Tutorial: Low-Poly After Effects 3D Landscape with Superluminal Stardust

In this tutorial, Roland Hartmann explains how he created this low-poly 3D landscape in After Effects with the Stardust plug-in. This tutorial was originally posted at CG Terminal.

In the video, Roland covers:

  • How to add 3D Models to your Composition
  • Using the Model Deform Node
  • Creating cast shadows

This is what the final result looks like:

Stardust Low-Poly 3D Landscape Tutorial

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Modular Particle System

Stardust is a modular 3D particle system for After Effects. It has an easy to use node-based user interface and ships with a ton of presets to create stunning effects quickly and easily.

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More Stardust Tutorials

After Effects: Stardust Overview & Tutorial by Mikey Borup

Mikey Borup walks you through Superluminal Stardust, the modular 3D particle system for After Effects. It is very powerful and works completely differently from other particle systems. Superluminal Stardust …

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After Effects Editing Premiere Pro

Beta: Adobe Project Rush, Apply Today

Project Rush from Adobe is an all-new, all-in-one video app that will soon be in beta. It’s designed for videos on Social Media, allowing you to hit all of the social media outlets at once. It combines technology from apps like Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Audition into one streamlined app designed specifically for web video sharing.

Apply for the beta now

Read more about Project Rush

Adobe Blog Post

Move Your Edits Seamlessly Between Devices with Adobe’s Project Rush – No Film School

Adobe’s new all-in-one video-editing tool will work across devices – Engadget

Adobe Squeezed the Best Parts of Its Video Editing Suite into a New Mobile App – Gizmodo

Photoshop Plug-ins

Free Photoshop Plug-ins and Filters for Designers

Mashable has an article about free plug-ins for Photoshop in 2014, and I posted about this at AE Freemart. You know how it is… 4 years go by and half the links are dead.

I’ve updated the post with a few more recent free plug-ins that have been listed at other sites. You’ll see some plug-ins posted over and over, so that must mean that they’re really good!

  1. 28 Best Free Plug-ins – a huge list of free plug-in at
  2. The 17 Best Photoshop Filters & Plugins of 2018 – at Hubspot
  3. The 40 best Photoshop plugins – at Creative Bloq

Toolfarm has loads of Photoshop plug-ins, too, if you need anything that isn’t on this list. Most are discounted by 5% every day, too!

See more Photoshop posts at AE Freemart

After Effects Tutorial

Tutorial: Create a Mograph Style Effect in After Effects featuring Expressions

Joey from School of Motion walks you through how to make a spinning mograph animation. It’s reminiscent of something that could be made in Cinema 4D. This tutorial utilizes a lot of expressions so get ready to learn! If you’re a student, register for an account at School of Motion and download the project files.

Burning Question: How Can I Learn Expressions in After Effects?

How can I learn Expressions in After Effects?

I put together an article last fall on Expressions if you want to dive a little deeper.  You’ll learn what is an expression, learn about:

  1. layer control
  2. wiggle
  3. loop
  4. if/else

There are several tutorials from sources like Video Copilot,, and several other pros.

Go to Burning Question: Expressions

More Tutorials on After Effects Expressions at AE Freemart

After Effects Expressions for Adobe Premiere Pro Editors with Angie Taylor – “Expressions are an advanced feature of After Effects that many editors shy away from. The perception is that you need to be good at scripting to be able to use expressions. But basic expressions are easy to apply using simple point-and-click methods. They’re incredibly useful for adding randomness to animation and effects, linking properties to synchronize animation, or even making effects react to music.”

Top 5 After Effects Expressions – If you’re new to AE and afraid of expressions, this is a lovely introduction. Sean Frangella has put up a cool new tutorial explaining what his favorite five Expressions. He gives some tips on how to use expressions for better animation. He also shows ways of simplifying your workflow, including wiggle, time, and more. Good stuff.

Other Recent After Effects Tutorials at AE Freemart

Tutorial: Turn a Mountain into a Volcano – Caleb Ward shows you how to turn an innocuous mountain into a magma oozing volcano!

Tutorial: Create Stylish Opener in After Effects – Nikhil Pawar from Dope Motions shows you how to make a super useful opener motion graphic sequence in After Effects. This is the type of effect you could use over and over if you swap out the imagery.