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Mark Hollis
Extrusion?
on Sep 30, 2009 at 6:01:34 pm

I am using Adobe After Effects 6.5 and would like to know if I can create an extruded edge on an object (an outline of a state) to make it look more 3D. Or was that something added later...

I am also interested in knowing if there is a way to make something look like it's a flag waving.

What if there were no hypothetical questions?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Extrusion?
on Sep 30, 2009 at 6:20:54 pm

[Mark Hollis] "I am using Adobe After Effects 6.5 and would like to know if I can create an extruded edge on an object..."

For extrusions, it sounds like Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator might be the third-party plugin of choice for you. It came out bundled with AE5, so there has to be an AE 6.5 version floating around. It does its 3D extrusion voodoo using Illustrator files.

For flags, there should be a couple of things in the AE Tutorials section here on the COW that would do the trick using your version of AE. I don't think the results would look entirely photorealistic, if that's a concern.

Dave LaRonde
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KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Todd Kopriva
Re: Extrusion?
on Oct 1, 2009 at 2:47:32 am

You can also do some basic extrusions using the Shatter effect. Another way is by duplicating a layer several times and offsetting the copies in z space.

An After Effects Community Help search for 'extrusion' brings up several useful resources, including some tutorials here on the COW.

An After Effects Community Help search for 'waving flag' is similarly useful.

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daytona swarbrick
Re: Extrusion?
on Oct 1, 2009 at 4:32:52 am

here's a tut on the flag thing!
http://www.ayatoweb.com/ae_tips/ae02.html#
hope that works for you!

daytona


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craig hellen
Re: Extrusion?
on Oct 1, 2009 at 8:40:05 am

for extrusions it might be worth getting the trial of cs3 or (i think it will work) cs4 and use this fab custom preset by maltaannon: http://maltaannon.com/articles/after-effects/studying-ce-shapeextruder/

used it loads and it works really well!

Co-Director Podchains Ltd
Video Producer / Motion graphics designer http://bexmedia.net


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