41. The Blue Planet
• Create a cool earth in After Effects
• Add atmosphere, rotation and cool lighting
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Jul 08, 2007
Tutorial Notes:
NOTE: The only reason it says South Africa, is because I had to record this tutorial twice. And because I'm not that good at geology.
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361 Responses to "The Blue Planet"
Macarah
04/13/2014
Your humor makes these tutorials that much more awesome.
p.s. thanks for the shout out to the video co pilot girls haha
Dustiovsky
03/20/2014
I love when you say the thing about creating a logo for a production company. "Universe Pictures" perhaps.

Your tutorials are the best. Thank you so much.
AndrésL
01/31/2014
You are a Boss
kwality kontrol
01/23/2014
The only thing I miss in a lot of these tutorials, while they are awesome, is not what you are doing, but why. Why are you creating duplicates, why are you precomposing, etc??
Ben
12/20/2013
Hey man,

Just started learning AE and have quickly became a fan of your tuts. Just wanted to say I loved the laser pointer story the rolex additive had me in tears. So random, just like me.

Thanks for your tutorials bud
Ben
JHON WALKER
10/24/2013
Hola Andrew i write you from spain. Thanks porque tu entusiasmo en todo tu trabajo, lo transmites muy bien. Tengo 54 año y me he enganchado al after effects, y tu entusiasmo me hace mejorar cada dia. Tienes muy buen equipo KRAMER. you are goog team.
Nat
07/15/2013
Hey mate. I've been looking for tutorials on how to make an earth so i can make some opening titles for my new Channel on youtube. Would it be possible to use 'The Blue Planet' for my intro with a shout-out of course.
Ayoub Rhriyeb
06/04/2013
when you go to "CC Sphere/Shading". Cant you use that to make it look like a planet got hit by an asteriod or meteor
taylor robins
06/03/2013
i used this for my video clas, thanks a lot man!
C
05/24/2013
Thanks for the song! I am a studient from Argentina, this video was very helpfull. Thanks!
Leila
01/07/2013
Hi, Im probably being a thick here but how do you get the files that you used in this tutorial? I clicked the download project file but its coming up as a zip file which wont open on my imac. Otherwise is there any other place I can find the elements that you have used, Im doing a project at college that involves a lot of space vfx shots so any advice would be great in finding things that I can use in the future. Thank you :)
Lenny
05/29/2013
You need a program to unzip and extract the files. WinRAR is one you can use. Got to filehippo.com
Russ
12/11/2012
Great tutorial, video co-pilot is probably the best resource i've ever found in terms of AE, helping me through out my degree at uni. As for Andrew kramer, he's such a boss! Definitely Casanova with the women.
Gin-I
12/04/2012
lol you are the best. thank you for the song. lol. when my company gets bigger, my goal is to BUY everything you have to sell. For now, still working on it. Do you have any sport tutorials. like zooming in to a basketball or something short like that?
Gatcio
11/26/2012
Andrew you just great,just great thank you soooooooo much
i'm (beg-ner) first time watching this A.A.E-t. i want learning this programm, how make everything.Please help me
Iscariah
10/18/2012
Hi Andrew! I found a funny track with this effect in it. If you read this, you might as well look at the video: http://www.tubechop.com/watch/606318

I chopped the video, it starts right where the effect is in the clip. Have fun watching this, I know you gonna love it! XD
Gin-I
12/04/2012
that was crazy, but loved the effects.
leo
10/13/2012
ey andy thanks so much for your kindly suport! ;)
Alex
10/05/2012
Thx very much for this tutorial.
Really amazing how good you explain the things, very funny also, keep up the good work!

Using CS6 and no problems with this tutorial.
Josh Becker
09/12/2012
Hey Andrew. I'm using CS5.5 and when I apply the sphere, it says the effect is "missing" and nothing happens to the comp. What's going on?
rhon
08/01/2012
how to put a text around the globe and also rotating around the globe?
tnx
David H.
10/01/2012
Hey Rhon,

I'm not sure if this is the effect you're going for, but I'd make a new comp, put your text in it, and bring it into your original comp. After you add the cc sphere effect to your text comp, make the scale of the text sphere slightly bigger than your globe. Then you can adjust the size of the text to your liking in your text comp.
Louis
07/31/2012
Hey Andrew, thanks for your tutorial. By the way, I have a issue: when I move camera around the planet, it seem like a 2D object, it's not a real 3D object. Any solution?
Mikkel
07/19/2012
I love you, Andrew, great tutorial, so much fun! haha
Raj
06/29/2012
hey Andrew
i have created this effect by ur help and u should see it
jluisj7
05/02/2012
exelente tutorial pero me puedes decir como puedo descargar cc esphere para after effects cs5
Matt
03/30/2012
Hi Andrew, awesome tutorial. :D

I'm having a problem with changing the light direction on the top Earth layer at the beginning. After I linked up all the Rotation axes and the Radius to the master, I tried to change the light direction but nothing happened.

