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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 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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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.

Create an Epic Earth Sunrise in After Effects

In this tutorial we'll take a look at how to create an epic earth sunrise effect using 100% native tools and plugins in After Effects. This tutorial also comes with a free After Effects assets so you can follow along. If you have any tips for creating an even cooler earth sunrise, or have any suggestions for future tutorials, please feel free to reach out!

Download the Project File + A Rendered Video Clip

10.00
Add To Cart

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 (CC 2012 or Higher)
  • A Rendered HD Clip of the Final Result in H264
  • The Assets Used in the Tutorial

Let me know if you have any questions. Cheers!