How to Create an 8K Environment Map in After Effects | SkyBox

How to Create an 8K Environment Map in After Effects | SkyBox

Charles Yeager ( shows how to create an 8K environment map—entirely in After Effects—using the SkyBox plugin. This tutorial is also posted on envatotuts+, where you can download the project file and 3 free 8K Environment Maps created using this method.

SkyBox is a set of 360/VR production tools for After Effects. It can also be used to generate Environment/Reflection Maps. These custom maps can be used in After Effects with 3D plugins like Element 3D, ShapeShifter AE, FreeForm Pro. These large equirectangular maps also come in really handy for 3D programs like 3DS Max or Cinema 4D. You can download a free trial of Skybox or SkyBox Studio and follow along with the tutorial.

The comp setup for 8K output: 1920×1920

Apply SkyBox to your main comp to bring it into Equirectangular format.

Render an 8K frame from the SkyBox output comp.

Charles Yeager is a Filmmaker & Motion Graphics Artist currently residing in Arkansas. His projects have been recognized by Canon, Video Copilot, Vimeo, Filmmaker IQ, No Film School, Film Convert, BOOM Library & Filminute. See his portfolio at

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