember from Andrew's volumetric lighting tutorial. I just need to spend time on getting the cloud movement better when I get the chance.
MasterKoala
2 weeks ago
Andrew you are my Jedi!!!!!!!
JosephG
2 weeks ago
I want exploding balls!

No wait, that didn't come out right.

Have a happy mothers day anyway, Andrew, and thanks for the cool tut.
KC at NIU
2 weeks ago
Heya AK. Another awesome tut! Out of curiosity, how is this #164? I thought it was #161. What have I missed?? lol.

Happy Mother's Day to Mrs. AK from all of us here.
    KC at NIU
    2 weeks ago
    Disregard. I figured out the numbering now. :)
2 weeks ago
Awesome ,this was an excellent tutorial. I'm a beginner in After Effects and im your fan. Thanks for all your help .
John
2 weeks ago
Could someone help me find the sfx for lightnings he used on his Teaser? I just can't find any good one.
Dhval Patel
2 weeks ago
Hey Andrew I really liked this tutorial as usual it was the best. Now please make some tutorials in nuke like normal compositing, keying, tracking, etc. Anything please. I know you could do well in that too.
2 weeks ago
Too bad, no CS6 support more from Videocopilot. I think rather because Adobe would like the users all change to the rental model. Thanks without me. It gives me more than enough users who still use CS6 (11.04.2). I work with it very long (pure hobby) and am always excited about the videos and tutorials. As long as Adobe does not offer a purchase version, I stay with CS6 (Production Premium). This had cost a lot of money a few years ago. That I do not earn money and run it from pure hobby, exactly for this reason I am not willing every month also to spend money. @Adobe: You forget the semi-professionals! Put a buy version again and I will buy this. greetings Mario.
    Chris
    2 weeks ago
    I switched to Fusion 8 and Nuke non commercial, screw Adobe, let's spend over a grand on CS6 just so they can screw us over.
Ajinkya
2 weeks ago
Superb! Andrew Kramer Rockzzzz
MDMotion
2 weeks ago
As always: nice one!
Andrew: Seems you're exploring possibilities in the 32 bit environment - I'll be pinning that in my head, thanks!

On another note:
I was frankly really disappointed with FX CONSOLE. I was actually expecting that physical box with a real button for each effect, and was willing to pay up to $999 for it. Had already imagined a scenario where my director asks for color correction - and me going: "please step aside, sir - I need to hit the curves button over here"...
    2 weeks ago
    It's $10K!
    MDMotion
    2 weeks ago
    Ok, that's out of my league:o( I'll go with the software version then :o)
    Justin
    2 weeks ago
    MD Motion, this is what you need. I can't live without it. ;)
    http://aescripts.com/ft-toolbar/
2 weeks ago
Andrew you damn good. I am trying to hard to learn AE but it seems i must work hard, this one is far beyond my level
2 weeks ago
Barth Nicola
3 weeks ago
Andrew, you are a VFX God!
manikandan
3 weeks ago
HI AK when will you uplode nba 2017 video?
Fatmir
3 weeks ago
X-Light
Made with Element 3D v2.2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REZ0u0NLxkM
Hope you like it :D
Mike
3 weeks ago
Wow!!!Thank you. How would I go about making the lighting look like it coming at you? More 3D 😀
Justin
3 weeks ago
Andrew, you are a demigod! :)
Abdirahman Ahmed
3 weeks ago
Tutorial city building in After Effects and Element 3d https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WT6FBjy28X4
I was very sad to not see anything about the exploding electrical orbs... So sad....
Matt Ferris
3 weeks ago
Anyone else have trouble with the whole screen brightening when turning the Exposure up at 12:03 ?
    3 weeks ago
    Try setting the project to 32bpc!
    Matt Ferris
    3 weeks ago
    I did verify the project was set at 32bpc. I was able to kinda work around it by adjusting the Offset to -0.15 and the Gamma Correction to 0.63 under the Exposure effect and pulling down the Exposure to 9.73
    I triple checked all the settings under each effect but still cant figure out why the whole screen washes out when I increase the Exposure effect. Maybe its a personal setting you have set under some preference somewhere in the program? Or maybe a Windows setting on my machine that's different from yours?
    3 weeks ago
    Post your project file. Also what version of AE are you using? It is possible there is a non-32bpc effect in your stack that is limiting the color flow. Some effects in previous AE versions are not 32-bit compliant. You will see a small warning sign by the effect.
    Matt Ferris
    3 weeks ago
    Im using the latest version 14.2.0.198
    I followed each step through the video and everything was fine up til that point. The only warning sign I see is next to Advanced Lightning which is 8bit.
    But, I noticed that message came up on your video and it works for you. Just to test, I created a new project and tried it again - Same issue.
    Here are the links to the Project File:
    https://goo.gl/photos/XeSitup9kkYBHz9X8
    https://goo.gl/photos/XeSitup9kkYBHz9X8

