Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating 3D lightbulbs, part of Element 3D Essential Training (2013).
In this chapter, we're just going to get comfortable with Element as we work through a little project. I am going to right-click in this composition; that's the Intro Project Step 1 composition. I'm going to create a new Solid layer. Now, it doesn't matter what color it is, but go ahead and make sure that you click the Make Comp Size button, and we will rename this Element. Go ahead and apply the Element effect in the Video Copilot category to this layer, and here we have what seems to be the very simple controls in the Element effect.
But we really get to the heart of the effect by clicking this Scene Setup button. That launches the big interface of Element 3D, and this is really where you do a lot of work with Element. Now, throughout this project, you'll notice that I don't explain what I'm doing too much. I kind of want to just get you familiar with the feel of Element, and we'll explain all this stuff in detail as we go throughout the course. But again, this project is just to get started with this little project.
You'll also notice that I have additional models here in the Model Browser that you will not have, and I have additional materials and presets here that you will not have as well. These are additional packs that I've purchased from Video Copilot, which I highly recommend, and we'll talk about later. Now, back up to my Model Browser here, I'm going to click on the Starter_Pack, which you will have. This ships with Element as well. And what I want to do is I go over here to the bulb model. Not to bulb_white, and not to bulb_on; there are three bulbs here.
I just want to click on bulb 1; click once. This adds this model to my scene, and I can click and move this around. You can see that it's a three-dimensional light bulb. It has a little bit of a reflection going around the top of the light bulb here, which we can totally change. And as I move around, again, you can see little filaments inside moving around, because this is a three-dimensional light bulb. I'm going to go ahead and click OK in the upper right-hand corner here. This will accept that, and apply this light bulb into my scene.
And if I zoom out in my project, so we can see everything here, you could see that it's in my scene. But the real magic is if I go up to the Layer menu, create a new Camera, and I'll just go ahead and accept whatever default settings are here, and click OK, and then I'm going to click on the Unified Camera Tool. And if I go now, and click and drag around, you can see there I have an actual three-dimensional object in my scene. You can see that the reflections are alive, and you can see how fast this renders.
It's absolutely incredible. And that's all it takes to add 3D objects to your scene. Now, what I'm going to do is select that Camera again, hit the Delete key to delete it, then go to File > Increment and Save, and this creates the next step, which will be the starting point of the next movie, when we add the turned on light bulb.
- Assigning objects to groups
- Adjusting basic object transform properties
- Creating 3D objects from text and masks
- Working with bevel presets
- Creating custom materials
- Adding illumination
- Creating bumps with normal maps
- Using replicator shapes
- Animating with the animation engine
- Creating a shallow depth of field
Skill Level Intermediate
2. Creating Your First Project
3. Overview of Element 3D
4. Working with 3D Objects
5. Creating 3D Objects
6. Working with Materials
7. Particle Replicators
8. Integrating with After Effects
9. Using the Animation Engine
10. Adding Polish
11. Final Project: Building a Space Scene
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