Hi all, first time poster here so go easy on me :)
I'm new to learning after effects and I've been trying to create a 3d object based on a 2d image. Days of googling have led me only to making pictures look 3d which is not what I want, so I will explain here.
I have a 2d image of a circular game piece, just a top down view. I want to give that piece depth, which I think is called extrusion, but from what I have learnt, I can only extrude shapes and text (which I have done successfully).
So, I know I cant do the extrusion easily without a plugin, but what plugin will allow me to do this.
As a workaround, I found a way of doing it yesterday, but wanted to know if this was 'right'.
I create a circular shape, turned it 3d and extruded it.
Then created a new layer with the 2d image, moved it around so that it was in exactly the same x&y pos as the shape, but the z was a bit higher, so that it sat 'on' the shape.
Then set the parent of the image to the shape, and now when I move the shape around, it looks like the image is stuck on top of it - which worked.
The closest effect/plugin that does what you are trying to accomplish, I believe would either shape shifter or free form pro from Mettle. Just a heads-up though, those products require more than a basic understand of AE, particularly you need to understand how displacement maps work. They have some very good tutorials on there website, check those out.
I'm not sure if the offer trial versions.
Johnny Cuevas, Editor
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