Element 3D Essential Training

with Chad Perkins
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Element 3D Essential Training
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Element 3D is a third-party plugin that allows actual 3D models to be created from scratch or exported to Adobe After Effects, and rendered and composited at a high level of quality and impressive speed. Element 3D Essential Training walks you through the entire workflow and feature set. Author Chad Perkins starts with an introductory project to get you comfortable with the overall workflow in Element 3D, including transforming objects, applying materials, and lighting scenes. The course then details how to create 3D text and shapes, apply translucency and reflections, animate objects, and polish your projects with effects like ambient occlusion and motion blur. The course concludes with an advanced project that leverages each of these techniques.

Topics include:
  • 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
After Effects Element 3D


Hey folks! My name is Chad Perkins. On behalf of lynda.com, welcome to this training series. We're going to take an in-depth look at Element 3D from the ground up. First of all, what is Element 3D? Element 3D is a plug-in for Adobe After Effects created by the hero of the After Effects community, Andrew Kramer from videocopilot.net. After a simple starter project, and some explanation of basic features, we'll look at how Element allows you to create simple 3D objects from scratch, such as text, and extruded masks.

We'll even look at how you can use shapes from Photoshop and Illustrator to create 3D objects in Element. But you could also import 3D objects. Yes, you heard that correctly; you can now, with Element, import 3D objects into After Effects, and we'll look at how to do that. Element also allows you to create and apply materials to 3D objects. We'll look at how to do that from scratch to really improve the quality of our renders in After Effects. We'll also look at some tricks to fake more complex materials.

But Element is even more than this; Element is also a 3D particle generator, allowing you to quickly create an array of 3D objects. We'll see tons of examples of this in action, and really get a firm hold on how to use this replication system in practical ways. We'll also look at evil, stampeding, tiny cows. We'll also be learning a bit about cinematography, so that you can use After Effects' lights and cameras to get the best possible renders out of Element, including how to get the ever popular shallow depth of field look.

On top of all of this, Element also has a powerful animation engine, which allows you to animate between 3D objects. This can create some amazing results that we'll look at, like this. (music playing) Also, really cool text animations, like this. (music playing) Throughout this training series, we'll also be looking at how easy it is to integrate 3D footage into live action shots using Element. Finally, we'll wrap everything up by looking at a little project I made entirely in After Effects using Element 3D.

(video playing) We're going to start from scratch, and learn a ton in this training, so let's get to it.

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