    Thanks for looking into this for me!
    Matt Ferris
    2 weeks ago
    I was able to resolve this issue by pulling the Exposure FX above the Solid Composite FX in the Effect Controls. Not sure why it allowed you to keep Exposure below, but it enabled me to match your settings without blowing out the screen.
    felipe camara
    2 weeks ago
    verify the color of the solid composite ....0 0 0
    Matt Ferris
    2 weeks ago
    @felipe camara That's exactly what it was. The middle number was not Zero. Once I adjusted it to all zeros I was able to move the Exposure under the Solid Comp FX without it blowing out. Thanks my friend
Chris
3 weeks ago
Will you be uploading the project files anytime soon? I'm using the rooftop texture right now and some Google city images.
Canahan
3 weeks ago
Great stuff!!!! I just think abaout the difference between Andrew and other AE-Users: Normal AE-Users try to use AE. Andrew tries always to re-create things in a better way! I'll try to do so in the future too!
3 weeks ago
You and VCP team really helped Adobe ;)
Thanks for your efforts.

Digiphic Studio
http://www.digiphic.com
    Beau
    3 weeks ago
    Dude, you gotta quit spamming the comments.
Vinz
3 weeks ago
Anybody who has an idea why it looks so messed up, once I add "Exposure" and "Fast Box Blur" in the Cloud Tutorial?

http://fs5.directupload.net/images/170511/ktzoovhx.png
    Vinz
    3 weeks ago
    Found a solution. Andrew commented on a similar problem a few posts further up and brought up a solution:

    My project settings were set at 8 BPC. They had to be changed to 32 BPC.?
Sean
3 weeks ago
here's the man!! at 8.28" , 8.59" and again at 11.50" ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkyppoCyEao
I think these Japanese guys' clicks are about to soar...
    Beau
    3 weeks ago
    Wow, great find! Looks like the next blog show is going to be practicing shooting practical effects akin to Stranger Things!
MrAurora
3 weeks ago
I'm not gonna lie, i think i got a little wood when saw the run time !
Anthony Gallon
3 weeks ago
Hello everyone , i've tried this tutorial with my own footage but from the beginning I got an issue...
I can't turn on the Alpha Obstacle , the thunder beam keeps ignoring my mask.

Can someone help me with that issue ? Thank's a lot !
Abdirahman Ahmed
3 weeks ago
andydv
3 weeks ago
i was just yesterday asked to create some storm FX and this is really helping out! However, I might need to play with some different cloud sprites to get the lighting effects integrated into my shot...does anyone have a good resource for cloud/smoke/atmospheric sprites like the one Andrew uses??
Adriano
3 weeks ago
Project files and footage coming up! After I gets some sleep!
very good! :D
David
3 weeks ago
Hi Andrew! Thanks for another very exciting tutorial. Really Great Job. We need the project files, i really miss that Smoke Sprite
Karan
3 weeks ago
Please upload project files
Simon Thorley
3 weeks ago
High Voltage - rock 'n' roll.

