Animate with Depth: Cameras, Lights and 3D Layers in After Effects

Rich Armstrong, Product Designer

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22 Videos (3h 10m)
    • Intro

      1:48
    • The 2.5D Stage

      0:58
    • Get Your Artwork into After Effects

      8:29
    • Arranging Your Layers in 3D Space

      12:41
    • Adding Cameras

      10:38
    • Parenting 3D Layers

      9:12
    • Precomping 3D Layers

      9:41
    • Animating Cameras and 3D layers

      25:30
    • Rendering

      4:05
    • Project Time

      17:11
    • And There Was Light

      9:49
    • More Lights

      9:23
    • Material Options

      10:10
    • Useful Camera Techniques

      7:58
    • Rollercoaster Cameras and Auto orientation

      9:25
    • Multiple Camera Angles

      11:53
    • Make Better Stuff Faster

      7:00
    • The Flickering Layers Issue

      11:42
    • Your Project

      1:17
    • Conclusion

      1:04
    • Bonus! Layer-art in After Effects

      4:46
    • Bonus! Make a cube

      5:16

About This Class

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Take your animation skills to the next level by learning all about 3D layers, cameras, and lights in Adobe After Effects. In this class, you’ll learn how to transform your 2D artwork into the 3rd dimension inside After Effects. Your flat artwork will become alive in space, giving it depth and energy.

Besides getting into 3D with Adobe After Affects, there are a bunch of tips and tricks you’ll pick up even if you’re an After Effects and 3D pro. That being said, this class is meant for beginner to intermediate students, who have a little bit of experience in Adobe After Effects.

Come have fun and create an awesome piece of motion graphics with me!

8 of 8 students recommendSee All

Fantastic. So simple.
A very thorough class, but easily to follow. So much good stuff to learn here! Will keep you busy for a while.
Chantelle Armstrong

Art Teacher

Take it! Do it! You'll learn a lot :)
Rich Armstrong

Product Designer

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Rich Armstrong

Product Designer

Rich's title is Product Designer but he's more of a jack-of-all-trades / generalist / unicorn. He designs, animates and codes. He's studied multimedia design and graphic design, and is a self-taught programmer. He's freelanced, worked for agencies and startups, and now runs Studio Armstrong, an Amsterdam-based creation company, with his wife. He also doodles all the time, has super ginger-powers and can touch his nose with his tongue!

He spends most of his working day researching and experimenting, much like his hero, Lucius Fox, does. Rich likes to think he's a minimalist, but he's fooling himself – he's as messy and unorganised as the any other creative genius.

Rich has been teaching online classes on Skillshare since late 2015 – and he likes it a lot :) He's since created the weirdly named Tap Tap Kaboom brand that showcases his experiments, designs and classes. Follow him on Dribbble, Instagram, Ello and YouTube. He also has a newsletter type thing that you can subscribe to.