Create 3D Glossy Metal Text in After Effects (No Plugins Required)

August 21, 2018

In this 3D After Effects tutorial, you will learn how to create glossy metallic text and logos without having to use third-party plugins. Free download included!

If you have the Adobe Creative Cloud, then you have the tools to create simple 3D animations like logo reveals and flying text. With After Effects, you can create this glossy 3D metal logo animation, and you can make it without having to use additional plugins.

Now you can use the text of your choice, or any logo file to follow along. I’m going to use the Greyscalegorilla logo Illustrator file, and in After Effects I’ll turn it into a Shape from Vector Layer. Then we will dive into settings, extrusions, lighting, and animating the logo. 

Before diving in, you can download the project file to follow along or breakdown my scene.

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Click the button below to get the Free After Effects project file.


Tutorial: Glossy 3D Metal Logo in After Effects

Ready to render? Let’s get started in After Effects.

I hope you find this tutorial helpful, and if you want to learn more about 3D in After Effects, we have more no-plugin After Effects only 3D tutorials here:

If you are ready to master After Effects and the Adobe Creative Cloud, check out the Motion Design 101 training series. It’s an in-depth guide to motion design that you can stream at your own pace.

The series includes nearly 100 videos with over 35 hours of training and bonus content, all lead by world-renowned creative Jr.canest. (You can learn all about his work here.)

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For tutorials on 3D text and titles in Cinema 4D, check out these Greyscalegorilla tutorials.

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