New Tutorial! Damage and Decay FX! No Plug-ins!

In this new tutorial we’ll create a procedural decay system capable of generating realistic rust, moss, cracks, corrosion & more! Like most sequels, Chapter 2 is jammed packed with even more unnecessary FX! Watch now!

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Techniques great for:

  • Learning Procedural workflow
  • Moss FX
  • Rust
  • Grunge
  • Plaster
  • Metal Corrosion
  • Paint Peel
  • And more!

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115 Comments

Avnish Rathore
4 weeks ago
your plugins are awesome easy to use and work with them, so make more plugins as all you have.

with my best wishes
Steve
1 month ago
Thanks a lot, Andrew!
Fantastic Lesson!
Josh
1 month ago
Needs CS6 or higher at least for the CC Glass Light setting to work as CS 5.5 only shows as Effect Light / AE Lights (requires CCfx HD) - and doesn't appear to be a free add-in for CS 5.5 users... according to https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2472378
ray rios
1 month ago
Andrew, this is incredible! Is it possible to do it non-procedural ?
Joseph Fagan
1 month ago
Quick question Andrew,
Is Element 3D dead as a product? Meaning you will no longer be further advancing it's development and/or adding new features or supporting new 3D technologies like Vulkan, Metal, Nvidia RTX, etc. If that's the case, no problem. this kind of thing happens in the software industry all the time, companies have to move on to other products. However please just communicate that to your paying customers who need to look for other options. No one will be mad, we understand.

Thanks
Joseph fagan
1 month ago
And yet another long stretch with no communication with your community... Why?
How about just a quick hey guys, i'm still working on (insert project name here), please be patient. Here is a quick look at what I've been working on [screen shot]. Just hang on I'm planning a big release soon.

Ya know something like that....Why not?
anxs220
2 months ago
Hey Videocopilot team)
There was a Rodereel competition and "best visual effects" film was made using element 3d:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rDM04Em8wc
    1 month ago
    Loved this!
AT
2 months ago
Amazing, God is in the details
i love generating shadows and realistic rust and cracks. good job andrew kramer
Neson
2 months ago
Hey Andrew ,I from china, your tutorial is the best in the world , we love it :) , but we find a web, this >>>>>http://videocopilot.net.cn/
We dare not land, afraid of viruses. it is that your real web in china? if that is your web, it is a goodnews
Chad
2 months ago
Here was a project I did using this effect!

https://www.facebook.com/OneChadTall/videos/297167771035670/
2 months ago
I have a special day of worshiping this guy....:p
2 months ago
Hi, I have a question, maybe someone can tell me, is there a possible turning CC Hair for grass effect to be 3D grass effect, so I can see from motion camera how looks beautiful 3D grass effect from CC Hair effect with a wind map for motion 3D grass ?
    lwaddict
    2 months ago
    Easy one, nope.
    But there are always ways to create whatever you want if you set your mind to it.
hi
can i see or download the package of your tutorials? please help i need all of them and want donload that
the element texture section really needs a makeover, its very outdated.
Miggy
3 months ago
As always. Thank you so much Andrew. Don't stop teaching, you inspire a lot of artists!
Bishop OPeters
3 months ago
great tutorial... thank you Andrew.
Even
3 months ago
Hi Andrew. I have a after effects 2018 cc and tried this tut. But my pattern effect not like yours. So i couldnt creat bump that logo. Do you explain how to do make like yours? Thank you...
3 months ago
Thanks a lot, Andrew Kramer.
Always pushing After Effects and AE users to the next level.

