3D USA Election Map with XPresso

It’s been forever since I made something new for sale on 3DOcean or Videohive. If I wasn’t working on that pesky book all year I would have come out with a few items for some good old residual income. Once I finished writing I got creative again and made this file that should prove useful during the upcoming election year.

I tried to avoid watching political shows because I can’t stand watching people complain about public officials and act like they have all the right answers. But I’ve often seen graphics where they are highlighting what’s happening around the country, sometimes in a particular state, with a 3D map of the USA. This file I created in Cinema 4D can help create a similar look used on network TV. Check out the video to see what it can do and how it works.

I made an XPresso control panel with User Data that can offset individual states from the map, in case you want to highlight what’s going on in a certain state. You have control over all the properties you’d want, like the extrusion depth, how far the state is offset, the speed in which it slides out, etc. Each state has a super-easy slider programmed to do all the work for you with just a couple keyframes.

I also created a section in the control panel that creates as sort of random pattern in which the states offset back and forth. You have control over the speed too so it can go faster or slower. I’ve seen political themed backgrounds with this kind of design, so with a simple check box activation you can create it too.

The file is for sale here if you care to donate to my campaign. $12 for about a week’s worth of XPresso design and coding? Now that is a smart allocation of funding right there.

3D Presentation Slideshow and Weigh In

I had to update my banner to reflect my actual, accurate weight. When I updated the site over the summer and added the tagline with my height and weight to the banner I listed myself at 160 pounds, which was generous, I was a bit less than that. Yeah, I lied to you. But all of last year I focused myself in the gym for the first time in my life while eating a lot of helpful food to get stronger.

I gained 30-35 pounds in less than a year. Good pounds too, they came with equipped with muscles and everything. So I changed my banner to reflect my new weight, I wish there was a PHP plugin to sync up with my body and do it automatically, but that would be hard to program.

I’m not sure at what weight it stops being ironic that my nickname is “BIG MIKE” but people were calling me that when I was 4 foot nothing so it will stick no matter what happens.

Besides eating and lifting heavy things, I also designed a new file for purchase on videohive.

It’s an Xpresso powered slideshow created in Cinema 4D and After Effects. It allows you to display photos, videos, 3D objects, etc. in actual 3D space within Cinema 4D. I coded the controls to be powered via Xpresso and a User Data control panel. There is minimal keyframing needed to create a great looking 3D presentation slideshow that will blow the pants off anything that can be exported from Microsoft Powerpoint.

I made a video that shows a little how it works in case people want to see behind the scenes before they buy it. I also provided an instruction guide and encourage any emails from users if they get stuck.

I have a bunch of different file ideas I want to execute, I just need more time in the day to be able to work on them.

New Items: Bulletin Boards

I designed one model in 3D and exported it as both a Cinema 4D project on 3DOcean and an After Effects project on VideoHive.

It’s a bulletin bard you can add you own papers, notes, etc. to and navigate a camera around, highlighting various pieces.

New 3D Ocean Model: Film Slate

Check out the latest model I made for 3D Ocean:

Film Slate Clapperboard

It’s a 3D film slate with a texture in photoshop that you can update externally and load in yourself. Animate it as you please.

Support a Starving Artist/Nerd

I’ve recently added some clips on VideoHive and on 3DOcean. They are marketplaces for graphic artists to upload their work to sell, and I get paid a certain percentage based on the asking price and how many I’ve sold. If you want to support me and my site, feel free to buy a file, clip, project, or whatever I upload, I would really appreciate it. I’ve added a few things so far and I have some other designs in the work. I’m planning on uploading a ton of stuff eventually, whatever comes to mind and I develop. The idea is to create files with a lot of utility and have wide appeal to maximize sales.

Featured on 3D Ocean:

My Acoustic Guitar in Cinema 4D.
acoustic guitar made in cinema 4d

I modeled this guitar from scratch in Cinema 4D. It has a lot of detail and is a very accurate design, I included all the components in a real guitar.

Featured on VideoHive:

An After Effects Project that creates a 3D silhouette concert crowd.
after effects silhouette crowd

This After Effects project lets you control the intensity that the silhouette crowd reacts. They jump up and down like they ere a crowd at a concert or some other event. It is an expression based project, so you can keyframe just one amount to get the right intensity you desire.