What's going on?
caleb
03/06/2012
i see other people have this problem too...i have cs5.5 and i try to add the clouds to make an atmosphere ..but i did the alt+double click..but no luck..so i did the "just double click" and it still won't let me take my cloud image and put it over the picture..ps.when i double click..it doesnt open a new comp..any fix?
Cristina
02/24/2012
Good Job!!!
Danny
01/29/2012
I found this quite fun, but it would also be a lot cooler, I think, if there was a tutorial that showed how to make an orbiting moon, as well.
vadel x naveen
10/03/2011
good
Adam
12/18/2011
I'm using lowly CS3... any idea how I access the mode - hard light - opacity when on the fog. I found hard light in the layer - blending - hard light but no options to reduce opacity :'(
Jose
08/31/2011
Hi Andrew,

Congratulations, great job.

I have a problem with this tutorial because I can´t to link one the pre compose each other. I am using After effects cs5 full version, please check these link to help me.

Thanks.

http://screencast.com/t/NBlrKqtS

http://screencast.com/t/RchNEv32

Zak
01/10/2012
Hey Jose,

I'm sure you've already received your answer to this post as it is from a few months ago, but I was having the same problem in CS5 until I realized I wasn't holding the "alt" (option) key while clicking. I just missed him saying to do that. If this isn't the problem with yours, I hope you've figured it out by now and I wish you luck!
IT'S WONDERFUL!
08/31/2011
The tutorial was wonderful... the song... so so...
xkdxkdi
08/22/2011
Thank you!
Brendanr00lz
08/08/2011
Hey how do you go into fullscreen mod like that?
Raj
06/29/2012
go to the pallate u want to make large and just press the "tilt(~)" key.this key is just above the tab key


hey i have also made this effect you can see here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB4KRIK7CPc
Xan Schneigansz
08/05/2011
Thanks Andrew
All your tutorials are awesome.
Coolrave
08/04/2011
thanks andrew kramer, i learned so much here on your site, "Brilliant Kramer", and more video tutorial ,again thanks a lot andrew
Jacob
07/18/2011
How are none of the images that you drag in not ever blurry?
geraldndayishimiye
06/22/2011
thanks
robyns
06/22/2011
Thanks so much !!! u r addictive.. .. learning a lot
Artemis
06/21/2011
Whenever I use the CC sphere effect, an annoying green x appears. How do I get rid of it? it is still there after I render.
Luis
06/22/2011
maybe you are using a older version of AE which does not have cc sphere permission to render out. I am guessing you have a trial version of it. get CC sphere at cycorefx.com. I hope this help.
Keith
06/18/2011
Hi Andrew. Thanks for these great Tutorials. I have just purchased AE CS5.5 and I have been watching this tutorial The Blue Planet.Around the 8min 6 sec mark, when its time to add the atmosphere, I think you Alt double click on the Master Earth mask. You are then taken to a screen with earth map on it. When I try this I am taken to a screen with the earth as a globe. Not sure what is happening here. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
Harv
10/01/2011
I'm sure you won't read this since it's been 3 months from when you posted this comment, but to anyone else wondering, you just need to double-click on the Master Earth comp instead of Alt double-clicking when using CS4/CS5/CS5.5!
Tob Tob7
06/10/2011
Andrew,

Thanks for the informative tutorials. I have just started using after effects, but your help made it easier to jump in and start creating video effects. It is very exciting to be able to actually branch into the world of advanced graphics. Very well done!

I had a question about the graphics that were provided for this tutorial: are they provided under your video copilot license?

Again, thanks for all the help!
Sanne
05/04/2011
Great tutorial, really helpfull!! :)
D Hills344
05/03/2011
hi andrew kramer your tutorials are very helpful
even im only 11 years old
my mother was very happy because she was amaze when i made a disintegrate
thank u
from Philippines
LucaSeem2000
04/14/2012
Hi 5! im 11 aswell!!!

Thanks from London AK!
Paul E
05/03/2011
This just shows how great and understandable your tutorials are, thanks AK,,

Greetings from PH as well,,
Conar
04/13/2011
Whenever I make a new comp, its not called Timeline:Earth or if I make a comp out of a
Jpeg of a cat its not called Timeline:Cat

help me please.
Denzel
04/07/2011
Hi andrew ;)

How can i make a big planet in the front, like you are flying over it.

