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.
Fixed incorrect World Position Null when using downsampling.
Fixed Matte materials when using Supersampling.
Fixed slowdown when using 3D Object replicator.
Fixed crashes when using Generate 3D Position.
Fixed crash when using Multi Processor rendering.
Fixed environment map not relinking properly.
Changed Default settings of Extrude tool.
Added AE CC directory to installer.
NOTE: Extrude tool default has been updated to make extrusion easier. The spike filter has been turned on to help cut bad polygons and the normalize scale mode has been turned off by default. This allows text to be created and edited without completely resizing when you change the text. Keep in mind the size of the bevel is based on the size of your text layer.
Here is the animation I created last night using extruded masks inside Element 3D to build some kind of angry aperture. I animated the various group values to ‘reveal’ parts of the object. I usually do the sound design last so when animating it helps to have a lot of movement to motivate the sound FX. You want stuff to look good and sound good!
Even though I usually use 3Ds max for modelling, I decided to spend some time playing around with Element 3D and the extrusion tool. This entire scene was built directly inside of Element 3D with simple extrusions.
I was actually pretty surprised by how much you can do with it in combination with the particle replicators. Originally we designed the extrusion feature for making 3D text and extruding logo’s but with a little bit of work I created some interesting designs.
I created a velociraptor-nail shaped mask and extruded it for the aperture blade and the same for the ring and star. For the star I used the ring replicator mode to distribute around the outside edge. I’m going to clean up the project a bit and release along with my final animation so you guys and gals can dig through.
In this exciting new tutorial, we’ll create an impressive 3D logo right inside of After Effects using the new plug-in Element 3D. First we create masks of the logo and use Element to extrude and animate the final result.
The key to a dramatic title like this is lighting! You want to keep things dark and add subtle contrasting lights. You definitely don’t want to have everything lit up and bright or it will be less mysterious and therefore unmysterious. Which is not a word, which is why it is bad.