After Effects Tutorial – “Leaf-Growing” Logo Reveal


I was honored to have been asked by the TUTS+ network to create a tutorial for their AETUTS+ site. The TUTS+ network is an incredible resource for designers of all types, with resources for After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, 3D software, and more.

This was my first go at a recorded tutorial, so I’d love to hear your feedback…unless it’s about my Oklahoma accent, because I don’t have one.


19 thoughts on “After Effects Tutorial – “Leaf-Growing” Logo Reveal

  1. Honestly, it’s the best tutorial on that site.
    If you carry on doing tuts like that…Mr Andrew Kramer has met his match.
    Well done.

  2. Hello Bryan

    I have to say, thank you so much for your recent tutorial on creating a ‘Network ID.’ It truly was an eye opener. I was hoping to get some advice from you. I am a 3rd Visual Communication Student and I would like to make a career in TV Graphics & Broadcast Design. To elaborate, I would like to create TV ID’s, Network ID’s etc. For my major project, I plan to create a series of them. How do I go about working on it ? What do I need to understand and what are the stages I need to go through. I do know, I need to create an idea, style pages and the versions of the final clip.

    I would really appreciate if you could throw some more light on the subject and explain the pipeline so it could give me clarity towards my approach.

    I do look forward to hearing from you and thank you so much for the wonderful tut. I wish you all the best for your upcoming projects.


    • Honestly, it sounds like you’ve got it. The best advice I can give you is to watch a ton of them, soak up the ones that you like, then jump in and start making your own. You’ll learn far more that way than by listening to me 🙂

      Best of luck to you!

  3. hello.
    i have been reading all of the outstanding comments about your tutorial on AEtuts, but unfotunately i havent been able to view the video ( i dont know if it is a bandwidth issue or blocked at work or what) but i was hoping you could post the video here as well?

    anywya, i look forward to viewing your quality work.

    thanks in advance.

    • ah, sorry to hear that. I’d upload it here, but I agreed not to post it anywhere else when I submitted. Is there somewhere else you could watch? It’s a shame to miss out on their entire site. There’s a ton of good stuff there.

    • I had a similar problem a while ago with the IE, then I switched over to firefox and everything was as it`s supposed to be. Hope it helps…

  4. Mr. Clark. I found this tut on It was exceptional! And as someone said above, that depth of field trick is nothing short of brilliant. You are a Jedi master. Do you have any more tutorials or resources that you could recommend?

    Not only do you have style, you are also a great teacher.

  5. I’m working on a project for a church in Pennsylvania and want to use your leaf growing animation as an opener for a piece I’m working on. I know the key to selling the shot is to select just the right branches and leaves. I combed stock.xchng thoroughly and had difficulty finding the right branch. I was hoping you could send me a link to the branch you found and if possible the other elements as well.

    • Just posted the links to the images back at aetuts, but I’d still recommend not using the exact images.

      The idea being that you’d be able to apply these concepts to your own projects and make something even better!

  6. thanks bryan! i learned a ton watching your tutorial – you have a great aesthetic and crafted an incredible ID… really cool work…
    i must say, i’m not very fluent with camera moves in AE, so i’ve had a difficult time setting up the project file as you have shown in the tutorial… i can handle all the compositing and the particular plugin, but sort of at a loss as to how to make the project move as gracefully as you have… is there any way to see how you’ve set up the camera position? it would be a great help to me to know how you’ve done it… thanks!

    • The AE camera can be pretty tricky until you get the hang of it.

      For this particular move, just make sure the auto-orient is off like in the video, and all you have to do is drag the X position, setting a keyframe at the beginning and the end. That’s really all I did!

  7. hi bryan,
    thx a lot for this quality tutorial, very nice of you.
    i was looking on aetuts for source file for see how camera is set, but couldn t find it, they are not public?
    best regards

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