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Hadi Laasi
animating a line that is a 3d layer in after-effects
on Apr 21, 2012 at 11:08:07 pm

Got a question that's really been bothering me for the past few days. I've searched everywhere and can't find the answer!

What I'd like to do

I'm trying to draw a 2D smiley face with the pen tool on a 3D layer...and then change it to a frown (or a sad face). I was able to do this in as 2D layer...but I'd need help on doing it as 3D layer.

Why I'm using 3D Layers in the first place

I'm using a camera (attached to a null layer) to zoom in and out of certain images I have in my animation (which are imported from illustrator). I've realized that you have to have 3D layers if you're gonna pan and zoom with the camera tool!

What's the Problem

Well... it's close to impossible to draw using the pen tool if the pen layer is 3D. Even if I do get something drawn, I can't figure out how to animate it as a 3d layer.

Any tips?


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Chris Aitken
Re: animating a line that is a 3d layer in after-effects
on Apr 23, 2012 at 7:17:34 pm

I would suggest pre-comping the 3D smiley face and leaving the properties inside the original comp. You should have a smiley face comp that is 2D and animate it there.

Hope this makes sense, it does in my head anyway.


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