NEW TUTORIAL: Blueprint Reveal

Now that we have released our new compositing collection Action Essentials 2, we can finally go back to sleeping every day and making tutorials.

In this new tutorial, we’ll combine several techniques to self-animate a blueprint style logo right before your eyes. This fun technique uses basic built-in tools and can be used to ‘reveal’ a logo, a product or possibly a power tool.

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POSTED:
12 years ago
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111 Comments
10 years ago
The tutorial was splendid! Thanks for sharing :)
Tom
10 years ago
Cool Tutorial, thx Andrew!
Helps me a lot!
11 years ago
Very good post.
vg from Germany
12 years ago
Here is my take: http://vimeo.com/5560158
DarkEntity
12 years ago
This is the one that i want to see..it's like logo or title of a film co.G.I Joe title from the trailer's pretty awesome!thanks a lot Sir Andrew!!!!
Frank
12 years ago
Andrew,
I have been religiously watching this site for quite some time now and the sheer idea that you can do just about anything your twisted imagination comes up with is truly a gift. Since I am a beginning VFX artist I have read a lot of books and watched a lot of tutorials but I worry that there is no way to remember all of these tips and tricks. How long did it take you to become proficient in after effects? I have been using it for about 6 mos now and i still struggle with anything that is not a basic title. I doubt you keep a notebook next to your workstation like I do, but what tips could you give us newbies to learn and retain these tips? Great TUT by the way.
12 years ago
Awesome!! thanks!

Eres un genio Andrew!

GBU!
Morten Enoksen
12 years ago
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYkiAL1QrUs&feature=channel_page
What do you guys think about my filmtrailer? It's kind of like James Bond, Johnny English, Austin Powers, and Cops :)

Thank you kindly.
(The tut above helped me out recently, btw)
Peter Somers (TC-Productions)
12 years ago
Excellent tutorial !

Explosions are nice to look at, but for people working in broadcast graphics (like me), these are the kind of tuts that are really useful!

THANKS!!!
Johan
12 years ago
Great tutorial!
It will be great for my new logo. But where do you get the writing sounds from? (I'm just a hobbyist and I want to impress my friends :P).

Greetings from Holland!
12 years ago
Really great tutorial! But I got a problem on it. When I apply the "paper_03" texture on the text and lines, the half up of the texturized part stays really odd. But half down of the drawning stays perfect!

Thank you! (:
C.S.McNABB Productions
12 years ago
Great tutorial. Perfect timing for a promo video I am doing. changed it up a bit and it looks awesome.
Thanks heaps for all the tuts and tips Andrew.
From Aus.

P.S. Cant wait till me AE II gets here hope it doesn't take long to cross the sea.
MitchK
12 years ago
Wow that looks so amazing thanks so much!
Sandy
12 years ago
Amazing amazing, just amazing. Thanks Andrew!!!!!

Sandy
Scott
12 years ago
Thanks, looks very nice! I had a go at it this morning and here is the result: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VW-2kjEU74I
eldaville
12 years ago
Hey nice tut andrew! , i've made something similar like two weeks ago, here's the link:

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

I used the same technics for revealing and creating the grids and that, but I used glow enstead of track mate the lines.

I would love to read some comments.
Bernie
12 years ago
Thx Andrew,
Once again looks like a great tutorial.
WHERE'S THE MUSIC FROM?
I've been wanting to get something similar for a while.
Thanks
Alexsey
12 years ago
Thanks!

btw I've asked for it at forums long time ago :)
12 years ago
same problem...sometimes i post comments and they are not published....I don't know why
Roy
12 years ago
Andrew u r the best thanks for all.if there's a god for visual fx i think it should be u.
12 years ago
Hey Andrew. Can you PLEASE HELP ME!!! When I bust out the text tool and start typing. Nothing appears! I made sure that the color wasnt the same as the BG. I cheecked everything. When I click and drag I can see the text, but when I drop it I can't see it again. Any way of fixing this? Oh and it acts like this on my prfile, but when i go to another user name and open up AE it doesnt do it. Ive even reset the windows and everything.
12 years ago
Nice tut.

