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  • Logo rising from water

     Aza Allen updated 7 years, 9 months ago 3 Members · 5 Posts
  • Michael Nilsson

    December 2, 2005 at 10:11 pm

    I would like the logo of my company to rise from the water and have the reflection be distorted by water ripples.

    Invig is probably the right tool for the 3D logo, but what plug-in do I need in After Effects to achieve photo realistic water effects? Are there tutorials about this? Hopefully I can avoid the Maya route, which I have never treaded.

    I know this thread probably belongs somewhere else, but Zaxwerks users may have stumbled across this problem in the past.

    Thanks in advance!

    Michael, Sweden

  • Jon Okerstrom

    December 3, 2005 at 1:43 am

    HI Michael,

    Psunami is the water simulator of choice for After Effects ( The water is very realistic, primarily for large-scale water. You can fake the reflections of objects above the surface by mapping an inverted copy of the object on the water’s surface and adjusting transparency.

    I’ve done an animation where my Invigorator logo appears to come from the depths of the water and break the surface of the water, before rising above it. The process was fairly involved, but it turned out well.

    There are other techniques for making small-scale water, caustics and the like. You’ll find at least one tutorial for that here on the COW.

    Does this help?


  • Michael Nilsson

    December 3, 2005 at 9:17 am

    Thank you for your reply. I knew this was going to be a tough one. I wish I could see that animation of yours and find a tutorial somewhere. This will be tricky…


  • Jon Okerstrom

    December 3, 2005 at 3:05 pm

    You’re welcome.

    Aurora Water is another option.


  • Aza Allen

    December 13, 2012 at 12:33 am

    I would love to see your animation as well… and possibly a tutorial for something similar if it exists somewhere!

    My portfolio can be seen at
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