Adobe owe so much to this ONE man. Pioneer.
MIGUEL ANGEL
3 weeks ago
Amazing man!!!! Thanks, you nailed again!!!
3 weeks ago
The subsurface scattering was gold. Those smokey cloudy renders, how/where do I find/create things like that?
Nic
3 weeks ago
Andrew, how do you get your name to turn red when you post? that is so cool. it's kinda like you're the admin or something of this site.
    TJ
    3 weeks ago
    I just hope you are trolling....
    if not then you sleepy
    3 weeks ago
    LOL
Felix Albert
3 weeks ago
That was truly a very electrifying tutorial. Thank you...but where are the puns?
TJ
3 weeks ago
Who else is waiting for the project files, because I am..
Evo
3 weeks ago
Hello Andrew, thank you for this new amazing tutorial. You are the best.
3 weeks ago
I have to say, you really sparked my interest!
    Beau
    3 weeks ago
    Aaaay!!
Michael
3 weeks ago
Hey Andrew, thanks for the tutorial!
Do you use "Blend colors using 1.0 Gamma"? Wouldn't it be a bit more realistic effect? Thank you again!
Joe
3 weeks ago
Thank you Andrew for taking the time to do this great tutorial. Thumb up!
Snir
3 weeks ago
Thx !
Can you please give us the project files? :)
3 weeks ago
Ohm my god , Positively amazing tut . Im so charged up I could short curcuit ...
Chase
3 weeks ago
LOL. Totally took a stab at template sites stealing his tuts and selling them.
Hi VC
Thanks A Lot For Creative Tuts
3 weeks ago
More puns!
JIMMY SNOOKAH
3 weeks ago
he okay when it comes to after effects but he terrible when it comes BEFORE EFFECTS !!!
R-CANE
3 weeks ago
Flash! ahaaa...saviour of the universe! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS4_Z84-rRE
Jason M Lataillade
3 weeks ago
Andrew, great tutorial. There are a lot of little details to consider in the workflow. I have a question though. When you apply the glow to your lightning, what does adding a solid composite beforehand do for the process?

Thanks!
    3 weeks ago
    It get's rid of the transparency in the BG. Many effects like Glow and color correction work better on images that do not have an alpha channel.
3 weeks ago
yes finally, another great learn to do amazing things. Thanks Andrew!
Coop
3 weeks ago
That was truly an Exciting Tutorial. Thank you.
3 weeks ago
Awesome - load of new great tricks to integrate!
TomG
3 weeks ago
Thanks Andrew! Such a great foundation to create a variety of FX from storm clouds to super heroes or the supernatural.
3 weeks ago
Insanely good stuff, some incredibly useful tips there, thanks!
jayant
3 weeks ago
where do i get the electric plugin
    Joost
    3 weeks ago
    It's just an effect
    Beau
    3 weeks ago
    It's called Advanced Lightning, it comes with After Effects
    Dan Murray
    3 weeks ago
    What part of "No 3rd party PLUG-INS" did you miss? :-)
kabilan
3 weeks ago
Projects file please
Malcolm
3 weeks ago
Andrew you are a truly a God of AE .... no doubt about that , not even a plugin of a doubt .... Awesome Work Videocopilot Crew..
lebo
3 weeks ago
From all the way in South Africa
I just wanted to show my appreciation for the hard work you put in for us
I am a loyal viewer and Im in love with your work
Thank you

P.S
Is it possible I can get a Video Copilot T-shirt/cap??
    MrAurora
    3 weeks ago
    I think it can say "another very exciting shirt/cap from videocopilot" ?
Leon
3 weeks ago
Thank you so much for taking the time for this. This is great!
rasin
3 weeks ago
Awesome~~~ u r the AE GOD~!
Amit
3 weeks ago
Very nice tutorial Andrew , thanks a lot
Nuno Ferreira
3 weeks ago
Great material. Thanks for sharing once again!
Ratra
3 weeks ago
Awesome tut, learned loads of fresh techniques. The AGE OF PROCEDURAL has begun!!!

I need help with a few doubts:
1- In the cloud shot, will "Luma Matte Inverted" work instead of "Set Matte"
2- In the bridge, truck and building shot, do we need to camera track and place planes along geometry surface to receive reflections

And lastly, I would like to request the community(including myself) to be a bit more patient and give him time, cuz i missed those AK special witty jokes in this one. Everything AK provides is AWESOME and is worth waiting for.

