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Tim Dill
Create a 3D box with Opening Lids
on Sep 16, 2011 at 7:24:57 pm

I am trying to create and animate a 3D box and animate the lids opening as well in After Effects. I seem to be finding all kinds of tuts about animating 3D boxes but none that animate the lids opening.

Can this be done and if so how would I do this?

Thanks in advance!


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ben g unguren
Re: Create a 3D box with Opening Lids
on Sep 16, 2011 at 7:56:18 pm

Move the anchor point of your "lid" to the edge, where the hinge would be. Then animate that layer's rotation. Voila: the lid lifts....

If you want more complex box-opening animations, is't mostly a matter of parenting the proper layer to other layers, setting your anchor points in the proper location, and animating their rotations....

Ben Unguren
Motion Graphics & Editing
http://www.mostlydocumentary.com


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Tim Dill
Re: Create a 3D box with Opening Lids
on Sep 16, 2011 at 8:16:25 pm

Alright, I have tired this and it kind of worked but it only looks like the lid is opening half way, almost to vanishing point to where it goes into the flip. I am having trouble getting it skewed so it looks like it has opened all the way and the other lid I can't even get it to work at all. Can you apply for than one anchor point to one shape layor? If so, how?

Also, I have never used 'Parents' before, which means I have no idea how to use them. Can you recommend where I can find out how to use these?

Thanks!


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Create a 3D box with Opening Lids
on Sep 17, 2011 at 10:06:04 am

Here's a couple of useful links for parenting:

http://help.adobe.com/en_US/AfterEffects/9.0/WS3878526689cb91655866c1103906...

http://library.creativecow.net/articles/ebberts_dan/expressions.php

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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