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kipster
4 months ago
the element texture section really needs a makeover, its very outdated.
titus kingsley
4 months ago
teach me want to b lyk you please i have no money to learn
Wow! I can't believe that despite Andrew taking the time from his busy schedule, not to mention his family, to do FREE Hollywood-level VFX tutorials, there are still a few people complaining about Intercept, lack of tutorials and no E3D v3 news. Did I say, FREE? Because I meant FREE.
4 months ago
very verry good your film. tank you
leo
4 months ago
awesome as always
dhivagar stanly
4 months ago
please send project file
Tom
4 months ago
Just an Idea Andrew,
why not try to reproduce the Cyberpunk Logo Animation from the last Trailer?
Would be so nice! (and get a lot of Traffic ...muahahahaa!)
4 months ago
Great tutorial Andrew I like the way of explaining why we do stuff. It's sometimes harder to explain that to do I'm gonna do it and share my result ASAP I was a bit busy with some other proeject and did not have time to experiment with that. keep it up Andrew
Jesus, I got some headache after this tutorial. It was so fast. I had to switch every five seconds between Youtube and AfterEffects to press the pause button to follow you. ;)
Now I understand why you was lost in space for some time. I don´t think this was an afternoon development. Great work...it´s always unbelievable what you get out of After Effects.

Many thanks for sharing your professional experience. Very appreciated. It´s always a pleasure & inspiring! Good to see you back.
Jishnudevadas
5 months ago
Hello sir please do x men night crowler teleport effect
Nick
5 months ago
First off, AWESOME Tutorial. I love how you, in contrast to most other Tutorials, explain why to do stuff. I actually learn alot in that way. Still I'm having the problem that the linear wipe effect in the end doesnt work right for me. It removes the cracks but the moss and the grass stays. I rewatched the whole section where this is explained, but i can't seem to find my mistake. Does somebody have an idea? I don't fully understand the relations between the different Precompositions and masks, which is probably why i don't know where my mistake is.
    LWAddict
    5 months ago
    Yeah, the problem is more than likely with precompositions...
    copy, paste, duplicate, stacking order... and of these moves need to be paid careful attention to.
    Practice with precomps, copies of precomps, and stacking order to really get a feel for how important they are. These are key to the procedural techniques used here.
John T Mustian
5 months ago
I have been trying to follow this tut but instead of using text I am trying to use a black and white BMP of a shape. However, when I go to apply the inner glow in the Decay Bevel pre-comp, it only applies it to the outer edges of the comp. Not the individual shapes (which are your individual letters in the video) I have tried all I can think of to fix this, but nothing works. Any suggestions?
    LWAddict
    5 months ago
    Would have to see the comp... and are you applying the inner glow to the contents of the precomp OR to the precomp itself?
    Makes a difference.
    Leila
    5 months ago
    I had this problem, its because you're meant to just have the white part of the logo before bringing it into after effects. So the rest of the logo where it's black is actually transparent in this tutorial, it's just because he has switched off transparency mode that it appears to be a black background
    DB
    4 months ago
    I had the same issue with a logo, so i took it into Illustrator and redrew it with transparent background and it worked perfectly.
OMG, this one is simply MIND-BLOWING.
Period.
Marvin
5 months ago
These is all fantastic stuff, high quality as always!
But if there also a plan for this tutorial?:
http://www.videocopilot.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/vc_f.jpg
http://www.videocopilot.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/vc_f.jpg
Bryan
5 months ago
What if I want the wind map on the grass to loop? what would be the best way to go about doing that?
    LWAddict
    5 months ago
    Place a "LoopOut Duration" snippet on the property being used for the wind?
wonderful,I want to see Intercept and more tutorials as much as anyone else, but if he's not releasing anything it means he's working on a Hollywood film that he can then pass that knowledge and learning on to us. All of which he got by working his butt off making free tutorials.
    Kevin
    5 months ago
    IMDB says he's working on a short film called BALLiSTIC; Ryan Conolly's follow-up to SENTiNEL. All good, but is it too much to ask for a little info on the next version of E3D?
pitfx
5 months ago
OMG, this one is simply MIND-BLOWING.
Period.
Abdirahman Yusuf Ahmed
5 months ago
    Ahneed Morootubitz
    5 months ago
    No, its really great.
    Aneedah Mantoholdme
    5 months ago
    No really, it's great.
    5 months ago
    Ahm bach
    5 months ago
    1 year later, still spamming the same sh*t link...
nepkak
5 months ago
World best & number1 AE Plug-ins! Color Vibrance Plug-in V1.0.6
nepkak
5 months ago
Geyck
6 months ago
Where is the project file? I just see the 3 texture pics.
Many thanks for sharing your professional experience.
Greg
6 months ago
Extraordinary ingenuity as always, VC! Any chance we'll see the ability to distress bevels such as this in Element 3D 3.0?
Noel
6 months ago
Took me a week to make it through this tutorial there is just so much to it. Really got the ideas flying around in my skull. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us!
MickA
6 months ago
How to do if we want to to keep the texture our original logo instead of using a "rock texture" ???
    LWAddict
    5 months ago
    Uh, do that and see?
felipe
6 months ago
    ryan
    6 months ago
    if this is after effects please upload tutorial??
    ryan
    6 months ago
    my bad
6 months ago
I was mind blown by the tutorial, insane, that you come up with all this stuff, and some of us dare to whine in the comments where is the next tutorial.