Nice tutorail 5/5!
Roberto M
03/24/2011
Thank you very much for posting all these tutorials. I have been working in Photoshop and Illustrator for many years, now that I have learned After Effect, I can bring my art alive. Your tutorials have help me very much in school, and I show all my classmates your website. Even my teacher said he will pass on this website to his future students.
Thank you again Robrtto M
Goku Uzumaki
03/15/2011
Thank a lot Andrew....This tutorial rocks....I was looking all over YouTube for something like this. It also helped in learning how to make a real looking sphere with after effects. Thank a lot...
Cristina
03/11/2011
Dude...I love your tutorials. You crack me up everytime! Thanks!!
LukasVideosify
03/11/2011
In my opinion you could have added fractal noise to the sun to immitate the explosions on the surface... But aside from that great job! :D
sammy
03/07/2011
wow thx! looks really simple! I'll try it!
Pa-Modu Jack
03/07/2011
The tutorial is fantastic..but what I find contradictiry is the lens flare in contrast to the dark backgroung..and the STARS!
jay
02/16/2011
CC - Sphere i cant get it
AL
03/10/2011
You can get CC sphere at cycorefx.com
Phill
02/19/2011
Im sure cc spere is only available once you purchase after effects. Like cc particle world its not on the trial
jay
02/16/2011
CC - Sphere dont see it
LukasVideosify
03/10/2011
You need a full version of the program for that... ;)
Wenny
02/08/2011
Hi!

Just want to say: "Thanks! You are a very GREAT teacher!" I Love your tutorials!! XD

Wenny
asr
02/04/2011
Try green laser pointers next time, they are more powerfull
eva mejia
02/03/2011
How do I make live/moving background animation, with a video of me talking in front of the background.
can you help me please.
Thanks,
Eva
LukasVideosify
03/10/2011
That's totally easy! You just need a green screen and then Keylight 1.2 to key it out. Of course you can also use chroma keys but they're not quite as powerfull... ;)
Saith Shoaib
02/02/2011
Hi Sir,
you're a great teacher, you're awesome!
thnaks
Saith Shoaib,
Help
01/30/2011
When i set the hue and saturation lightness to max i loose my skies
Stéphane
01/28/2011
Hi i can't find the CC sphere too
Daði
01/19/2011
I Cant Find the CC Spher
Dabbi
01/19/2011
CC - Sphere where can i get that
Fab
01/15/2011
Hi! I'm a girl!...And I love you!
Haha.. nah but in all seriousness, you're a great teacher. Keep doing what you're doing, 'cause you do it great!
I bought 2 of your products to support support the team and better my workflow. They're great quality stuff!

Keep up the awesome!
Janell
01/08/2011
Another spot-on tutorial, exactly what I needed for the book trailer I'm making. Thanks again for making me look like I know what I'm doing. :)
Roloff
12/31/2010
Also what I needed, thanks a bunch. If you need larger or different maps for the earth like I did, check out the NASA Visible Earth site with tons of glorious free giant maps. http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/
danielle
11/25/2010
hello,
always clear, nice and funny!
Thanks so much for your help.
When I get rich, I'll buy your stuff, that's a promess!
keep going.
(a grateful girl)
Computer Firemen
11/17/2010
Andrew,

You are the funniest guy around (at least the funniest guy around who makes tutorial vids for AE). Thank you very much for the multitude of tutorials that you post on this site.

I was a bit overwhelmed trying to learn after effects before I found videocopilot.net. I had scoured youtube and found very few videos that were worth the price of admission. I happened upon one of your vids and was instantly hooked.

I hope you see this comment, because I would like to say a heartfelt "Thank you"

Faizurr
11/13/2010
Thank You.
andres.
10/26/2010
Can i use this template in a commercial proyect?
Patrick
10/13/2010
Ya I think I would like to buy one of those rolex watches.
Donovan
10/06/2010
Thanks Andrew! This tutorial rocks!
Ryan
10/02/2010
Hey id like to use this effect to make a 3d baseball or soccer ball anyone know where i can get some flattened images from?
Effectsfreak
09/07/2010
I learned a lot from this tutorial when I was first starting out, but since then I've found other ways of achieving a more "photorealistic" look.

