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Flash + After Effects, 2nd Edition by Chris Jackson

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CHAPTER 7 The Third Dimension

Step into the third dimension. Both After Effects and Flash allow you to position and animate layers in 3D space. This chapter continues your journey in creativity for Flash web and broadcast design using the Z-axis as your guide.

Entering 3D Space in After Effects

Up to this point in the book, you have worked exclusively in two dimensions—X and Y. Both After Effects and Flash travel beyond 2D by allowing you to move layers along the Z-axis (depth). In addition, in After Effects you can add cameras, and even lights that illuminate 3D layers, creating realistic cast shadows.

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