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Create a Glow Warp Title Transition Inspired by Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok

Joshua Noel

Learn how to create Marvel’s glow warp title transition from the new Thor: Ragnarok trailer.

Creating title transitions can be challenging. In this After Effects tutorial, we will take a look at creating the title transition Marvel uses in the Thor: Ragnarok trailer.

The glow warp transition has an older feel to it, and the animation relates to the retro-style graphics in the trailer. (Graphics and animation should complement one another.) The glow and the multiple layers of the transition relates back to the ’80s when vibrant, glowing colors were very popular.

Featured Track: “Crosswire” by Ben Beiny.

How to Create the Glow Warp Title Transition

GIF via Marvel Studios’s Thor: Ragnarok.


The first step in creating a glow warp title transition is to type your text or bring your logo into the timeline. Make sure to pre-compose your title or logo so it’s very easy to swap it out later.

Then, with a mixture of z-space offsetting and glow effects, you can create a full glow warp title transition. Keep in mind when working with multiple duplicated layers that your After Effects timeline can quickly become disorganized. Keep your layers nicely titled and color coded.

Here’s what you’ll take away from this exciting After Effects Tutorial:

  • Setting up placeholders
  • Placing objects in 3D space
  • Working with multiple glow layers
  • Creating an awesome transition!

Do you have any tips for creating creative title transitions? Let us know in the comments.


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