In this After Effects tutorial, learn how to create an animated title sequence inspired by Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the already-beloved new installment in the Marvel cosmic universe, first captured audiences with their stellar trailers. In this After Effects tutorial, we are going to recreate the Guardians of the Galaxy animated title from the trailer.

Creating a title can be a difficult decision when establishing the mood for your film. However, knowing what elements go into a title animation can help you break down your design and create the mood you want for the main title screen. If you look closely at the Guardians of the Galaxy title, you will notice the metallic stroke lining of the edge of the title, the reflections from the lights, the texturing, and the color palette.

Those are just a few of the design elements in the title. There is still plenty more you can break down, like the environment surrounding the title and the primary animation.  All of these elements can help tell your story and establish the mood of your film.

Create the Guardians of the Galaxy Title Animation

We will be using Adobe After Effects to recreate the Guardians title. However, you will need Element 3D from Video Copilot to follow along. Also, we will be using the Radium Lens Flare Pack, and we’ve included a free lens flare in the project download. The reason why we are using Element 3D is because we can create 3D titles inside of After Effects without having to use other third-party software like 3DS Max or Cinema 4D.

Even if you don’t have the required plugins, we suggest watching the tutorial to learn about the essential elements that go into making a 3D title scene.

What you will learn from in this tutorial:

  • How to use Element 3D
  • How to create a custom 3D title
  • Animating a 3D title
  • Setting up a main title scene
  • Working with textures and lighting
  • And much more

Let’s get started! Download a free lens flare from our Radium pack below.

Download Guardians of the Galaxy Project Assets

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Do you have other tips for creating a 3D title animation? Let us know in the comments.