39. 3D Vanishing Point
• Use Vanishing Point to generate 3D from still
• Import in to AE and use as a 3D scene from PS
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Jun 27, 2007
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90 Responses to "3D Vanishing Point"
frank
11/11/2013
"does a one legged duck swim in circles"

i literally almost died laughing
oleksandr
10/18/2013
Andrew, huge thanks, you're awesome!
George
09/25/2013
ur just great dude, i lern lot of things from you
J. Jonas Guevara
09/07/2012
This is a great tutorial Andrew and it is a great and easy tool for set extension.

Thanx !
From Dominican Republic!
kranthi
09/05/2012
too good ,love all ur tutorials ur truly a saver ,i personally learned lot of trick and tips from you,i learned from scratch by following ur tutorials ,keep rocking bro
Doug
07/12/2012
Love every tutorial. so good.
artedigital
03/11/2012
If you start by drawing the floor plane you will always get strange positions for the 3D object inside After Effects. It is recommended to start drawing vertical planes such as the walls. this way you will get the object well positioned inside After Effects 3D environment. also, avoid being to detailed and use too many planes. the more planes you use the less resolution you get for your images (textures).
Cheers
Jase
10/11/2011
It seems like you could get the scale of the import to a more reasonable size by scaling down the null that everything is parented to, right? You'd want to parent the camera before you did that, though, I think.

Just a thought...
Cory Young
06/19/2011
When I export for After Effects, it splits them up into 4 different png files instead of having them all in one. It has a vpe file but says that after effects doesnt use that format? confused cause thats what you used.

I am using Photoshop CS4 and After Effects CS5
Andreas
01/21/2011
I don't have the "Export for After Effects Cs3" - option!
And yes, I do have both After Fx cs3 and Photoshop Cs3...
Chris
09/07/2013
yep, Christopher is right, you need extended version of psd
Fobuloso
05/22/2012
Export without options: Crtl+shift+E = (.3ds) and the same time (.vpe) and png archives!! for Cs3,4,5 and 6.
Christopher
01/22/2011
you need extened version
Shahbaz
01/17/2011
love ya~ Andrew!
I love your tutorial a lot lol
I came here everyday!!
you are a good friend of mine!
vipin
09/20/2010
thnks andrew thnk u so much.u r such a darling person.without u ,i cnt make dese types of effect.ur tuts are very helpful for us.thnk u thnk u and thank u.god bles u.
essa
09/02/2010
thank you andrew for all your toturials
i hope to meet you...
NAF
08/20/2010
have learned loads in a week of watching ALL of them. but this one VPE doesn't work for me my After Effects says UNABLE TO EXECUTE SCRIPT AT LINE 125. AFTER EFFECTS ERROR. CANNOT NORMALISE ZERO VECTOR. plz give me a solution for it
OM TANDON
12/03/2010
Hi, Naf
you are getting this error because your grid setup is not perfect in photoshop make sure all your grids emanate from the original plane i got similar errors and it took me 5 attempts to get it rt..but dn't give up little patience will do the trick :) andrews thanks man!!
rajesh gunjal
06/19/2010
u r god in after effect i learn a lot from u thnx to god to maid u
Baharoon
06/13/2010
Answer kramer, makes live easier
pejman
05/23/2010
I am Iranian and I want to buy all the products you want to please guide me
asadypejmman@gmail.com
milad.as
05/23/2010
thancks andrew
Dark)Foxy
04/25/2010
Nice tutorial
alex Ball
02/22/2010
OMG thats freeeekin coool
jin choung
01/31/2010
great tut andrew.

but yah, it does seem like you will incur an error if you draw more than one plane free hand. all other planes have to be derived from the first or you will get an error... hmmmm, although i wonder if you draw planes so that they remain blue instead of red, that is vp's way of telling you that you are still using the same vanishing point... ?

but one huuuuuge reason NOT to do this is prohibitively large file sizes depending on your original image.

i was working on a 3k image from my digital camera and it just crashed AE outright while trying to load the vpe.

i shrank all the png images proportionally and that worked (you scale pngs arbitrarily as long as the aspect ratio is maintained) but as expected, resulted in blurry textures.

cool way to start the process if you have to do projection mapping in cg though!

thanks again and rock on.

jin
AniMad
01/27/2010
Hi andrew, Hope you and your family is doing well.
My best wishes to them.

So , Let me put some words.
Dear friends.

if you have good speed and bandwidth then you can see any tutorial without problem. or... close all aplication or anything which consume internet bandwith or affect net speed then Refresh and watchh.

Anothe thing. if you are looking for exporting this file to AFTER EFFECT then look the tutorial carefully , the option is not inside the core menu of PS3 but when you open vanshing point window , you will get it by clicking first ICON OF i.e an ARROW ICON ON THE LEFT - UPPER CORNER.

