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Plug-in to After Effects by Michele Yamazaki

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GENERATING 3D ELEMENTS IN AFTER EFFECTS

When one thinks of 3D, several things come to mind, including funny glasses. However, in the world of After Effects and 2D video footage, 3D means something completely different. 3D elements within After Effects deal with objects and shapes in 3D space within a 2D world. In other words, while the object can be rotated and positioned in 3D space, the layer itself remains a 2D layer with no thickness or depth (often referred to as a “postcard in space”). Camera positions with extruded and beveled edges will help to simulate 3D in a 2D space.

The use of 3D objects is frequently found in text and logos. EPS or EPS vector logos, usually from Illustrator, can start life as a flat image and become extruded 3D ...

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