Making an alien planet using Video Copilot Orb

An After Effects tutorial. In this video, I show my preferred way of creating a texture for a new world. Rather than get stuck trying to force Fractal Noise to create randomness, I simply take a photo of a paving slab and once cropped show how to use masks and the colorama effect to quicklyContinue reading “Making an alien planet using Video Copilot Orb”

Using AI to create a space scene in After Effects

Tutorial showing how to use Midjourney A.I. AI (or A.I.) is the new “game changer” tool available for digital artists. There’s lots of possibilities to explore with its use and in this video I show how to get started with Midjourney. You need a Discord account first, which you can then use to sign upContinue reading “Using AI to create a space scene in After Effects”

Andrew Kramer’s recipe for an Orb Atmosphere

An After Effects tutorial using Video Copilot Orb plugin. Andrew Kramer’s awesome Orb plugin makes making planets really easily. The plugin allows you to take texture maps, bump maps and even illumination maps and create realistic planets. I’ve gone so far as to publish an entire series of tutorials creating all the planets in theContinue reading “Andrew Kramer’s recipe for an Orb Atmosphere”

2 ways to make a Connected network of dots in After Effects

Two different ways to make interconnected dots and lines. In this video, I take a look I’ve seen a lot in videos and break down how to achieve a connected network or nexus of points / dots which vibrate slowly. A lot of people have asked how to do this sort of effect and theContinue reading “2 ways to make a Connected network of dots in After Effects”

Recreating the Genesis Effect from Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan

An Adobe After Effects tutorial KHAAAAAAAAAN! In this video, I look at how to recreate the iconic Genesis Effect as simulated by some of the very first CGI in movies. Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan (1982) used a Cray supercomputer to render the minute long sequence. The shot was reused in bothContinue reading “Recreating the Genesis Effect from Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan”

How to install Plugins and Presets in After Effects

A quick guide showing how to add extras to the software. Most plugins these days come with an installer, but if you do have a plugin and you’re not sure how to manually install it, this video talks you through the very simple steps. It is likely you will need Administrator access to your computerContinue reading “How to install Plugins and Presets in After Effects”

How to export an animated GIF from Adobe After Effects

An investigation into all the different ways to make animated image files. Turns out there is more than one option to create a GIF from Adobe After Effects. In this video, I run an example H.264 MP4 video through all the different options I could find. And all the differences within those options. After EffectsContinue reading “How to export an animated GIF from Adobe After Effects”

Easy Teleport / Beam out in After Effects

“Scotty, beam me up!”. Coming up with a unique teleport / teleportation / vampire dusting look for your movie can be tricky, but CC Particle Systems II gives you lots of different looks, just by tweaking a few settings. When you combine this with Block Dissovle, you can get a really interesting, organic fade up,Continue reading “Easy Teleport / Beam out in After Effects”

Creating a Gas Giant / Neptune in After Effects

Two simple techniques to create a cool looking planet. Part of my Makin’ Planets playlist. In this tutorial I look at two ways to create a gaseous surface for a Gas Giant planet. In the first example, I take stock footage of smoke from  Production Crate  , and position in it 3D space. Then IContinue reading “Creating a Gas Giant / Neptune in After Effects”

Dust reveals invisible man in After Effects

You know the setting, an empty room. Then something prompts dust to fall from the ceiling. Most of it falls straight down, but a little bit lands on something… something you can’t see, but you can just make out the shape of a figure. And then… and then…. argh! This is a fun technique toContinue reading “Dust reveals invisible man in After Effects”