By the way, are you still working on the Short-Film, as you posted here: http://www.videocopilot.net/blog/2009/03/filmin/ ?
Gian
12 years ago
incredible o.o
Matthew Sabia
12 years ago
Wow that looks amazing! Great job! And great to see your using vista, I find that vistas much better for working with visual effects and after effects myself ;)

Matthew Sabia
Sabia Productions
12 years ago
Nice, clean, Great!
Irfan
12 years ago
OMG! THANK YOU SO MUCH ANDREW! I am an architectural engineering student, and this tutorial really helped me make a EXTREMELY impressive presentation for my professors. Dude, you made my career with this one! A Million thanks my friend!!!!!!
Matthew Sabia
12 years ago
Wow that looks amazing! Great job! And great to see your using vista, I find that vistas much better for working with visual effects and after effects myself ;)

Matthew Sabia
Sabia Productions
12 years ago
If only the iPhone could see the sample video...
BESTIA94
12 years ago
Awesome.


:D
Matthew Park
12 years ago
AWSOME! COOL!
I LOVE YOU!
Jeroen
12 years ago
Man! how do you come up with this stuff? it's great! and the yokes you make... if they are jokes... spy....

Thank you very much for making this tut's

greetings from the netherlands. (Thats in europe...)
Richard
12 years ago
Muchas gracias, excelente tutorial
Thanks a lot, excellent tutorial
Kai
12 years ago
cool!
leith G
12 years ago
I commented here last 7 hours, where is it? gone! LOL
Anyway awesome tutorial like always.
12 years ago
I always like when Andrew is with us on the comment site. Very helpful to his fans. It's not like hes somewhere in California and doing his thing. He trys to be with the fans....sorry so hard to describe when you are not a native speaker but i hope you got what i mean..melle (germany)
Doug
12 years ago
looks very cool!
Chad
12 years ago
i must be getting quarter timers... and a little bit of glucoma.. looked and didnt see thanks ANDREW!
12 years ago
thanks Andrew :)
12 years ago
Chad, it does, just check the "Apply to new layer".
Anonym
12 years ago
Hello Andrew! I like your tutorials!this tutorial very cool, but i don't have the song. Where can I get the song ?
Thanks
Chad
12 years ago
When you autotrace the title layer in CS4 it does not create a new layer?
Jedi99
12 years ago
is that music from FRINGE ? :)

Marek
DDVP
12 years ago
How can I get the song Andrew?
lost-soul
12 years ago
P E R F E C T
Ray burton
12 years ago
Thanks Andrew for all your works. You and your Team are the greatest. Bit thanks from germany!
John
12 years ago
Aweosme tutorial as always! Seriously, where would any of us be without AK?
Boss I have a question about the new website, though. How come it takes 4 clicks for me to watch this tutorial? :(
Drysten
12 years ago
The only thing this tutorial is missing is a reference to "The Aviator" with Leo Dicaprio.

"Show me the blueprints Show me the blueprints Show me the blueprints Show me the blueprints Show me the blueprints Show me the blueprints"

Thanks for the awesome tutorials man.
Ryan
12 years ago
Nice tutorial, man
i've been trying but failing for a few months
Scott kope
12 years ago
nice homie...p.s. your wife is smokin'!!!!
12 years ago
Really cool tutorial Andrew!

For some inspiration I recommend to search for the Home Remedy font, which gives some hints about lines to be drawn and where, and by the way, it's a cool font, but surely overtaken by this techinque when doing computer animation.

Keep on rocking!
12 years ago
WOW! Cool and unexpected.
Jody Cochran
12 years ago
Looks nice, I really appreciated the power tool link. Perfect inspiration for a project I am working on. Thanks for the tutorial.
frig2
12 years ago
Hey Andrew, just a question. Wouldn't it have been easier to use a 3d camera instead of all the 2d animation? Awesome tutorial anyway! :)
Lawrence
12 years ago
This looks brilliant, it will be awesome if I can figure out how to then match this with some cinema 4d stuff to get some extrusions coming out once the blueprint is finished. Nice work... Thanks!
12 years ago
Nice tutorial Andrew. You.´re the best. :)
Idan91
12 years ago
Great effect Andrew!

I was always wondering how to make this effect after seeing this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3A7s2Gqt5I

your version looks even better.
Kaneleus
12 years ago
You guys are always making my day !:)
Vladimir from Russia
12 years ago
Andrew, you work in XP or Vista (32 or 64)?
12 years ago
AWESOME! And you didn't let on about it. :)
12 years ago
I do agree, too, saxon..and I guess the quality of the elements is much better. I think no one would buy After Effect 6.5 when there is CS4 for the same price....Makes sense to take it out....greetings from sunny Germany
Oliiz
12 years ago
That is in my opinion one of, no.. THE funniest tutorial you've ever made. And yes, I do believe I have watched them all.

