Flashlight Titles

Flashlight Titles

Posted on 23. Apr, 2008 by in After Effects

Trapcode Lux, Shine, Starglow, and my CE PixelSampler. See what you can do with this amazing combo and learn to create this cool title sequence.


I’m not really a fan of installing plugins. I believe that After Effects provides all tools required to complete any given task, but if there is something that you could do better and easier, it’s with the Trapcode plugins. And no… I’m not getting payed to tell you that.

This title sequence was created loooong time ago and I was thinking about recording this tutorial ever since, so I’m glad I finally found some time to do it. The original project file that was created when I was working on that title sequence is far to complex to be fully covered in this tutorial, so I focused on the main idea behind this technique. Luckily for you I’ve attached the original project file, so after watching the tutorial you can go in-depth on what I did.

The main difference is in the amount of layers used, but like I said – the idea behind all expressions and everything else is the same. It takes a lot of time to set the effects just right, and I simply didn’t want to waste your time on moving the sliders around.

The font used in this tutorial is called Viper Nora. If you want you can download it from DaFont.com. Click here.

As a side note: If you like the plugins used in this tutorial, then you can support this site by buying them, or simply just visiting Toolfarm Store. Here are the links to the products used in this tutorial: Trapcode Lux, Trapcode Shine, and Trapcode Starglow. You can also get All Trapcode Plugins at a lower price. Trapcode plugins are one of the few that I recommend for any After Effects user to have in his toolbox – whatever you do, at some point you will need it, so get them now.

Download: Tutorial project file (After Effects CS3)

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42 Responses to “Flashlight Titles”

  1. Mike

    23. Apr, 2008

    Yay, a new tutorial! Cool stuff.

  2. umairvfx

    24. Apr, 2008

    Georage your are best buddy….!!!!! nice title effects…. amazing by using this we can nice titles…. and logos effects….

    your CEs are awesome….!!! :)

  3. R-max

    24. Apr, 2008

    Youah !! i love you’re tuto !! thank’s

  4. Shkaa887

    24. Apr, 2008

    Nice one :)

    Shame the pixelsampler does’nt work in 7.0 Pro :(

  5. Maltaannon

    24. Apr, 2008

    There are always keyframes you can use. He he he. ;)

  6. Shkaa887

    24. Apr, 2008

    :)

  7. Sebastien

    24. Apr, 2008

    I had a problem with the AE file. Says “Project contain 5 references to missing effects, starglow, shine, lux + missing font” Are these extra plug-ins or should I have them with my basic CS3 install?

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  8. Matthew

    24. Apr, 2008

    The plugins are part of the Trapcode family and they do not come with the basic CS3 package.
    Trapcode website: http://www.trapcode.com/
    Starglow: $99
    Shine: $99
    Lux: $199

  9. khaled

    24. Apr, 2008

    thank’s Maltaannon
    it’s agreat tutorial .
    i’m very happy because you come back with amazing tutorials
    thank’s
    keep going

  10. Mazzimiliano

    24. Apr, 2008

    Welcome back!
    And at the beginning of the tutorial I thought you turned into someone else who makes tutorials o the web ahahah
    Where is your alter ago?

  11. Mark

    26. Apr, 2008

    oh my Genius-M, u r superb. I got lost in the midway with the expressions but then after watching it several times I got into track. Mind Blowing EFX, Really Cool!

    Thnx Genius-M, ur the one expression JUNKIE ….. hehehheh

    Superb TUTORIAL, keep them coming.

  12. Urt

    26. Apr, 2008

    Great stuff as usual, a bit mind boggling, but I love when there’s something wrong in the expression and you go “ah, of course…”! You could be Europe’s own Dan Ebberts.
    Thanx!

  13. Vinnie

    26. Apr, 2008

    Thank you so much for this tutorial, it helped me out a lot!!

  14. rob

    27. Apr, 2008

    Hi!! I cannot find the font you used? Can anybody help me out?

    j.spank@upcmail.nl

    Thanxxx

  15. mostafa

    27. Apr, 2008

    so nice one
    keep on it

  16. Maltaannon

    27. Apr, 2008

    The font is called Viper Nora. It’s a freeware font. You can find it on dafont.com I think.

