This After Effects tutorial marks the first installment of our ‘Summer of Superheroes’ week. Be on the lookout for more exciting VFX tutorials, plus original designs and articles focused on the superhero universe.

In VFX work there are few tasks more exciting than compositing destruction sequences together. In the following video tutorial we’ll take a look at how to create a fighter jet attack scene in After Effects using a few video assets and native tools.

The tutorial covers a wide variety of different VFX techniques, including:

  • Creating Beams
  • Motion Tracking
  • Simulating Shadows
  • Applying Motion Blur
  • Using Effects to Color Correct Assets

One of the more interesting things you’ll learn in this After Effects tutorial is how to use the 3D camera tracking feature to create usable points in 3D space. Using the option+drag technique you can easily replace 3D solids with video assets without having to move the element into 3D space by-hand.

Free Jet Attack Scene Project Download

To follow along with this tutorial simply download the project file below. Inside you’ll find all of the assets used to create this tutorial, along with a project file that features the end result.

You are free to use the video assets for educational purposes, but you may not distribute or use the assets in any commercial work.

If you have any questions regarding this tutorial feel free to ask in the comments below.

Top image by Bartosz Nitkiewicz