Element 3D

Element 3D is an industry-leading 3D particle system for Adobe After Effects. Created by Andrew Kramer, owner of VideoCopilot.net, this powerful plug-in changed the nature of motion graphics and video compositing on the After Effects platform. Now you can learn to use this exciting tool in your visual projects!


Cherry Blossom Training is proud to offer an introductory class on Element 3D . If you're ready to expand your creative possibilities in After Effects, we will get you up and running, ready to create great content when you're back at work. Contact us now to schedule a session onsite or online!

Introduction to Element 3D

Pre-Requisites: Intermediate or Advanced knowledge of After Effects, specifically working in 3D environments.


Intended Students: Individuals with a solid background in video compositing or motion graphics who want to add 3D elements into their workflow and skillsets.

The typical curriculum for Introduction to Element 3D is:
























*The above outline is how a typical class will run. Since your success is our highest priority, the instructor may change topics and/or sequence according to the interests and experience of all participants.

Day One:



•  Navigating the Flyout Interface

•  Navigating the Effect Controls Interface

•  Possibilities & Limitations of Element 3D


Working with Stock Models & Materials

•  Using Stock Models & Model Packs

•  Using ProShaders & Materials

•  Understanding Materials, Textures, etc.


Importing & Using Outside Models

•  Working with .c4d files, .obj files, and .obj sequences.

•  Applying UV Textures to Imported Models

•  Common Problems & Troubleshooting


Working with Text, Custom Shapes, and Custom Layers

•  Defining & Extruding Text & Custom Shapes

•  Using Custom Layers as Materials

•  Common Problems & Troubleshooting

Day Two:


Lights, Camera, Action!

•  Using Lights & Cameras with Element 3D

•  Group Control Nulls

•  3D Null Generation


Working with Arrays & Multiple Groups

•  Particle Look Settings

•  Particle Replicator Settings

•  Multiobject Settings


The Animation Engine

•  Enabling Animation with Multiple Groups

•  Smoothness, Randomness, and Easing Options

•  Multiobject Animation


Rendering, Outputs, & Multiple Passes

•  Render Setting (Fog, Ambient Occlusion, etc.)

•  Output Settings, (Depth Pass, World Position Pass, etc.)

•  Multipass Mixer

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