  17. Ultimate Bart

    10. May, 2008

    very nice tutorial, gives a good insight into expression combined with lux and starglow, perfect. the results are cool and can be used in like to many things. thanxs for sharing this one Maltaanon.

  18. Amitzi

    11. May, 2008

    I’ve been trying to replace the text layer with a PSD file and I get this error: After Effects error: layer does not have a source. 26:335. Any clues?

  19. Maltaannon

    11. May, 2008

    It’s exactly what it says. You simply cannot replace a Text layer with a footage. Footages, compositions, and every other object other than Shape Layer and Text Layer do not have a source property – meaning there is nothing in the Project panel that relates to the layer, so there’s nothing to be replaced when you Alt-Drag your PSD to the Text Layer. If you want to do it, you can first precompose the Text Layer, or just delete it and put your PSD file in it’s place. Remember that you will have to relink the PixelSampler to the new layer, and maybe set some other things up that were related to the original Text Layer.

    I hope that helps. Good luck!

  20. Johnbaby

    19. May, 2008

    I first time install the preset,and got this problem.Whatever I installed,like 3Dextrude or PixelSampler,got the same error prompt:
    After effects warning: Undefined value used in expression.Could be an out of range array subscript?
    expression disabled.

    error occurred at line 0;
    Comp:”Comp 1″
    layer:…..
    Property:’Reference Point’

    My AE CS3;
    Windows OS;

  21. WebMaster Wayne

    09. Jun, 2008

    You do great work Jerry, are you a freelancer?

  22. Maltaannon

    09. Jun, 2008

    I run my own company. Details: http://maltaannon.com/about/

  23. exarock

    12. Jun, 2008

    man u can post in after fx 7?
    i have the trapcode in 7, i can use the same on cs3?

  24. Melissa

    22. Jun, 2008

    Very cool! First time I’ve actually used my Lux plug in! Thanks for the tutorial!

  25. Shavkat

    26. Jul, 2008

    Good Job man. keep it up

  26. sameer tharyani

    10. Aug, 2008

    it is great to have more turorial from ur side and some more good created from after effects cs3…

  27. CristalCube

    22. Aug, 2008

    Spectacular!!!!
    The final result is pretty awesome, thanks for this tutorial George and keep on the road!!!

    Greetings. CC³.

  28. Brendan Dalziel

    05. Sep, 2008

    Hi I used these effects in a title intro for a Doc I made. Doc is about a Drum and Bass show that me and my friends put on starring Dieselboy. I made it mostly so my friends who open up for Dieselboy would have a live demo of there set. Anyway thought I would say thanks for you wonderful tutorials. If you want to check out the title intro you can at….
    http://brendandalziel.com/Movies/DieselboyIntroTitle.mp4
    Peace

  29. erik

    24. Sep, 2008

    hey men i cant see the tutorial why??
    i just download flash player twice and
    still i cant see it….that not fair!!!!:@
    some help please!!!

  30. Maltaannon

    24. Sep, 2008

    Try Firefox3

  31. crash

    08. Dec, 2008

    coooooool!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Jonathan

    12. Dec, 2008

    These tutorial is too long…
    make shot if u can …

  33. Angel

    28. Jan, 2009

    how can i loop this affect to be played on dvd projection.?

  34. Maltaannon

    28. Jan, 2009

    Depends on your DVD software

  35. angel

    28. Jan, 2009

    I meant how can I just get this affect to seamlessly loop inside after affects so when it plays on dvd it shows as an infinite movie. What I want to accomplish is have clients see a looping image of this same affect when it’s played on dvd.

  36. Maltaannon

    29. Jan, 2009

    You’ve got to loop the wiggle expression. Check out one of the Oily Stratum tutorials on my site. One part talks about that. It should help.

  37. Alex

    11. Mar, 2009

    This a Awesome tutorial !!! Thank You, Erantannon !!!

  38. bob

    03. Nov, 2009

    rasict dick

  39. rks

    16. Mar, 2010

    lol i got who u r pointing out in the starting of the tut. hahaha very funny

    btw cool tut

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  41. tantrum

    21. Jul, 2011

    How can I remove the RED X LINE? pls help! Thanks.

  42. javier

    27. Mar, 2012

    Thank u very much for your tutorials

    Saludos desde Ecuador