Create 3D Shapes With Shape Layers In After Effects

Avatar AE Tips And Tricks | January 31, 2022

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Tutorial by: Michael Ponch

We love sharing the most creative and useful tutorials on the web, and this one really blew our minds. Michael has really gone above and beyond for this tutorial, showing us how to use Shape layers, but in 3D space, and without plugins! These shape layers look truly 3D, and eliminate any flat designs that you may see when rotating in 3D space. He has also provided the project files for you to download for free! Be sure to support Michael Ponch by subscribing to his channel to get more amazing content like this.

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From the instructor:

Impossible to create a 3D Cube, 3D Sphere or a 3D Pyramid just with Shape Layers in After Effects? And without a 3D Stroke plugin? This really cool tip from Motion Design School inspired me to create 3D Objects with shape layer strokes only. Although path points can only be moved in 2 dimensions I figured out a cheat to put them into 3D space. The good thing about it is that you can still use the path operators like ‘wiggle path’, ‘trim path’ or ‘repeater.