Circuit City

Making circuits! After trying to create something large, I thought I should try to make something small!

I started by taking a circuitry texture and placing it on a plane in Element 3D. I used the texture in the Glossiness channel and the reflection channel to give the pathways a metalic look. Next I built the circuits using various primitives like box and cylinder at various sizes and placed them around the board near the components of the texture. I couldn’t help myself and I ended up adding some motion design elements like the power core and microchips. It’s amazing how some random object suddenly looks like a fancy heatsink (heat-sync?) in the right context.

And finally for the micro look, I turned on some camera depth of field!

I’ve included the circuit texture below so you can try it out!

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3 years ago
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107 Comments

3 years ago
tank you.
goooood.
3 years ago
nice
3 years ago
This post is probably out of place... but Element3D assuming is a type of graphic game engine, will it be possible to incorporate a fur technology like NeoFur in the near future? It's on Unreal and Unity3D and it would make it so much easier for the Element3D user community.

- Element3d fan
Jerry
3 years ago
Is there a tutorial for this?
Albert
3 years ago
How do you create layer texturing in element 3D, like the metallic glossy circuit and flat matte black on the board itself. Is there a way to create an alpha map texture for the metallic lines and layer it on top of a flat matte black board?
    Mike
    3 years ago
    I think you use the exact same texture of the circuit board that he gave, and use it as a reflective map.
Good luck Andrew
3 years ago
Amazing Tools !!
Good luck Andrew!.
Ray
3 years ago
What happened to the Circuit board download, where can I find it?
Gismoxan
3 years ago
A Fight Scene Short Movie ............ https://youtu.be/Ysey8FgjN3U
3 years ago
Great pack with high details.

Good luck Andrew!.

Digiphic Studio
http://www.digiphic.com
3 years ago
It has Inspired us this week-end to create our very own small circuit city. We ended up creating a small pack of Element 3D models including a resistance, a transistor, a diode and chips of different size. All of them created inside Element 3D by combining different primitives together.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qn6uyBS5xkU
EYE
3 years ago
Super cool! Looking at what you did above, I have some new ideas... as usual. Thanks!
Ah... for future releases of Pro shaders would be good if we had textures in 8K res or even 16K. You think it would be possible?
C
3 years ago
anyone have a walk through on how to accomplish this ?
3 years ago
I wanted to do a circuit render for a project I'm working on, and then I look at your blog and find what I had in mind. It's like this site is reading my mind :) Great work.

Here are my attempts
https://vimeo.com/184179288
https://vimeo.com/184179288
https://vimeo.com/184179288
https://vimeo.com/184179288
https://vimeo.com/184179288
Lee Masters
3 years ago
What am I doing wrong? I take time to produce a great looking masterpiece, using Element 3D's various tools and models. I light it like a stage pro! I take it to the highest quality render and get a real bag of flikering puss!!!! :-( Any ideas as to what setting in AE I have missed?
Sevrin
3 years ago
Enough with the showreel posts guys.