Also, great effect, you somehow always manage to come up with something new.
12 years ago
AWESOME! As ever!

And i used to LOVE home improvement! Where h as it dissapeared to?!?

Thanks Andrew!
jim hines
12 years ago
You're a trip bro. Love the section in the middle about baking a cake. LOL. Great tutorial. Thanks a million.
Saxon
12 years ago
thanks MELLE. I agree with that decision, because AEII is bigger (in frame size as well as content size) and therefore better.
Vladimir from Russia
12 years ago
Andrew, why you work in AE CS3?
12 years ago
What I don't understand is that Andrew said that most of the elements are shot in 4K from Action Movie Essentials 2. But the Red One can't shoot 4K size at 120 fps. Now is my question, has the team of Videocopilot used a real 35mm filmcamera?
12 years ago
Yeah Saxon...Andrew said it somewhere...AE1 has been taken out because AE2 gives you all you need 100 times better.
12 years ago
reall ygreat tutorial Andrew. keep it up
Saxon
12 years ago
looks awesome andrew :). Looking forward to the Video-Blog too.

PS: Action Essentials II = THE BOMB! (pardon the pun).
Iv noticed that Action Movie Essentials isnt in the shop anymore, is this simply because you think AEII is all you need?
12 years ago
Looks awesome. Will be watching!

And what!?
AE2 is released?
Alj
12 years ago
Looks nice,

thanks!
Falcon80
12 years ago
awesome
Dave Vegas
12 years ago
Where are my blueprints!!!????
12 years ago
great outcome :)
12 years ago
Awesome! NEW TUTS! (sorry for caps; I am just excited)
-David
Gianni
12 years ago
E' semplicemente fantastico...opss I wrote in italian!!!

It's fantastic!!!

Bye Andrew.
Gianni
Qw3rtium
12 years ago
Wow, I just got one of my title sections ready and I thought I don't wanna see anything related to AE but then I had to watch this and now I got even more inspiration and... arrgh! :D
japanguy
12 years ago
Hey andrew !
Thanks for this very helpful and inspirational tutoriel !
Keep up the good work as always !
Vladimir
12 years ago
Thank you Andrew!
12 years ago
Looks nice,

thanks!
Timinator
12 years ago
Very well done! I love the 3D look that you seem to favor now for the Video Copilot text.

Awesome stuff man, I don't know how you manage to do so much. Maybe you are Superman...
12 years ago
Great!!!
yes, this is amazing!

thank you andrew
However
12 years ago
Cool tool andrew! Thanks lol
Gage
12 years ago
Sweet! Where is that background music from?
resident
12 years ago
Nice tutorial!
12 years ago
Thanx Andrew Kramer,,,,
12 years ago
I`ve been after this effects for so long!!!
thank you Andrew!!!
Wesley
12 years ago
awesome !! going to try it =D
12 years ago
Nice one. Will come in handy seeing as I am studying Mechanical Engineering besides Computer Animation. Will definitely have to use! Thanks!
Amir
12 years ago
nice nice andrew
12 years ago
thnx andrew i need this im architect thnx again..
Dark Messiah
12 years ago
sweet
12 years ago
good tutorial but i'think it's wonderful if find more details about zoom, like go right and go lift then up up
Jason
12 years ago
looks so cool
12 years ago
Awesome!!! thanks!
12 years ago
This looks like a fun tutorial.

Can't wait to take a crack at it.
monroe
12 years ago
hey andrew thanks for the next greatest tutorial! i personally cant wait for a tutorial that utilizes your newest product so I can be sufficiently influenced to purchase.. :P
12 years ago
Cool. Thanks
Tron
12 years ago
not awesome...but cool anyway (...kidding!). Just encouraging you for the tutorial Nº100!!!!
12 years ago
Andrew, what are you planning on doing for your 100th tutorial? Any hints?
12 years ago
Sweet, I've always wanted to know how to do something like this, it'll definitely come in handy!
Infaas
12 years ago
Cool effect, thanks AK
12 years ago
Cool...
12 years ago
Awesome! JUST WOW!
DP
12 years ago
Really cool effect! I can't wait to see what other great things videocopilot has in store for us!
12 years ago
dang like comment number 4. Cant wait to watch
12 years ago
very cool
12 years ago
Omg This looks really cool!!!
12 years ago
thank. tutorial Nice and good....