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Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects, 5th Edition by Trish Meyer, Chris Meyer

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16 Parallel Worlds

Combining 3D layers from different sources

There are several ways to create 3D content for After Effects, including native 3D layers, 3D renders, and 3D effects. Unfortunately, not all of these are compatible with each other, resulting in problems – such as one “3D” layer not casting shadows onto or intersecting with another “3D” layer. Add that to the usual issues with combining 2D and 3D layers in the same composition, and it’s no wonder some users are left confounded and confused.

In this chapter, we’ll explain the issues with creating and using different 3D content, as well as how to overcome some of the resulting problems. Then we’ll move onto creating 3D content with Adobe Photoshop Extended (including Vanishing Point ...

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