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Makin’ Planets! Adobe After Effects Tutorials by Graham Quince

Here's a great new Adobe After Effects tutorial series from Creative COW leader Graham Quince that takes advantage of the free Orb plug-in from our friend Andrew Kramer at Video Copilot. Graham supplies project files, tips and tricks, and good humor on this tour through building every planet in the solar system, with customization options galore!

I’ve launched a new tutorial series, Makin’ Planets, for After Effects. Each week I’m looking at different techniques to recreate one of our solar system’s planets using Video Copilot Orb.

Each tutorial launches with a Teaser / Preview on Mondays, with the actual tutorial going live on Fridays at 5pm. I figure most people will not get a chance to work through tutorials until the weekends, so this way they might get a chance to plan in some time.

It’s my voice you’ll see in the videos, but I’m using a cartoon character – I’ve done this mainly for time – I think tutorials are better with a face, but that would have meant setting up cameras, lights etc…

I’ve scripted each tutorial, then recorded my voice, then the screen and finally edited everything together in After Effects.

All the tutorials come with project files – I know sometimes you just need the answers quick. I’ve tried to keep them to be as short as possible, with a few jokes (bad ones), but not lots of waffle.

This tutorial uses Video Copilot’s free Orb plugin, which can be downloaded here:

Makin’ Mercury using CC Sphere:

Project file here:

Normal Map Online:

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