Always Thankful to VC,
Long Live AK.
King Justice Ake Dem
3 weeks ago
Please Andrew keep this tutorials and project files things up running, because we still have a lot to learn from you.
Trust me you keep our lives running, you fed our homes, you made us stand tall in our different communities and finally you are a legend.
King Justice Ake Dem
3 weeks ago
Please Andrew keep this tutorials and project files things up running, because we still have a lot to learn from you.
Trust me you keep our life running, you fed our homes, you made us stand tall in our different communities and finally you are a legend.
Nwa
3 weeks ago
Awesome! If you can do a Tut on how you dive into the deepest parts of After Effects. I adore you sir.
S YES! EDITZ
3 weeks ago
ThanksAK
What Level INTERCEPT.....! & U NAB 2017 show Video Upload Youtube...AK...:)
John
3 weeks ago
Every time I think I know an After Effects feature backwards, you come along and turn it on its head. Epic tutorial, and proof that one never stops learning when it comes to software like this. Thanks Andrew.
Jomo
3 weeks ago
Hi Andrew,
My friends and i are having a debate and are hoping you'd give your point of view on this.

Which has a steep learning curve in 3D, materials or lighting? in other words which one of this is more challenging in general.
all suggestions are welcome
Daniel Walker
3 weeks ago
This rocks as usual!! Can't wait to put it to use! It would be cool to know what hardware you are using!
Frank
3 weeks ago
Thanks again for sharing your know-how with us!
Sunkist
3 weeks ago
After Effects GOD!!!!!
dean ouazaa
3 weeks ago
AWESOME.
eNetFocus
3 weeks ago
Hi Andrew,
I live in India and had to wait till 10th. And after watching the tutorial I believe it was worth waiting!
And secondly, I wanted to say that my element 3d has no 3d store available! Please help me out🙂
Donne
3 weeks ago
take a good sleep....thanks very much as always about beautiful tutorial
Ali
3 weeks ago
Thank you master Kramer you are best in the world.
3 weeks ago
You are the best. So many techniques to learn from your hard work.
Honey Singh
3 weeks ago
Amazing Tutorial thank u so much :)
JC Andrie Cadiz
3 weeks ago
Hey! Andrew Great Tutorial :) Thank you Very much

Your the GOD of VFX
Damo Digital
3 weeks ago
So good to hear that "Hey whats up" again, finally lol
Brett Augustine
3 weeks ago
Yea this will take a while to get down. Thank you so much. And it was great to see you at NAB. Element 3D rocks,,,and now with interactive lightning! oh yea!
-Brett
Matt
3 weeks ago
I'll be taking off work to check this. Looks awesome! Can't wait
AEfanatic
3 weeks ago
Please don't ever die. Just live forever, ok?
David DeCorso
3 weeks ago
This is so great! Your tutorials really help me learn new things in After Effects.
animatorkarthick
3 weeks ago
hey andrew great tutorial , very helpful one. thanks

here is my work that had some ur techniques are used,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyOtd9L7q6E
Nandaw
3 weeks ago
Love you Andrew!
Lj
3 weeks ago
Amazing tutorial
3 weeks ago
Thank you sir, also wanted you to know that I used the Element Plugin on Ghost in the Shell

-lucas
Pankh
3 weeks ago
Great work....you are superb
No doubt....excellent
David
3 weeks ago
Sleep tight! Thank you so much for your effort!
A.sedik
3 weeks ago
Ohh i waited a hole day man
but it's okay u deserve vacation not just few hours sleep
Muslimin
3 weeks ago
Great
3 weeks ago
Great Tutorial Andrew!
Good luck ;)

Digiphic Studio
http://www.digiphic.com
leo3314152
3 weeks ago
Excelente! have a nice sleep
3 weeks ago
Thanks for another exciting tutorial! The wait was well worth it. I love alliteration!
Eliseo
3 weeks ago
Excelente!
3 weeks ago
I need the scenes used! please
    David
    3 weeks ago
    He already adressed that...
ABHIMANYU
3 weeks ago
Another Great work.
Hats Off to u Mr. ANDREW
3 weeks ago
Rest up Andrew...
they'll be screaming for "Intercept" before you know it. ;)
Goldorachox
3 weeks ago
Super thank's !!
have a nice sleep.
James
3 weeks ago
YAY! This looks great! So excited to give this a try! Thank you.
3 weeks ago
Thank you Andrew brother..
3 weeks ago
finally after a long time
3 weeks ago
Hey Andrew!
Thank you for this amazing tutorial!