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Brenden Younan3D photoshop layer to After Effects
by on Dec 21, 2015 at 8:25:57 am

Hello,

I have a 3D rectangle shape in photoshop CC and want to bring that 3D layer into AE so I can animate etc. However when I save the PSD file, and bring that into AE, the layer becomes 2D. Not sure how to correctly go about this.

Thank you.


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Kalle KannistoRe: 3D photoshop layer to After Effects
by on Dec 21, 2015 at 9:52:13 am

After Effects by itself essentially does only 3D planes, not objects. If the shape is a box, you can build it from six planes in AE. (It does also do spheres and particles as 3D effects on 2D planes.)

The Photoshop Vanishing Point planes can also be brough to AE as 3D planes.

There is a "Raytraced 3D" option in After Effects that allows you to extrude text and planes and bend them, but it has very limited practical use.

In order to bring anything that has more 3D geometry into AE, you need to use Cinema4D Lite that comes with the recent versions, or Element 3D which is a commercial plug-in from Video Copilot. You would export the Photoshop 3D as an .obj file and import it to one of those programs. Obviously would also need to know the basics of how they work.


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Brenden YounanRe: 3D photoshop layer to After Effects
by on Dec 21, 2015 at 10:47:28 am

Thanks for the reply.

I was trying to make this animation with this (3D rectangle) shape layer:



(watch from 0:07sec)
Anyway to make this 3D layer in AE?


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Kalle KannistoRe: 3D photoshop layer to After Effects
by on Dec 21, 2015 at 1:01:50 pm

Ray-traced 3D:

https://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/atv/cs6-tutorials/introduction-to-ray...

https://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/using/extruding-text-shapes.html

The other two options mentioned earlier are both way more flexible, but this should still work for this purpose.


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