We get it, you follow the tutorials just like the rest of us.
    StevenJ
    3 years ago
    I disagree. You guys just keep on posting. I think that is what Andrew is trying to encourage. It's good practice, even if you are "just following tutorials." And posting stuff for others to see is good motivation to keep trying.
    StevenJ
    3 years ago
    I disagree. You guys just keep on posting. I think that is what Andrew is trying to encourage. It's good practice, even if you are "just following tutorials." And posting stuff for others to see is good motivation to keep trying. If you want a challenge though, see how close you can get to Andrew's renders that don't come with tutorials...
    Vix
    3 years ago
    @StevenJ - Here we go again...another person who thinks they are the voice for Andrew.
    StevenJ
    3 years ago
    @Vix - seriously? I mean, I'm not trying to speak for anyone. There is a circuit texture here. There are hints pointing you in the direction of making a render. Posted by Andrew, it looks like. I guess I'm just way out of touch here. Hey guys I was wrong. Delete Element 3d, along with anything you may have downloaded from here. And stop rendering stuff. (sarcasm)
    StevenJ
    3 years ago
    "Ive included the circuit texture below so you can try it out!"
    3 years ago
    Honestly, you both have the right opinion.
    To copy the tutorials is good for teaching the handling of Element 3D.
    Filling the Internet with unnecessary "test render" is stupid.
    It is better to create something new from the gained knowledge.
    Greetings from Switzerland and nice Christmas.
    Peace
3 years ago
LOVE this plug-in, Andrew! Here's an Element helmet drop:
https://vimeo.com/155200464
3 years ago
I'm sure this has been requested before but I'd really love to see a screengrab or list of the render and output settings. I've been using Element for a while now and while my results have improved quite a bit lately I still feel my renders could use a couple of tweaks to go one step further.
    3 years ago
    Very much agree. Or maybe even post the project files? Ray tracing and AO settings definitely help but would love to see the special sauce up close.
3 years ago
Good job.
3 years ago
The silence is very exciting..... the calm before the storm?

Christian Michael
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQytCQsgaCY&list=PLJq1LCcpz7vt8iWgVtBzaZm3LLQnh6qtF
Doug
3 years ago
Here is a quick logo reveal of my favorite NFL team using some Video Copilot plugins and a bit of particular as well.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYsfHDGgs3I
    baha
    3 years ago
    terrible
3 years ago
    wim
    3 years ago
    Very nice
Florian
3 years ago
Pls. Make a Tutorial AK! It looks so great! pls pls pls
Simon Thorley
3 years ago
Common Kramerman, I need a fix!
3 years ago
Wow! As usual you never fail to inspire us!

By the way, can you please make a tutorial on how to create realistic looking crystal in Element 3D? I'm dying to create a model similar to this photo :http://www.iycr2014.org/__data/assets/image/0005/96539/Crystal-logo-2014.jpg
https://youtu.be/UHoaX9meAmI

You are Jesus with your awesome blog posts and we all are Moses, Waiting for the tutorials that we have come to love and respect you as the head of VC!
Jeff
3 years ago
Hey guys,
Just made a WIP with BB-8 and Aliens (from rroobboo). Check it out and let me know what you think! https://youtu.be/yxuloDE6x5A
johnsnow
3 years ago
displacement would be nice????
Millad
3 years ago
I love you Andrew
Fatmir
3 years ago
MakeHuman and Element 3d v.2.2
Hope you like
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2C-ofMpeNnA
3 years ago
Deva
3 years ago
Please watch this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTSNbhcgB4I

Super hero Landing 2
lovelysoul
3 years ago
TJ Koker
3 years ago
Looks like something straight out of Tron: Legacy.
Nick
3 years ago
Andrew can you tell us what is Energy Conversation advanced option inside Element 3D
Thanks
3 years ago
Dope!

