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. 

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  • An After Effects Project File (CS6 or Higher)
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Let me know if you have any questions. Cheers!

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Create a Nebula in After Effects

In this After Effects tutorial I'm going to show you how to create a Nebula using only the built-in tools and effects available to us in After Effects. 

This technique centers around two main effects: Turbulent Noise and the Bezier Warp Effect. Both of these effects have a wide range of potential creative possibilities. I especially like how the turbulent noise effect has the ability to random seed an create an infinite number of potential nebula looks. 

I found that one of the best ways to make your nebula look more engaging is to use basic color theory to match the colors together. In our example below we use 'cooler' colors and thus make the scene a little more mellow. 

So grab some popcorn, sharpen your Wacom pen, and get ready to listen half an hour of After Effects awesomeness. 

Also, you can download the project file be filling out the form below. 

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In a hurry? Need to use this video on a film or video project? You can buy the project file and rendered final video by clicking the button below. The file comes with:

  • An After Effects Project File (CS6 or Higher)
  • A Rendered HD Clip of the Final Result in H264

Let me know if you have any questions. Cheers!

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Want to follow along with the tutorial? Just fill out the form below and you will get a free project that will help you follow along.

Create a Pokéball in After Effects

In this fun After Effects tutorial I'll show you how to create a 3D pokéball-style effect. This tutorial focuses on how to simulate a 2D hand-drawn look in After Effects, similar to a the sketch and toon technique in Cinema 4D. 

I think it's really cool that you can create such a convincing animé looking using the available tools in After Effects. Hopefully this tutorial will inspire you to create an anime-inspired video on your own.

If you want to download the free project file you will find it below the video. The project file in the download also includes an example of how to attach the rotation settings of the pokéball to a 3D null object. It's a fun expression that was a little outside the scope of this tutorial. 

Create a 3D DNA Strand in After Effects

In this After Effects tutorial we're going to learn how to create a 3D DNA strand using only the free tools and effects available in After Effects, no plugins required!

The cool takeaway from this tutorial is the fact that if you select the 'continuous rasterize' button your 3D properties will be retained throughout your composition. This is a great way to keep your projects organized! 

You can download the free follow-along project file below. Here's the video. Enjoy!

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In a hurry? Need to use this video on a film or video project? You can buy the project file and rendered final video by clicking the button below. The file comes with:

  • An After Effects Project File (CS6 or Higher)
  • A Rendered HD Clip of the Final Result in H264

Let me know if you have any questions. Cheers!

Create a Fireball in After Effects

In this After Effects video tutorial I'll show you how to create a fireball. This tutorial uses 100% native plugins and effects, but you will need to download a free fireball effects preset from RocketStock.com. 

The secret to this tutorial is getting the fractals right. A lot of online tutorials use blurs to create their fire effects, but I found that using fractal noise and turbulent displace you can better simulate realistic fire. 

Download Project File + Rendered Video Clip

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In a hurry? Need to use this video on a film or video project? You can buy the project file and rendered final video by clicking the button below. The file comes with:

  • An After Effects Project File (CS6 or Higher)
  • A Rendered HD Clip of the Final Result in H264

Let me know if you have any questions. Cheers!

GET THE FOLLOW-ALONG FILE

Want to follow along with the tutorial? Just fill out the form below and you will get a free project that will help you follow along.