I had to whip up some quick supers last week and turned to Trapcode Form. Form was used to create the gaseous elements that sit behind the text. The font is Univers Black Oblique and using the oblique face adds a dynamic feel. The lighting was faked using a solid with the After Effects Circle effect applied and a high feather value, rotated in z-space to act as a floor. It’s often not necessary to agonize over lighting when it can be faked in this way, especially when on a tight deadline. The reflection is a flipped copy of the text/form composition, masked and feathered.
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