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After Effects Apprentice, 2nd Edition by Chris Trish Meyer

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3D Space

Add a new dimension to your animations

In This Lesson

moving and animating cameras
layer and camera auto-orientation
3D lights
vignettes; animating lights
casting shadows
OpenGL and Fast Previews
Vanishing Point Exchange
Photoshop 3D Layers
adding dimension to stills
editing stills for 3D

Getting Started

Make sure you have copied the Lesson 08–3D Space folder from this book’s disc onto your hard drive, and make note of where it is; it contains the project file and sources you need to execute this lesson.

3D Space is one of the most rewarding areas to explore in After Effects. A simple switch allows each layer to move in the Z dimension – closer to and farther away from the viewer – in addition to left and right. Layers may also ...

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