Improving upon an already outstanding set of Photoshop actions is a task that requires developers to somehow outdo themselves for their customers; however, when they respond to their end users, the results lead them to smooth sailing in the often rough seas of the creative professional products.
In this tutorial, Daniel Bryant creates a 3D title effect using After Effects. He creates his title, then applies the shatter preset effect and tweaks the settings – calling a custom pattern to create 3D text. With the addition of a sky and cloud background, lens flare, and 3D camera, the animation becomes truly polished and professional.
When it comes to investing in Photoshop actions, I have three criteria: First, they have to do something substantially different than actions I already use; second, they need to allow me to customize their looks; and third, the actions should work synergistically, building on one another as part of a complete workflow solution.