Create a Volcano in After Effects

Let’s blow up this mountain. Here’s how to create a volcano in After Effects. 

You know that part of you that is obsessed with lava? The part that can’t stop watching people poke lava with sticks? Or drop hot nickel balls on stuff? Well today that part of you is in luck. In this After Effects tutorial I’m going to show you how to create a volcano in After Effects. 

This tutorial will take a look at a few different techniques. The biggest technique being tracking objects into 3D space. While it may seem easy to just throw 3D Camera Tracker onto an orange shape and call it a day there is quite a few different things we can do to the lava to make it more realistic. Namely, by perfecting the color can composite we can make the lave more realistic in the scene. 

So if you’re ready to unleash your inner child here’s how to create a volcano in After Effects. 

Create an Ocean in After Effects

I'll show you how to create in ocean in this After Effects tutorial. 

Creating water in After Effects isn't easy. This is mainly because After Effects isn't the right software for creating realistic water dynamics. When someone wants to create water for a high budget film they usually turn to a dynamics driven software like Houdini to simulate liquid. However, this doesn't mean that you can't simulate water at all in After Effects. 

In this tutorial I'm going to show you how to create an ocean in After Effects. This tutorial will show you everything you need to know to create psuedo-realistic water using various tools and effects that are built into After Effects. 

As with every tutorial on the site I'm giving away the project files so you can mess around and dissect my work. Just fill out the box below and you will be directed to a download window. 


If you have any questions about this technique or if you just want to say hello feel free to hit me up via email or the comments below. I'd also love to see any ocean projects that you put together. Best of luck with all of your Motion Graphic projects. 


Create an Eclipse in After Effects

Who needs to see a real eclipse when you can create a fake one in After Effects?!

I’m super excited to share this latest tutorial with you. It covers how to create an eclipse in After Effects. The final result will look like this (but it moves, obviously...):


It’s not as complicated as some of the other tutorials that I’ve put out recently, but it does show you how to use a few higher-level techniques in After Effects. 

Specifically this tutorial shows you how to use an alpha-crush technique to make shapes ‘sticky’. The tutorial will cover everything you need to know to create the eclipse from creating the sun to stylizing the sky. 

And of course you can download the free eclipse project file by hitting the button below. 

If you like this tutorial or have any suggestions for future tutorials, please feel free to drop me a line. 


Create a Saturn Space Scene in After Effects

Create, animate, and stylize a Saturn space scene in this After Effects tutorial. 

In this After Effects tutorial we’re going to be creating a cool saturn space scene. This tutorial will show you everything you need to know to create the 3D rings, planet, and stars in the background. There are a lot of really cool techniques used in this After Effects project, but my favorite is how we can use the Polar Coordinates effect to create the rings in like 5 seconds. 


Another really cool effect that I utilized in this tutorial is using a fractal noise overlay to simulate the dust of the stars in the background. I find that using the fractal noise effect for background elements really helps make the overall scene look organic. 

To create the Saturn effect you will need a copy of Adobe After Effects CS6 or higher. Which shouldn’t be a problem for most After Effects users. The tutorial also uses actual texture mattes from NASA so the rings will look pretty darn close to the real thing. 

Download the Free Saturn Project File for After Effects

Like always, I’ve included the free project file and assets to follow along with this tutorial. To find these assets simply fill out the form below. When you do you’ll be signed up as a citizen of VFX City and receive the latest project files and tutorials right to your mailbox. 

Create a Galaxy in After Effects

Create a stunning spiral galaxy in this After Effects tutorials. 

It blows my mind that we have the ability to create amazing things at our fingertips. Virtually everything you see in the world (and beyond) can be simulated using the various tools and plugins included in After Effects. This tutorial is no exception. 

Galaxy in After Effects Tutorial

In this After Effects tutorial I'm going to show you how to create this awesome spiral galaxy effect. The tutorial focuses mainly on using the turbulent noise effect combined with the twist effect to create the galaxy. Along the way you'll hear me tell some pretty lame jokes, but hopefully you'll learn something new. Cheers!

The thing that really makes the effect is the gradient colors and the dust elements. It's these small details that really push the galaxy effect over-the-top. 

You could definitely take this effect to the next level by customizing the arms. I even thought it might be fun to create a two-armed galaxy instead of the clustered spiral galaxy like we created in this tutorial. If you make something cool share it with me and I'll share it out on our social channels. 

Download the Project File

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