Would love to see how you do your low altitude fly-over camera movements like in the opening of Saber trailer :)
Creatif Sanju
3 years ago
Awesome AK.
3 years ago
Any chance of a project file download?
This is amazing!
XinGeR
3 years ago
he' andrew, it's been a while we did not hear your voice ;D; c'mon make tutorials and talk to us.
johnsnow
3 years ago
element need displacement by texture
TokyoJames
3 years ago
This is great! Love seeing the blog so active. I know the tutorials are fun to watch for everyone but they take so long to make. These are just perfect and give just enough info and inspiration for people to get crackin on their own. Tight work, man (as always)
3 years ago
Hi Andrew and the team ! Little question for E3D. I see in your Show at NAB, a future new option in E3D, for comunicate with C4D. When this update come ? :-)
And with this new option, it's possible to import the lights and the camera of the C4D project ? ( like Cineware option but it's not really good with E3D ).
Thank you for your reply and have a great day.
Jim.
William Ehrendreich
3 years ago
I gave it a quick try too! I happened to have a circuit image that I used.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uReNt5jMCiw
3 years ago
Man, this Circuit City looks state of the art!
    3 years ago
    Miss those days, lolz
John
3 years ago
Andrew give us tutoirals !
Dont like this screenshot stuff !
    art
    3 years ago
    exactly
    TokyoJames
    3 years ago
    nah, this is good. good inspiration and makes us WORK to get a good product (making us better artists)
    Gabe
    3 years ago
    John, instead of being walked through everything and never growing as an artist, why don't you try thinking for yourself and coming up with something of your own.
rahul
3 years ago
team,
we saw motion pulse trailer and was amazed by visuals
we are college students and are organizing a tech fest ,with your permission we would request you that we will edit the below trailer and add our college fest name ,
1.we wont publish on youtube except in our fb page
2.we don't earn anything out of it
3.our college is not so famous ,not even to the city within 20km radius
we are really impressed b your video .we will be obliged if you give us the permission .waiting for your reply
thank you
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjdhMVH4dZw
3 years ago
I had done a element 3d opener animation and animation with free project file.
http://designjunkie.in/2015/12/3d-element-opener-for-free/
please check this out
lovelysoul
3 years ago
Matthew Jelly
3 years ago
Andrew man, I've been following your work for years and now I'm actually making a living thanks in part to your education. I've started using element quite a bit lately and it's an amazing package, seeing what you are able to achieve with it really inspires me. Here's my first full intro animation, I should have layed out UV's and created some original textures but I got a little lazy, plus the pro shaders pack is great. https://vimeo.com/182059956
    Chris
    3 years ago
    Love the video! Good job.
    3 years ago
    Awesome!
    3 years ago
    Wow, great feel!
3 years ago
Interesting.
Dany
3 years ago
Amazing Thanks
Kevin
3 years ago
Ah Circuit City...I miss that store
jaseem harry
3 years ago
That is really beautiful. You always manages to pull of something great from scratch. Real inspiration you are...
3 years ago
Just uploaded an experiment using some Motion Design 2 models with Element v02. I've used that chromatic aberration too and that's pretty cool! But the multi-pass DoF was too slow, so I've used Pixel DoF besides the glow and the motion blur. I hope you like it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_vQ4EGrhkM&feature=youtu.be
    3 years ago
    Genial, Carlos. Sigo tus trabajos de cerca desde hace unos cuantos aos, son una buena fuente de inspiracin :)

    Daniel
    http://bit.ly/dglorenzo
    3 years ago
    Gracias, Daniel! Has visto la ltima chapucilla que he subido a Vimeo?
    https://vimeo.com/181559158
    The password is "password"

    Tu reel tambin tiene algunas cosillas interesantes, sigue as!
    3 years ago
    Muy interesante la "chapucilla" ;) Adems de bien explicado el workflow. Voy a comenzar a trastear con Photoscan, pinta genial. Gracias por postearlo!
    Mark
    3 years ago
    This might work for you for some landscapes: https://sellfy.com/p/GB15/

    Axis FX - His YouTube page: https://sellfy.com/p/GB15/
GhayRat
3 years ago
Very beautiful !!
3 years ago
That looks pretty nice. It's like seeing Iron Man... from the inside, hahaha.
Simon Thorley
3 years ago
Great detail, as always - the possibilities are endless, would love to see some landscapes and terrain pack - mountains, deserts, oceans, polar, etc... - all in a 'pay for pack' - of course.
    KC at NIU
    3 years ago
    I like that idea Simon! I've been looking at some terrain files on ShareCG. They were all made with Bryce, so there isn't a great selection of subtlety and mapping the obj files to look good in E3D can be quite the challenge.
    3 years ago
    I'm afraid Vue Xtreme will continue being the standard software for digital terrains for a while yet, guys. I'm an old Bryce user (really, really old, haha), but Vue is hundreds of times more powerful. And much slower, of course. Anyway, there is nothing like Vue in order to create digital landscapes in 3D.