Forgive me for my bad english

thanks,

AniMad
Orange Pudding
01/26/2010
You have no idea how many problems this tutorial clears up! I'm so stoked! Thanks Andrew!
Nick Müller
01/19/2010
Hi Andrew

Nick here, dont know why
but i cant watch the Tutorial number 39 (3D Vanishing Point). Probely would be interesting i guess.

Youre great dude..!
Greetz from Germany
Usman
01/07/2010
Excellent
kwame Gyimah
12/01/2009
hi Andrew,this is great stuff.It really takes a selfless person like you to come out with such brilliant tutorials for learners like we.

We believe we shall always cherish these efforts you put into making us pick up some skills.
Thnks Very much
juan
11/30/2009
hello,i am from argentina, the tutorial is great, congrats for you, but i have a problem with the image wen y import it. the quality is bad and i can´t work.
Rutger
10/12/2009
Wow, this seriously was your first tutorial? Amazing!
Good work ^^
Lucy
10/08/2009
love ya~ Andrew!
I love your tutorial a lot lol
I came here everyday!!
you are a good friend of mine!
mango
10/07/2009
Thanks for the tip.
steve
08/23/2009
Fantastic! this saved my butt in a design crunch
DarkEntity
07/14/2009
amazing!you're solid!thanks man.
Simon Webb
06/20/2009
Love ALL the tutorials (and so does my boss and clients!!) have learned loads in a week of watching ALL of them. but this one VPE doesn't work for me my After Effects says UNABLE TO EXECUTE SCRIPT AT LINE 125. AFTER EFFECTS ERROR. CANNOT NORMALISE ZERO VECTOR. (Normalize for you American Brothers!!) You are a VFX God for us Plebs!!

S
charlie reddy
05/24/2009
is this possable with photoshop 7.0? or is it time I upgrade to cs3/cs4
manuel pantuflas
05/12/2009
Chavones se pasan en capos. Gracias
Aaron
04/29/2009
Hello, I am experiencing a similar problem as some of the people previously have. While importing my VPE file into after effects cs3, the picture is appearing as a regular still shot that is rotated slightly to the left with no parent tool or camera. I have been troubleshooting this for some hours now and still haven't figured out what I am doing wrong. What should the presents be in adobe photo shop for this vanishing point to appear correct inside after effects.
Angel
02/24/2009
Muy bueno :) saludos desde el culo del mundo, rio gallegos santa cruz jeje.. i follow you tutorial from here patagonia argentina..
shihas
02/24/2009
thanks
SHIBAMEDIA
01/23/2009
I LIKE THIS TUTORIALS IS GREAT "KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK"
I MEAN WELL DONE OF COURSE I WANT TO SEE MORE OF YOUR TUTORIALS SO "DON'T KEEP THE GOOD WORK"
david
12/10/2008
nice tutorial thanks, but do u have the project file i wanna see something real quick but you dont have it :( please post it!! thanks

-from america lol
aznbang
11/26/2008
I was lookin for this tutorial !!!

thx Mrs kramer,i will now finish my project

from France !

Bruno
10/30/2008
Dude, thank you very much for all tutorial of yours!
You are taking it to a new level!
Appreciations from Brazil!
rahim
08/31/2008
hi Andrew Kramer.very good trening.tanks from tutorials .
Hopper
08/21/2008
Vanishing Point Idea / Question:
I would like to do something similar to this alley shot. However, I would like to take a few pictures of a person and create a 3D object within the "alley" and do a fly-by and turnaround. so the person would have to have at least 75% coverage to look effective. Can you tell me the best way to do this?
Thanks!
Hopper
Kama
07/30/2008
very intresting thanks a lot
Kevin Boone
07/10/2008
Once again DREW YO DA MAAAANNNNN!!!!!
sin
07/08/2008
I luv adrew hehe ur clips r so much informative
in my final project bless you man!
digidave
06/04/2008
Lil tip for the watchers... Holding Ctrl and dragging on a plane will move it at 90 degrees from its self... Alt allows you to choose the angle...
jorge ugaz
06/01/2008
de la putamadre....
noredsitesit
05/29/2008
in many where I spent leaf home I noticed we watched spent days for the just their
Jensen
05/27/2008
EXELENTE
Simon Sweden
04/14/2008
Cool, with this one you can create like a ghost light flying by :D
seam
04/08/2008
hey, Is there an plugin for after effects 7, which helps me to import .vpe files? This would be great...

Seam
Miki
04/06/2008
I've got a problem =\
when i'm clicking on the little arrow in Photoshop
it don't let me the same options like andraw.
i don't have the option of AE... how can i change it?
there is some settings that i need to change?
please let me know... this is realy beautiful effect.

Miki.
Brandon
03/30/2008
Haha, I love your ending commentary. Very nice.
K
03/21/2008
Hi Andrew,

I didn't know anything about it before, and you just made me fall into After Effects. Thank you very much. You're very talented, you're a good man, and in a way a genius. Thanks again. Keep it up.