I know in the last two tutorials you teach so many techniques and they are great, but i wonder if the same effects would be easier to achieve in let's say C4D or Blender?
Rob
6 months ago
...brilliant... as usual! .. :-)
AB
6 months ago
Just mind-blowing.
YAXO
6 months ago
thank you for this amazing tutorial Andrew!
here's my aproach, I added some particular to simulate the disintegration from the rust

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDxovQR-oEg
Jose
6 months ago
AWESOME!
Amazing tutorial, Really GREAT!
Always taking out the best of you and sharing the deep magic inside After Effects.

Thanks a lot!
From Madrid (Spain)
6 months ago
Man, this is the BEST TUTORIAL you ever made! You really show what you can do with AE when you know it so well than you do.
Unfortunately nobody knows AE this much, neither Adobe, so thanks for existing, Andrew!!
6 months ago
Wow. Always pushing to the next level. Thank you.
Darren
6 months ago
Hi,
Anyone know how to use this effect to create text turning to ice?
    Bram
    6 months ago
    Set the hairs of CC Hair to very short (like 9) in the Grass FX, make em blueish white, throw a CC Glass on top and the Density way up, so they look like chrystal shards. Make sure the Decay Bevel has some very light and thin cracks (make em more grey/white to make em less visible). Use an icy texture instead of the Rock Texture for your font and you're good to go :)

    Look in the Glitch Effect tutorial for that very usefull reflection method. The floor (with the texture Andrew used) looks kinda icy as well.
    Darren
    6 months ago
    Cheers
6 months ago
Jesus, I got some headache after this tutorial. It was so fast. I had to switch every five seconds between Youtube and AfterEffects to press the pause button to follow you. ;)
Now I understand why you was lost in space for some time. I don´t think this was an afternoon development. Great work...it´s always unbelievable what you get out of After Effects.

Many thanks for sharing your professional experience. Very appreciated. It´s always a pleasure & inspiring! Good to see you back.

Regards from Munich
Thomas
6 months ago
Very Professional work Andrew!!
You have mastered your After Effects skills to such a high level, that you don't need to use NUKE in order to deliver film industry standard visual effects. I think After Effects has entered significantly the film industry because of your contribution. That been said, Adobe should give you half of their profits! haha!!

Take care!!
Yiannis.
RyanA
6 months ago
Using CC Glass for the depth effects was so neat. I love procedural work. Thanks Andrew, I've been a fan for years.
tornike
6 months ago
where can i download a font komu ?
Elhora
6 months ago
Now i know i'm a piece of sh*t.
6 months ago
Hell yeah. What a strong tutorial! Thanks Andrew. You are the man responsible I stepped into this AE thing 10 years ago. Thanks a lot!
Abd Elhamed Pro
6 months ago
You're the best man 😍😍😍😍
Reed
6 months ago
I hope Adobe gives you a kickback for your tuts, their sales must go up after each one.
Arunvishal
6 months ago
I Want That KOMU A Font Please Provide It To download
    Steffen
    6 months ago
    there are Two Versions of the KOMU A and KOMU B Fonts
    these are not free if you want these you have to buy these Fonts
    Fletch
    2 months ago
    Yeh, when I look it up on the internet, it doesn't seem to have an italic version like Andrew was using?
Brandon
6 months ago
Awesome as always Andrew. Thanks for the detailed tutorial!
Harish
6 months ago
The superb tutorial Ever made on this Universe.
Thanks Andrew
6 months ago
Amazing work as ever guys. Only one request - all the latest stuff seems to be sci-fi based. There's a lot of us out here who make corporate videos that just don't use that stuff. Anything more widely useful possible? Keep up the great work!