    If you want to play with realistic terrains using Element, I would recommend the use of some Photogrammetry software in combination with Element and After Effects. Please, check out one of my latest VFX shots here, and it's complete breakdown, and you'll see what I mean:

    https://vimeo.com/181559158
    The password is "password"
    xantos
    3 years ago
    @CRoblex that's very cool! and gives me more tools and ideas. So much appreciated!
    Patrick
    3 years ago
    I use World Machine for my terrains. In combination with Quixel Megascans textures you'll get the most realistic results.
    3 years ago
    Thanks for the info, Patrick. Both softwares look great. I guess you're using the full versin of World Machine, right? Because the trial version doesn't allowe you to use many polygons...
Shirel
3 years ago
Here's my try at creating a cloud city with element ;)
https://youtu.be/QomYY72L1q4
solaiappan
3 years ago
Please Do a tutorial For like this DOF in After Effect For element 3D...
3 years ago
Hi Andrew!

Is that 100% AE camera DOF? 'Multi Pass' DOF Mode? Or you have used a depth map + DOF plug-in (Frischluft). That bokeh looks pretty organic!
3 years ago
That's awesome, I love it!
Bob Vance
3 years ago
"heat-sync", what a noob! ;)
csibe
3 years ago
What kind of light setup do you use?
Tom
3 years ago
Looks great. I love how adding some simple objects, such as the basic primitives, come together like greeble on a space ship to make things look "real". Thanks for sharing the circuit board texture, too.
3 years ago
Hey thanks for sharing the circuit texture! I was working out a way to take a screenshot so I could try making this!
Joseph
3 years ago
Inspirational as always! Thanks for sharing
3 years ago
How do you Achieve that Chromatic Aberration effect?
Do we expect a tutorial in the future?
    Dada
    3 years ago
    Every time I see that I am wondering how can I do that... Nothing, never found useful info about chromatic aberration... Tutorial would be nice!
    3 years ago
    Maybe I could help you guys here.

    There are several ways to achieve color aberration in After Effects, with and without external plug-ins. Of course, with a plug-in is faster and simplier:

    1. With plug-in "Simple RGB Separation":
    This plug-in is included in the pack "Universe Distort" from Red Giant and it works pretty easy: just select the separation between color channels and that's all.

    2. With Plug-in "Chromatic aberration":
    This is another plug-in included in the "Universe Distort" pack from Red Giant, but this one is much powerful and complex. It gives you the oportunity of playing around with many other features, like the dirt in the lens, the lens distortion and the scale of each channel.

    3. With the Effect "Channel Combiner", included in After Effects:
    If you apply the Channel Combiner to a layer, you can choose "From blue-to blue only" and then do the same thing duplicating twice the layer for the red and the green channel.

    If you set the upper two layers in Screen mode and leave as Normal the lower one, you'll have your separate RGB channels in the 3 layers and will be able to move, scale or distort them separately as you wish.

    I hope you'll find it helpful!
    3 years ago
    Oh, but sorry: in this case, I'm afraid it was Element itself. You'll get realistic color and lens aberrations playing with the Depth of Field and the camera settings.
    3 years ago
    Exactly, I found it: there is a "Chromatic difraction" submenu in the Glow settings in Element v02. You can play with those options to get something interesting with the highlights setting the Luminance as source for the glow.
    cloclo
    3 years ago
    http://aescripts.com/ft-lens-distortion/
    Been using it for years now, slower than the Looks one, but a bit more precise. If speed matters I use Looks.
    f1ash
    3 years ago
    cloclo, the problem of this (and almost all other) CA plugin is that the effect does look like the RGB channel separation. Not like the chromatic aberration. It simply shifts the RGB channels, it doesnt blur em.
3 years ago
Now this looks very very slick! The circuit board really has fabulous detail and looks very real.... In the reel.

Christian Michael
https://vimeo.com/181111812
Drake
3 years ago
Awesome! Love the hidden VC logo.
mani
3 years ago
hi AK what about v2.5 .i think u r in working process,,,,,
mani
3 years ago
wow amazing AK