The main thing is the atmosphere. You can just make a new layer with whatever color you want, add the "CC Sphere" filter on it and set it to screen. Then make it a little larger than the planet, add a small blur, and BOOM, a great looking atmosphere. Obviously the lighting and shading setting would change depending on what direction the planet is facing, etc. And you'd also want to parent everything together.
ltbiomed
09/05/2010
lool Dr evil! thanks alot for your tutorials andrew,am also doing 3ds max courses,believe me the tuthor is so boring,it's worse when he tries to tell a joke!!!! I wish andrew makes 3ds max tutorials it will be like awesome! good luck with your "LASER" XD
caterine
08/31/2010
thanks you!i hope in next time you will post some videos.
Dam Media
08/18/2010
Hey Andrew I did this tutorial and made it into a Intro! Heres the video everyone please take some time to Subscribe!
www.youtube.com/dammediafilms
web designer
08/15/2010
thanks buddy to share like this tutorial.this tutorial really help me to complete my project.
josearley
07/22/2010
thank you very much for this tutorial, I hope you could see some good in Spanish, but anyway thank you very much.

greetings from Cartago City Colombia
Huge
06/28/2010
outstanding tutorial.

I will attempt :D

my first time using AE
hydroboy
06/24/2010
andrew...thx a million man...
godbless u
UnitedAnimals
05/27/2010
oh my god! i compose cool idea that earth eclipse but this idea already thinked by Mr. Andrew!!! oh dear .... so sad
esther
05/26/2010
hi Andrew! man u really doing a grt job, since i've been watching your tutorials, i've grow in this man thanks keep the gud job...u r the best....
Charlie
05/19/2010
Whenever I try to export this as a Quicktime to use in Final Cut, the fog layer looses its "feather", it just looks like a cut out rectangle. Thanks.
Francisco
05/14/2010
Hi! I'm trying to do the solar system with all planets together, but I don't know how I can make the translation movement of the planets.
Please reply me, if you know anyway to do it.
Thanks for everything
(:
Areya
04/27/2010
every time i alt double click on the comp it wont open a new one it just shows the flatten out earth on the same comp..... can someone please tell me what to do
Birchie
01/19/2011
if your on a mac it's command double kick
Ms. Ryot
04/22/2010
Thanks for quarter of a song for us Copilot girls. Great tutorials dude! Keep up the great work!!!
sherby
04/20/2010
hehe u so funny , i think it's geography not geology :D
mensah
04/12/2010
Awesome tutorial! And thanks for the laugh too! Hilarious!
ubuntu
03/19/2010
it's amazing
Walter
02/26/2010
I took a stab at this project using AE 6.5. I had to improvise and do a bunch of manual keyframe settings; becuase, 6.5 doesn't have all the same fancy tools CS3 does - such as fractal noise and glow. I'm struggling with larger resolutions...the sphere's come out looking like eggs. Anyway...awesome tutorial. Here's my version of your project - the egg version.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wbce6fiARLY

Peace
manuvr
02/08/2010
very good work Andrew. tanks r u fine?
Ben
02/06/2010
Thanks Andrew. I learned a lot of techniques in this tutorial. It's so great having you around. Love the personal comments!
amioname
02/05/2010
Isn't geology the study of rocks? I think geography is what you meant :) But very good tutorial nonetheless.
Sandro
01/27/2010
South Africa? Did you miss the geography classes?

Sandro, from Brazil - South America

ps - great tutorial, lol
NoHearSoun
01/18/2010
guy pls help..
whenever i (alt-double click) on the Master Earth
it doesn't make another duplicate composition like in the video tutorial..
instead, the earth image shows up in the same composition.. i can't make the earth with rotating clouds with it...
and it doesn't have the (timeline: earthmap_1k) in the comp...
pls help.. (i'm new to ae cs4)
thanks!
dylan
01/02/2010
the cs4 hotkey for expression editing is (alt shift =) or you can choose animation> add expression
Furkan
12/16/2009
Andrew for tutorials very thanks hakk?ni?da helal et sa?dan soldan indiridik hep senin ar?ivini
Mark
12/15/2009
Check it out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAchwGswxUQ

Thanks Andrew, your tutorials are awesome and hilarious.
Skrol
12/11/2009
AWNDREW HELP!! im new at Ae, i have a cs4 Ae, you in the tutorial clik to parent the radius one ech other but in my version of Ae just showme the parent option in de master layer no in the efects or transform layers please help !!


Katarina
11/09/2009
Hi Andrew,
thank you for your amazing tutorials, with your tutorials you built very comfortable stairs to my professional dreams, thank you for all those stairs, and thanks to your parents to gave a birth to such a great person, o.k., sorry I but I am amazed and inspired with what you are giving to people and I can't stop saying, thank you, thank you, thank you...and yes thank you for the song, I hope that you will have a chance to sing it to the end when your wife go to the shopping
Kat
Silvia
11/04/2009
:)) Andrew, thank u for the song! :) kiss u and hopely ur wife in not jealous (its just a friendly kiss ;) )
dharma
11/03/2009
Thank u....

Send me more............
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