Btw, typically this might be glassy effects overlaid on office footage.... maybe word cloud generating, maybe super slick captions... Maybe ways to relight bad footage etc. Thanks.
    Mike
    6 months ago
    Boring
    LWAddict
    5 months ago
    Those items are already on the web.
Dave
6 months ago
Hi Andrew what is the name of the font that you use
Beavertron
6 months ago
Some elements similar to Substance Designer techniques, all procedural and in after effects, amazing, thank you!
6 months ago
Awesome!
felipe
6 months ago
Increible...el mejor tutorial de videocopilot...vaya ritmo....vaya control....miles de efectos...Gracias Andrew
Leo
6 months ago
Thanks a bunch Andrew! Nice stuff, is much more as a simple tutorial!
َAli
6 months ago
Thank you Andrew.
6 months ago
Even more amazing than the last. Thank you!
Noel
6 months ago
This tutorial is a Master Class. Really good stuff. Thanks so much!
KC
6 months ago
this was great, now how can you do this on the Element 3d models and textures???
RYU
6 months ago
when he post new teaser , me : wtf. is this even possible
when im watching that tutorial ,me : it looks easy.
when i try it , me : how the fck he did it (mines look diaster)
when i not perfect but somehow manage to do it, me : ok now i got it maybe
after while ,me: how he comes with those ideas?? (thinking thinking thinking for new ideas)
then he post new teaser , me : (repeat everything )
    Midhun
    6 months ago
    Exactly same what iam thinking
6 months ago
This is the reason you're still the KING OF AE. Still manage to impress every single AE user with your talent and simple ways of doing extremely amazing stuff. Thank you always Andrew!
6 months ago
This tutorial is delicous
Simon
6 months ago
Outstanding, AK, outstanding. Get you a case of beer for that.

Robert Duval - Apocalypse Now - thought it was apt ;-)
6 months ago
Great tutorial! Jedi Master in AE: AndrEw KrAmEr. You've born with it in your blood. Even your name contains AE.
Hello from Brazil (y)
6 months ago
Yesss...Thank you! Half the fun is the wait for the tutorial to come out. Wonderful as usual!
R-CANE
6 months ago
Amazing tutorial Andrew! Without 3rd party plugins even! Very useful techniques I can use to my own free creativity.Thank you so much!
I hope you will also make tutorials with my favourite AE plugin Element 3D!
I am experimenting with 3D objects a friend of mine makes for me and it's amazing how many things I can do with it.
Hopefully there will be a new version soon with more kick ass options! Also looking forward to those packs with the facial scars and building destruction elements you showed a while ago.
Today I am working on a commercial with some serieous special effects and I know I couldn't have done this without your tutorials..
So again thank you my friend!
    Ryan
    6 months ago
    Wait he is making those into packs? nice!
wim
6 months ago
great tutorial Thanks!!!!!
Jardine Patten
6 months ago
It had to drop and have me notice it at 1:50am... Guess i'm still not going to bed.
Ronnie
6 months ago
Fuging asome...
Kat
6 months ago
Hi. Where can I download the Rock_Grunge.jpg for the tutorial?
    Katherine Otty
    6 months ago
    Nevermind. I see the project assets are up now. Thanks for another GREAT tutorial :)
    Coonus
    6 months ago
    Where did you find the Rock_Grunge.jpg? The assets only contain grunge_pic and Light_spot
    R
    6 months ago
    Yeah, while the tutorial is great and everything but I feel like the assets are a bit all over the place and not sorted properly. Not to mention a few assets which are missing as well.
6 months ago
we love your job my favorite site vc
pavan
6 months ago
WOw.....!

I want to avatar hologram tree tutorial please

ANDREW KRAMER
Ale
6 months ago
I hope I can be the 1º coment
    Ale
    6 months ago
    Nice, I did! Lets see the tutorial! Greetings from Spain!