Greetings from Paris

K.
Logan
03/10/2008
Andrew, I have set up my grid using vanishing point. However when i go pull down the menu to save it out, the option ISNT there to save out to after effects. I am using CS3 Extended and AE8. The only options I have are, "show grids," "show measurements," and "render grids to photoshop." There are 2 other options but they are not highlighted. Am I missing a step, obviously am because it isnt working. Any advice would be appreciated.
Lucas
02/24/2008
Mmh when I click on file>import the "vanishing point" option doesn't appear, nor does it when I drag and drop it in my project folder... And yes I am running AE 7 Pro

Any tips?
Seth
02/20/2008
Hi there.
Great tutorial
i have a question.
i used a 1024x768 picture in photoshop and followed Andrew Tutorial. when i import the VPE file into AE and open the Comp. the image layers are all blurry and far away from the quality they were in photoshop. any idea why?
Thanks in advance.
Eric
02/06/2008
Dr.Andrew This is a NICE lesson.
Because I Hope Andrew can teach us about use PS to AE lesson.Let us better know AE can use.
Sorry!my English is not Great!But my improvident voise can to your ear.
AT last,thanks your teach!!And Happy Chinese new year!! Ha Ha!

Taiwan Fan.
kim
01/27/2008
thanks, Andrew

Ten years later,l am your good rivals.

koreans.
invalidproductions
01/07/2008
Can i use photoshop CS2??? email me the answer at invalidproductions@hotmail.com
Bashkii
12/31/2007
Maaaan!!
You are awesome!! Thanks for your tutorials and your generosity.
Now I feel like I am REALLY learning AE !!
Héctor
12/07/2007
Hi!! i'm writeing you all the way down from zacatecas, méxico and i've gotta tellya that i love your tutorials, however i have a quesstion for you Andrew, my time line only renders to a surten point,for exemple if my time line is 10 sec lon it only renders 4 sec. could you help me please?... oh! by the way, how do i purches your products from México?
micah
11/30/2007
Thanks for the tutorial but...


I keep getting problems when I import my vpe file. It is always rotated around and off center. Is my image too big? It is a real pain. Anybody else had this problem?
Jaleel
11/23/2007
Wow! My mouth just dropped from seeing this in action now I need to figure out how I could use it! Wait I think I just did!! Going to try now! Thanks Andrew!
Danny
11/18/2007
as always, u make us laugh and learn. I think we all just love u, keep it on, hallelujah.
vicman
11/14/2007
Gracias por este gran trabajo Andrew!
saludos desde PERU!
Nathan Chapman
11/14/2007
Hey Andrew - keep up the awesome work man!

Just one thing: what program do you use for your screencasts? Thanks, Nathan
Bram
11/13/2007
Same eroor as Chad. Please help?
la tizia
11/12/2007
thanks for all!
Kornikan
11/07/2007
So great tuto !!! THX a lot
Nikko
11/06/2007
I'm getting the same erro as Chad. What did you do to fix it Chad?
JAVIER
11/06/2007
this the coolest website of all times thanks andrew!! you aret the best i try different things here have a look... video copilot rules http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jyvqj_CoFDE
Pakares
11/02/2007
Andrew!! tus tutoriales son de lo mas pro!!
abrazo desde bsas!
Bjoern
10/20/2007
Hey :)
isn´t it possible to export the .vpe (and png files of course) out of photoshop within alpha channel?
D4rkS7der
10/19/2007
this is tutorial , or one man show ? (i am kiddin nice trick)
Martin
10/08/2007
I really like your tutorials, they are great.
dick smith
10/07/2007
can i be you andrew?
Chad
09/26/2007
It works now!

Please disregard my message from yesterday. I'm not sure what I did differently this time but it looks really good! Thanks!
Dumindu
09/25/2007
Thanks Andrew
Chad
09/25/2007
Hi Andrew,

Just received your Lucky 7 bundle..it's AWESOME! I do have a dilemma however on this "3D Vanishing Point" tutorial. It's just not happening. I'm doing everything like you said and it's not working for me.

In the vanishing point dialog box in Photoshop, the side wall planes are going diagonal instead of up. If I draw it upside down however, it works. After I export it into AE like you show, I get an AE message reading: "Unable to execute script at line 153. After Effects error: Unable to call "setValue" because of parameter 1. The range has no values."

AE imports the files but all the png files are blank, and when I drag the comp into the timeline, there is no parent layer. What am I doing wrong? Any advice would be awesome. Thanks!
galera
09/24/2007
works only in photoshop cs3 professional?
nick
09/23/2007
thancks endrew its great lesson.
Archie
09/19/2007
YEEEEESSSSS!!!!!!!!!
Aiden Nichols
09/18/2007
I love this tutorial. It has came in useful for loads of my videos. Thanks Andrew. :D