New After Effects Tutorial | How To Create Sci-Fi Weapon FX

In this tutorial, we will learn how to composite sci-fi energy blasts in Adobe After Effects. We will use several ActionVFX collections to build our energy blast, build an expression to turn 3D positional data into 2D, and then use Red Giant 's Optical Glow plugin to achieve a vibrant energy glow effect.

3D to 2D Null Expression:
P=thisComp.layer(“3DNull”);
P.toComp(P.anchorPoint)

ActionVFX Assets:
Blasters
Icon lens Flares
Energy Bursts
Energy Shockwaves


Red Giant’s Optical Glow Plug-in


Let us know if you have any questions! Thank you for watching!

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Thank you so much for the tutorial! The result looks so great!

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You read my mind here… I’ve been eye-balling the new energy effects, noodling a project. This fits the bill nicely!

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