Today in this tutorial, we’re going to look at some basic features of Element for creating 3D titles. We’ll explore creating and extruding 3D text, some simple animation, and some tips on making the title look pretty good.
The title is inspired by the movie “Total Recall” which was just released 2 days ago. By the way, it was a horrible movie and I wouldn’t suggest watching it in theaters. Great concept, horribly executed. We won’t design the title exactly like the original, but the tutorial should give you a very good idea on how to do it.
Tips & Suggestions
As always, experiment with the design and play around with lighting. The lighting and environment reflections plays a huge role in Element, so mess around and get it right. I cannot emphasize this enough, lighting & reflections can change the whole look of your animation. Play with materials and intensities as well to fine tune the look.
Try adding a digital glitch effect either using Twitch or Data Glitch. You can even try to do it with After Effects’ built-in tools here. Play around and try to get some cool digital glitchy look, tweak up the animation and give it your own twist.
Also, in the original animation I created a very subtle atmosphere to give a sense of volumetric space. You can do this with some very light smoke, dust, or even particles. Even throw in a dark texture in the background to fill the empty space, you want to give it more subtle variation because this animation is already basic as it is. Lastly, I’d recommend color correcting/grading a lot better than how I demonstrated it in the tutorial, it was just a quick correction to give you an idea.
Hopefully this tutorial gave you a brief idea on working with Element, it’s a great plugin for simple 3D titles for mograph and I’d highly recommend it. Is it a Cinema 4D replacement? Of course not, but it allows us to create simple stuff without using Cinema 4D. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them below!