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Element 3D Essential Training (2013)

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Walks you through the Element 3D third-party compositing plugin for After Effects.

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.


1. Introduction
  • Welcome
  • Using the exercise files
2. Creating Your First Project
  • Creating 3D lightbulbs
  • Turning on the light
  • Adding the final touches
3. Overview of Element 3D
  • Overview of the Element 3D workflow
  • Previewing 3D objects
  • Applying materials
  • Using lighting presets
  • Using the environment
4. Working with 3D Objects
  • Assigning groups
  • Adjusting basic transforms
  • Isolating model components
  • Working with multi-object objects
  • Using Scatter and Displace
  • Changing an object's anchor point
5. Creating 3D Objects
  • Creating 3D text
  • Creating 3D shapes
  • Using Photoshop to create 3D objects
  • Working with bevel presets
  • Tweaking bevel settings
  • Adding multiple bevels
  • Importing 3D objects
  • Using expansion packs
6. Working with Materials
  • Creating custom materials
  • Using custom textures
  • Working with reflections
  • Adding illumination
  • Customizing the environment
  • Faking opacity reduction
  • Faking complex materials
  • Obscuring objects with materials
  • Creating bumps with normal maps
7. Particle Replicators
  • Replicating 3D objects
  • Using replicator shapes
  • Using a custom replicator shape
  • Animating Position Noise
8. Integrating with After Effects
  • Adding lighting
  • Using an After Effects camera
  • Aligning with nulls
  • Working with expressions
  • Using the Elementary script
9. Using the Animation Engine
  • Using the animation engine
  • Understanding animation types
  • Making groups similar
  • Fracturing objects
  • Animating object materials
  • Fading objects in and out
  • Animating text
10. Adding Polish
  • Adding fog
  • Using ambient occlusion (AO)
  • Using AO with invisible objects
  • Enabling motion blur
  • Enhancing with supersampling
  • Working with World Transform
  • Creating a shallow depth of field
11. Final Project: Building a Space Scene
  • Surveying the project
  • Looking at the models
  • Replicating the objects
  • Adding animation
  • Creating the materials
  • Examining the lighting
  • Telling a story with the camera
  • Adding the final polish
12. Conclusion
  • Final tips and tricks
  • Goodbye

Taught by

Chad Perkins

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